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Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion

A Washington Post examination of the road to war in Ukraine, and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans, draws on extensive interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials.

By Shane Harris, Karen DeYoung, Isabelle Khurshudyan, Ashley Parker and Liz SlyAugust 16, 2022

An interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

During an hour-long, wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post at the presidential office in Kyiv, Zelensky discussed U.S. warnings about Russia preparing to launch a full-scale invasion — and if he believed them.

By Isabelle KhurshudyanAugust 16, 2022

Five takeaways from The Post’s examination of the road to war in Ukraine

A Washington Post examination of the road to war in Ukraine, and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans, draws on extensive interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials.

By Shane Harris, Karen DeYoung and Isabelle KhurshudyanAugust 16, 2022

Instant-noodle makers ask Thailand for price increase under 14-year cap

Instant-noodle makers hope to get the Thai government’s permission to sell their products for about 23 cents instead of 17 cents.

By Bryan PietschAugust 16, 2022

U.K. first to approve booster targeting coronavirus and omicron variant

The coronavirus shots were also effective against the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in clinical trials, U.K. health authorities said.

By Andrew JeongAugust 16, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: Ukraine cites more ‘explosions’ in Crimea; U.N. and Russia talk nuclear plant safety

An ammunition depot was on fire near Dzhankoi. Three foreign nationals could face the death penalty in eastern Ukraine.

By Annabelle Timsit and Katerina AngAugust 16, 2022

A U.S.-Russia nuclear war could starve 5 billion to death, study says

Soot from nuclear weapons would cloud out skies, collapsing harvests and leading to global famine, according to a study in the journal Nature Food.

By Marina LopesAugust 16, 2022

China shuts factories, rations electricity as heat wave stifles economy

Production has been suspended in 19 cities and prefectures across Sichuan province until Saturday, as soaring temperatures affect a swath of the country.

By Eva Dou and Lyric LiAugust 16, 2022

In a world first, Scotland offers tampons and pads for free

Scotland is the first nation to make tampons and other menstrual products available free in public spaces in a bid to end “period poverty.”

By Rachel PannettAugust 16, 2022

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State are on the rise in Africa

The scale of the violence in Mali, as the last French troops exited after nine years, shows how the central zone of Islamist-related violence has shifted away from the Middle East and South Asia.

By Ishaan TharoorAugust 16, 2022

In China, civil servant chic is the new look for straitened times

Long considered uninspired, the simple attire of the Chinese bureaucrat in recent months has gained new appeal for those who want the security of official jobs.

By Vic Chiang and Christian ShepherdAugust 15, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: U.N. warns of danger at nuclear plant, rejects Russian claims

The latest round of shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant killed one employee and injured two others, Ukraine’s nuclear power regulator said.

By Bryan Pietsch, Annabelle Timsit, Reis Thebault, Robyn Dixon and Sammy WestfallAugust 15, 2022

China’s surprise rate cut, economic slowdown send oil prices plunging

Oil prices fell 4.6 percent on the prospect of lower demand, pushing West Texas Intermediate crude to $88 a barrel.

By Hamza ShabanAugust 15, 2022

William Ruto declared winner of Kenya’s presidential election

A majority of the electoral commission said they could not stand by the result. What happens next will be closely watched.

By Rachel Chason and Rael Ombuor August 15, 2022

Shanghai Ikea lockdown sparks scramble as China enforces ‘zero covid’

Videos of the rush spread widely on social media, in part because they highlighted the growing gulf between China and other parts of the world.

By Karina TsuiAugust 15, 2022

Inside Ukraine’s captured nuclear plant, explosions and constant fear

Workers from the Zaporizhzhia plant describe disappearances at the hands of Russian soldiers and fear of nuclear catastrophe.

By Loveday Morris, Ievgeniia Sivorka and John HudsonAugust 15, 2022

Two weeks of chaos: A timeline of the U.S. pullout of Afghanistan

The U.S. withdrawal saw desperate Afghans try to flee the country as violence left nearly 200 dead.

By Ruby MellenAugust 15, 2022

The cost of peace in Afghanistan

One year ago today, Kabul fell to the Taliban, ending two decades of war and U.S. occupation. Today on Post Reports, we take you to Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where a year of peace hasn’t healed old wounds or brought new opportunities.

By Maggie Penman, Alexis Diao, Reena Flores, Jordan-Marie Smith, Rennie Svirnovskiy, Ariel Plotnick, Emma Talkoff, Sabby Robinson and Sean CarterAugust 15, 2022

Celebration, uncertainty and fear grip Kabul one year on

While the Taliban takeover ended decades of conflict, it also upended the lives of millions and deepened Afghanistan's poverty.

By Susannah George and Pamela ConstableAugust 15, 2022