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

Russia-Ukraine war live updates: 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,  Rachel Pannett,  Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Timsit,  Jennifer Hassan and Annabelle ChapmanMay 23, 2022

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

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

By Michael Birnbaum,  Bryan Pietsch,  Annabelle Chapman,  Annabelle Timsit and Sammy WestfallMay 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

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 23, 2022

Zelensky calls out a ‘state of war criminals’ and Davos ‘Russia House’ makeover

Ahead of the World Economic Forum, a Ukrainian group transformed the former gathering space for Russian business and government leaders, who were not invited.

By Ishaan Tharoor,  Bryan Pietsch and Lateshia BeachumMay 23, 2022

Maps of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia has launched an extensive assault on Ukraine. We're mapping how Russian troops are advancing.

By Washington Post StaffMay 23, 2022

Civilian killings soar as Russian mercenaries join fight in West Africa

Documents, imagery and witness accounts point to a heightened Russian presence in Mali, where the military government is locked in a bloody war with extremists. Profits from the Wagner Group flow back to Moscow, helping prop up Vladimir Putin’s government at at time of growing economic isolation over its war in Ukraine.

By Danielle Paquette,  Joyce Sohyun Lee and Jon SwaineMay 23, 2022

Goodbye, Pushkin. Ukrainians target Russian street names, monuments.

The onset of war has hastened Ukraine’s efforts to remove the names of famous Russian and Soviet figures from metro stations, streets and landmarks.

By Fredrick Kunkle and Serhii Korolchuk May 23, 2022

Fire engulfs Philippine ferry carrying over 100 people, killing 7

The ferry caught fire in the early hours of the morning, but authorities have not determined a cause beyond saying it started in the engine room.

By Regine CabatoMay 23, 2022

Biden says quarantines for monkeypox aren’t needed in U.S.

Belgium imposed a 21-day quarantine to fight monkeypox, but President Biden said the U.S. had enough vaccine doses to handle flare-ups of the disease.

By Seung Min KimMay 23, 2022

In shadow of war, there’s no ‘business as usual’ in Davos

The guiding theme of this year’s gathering focuses squarely on how governments and businesses can grapple with “history at a turning point.”

By Ishaan TharoorMay 23, 2022

Global health talks clouded by conspiracy theories about pandemic treaty

The unfounded theory accuses the World Health Organization of conspiring to take power from national governments.

By Adam TaylorMay 22, 2022

A grasp at diplomacy as fighting grinds on in Ukraine

The invasion by Russia continues to exact a toll on Ukraine, particularly in the eastern Donbas and Luhansk regions where Russian troops are concentrated.

By Fenit Nirappil,  Julian Duplain,  Annabelle Timsit and Paulina VillegasMay 22, 2022

Ahead of Biden visit, Israel launches biggest eviction of Palestinians in decades

Rights advocates say the mass expulsion, if completed, would be the largest since the aftermath of the 1967 war.

By Steve Hendrix and Shira RubinMay 22, 2022

Ukrainian leaders warn of dire situation in key eastern city of Severodonetsk

Severodonetsk looks set to be the war’s next major battlefield as Russia apparently deploys BMP-T “Terminator” tank support vehicles.

By Bryan Pietsch,  Julian Duplain,  Victoria Bisset,  Jennifer Hassan,  Lateshia Beachum and Paulina VillegasMay 22, 2022

Deadly thunderstorm complex cuts power to nearly a million in Canada

At least 5 people died as a probable “derecho” swept through Ontario and Quebec.

By Jacob FeuersteinMay 22, 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 22, 2022