Ukraine live briefing: Russia rewards pilots who downed U.S. drone; missiles strike Zaporizhzhia

The drone encounter had raised alarm about the prospect of potential escalation between the Kremlin and Washington.

By Niha MasihMarch 23, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Xi departs Russia with no clear progress on peace; Zelensky visits Bakhmut

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday made a visit to the front line in Bakhmut, where Russian forces have almost encircled Ukrainian troops.

By Rachel Pannett, Adela Suliman, Miriam Berger and Sammy WestfallMarch 22, 2023

State Dept. eases restrictions on employees with foreign ties

Critics have called the State Department's restrictions discriminatory, particularly to Asian Americans barred from working in nations such as China and Taiwan.

By Missy Ryan and John HudsonMarch 22, 2023

Europe should detain Putin, give him to ICC if he visits, Blinken says

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin that accuses him of being responsible for the abduction of Ukrainian children.

By John Hudson and Missy RyanMarch 22, 2023

Macron defends move to raise retirement age as protests roil France

In his first televised comments since ramming the legislation through, Macron described the plan that has roiled France as a necessity the people must bear.

By Ellen Francis and Claire ParkerMarch 22, 2023

Boris Johnson says ‘hand on heart’ he didn’t lie to Parliament about Partygate

The interrogation of Boris Johnson came on the same day as a vote on a Northern Ireland Brexit compromise, crafted by former colleague Rishi Sunak, that Johnson has helped lead a revolt against.

By Karla Adam and William BoothMarch 22, 2023

8 things to know about traveling in Europe during labor strikes

Trips to the U.K. and France may see disruptions to air travel, rail transportation and even sanitation services through spring and summer.

By Hannah SampsonMarch 22, 2023

Xi’s delay of Siberia pipeline signals limits to his embrace of Putin

The Chinese leader's state visit showed Moscow and Beijing united against the West, but failure to agree on the Siberia Power 2 pipeline suggested that economic ties have limits.

By Robyn DixonMarch 22, 2023

Ukraine, pumped up by Western weapons, is held back by slow deliveries

Western nations have sent robust weapons supplies, but it is still unclear if Ukraine is sufficiently prepared for an anticipated spring offensive. Tanks from the U.S. won't arrive until fall.

By Siobhán O'Grady, Alex Horton, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Anastacia GalouchkaMarch 22, 2023

Virginia Zeani, renowned and versatile opera diva, dies at 97

She was the volatile and conflicted Sister Blanche in the world premiere of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” at La Scala in 1957.

By Tim PageMarch 22, 2023

A Winnie the Pooh horror film was pulled in Hong Kong. No one will explain why.

“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" — which features a character often used as a meme to poke fun at Chinese leader Xi Jinping — was set to open Thursday.

By Kelsey AblesMarch 22, 2023

Ugandan law criminalizes being LGBTQ amid crackdown on homosexuality

The new law comes amid a widening crackdown on sexual minorities in the deeply conservative Christian nation in east Africa. It is likely to be challenged in court.

By Niha Masih and Rael OmbuorMarch 22, 2023

By embracing Putin, Xi defies the U.S. and exploits a global divide

Xi Jinping needs Russia in China's competition with the United States, but also wants to present himself as a champion of the Global South.

By Lily KuoMarch 22, 2023

Costa Rica, laid-back land of ‘pura vida,’ succumbing to drug violence

The Central American tourist magnet, once merely a way station for U.S.- and Europe-bound cocaine, sees growing domestic use — and record homicides.

By Mary Beth SheridanMarch 22, 2023

Xi and Putin sign agreements as Japan’s leader visits Ukraine

The visit by Chinese Presiden Xi Jinping's is Beijing's strongest show of support yet for Russian President Vladimir Putin since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

By Adela Suliman, Rachel Pannett, Andrew Jeong, Miriam Berger, Robyn Dixon, Natalia Abbakumova and Sammy WestfallMarch 22, 2023

Xi’s Russia trip marks the arrival of a more ambitious ‘Global China’

China’s growing leverage over Russia and its increased involvement in the Middle East are signs of a more assertive foreign policy coming into focus.

By Ishaan TharoorMarch 22, 2023

Visit by Japan’s Kishida to Kyiv gives sharp contrast to Xi in Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is in Kyiv to see Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as China's Xi Jinping meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

By Michelle Ye Hee LeeMarch 21, 2023

U.S. will speed transfer of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, Pentagon says

The new plan calls for refurbishing tank hulls already in the U.S. arsenal rather than procuring new vehicles, which had been expected to take up to two years.

By Dan LamotheMarch 21, 2023

Xi and Putin showcase alliance but offer no path to peace in Ukraine

On the second day of a state visit, the leaders-for-life emphasized economic ties, which have grown far stronger since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

By Robyn Dixon and Lily KuoMarch 21, 2023

Xi’s cocoon in Moscow: A Chinese-owned hotel over Red Square opulence

Sino-Russian relations have grown substantially closer since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the West’s imposition of punishing sanctions.

By Mary Ilyushina and Francesca EbelMarch 21, 2023