Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Evacuation of Ukrainian soldiers underway at Mariupol steel plant

Even as Russia secured a victory in Mariupol, it suffered another setback on the global stage, as Sweden ended 200 years of military nonalignment to join Finland in applying for NATO membership.

By Reis Thebault,  Paulina Firozi,  Paulina Villegas,  Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Timsit,  Colby Itkowitz,  Rachel Pannett,  Alex Horton,  Mary Ilyushina and Timothy BellaMay 16, 2022

Sweden joins Finland in seeking NATO membership

Putin said Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO did not represent an imminent danger to Russia, but he warned the same would not be true if NATO staged a military buildup in the two countries.

By Missy RyanMay 16, 2022

Biden to lift some Trump-era restrictions on Cuba

The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on Cuba, including some aspects of travel to the island, caps on remittances and the issuance of at least 20,000 immigrant visas annually.

By Karen DeYoungMay 16, 2022

McDonald’s seeks to sell Russian business that is ‘no longer tenable’

French automaker Renault also announced the sale of its Russian assets for 1 ruble amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

By Aaron Gregg,  Annabelle Timsit and Jonathan EdwardsMay 16, 2022

Charles and Camilla visit Canada amid residential schools reckoning

The tour is to “highlight an emphasis on learning from Indigenous peoples." Other royals traveling this year have faced demands for apologies and reparations.

By Amanda ColettaMay 16, 2022

Russia boycott: A list of global campaigns that are underway in support of Ukraine

From vodka to soccer, retailers and international sporting bodies have announced boycotts of Russian goods and benched Russian teams in a symbolic global movement designed to show solidarity with Ukraine.

By Annabelle Timsit and Maite Fernández SimonMay 16, 2022

Teresa Berganza, celebrated Spanish opera star, dies at 89

The mezzo-soprano was known for her roles in works by Mozart and Rossini.

By Tim PageMay 16, 2022

Élisabeth Borne appointed as next prime minister of France

The outgoing labor minister is the second woman in history to hold the post.

By Rick NoackMay 16, 2022

Maps of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia has launched an extensive assault on Ukraine. We're mapping how Russian troops are advancing.

By Washington Post StaffMay 16, 2022

Pope Francis canonizes Indian man who struggled against caste

The announcement is significant for India’s 28 million Christians, many of whom hail from lower castes.

By Anant GuptaMay 16, 2022

Russian oligarchs loved luxe Sardinia. Now they’re frozen out of paradise.

At least eight villas spread out across 10 miles have been frozen by the Italian government.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliMay 16, 2022

How countries around the world have responded to mass shootings

A shooting in Buffalo on Saturday left 10 people dead. Here's how other countries have responded to such massacres.

By Adam Taylor and Amanda ColettaMay 16, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II attends first Jubilee event, gets standing ovation

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the first event of her Platinum Jubilee celebration by attending a celebrity-studded equestrian show.

By Karla AdamMay 16, 2022

Once China’s darling, tech industry is burdened by covid and crackdowns

Many in China's tech industry fear that the best days of the sector may be behind it.

By Eva Dou and Pei Lin WuMay 16, 2022

U.S. issues charges in first criminal cryptocurrency sanctions case

A U.S. judge disclosed the first criminal prosecution involving the attempted use of cryptocurrency to evade economic sanctions as American regulators race to stem the exploitation of virtual moneys.

By Spencer S. HsuMay 16, 2022

Coronavirus cases, deaths in North Korea surge as Kim blames officials

Authorities say that more than a million people have fallen ill with "fever" and experts fear tens of thousands could die.

By Min Joo KimMay 16, 2022

Why Turkey dissents on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and why it matters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey is not “favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, but he has not ruled it out.

By Bryan PietschMay 16, 2022

Elon Musk’s free-speech agenda poses safety risks on global stage

Elon Musk’s vow to restore free speech to Twitter is likely to be difficult to implement in the U.S. But it will be even more complicated abroad in places such as India.

By Naomi Nix and Gerry ShihMay 16, 2022

Sweden, Finland move toward NATO membership

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Sunday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has undermined “the European security order."

By John Hudson,  Julian Duplain,  Annabelle Timsit,  Victoria Bisset,  Rachel Pannett,  Bryan Pietsch,  Paulina Firozi and Hannah KnowlesMay 15, 2022