Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Russia intensifies operations in Donbas, ‘destroying’ Severodonetsk

More than 2 million Ukrainians have crossed back into the country, in a sign that a semblance of normalcy is returning to some areas outside the east.

By Annabelle Timsit,  Amy Cheng,  Adela Suliman,  Andrew Jeong and Rachel PannettMay 24, 2022

Behind bulletproof shields, Colombian candidates fear for their lives

Front-runner Gustavo Petro could be Colombia's first leftist president. Death threats have led his campaign to take unusual security measures.

By Samantha SchmidtMay 24, 2022

Airbnb to close listings in China, where it struggled even before covid

Airbnb was a minor player in the Chinese market. Tujia, a larger competitor, has reportedly offered to take over its listings.

By Amy ChengMay 24, 2022

Denmark offers Ukraine Harpoon missiles to fight Russia’s Black Sea blockade

The anti-ship missiles have been compared to the Javelins that have destroyed many Russian tanks during the war.

By Andrew JeongMay 24, 2022

Biden insists no change in Taiwan policy amid Quad meetings to counter China

The president said that there was no change in the U.S. policy on Taiwan, a day after he pledged to militarily defend the island in the event of a Chinese invasion.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,  Seung Min Kim and Michelle Ye Hee LeeMay 24, 2022

It’s not easy staying green: Keeping out of China’s covid lockdown

China is using constant tests and status codes to beat the coronavirus pandemic, but the result is a constant struggle to maintain the coveted “green” status or face social ostracism.

By Eva Dou and Pei-Lin WuMay 24, 2022

Biden takes aggressive posture toward China on Asia trip

President Biden said the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if it came under attack by China, despite the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

By Seung Min Kim,  Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.May 24, 2022

Three theories on Biden’s repeated Taiwan gaffes

Over the course of just nine months, President Biden has said at least three times that the United States would militarily defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion. And administration officials have thrice now walked back these statements.

By Adam TaylorMay 24, 2022

What are war crimes, and is Russia committing them in Ukraine?

President Biden called Russia's actions in Ukraine a "genocide" as accusations mount that Russian forces have committed war crimes in the invasion.

By Claire ParkerMay 23, 2022

Hazel Henderson, environmental activist and futurist author, dies at 89

She spent decades campaigning for social change, fighting to limit air pollution in New York City and to rethink conventional yardsticks for economic development.

By Harrison SmithMay 23, 2022

Russian soldier gets life in prison in Ukraine’s initial war crimes trial

The swift guilty verdict and life sentence could invigorate thousands of other war crimes investigations, Ukrainian officials said.

By Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Timsit,  Michael Birnbaum and Sammy WestfallMay 23, 2022

Russian soldier convicted of war crime — one of 13,000 probes, says Ukrainian official

Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking the World Economic Forum in Davos, accused Russia of “becoming a state of war criminals.”

By Paulina Firozi,  Paulina Villegas,  Karoun Demirjian,  Rachel Pannett,  Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Timsit,  Jennifer Hassan and Annabelle ChapmanMay 23, 2022

International military aid for Ukraine accelerates, Pentagon says

The Pentagon announced Monday that about 20 countries have pledged new security assistance packages for Ukraine, including new anti-ship missiles, additional attack helicopters and tanks.

By Karoun DemirjianMay 23, 2022

Deadly thunderstorm complex cuts power to nearly a million in Canada

At least 10 people died as a probable “derecho” swept through Ontario and Quebec.

By Jacob FeuersteinMay 23, 2022

Ukraine issues stamp commemorating sinking of Russian warship

The altered stamp release comes after Ukrainian forces, using intelligence from the United States, attacked the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. It later sank.

By Annabelle Timsit and Sammy WestfallMay 23, 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 Parker and Erin CunninghamMay 23, 2022

‘Ashamed’ Russian diplomat resigns over Putin’s ‘aggressive war’

In a letter circulated to colleagues and posted on social media, Boris Bondarev, counsellor to the Russian UN mission in Geneva, says he's never been "so ashamed" of his country.

By Emily RauhalaMay 23, 2022

Saving the sounds of an ancient city

Listen to the the sounds that could fade away as Cairo expands and more people move out of the center of the city.

By Siobhán O'Grady,  Frank Hulley-Jones,  Sarah Hashemi,  Emma Talkoff and Sima DiabMay 23, 2022

Why Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine is key to Russia’s war

Ukraine says Russia is using "scorched earth" tactics in Severodonetsk after its seizure of the port city of Mariupol.

By Brittany Shammas,  Nick Parker and Rachel PannettMay 23, 2022