7.8-magnitude earthquake kills more than 100 in southern Turkey, Syria

Residents are trapped under rubble, according to video footage of the aftermath, and casualties were reported in nearby Syria.

By Kareem Fahim, Sarah Dadouch, Kelly Kasulis Cho, Niha Masih and Zeynep KaratasFebruary 6, 2023

Ukraine’s defense minister to be replaced, top parliamentarian says

The changes come amid a broader effort by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reassure Western allies.

By Justine McDaniel, Kyle Rempfer and Isabelle KhurshudyanFebruary 5, 2023

Pentagon reports past Chinese surveillance balloons near Florida, Texas

Several previous incursions of U.S. airspace by Chinese surveillance balloons were occurred Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Guam, defense officials have told Congress.

By Dan Lamothe and Azi PaybarahFebruary 5, 2023

Iran’s supreme leader promises to pardon ‘tens of thousands’

The announcement, amid a deadly crackdown against protesters, came with numerous exceptions.

By Sarah DadouchFebruary 5, 2023

The balloon saga strains an already fraught U.S.-China relationship

The days of intrigue over the balloon generated no shortage of partisan hot air in the United States. But the episode may be more damaging to China’s leadership.

By Ishaan TharoorFebruary 5, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Ukraine expects leadership shake-up, with defense minister replaced by military intel chief

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that “only aircraft” are left on his wish list, and that it’s just a matter of time until Ukraine gets them from the West.

By Annabelle Timsit, Bryan Pietsch, Maham Javaid and Isabelle KhurshudyanFebruary 5, 2023

Chile fights to contain wildfires that left at least 23 dead

Officials said an intense heat wave is complicating efforts to control the fires, which have scorched forests and uprooted hundreds of people.

By Ellen Francis and Naomi SchanenFebruary 5, 2023

Hong Kong’s top pro-democracy figures set to stand trial Monday

The case underscores Beijing’s determination to snuff out criticism in Hong Kong, with every prominent and many moderate opposition voices now in jail or exile.

By Theodora YuFebruary 5, 2023

China blames U.S. politics for ‘overreaction’ to suspected spy balloon

Beijing is downplaying the incident and fallout, as videos of a U.S. fighter jet’s missile puncturing the balloon are shared widely on Chinese social media.

By Christian ShepherdFebruary 5, 2023

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani general turned autocrat, dies at 79

The army general seized power in a coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008. After a legal saga, he was sentenced to death in absentia in 2019 for high treason.

By Pamela ConstableFebruary 5, 2023

The deepening chill of Afghanistan’s second Taliban winter

Washing clothes in the snow, heating homes with scavenged trash, Afghan families struggle to survive

By Pamela ConstableFebruary 5, 2023

How do stratospheric balloons work? Here’s a visual guide.

How do balloons similar to the Chinese balloon work? How do these balloons fly? Where is China's balloon headed? We put together a visual explainer.

By Derek Hawkins, William Neff and Dylan MoriartyFebruary 4, 2023

In a world of drones and satellites, why use a spy balloon anyway?

Spy balloons may sound old-fashioned, but they actually have several advantages.

By Victoria BissetFebruary 4, 2023

What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon

Officials say the balloon, first spotted over Montana, had loitered over the U.S. for an unusual amount of time before being shot down on Saturday.

By Victoria Bisset, Andrew Jeong, Lyric Li, Claire Parker and John HudsonFebruary 4, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: More than 170 freed in prisoner swap; new U.S.-made bombs will double Ukraine’s reach

Ground-launched, small diameter bombs from the United States are expected to double the reach of Ukraine’s current munitions.

By Niha Masih, Ellen Francis, Natalia Abbakumova and Nick ParkerFebruary 4, 2023

Beyond the hopeful pope bubble in South Sudan, scenes of despair

While Pope Francis spoke in a conference hall, people five miles away in Juba IDP Camp 3 didn’t have the means to watch.

By Chico HarlanFebruary 4, 2023

Attacking Vuhledar, Russia previews new push to seize southeast Ukraine

With a surge of strikes on Vuhledar, located where the eastern and southern fronts meet, Russia may be preparing a major offensive to achieve Vladimir Putin's war goals

By Steve Hendrix and Serhii KorolchukFebruary 4, 2023

She lost her partner in the protests. Then her twins. She’s still at it.

In Ayacucho, Peru, the deaths of protesters and official accusations of terrorism are reopening old wounds. The region was brutalized by the Shining Path.

By Samantha SchmidtFebruary 4, 2023

China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip

The incident is a setback to recent Chinese efforts to repair relations with the United States and revive its economy.

By Lily KuoFebruary 4, 2023

‘Guns are everywhere’ in Israel, occupied territories as violence spikes

Illegal arms have flooded into Palestinian communities in recent years. Now, after a spate of shootings, Israel has pledged to issue thousands of new gun permits.

By William Booth and Sufian Taha February 4, 2023