Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Zelensky says war will end in diplomacy; West discusses atrocities in Hague

Severodonetsk looks set to be the war’s next major battlefield as Russia continues shelling.

By Bryan Pietsch,  Julian Duplain,  Jennifer Hassan and Victoria BissetMay 22, 2022

Inside the collapse of the Rajapaksa dynasty in Sri Lanka

How two powerful brothers fell out and took their country down with them.

By Gerry Shih and Hafeel FariszMay 22, 2022

In Cuba, a frantic search for milk

As Cuba careens through its worst economic crisis in 30 years, the staple is one of the most potent symbols of the country’s precarious state.

By Mary Beth SheridanMay 21, 2022

Biden signs $40 billion Ukraine aid bill

The aid package deepens the U.S. commitment to Ukraine amid signs of preparations for a longer conflict.

By Seung Min Kim,  Julian Duplain,  Amy Cheng,  Andrew Jeong,  Ellen Francis,  Marisa Iati,  Timothy Bella and Meryl KornfieldMay 21, 2022

Russia tries to rebound in Ukraine as prospects for victory fade

After the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers and an avalanche of failures since the invasion of Ukraine began, President Vladimir Putin has narrowed his objectives in a campaign increasingly viewed as unsustainable, unrealistic — and likely unwinnable.

By Dan Lamothe,  Ellen Nakashima and Alex HortonMay 21, 2022

Russia bans 963 Americans, including Biden and Harris — but not Trump

The Russian Foreign Ministry's publication of a list of banned Americans is a largely symbolic move in response to U.S. support for Ukraine and historic sanctions on Russia.

By Timothy BellaMay 21, 2022

‘Stocky’ Edwards, Canadian flying ace in World War II, dies at 100

He was heralded his nation’s “top gun” over the North African desert in 1942 and 1943.

By Phil DavisonMay 21, 2022

S. Korean president appears uneasy when pressed on gender inequality

The leader of South Korea was asked by a Washington Post reporter about what role he and his administration should play in helping the advancement of women and improving gender equality.

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee,  Seung Min Kim and Michael KranishMay 21, 2022

Australia ousts conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison

“Tonight the Australian people have voted for change,” Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese told supporters after the polls closed.

By Michael E. Miller and Frances VinallMay 21, 2022

In pictures: How the Mariupol siege unfolded

Here’s how Russia’s deadly siege of Ukraine's Mariupol took place, leaving much of the southeastern city in ruins.

By Victoria BissetMay 21, 2022

Biden’s charm offensive seeks to bolster ties with South Korea, Indo-Pacific

Biden began engaging personally with Korea's president on the 10th day of his tenure, part of an effort to exert more influence in the region.

By Seung Min Kim,  Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Michelle Ye Hee LeeMay 21, 2022

The Black feminist activist who could be Colombia’s vice president

Francia Márquez, a political newcomer, is forcing Colombia to confront its racist, classist and sexist past and present.

By Samantha Schmidt and Diana DuránMay 21, 2022

Dodging shells, mines and spies: On the front with Ukraine’s snipers

A visit to the town of Maryinka brings a rare close-up look at the nature of the war in eastern Ukraine, described by Ukraine’s president as “hell.”

By Sudarsan RaghavanMay 21, 2022

Russia says it has full control of Mariupol steel plant

Meantime, Russia plans to cut off Finland from natural gas and the war crimes trial of Russian solider Vadim Shishimarin will resume next week in Ukraine.

By Meryl Kornfield,  Timothy Bella,  Kim Bellware,  Ellen Francis,  Andrew Jeong,  Amy Cheng,  Jonathan Edwards,  Keith McMillan and Aaron BlakeMay 20, 2022

As the defense of Mariupol ends, fighting in eastern Ukraine rages on

A leader of the far-right Azov Regiment says an order has been issued to cease in their last-ditch defense of Mariupol, which has been gutted by the Russian military.

By Timothy Bella,  Karoun Demirjian,  Aaron Blake and Jeff SteinMay 20, 2022

Biden kicks off Asia trip lauding tech cooperation with South Korea

President Biden's five-day trip to South Korea and Japan is meant to emphasize U.S. commitment to the region in the face of a more assertive China.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,  Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Seung Min KimMay 20, 2022

What rights do prisoners of war have under international law?

The Geneva Conventions lay out rules for the treatment of captured fighters. Here's what to know.

By Claire ParkerMay 20, 2022

Biden security officials sent home after incident in South Korea

A member of President Biden’s security personnel has been accused of assaulting a South Korean in Seoul one day before Biden's trip to the country, according to South Korean police.

By Peter Hermann and Min Joo KimMay 20, 2022

5 problems behind the global cost-of-living crisis

In some countries, distinct factors are in play, such as Brexit and tax hikes in Britain. But a range of problems that cut across borders are driving inflation globally.

By Adam TaylorMay 20, 2022

Former German chancellor Schröder resigns from Russian energy firm

German lawmakers had stripped Gerhard Schröder of his office and staff Thursday and called for him to resign from Rosneft.

By Loveday Morris and Amy ChengMay 20, 2022