Ukraine live briefing: Russian troop mobilization targets ethnic minorities, Zelensky says

Ukraine's president says Kremlin-backed troops are targeting ethnic minorities. Russia vowed "protection" for Ukrainian areas annexed in its staged referendums.

By David L. Stern, Annabelle Timsit, Rachel Pannett, Marisa Iati, Robyn Dixon and Nick ParkerSeptember 25, 2022

Russian mobilization prompts backlash as Ukraine annexation effort plows ahead

New protests erupted Sunday over a mobilization effort so poorly handled that it has triggered widespread anger and controversy, even among top Russian officials and propagandists.

By Robyn Dixon, Natalia Abbakumova, David L. Stern and Karoun DemirjianSeptember 25, 2022

Italy on course for far-right government after vote, according to projections

A right-wing victory in the Italian election would elevate Giorgia Meloni and her Fratelli d'Italia party.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliSeptember 25, 2022

Protests continue in Iran as president threatens ‘decisive’ response

The protests are the largest since nationwide demonstrations three years ago and have posed a growing challenge to Iran’s hardline clerical establishment.

By Kareem Fahim and Babak DehghanpishehSeptember 25, 2022

Fiona damage is widespread in eastern Canada

Residents are sifting through the rubble in search of lost keepsakes that were swept away by the storm, while emergency crews clear debris and block off dangerous zones.

By Sydney PageSeptember 25, 2022

Philippines on high alert as ‘explosive’ Super Typhoon Noru makes landfall

The typhoon is forecast to bring large waves, torrential rains and wind gusts of up to 127 miles per hour to the northern Philippine island of Luzon.

By Rachel Pannett and Annabelle TimsitSeptember 25, 2022

As Ukraine’s fathers fight, mothers go it alone with their children

Some women have thrown themselves into volunteering. Others are consumed by child care, financial worries and family expectations.

By Miriam Berger and Heidi LevineSeptember 25, 2022

Giorgia Meloni could become Italy’s first female prime minister. Here’s what to know.

Her right-wing bloc is expected to prevail in the general election Sunday.

By Chico Harlan and Stefano PitrelliSeptember 25, 2022

N. Korea fires missile ahead of regional visit by Vice President Harris

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile off its east coast ahead of a visit by Vice President Harris to the region.

By Min Joo Kim and Rachel PannettSeptember 24, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Hundreds arrested in Russia during anti-mobilization protests

The Kremlin's staged referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhizhia continued on Saturday.

By Nick Parker, Katerina Ang, Ellen Francis, Robyn Dixon, Andrea Salcedo and Praveena SomasundaramSeptember 24, 2022

Fiona slams Atlantic Canada, leaving destruction, outages in its wake

The storm walloped Atlantic Canada with hurricane-force winds and storm surges that took out entire houses.

By Selena Ross, Sydney Page, Scott Dance and Laura ReileySeptember 24, 2022

With Kalashnikov rifles, Russia drives the staged vote in Ukraine

The speed at which the referendums were announced and carried out and the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of Russian reserves, all within one week, reflect the Kremlin’s tacit acknowledgment of its deteriorating position in Ukraine.

By David L. Stern and Robyn DixonSeptember 24, 2022

Cuba sent gay men to work camps. Now it’s voting on same-sex marriage.

Cubans vote Sunday on a government-backed family code that would expand LGBTQ+ rights. But it could draw a protest vote from those frustrated with the communist state.

By Mary Beth SheridanSeptember 24, 2022

What’s behind the protests in Iran?

The death of Mahsa Aminia in the custody of Iran’s so-called morality police has sparked days of anti-government demonstrations — and a violent crackdown.

By Miriam BergerSeptember 24, 2022

Elton John ‘flabbergasted’ and teary after Biden surprises him with medal

“I will treasure this so much,” an emotional Elton John told President Biden, as he received his surprise national humanities medal at a White House concert.

By Adela SulimanSeptember 24, 2022

‘Fat Leonard’ had life of leisure, relaxed security before escape, capture

On home confinement in San Diego, "Fat Leonard" Francis hired servants and undermined the security requirements aimed at keeping the mastermind of a $35 million Navy bribery scandal from fleeing, according to interviews and records obtained by The Washington Post.

By Jonathan O'ConnellSeptember 24, 2022

Propaganda newspapers show how Russia promoted annexation in Kharkiv

With cellphone and internet service cut in Izyum, occupying forces tried to use the information vacuum to promote Moscow's vision of a "Russian world."

By Siobhán O'Grady and Sergii MukaieliantsSeptember 24, 2022

Long before his war in Ukraine, Putin waged war on Russian journalists

President Vladimir Putin has sought for more than two decades to control — or shut down — reporters and editors in the country.

By Robyn DixonSeptember 24, 2022

Iran warns protesters against unrest, stages counter-demonstrations

Iran's military warned protesters against continued unrest and demonstrations spread around the country.

By Miriam BergerSeptember 23, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Russia stages annexation referendums, announces exceptions to military call-up

The referendums for Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia lay the groundwork for Russia to annex swaths of Ukraine.

By Ellen Francis, Andrew Jeong, James Bikales, Robyn Dixon, Karina Tsui, David L. Stern and Karoun DemirjianSeptember 23, 2022