Turkish residents struggle to access Twitter in earthquake aftermath

The government has a history of cracking down on social media giants after emergencies or scandals.

By Paulina Villegas and Naomi NixFebruary 8, 2023

Live updates: Turkey and Syria mourn quake victims as death toll tops 12,000

Rescue workers are looking for people still trapped under the rubble as Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, recorded below-freezing temperatures overnight.

By Ellen Francis, Leo Sands, Niha Masih, Rachel Pannett, Paulina Villegas and Anumita KaurFebruary 8, 2023

Why freezing temperatures in the quake-struck areas are so dangerous

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, temperatures dipped below, and stayed, freezing — making it an emergency within an emergency.

By Sammy Westfall and Samuel GranadosFebruary 8, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: NATO chief in Washington; Zelensky arrives in Paris after London visit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed aid to Ukraine with top U.S. officials and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with King Charles III.

By Kelsey Ables, Jennifer Hassan, Claire Parker and Ben BraschFebruary 8, 2023

Erdogan tours Turkey’s disaster zone as death toll climbs past 12,000

Monday’s earthquake and its aftershocks leveled towns and cities across Turkey and Syria, compounding existing humanitarian crises and creating new ones.

By Louisa Loveluck, Kareem Fahim, Zeynep Karatas, Leo Sands, Ellen Francis and Erin CunninghamFebruary 8, 2023

David Harris, activist jailed over Vietnam draft resistance, dies at 76

Mr. Harris said resistance at home to the draft and Vietnam War was a stronger statement that fleeing to Canada to escape service.

By Brian MurphyFebruary 8, 2023

Driver charged with murder after Quebec day-care bus crash kills 2 children

A 51-year-old bus driver possibly faces charges of homicide and reckless driving, and the city's mayor noted that it might have been an "intentional act."

By Timothy Bella and Ben BraschFebruary 8, 2023

In U.K. and France visits, Zelensky asks for fighter planes to counter Russia

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said “nothing is off the table,” but Britain and other Western allies have yet to commit to donating jets.

By Karla AdamFebruary 8, 2023

As foreign rescuers arrive, Turkish earthquake survivors scramble for aid

Help began to arrive to quake-ravaged parts of southern Turkey, but the distribution was at times scattershot and chaotic.

By Kareem Fahim and Zeynep Karatas February 8, 2023

Among Germany’s Turkish diaspora, anguish — and a rally to help

Germany is home to the world’s largest Turkish diaspora community, estimated in the millions, and hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

By Kate Brady, Loveday Morris and Dan Rosenzweig-ZiffFebruary 8, 2023

Dutch probe implicates Putin in 2014 downing of Malaysian passenger jet

Dutch prosecutors said the Russian president probably made the decision to send an antiaircraft missile system to the pro-Russian separatists who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

By Mary IlyushinaFebruary 8, 2023

Accused Libyan bombmaker in 1988 Lockerbie plane attack pleads not guilty

An intelligence operative was extradited to U.S. on charges of making explosives used in downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, one of deadliest terrorist attacks in American history.

By Spencer S. HsuFebruary 8, 2023

Is God They/Them? Church of England considers gender-neutral pronouns.

A spokesperson for the Church of England said “Christians have recognised since ancient times that God is neither male nor female.”

By Annabelle TimsitFebruary 8, 2023

Photos: Rescuers search for survivors after earthquake in Syria and Turkey kills thousands

More than 11,000 people have died after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and neighboring Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a state of emergency for three months in 10 regions hit, as rescuers continue to dig through the rubble of collapsed buildings in search of survivors.

By Washington Post StaffFebruary 8, 2023

Why is it so hard to help Syria’s earthquake victims?

The earthquake has compounded a dire situation in Idlib province, which has been under bombardment for years. Foreign sanctions on Syria also complicate the situation.

By Sarah Dadouch and Paulina VillegasFebruary 8, 2023

New Zealand just found 3.5 tons of cocaine floating in the Pacific

The 81 bales of cocaine would have been enough to supply the Australian market for a year or New Zealand’s for three decades, police said.

By Andrew JeongFebruary 8, 2023

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un gives clearest sign daughter is heir apparent

Kim Jong Un's daughter Kim Ju Ae was the star at a banquet for military top brass in Pyongyang ahead of a big parade, which could reveal new missiles.

By Min Joo KimFebruary 8, 2023

Earthquake’s tragic aftermath puts spotlight on Turkey’s leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be bracing for backlash as the painful recovery of Monday’s deadly earthquake begins.

By Ishaan TharoorFebruary 8, 2023

Death toll in Turkey, Syria earthquakes rises to nearly 8,000

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which left rescuers racing against the cold, devastated southern Turkey and northwest Syria.

By Ellen Francis, Victoria Bisset, Sarah Dadouch, Rachel Pannett, Maham Javaid, Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff and Ben BraschFebruary 7, 2023

Social media gives glimpse into hunt for Syria, Turkey quake survivors

Two major earthquakes originating in Turkey killed thousands of people there and in Syria, setting off a desperate race to rescue survivors from the rubble.

By Claire ParkerFebruary 7, 2023