Live updates: Brittney Griner released in swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention in a prisoner swap for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

By Mary Ilyushina, John Hudson, Ellen Francis, Missy Ryan and Jennifer HassanDecember 8, 2022

American Anne Sacoolas given suspended 8-month sentence for car accident that killed a British teen

In case that became international dispute, U.K. judge sentences U.S. intelligence officer who killed British teen

By William Booth and Karla AdamDecember 8, 2022

What to know about Peru’s ‘attempted coup’ and first female president

Dina Boluarte succeeded former running mate Pedro Castillo after his dramatic ouster.

By Kelsey Ables, Kim Bellware and Adela SulimanDecember 8, 2022

‘Harry & Meghan’ series trashes British tabloids, but spares royals — so far

The documentary is widely seen as an attempt by the disaffected royals to wrest control of the narrative away from the palace.

By William Booth and Karla AdamDecember 8, 2022

Iran conducts first known execution of prisoner arrested during protests

Mohsen Shekar was arrested during protests over the alleged police killing of Mahsa Amini, according to Iranian state media. Other protesters have been sentenced to death.

By Annabelle Timsit and Miriam BergerDecember 8, 2022

Russia wanted Viktor Bout back, badly. The question is: Why?

Many U.S. officials and analysts believe that Russia was motivated by Bout’s links to military intelligence.

By Adam TaylorDecember 8, 2022

Who is Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer swapped for Brittney Griner?

Viktor Bout, whose wild exploits once inspired a Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage, was serving a 25-year sentence in a U.S. prison.

By Adam Taylor and Claire ParkerDecember 8, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. calls Russia’s invasion a ‘brutal wake-up’ for Europe; Griner released from Russia

Europe lacks the capabilities needed to defend itself from “higher level threats,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

By Erin Cunningham, Rachel Pannett, Jennifer Hassan and John HudsonDecember 8, 2022

New Zealand takes custody of baby over parents’ transfusion objection

Parents of 'Baby W' would only allow blood from unvaccinated donors to be used in life-saving surgery for their 6-month-old son.

By Bryan PietschDecember 8, 2022

Putin concedes Ukraine war may be ‘a long process’ but cites ‘serious’ gains

President Vladimir Putin said there was currently no need to mobilize more soldiers now but indicated no willingness to negotiate an end to his war in Ukraine

By Natalia Abbakumova and Ellen FrancisDecember 8, 2022

South Koreans to become year younger after scrapping traditional age system

This traditional age counting method puts everyone as a year old at birth and adds a year to their age every Jan. 1 — even if they were born the day before.

By Min Joo KimDecember 8, 2022

Heinrich XIII, Germany’s ‘Putsch Prince,’ lamented monarchy’s demise

The Prince of Reuss cuts an unusual figure for the head of what German authorities describe as a “terrorist organization.”

By Loveday Morris and Souad MekhennetDecember 8, 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan in Netflix documentary seek to control their story

There's a long tradition of British royals trying to influence public accounts of their lives.

By Karla Adam and William BoothDecember 8, 2022

War has tamed Ukraine’s oligarchs, creating space for democratic change

The war has cost Ukraine's oligarchs and diminished their political and economic power with possibly major consequences for Ukraine's postwar political future.

By Kevin Sullivan, David L. Stern and Kostiantyn KhudovDecember 8, 2022

Russian disinformation is demonizing Ukrainian refugees

As Russian forces shell Ukrainian cities, pro-Kremlin propagandists have homed in on a new topic: turning Europeans against Ukrainian refugees.

By Loveday Morris and Will OremusDecember 8, 2022

Organization leading Covax could end the vaccine-sharing initiative

Board members of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance are considering a plan to phase out Covax, according to an internal document obtained by The Washington Post.

By Claire ParkerDecember 7, 2022

Peru’s president impeached, arrested after he tries to dissolve congress

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to impeach Pedro Castillo for “moral incapacity.” Dina Boluarte was sworn in as the country's first female president.

By Simeon Tegel and Diana DuránDecember 7, 2022

As Finland and Sweden wait to join NATO, Turkey extracts concessions

Ankara is holding up expansion of the Western alliance, and the Biden administration may have to step in to get the deal done.

By Missy RyanDecember 7, 2022

Britain approves first coal mine in 30 years

Coal is the planet’s most polluting fossil fuel and the greenlighting of a new mine is controversial in Britain and beyond.

By Karla AdamDecember 7, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Putin warns of ‘long process’ in Ukraine; says Russia has ‘not gone crazy’ over nuclear threats

Ukraine’s allies are walking a fine line after a series of drone strikes targeting Russian military airfields this week.

By Erin Cunningham, Missy Ryan, Jennifer Hassan, Emily Rauhala and Miriam BergerDecember 7, 2022