Ukraine live briefing: Russia defiant as oil price cap and embargo take effect

Russia has accused the United States and its allies of capping the oil price for political reasons.

By Emily Rauhala, Annabelle Timsit and Rachel PannettDecember 5, 2022

2,500 endangered Caspian seals found dead on Russian shores

Caspian seals are the only marine mammals in the landlocked sea. Conservation officials said they will be examined in a lab to determine the cause of death.

By Bryan PietschDecember 5, 2022

North Korea’s first daughter emerges. Could women one day run the country?

Women play a complex role in both the political structure and economy of North Korea. But the country remains a deeply male-dominated society.

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Min Joo KimDecember 5, 2022

What gets missed in the angry debate over Qatar’s World Cup

Off the field, the World Cup has been the site of a rancorous contest between a moralizing West and increasingly indignant Qatari hosts and their Arab brethren.

By Ishaan TharoorDecember 4, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Few crossing Dnieper River into Kherson; ‘reduced tempo’ of war to continue, U.S. intel chief says

Russia and Ukraine will probably “try to refit, resupply, in a sense, reconstitute” in the spring, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said.

By Samantha Schmidt, Serhii Korolchuk, Kendra Nichols, Annabelle Timsit, Ben Brasch and Nick ParkerDecember 4, 2022

Ukraine allows perilous Dnieper River crossings to flee Russian occupation

Those willing to dare the journey face peril: A 65-year-old woman attempting to cross the river died under gunfire Sunday, according to Kherson City Council.

By Samantha Schmidt and Serhii KorolchukDecember 4, 2022

Iranian official signals possible suspension of morality police

The Guidance Patrol — in whose custody Mahsa Amini died, sparking protests — has been suspended, a top official said. But its status remains uncertain.

By Miriam Berger and Annabelle TimsitDecember 4, 2022

Evacuations in Indonesia as Mount Semeru erupts, spewing river of lava

Sunday's eruption comes exactly a year after the same volcano erupted and left more than 40 people dead and villages blanketed in ash and mud.

By Sammy WestfallDecember 4, 2022

European officials object to Biden’s green subsidies as protectionist

The White House has little appetite for changes to the Inflation Reduction Act, but officials say the rulemaking process may help accommodate concerns.

By Emily Rauhala and Ellen NakashimaDecember 4, 2022
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Ethiopian guards massacred scores of Tigrayan prisoners, witnesses say

The most egregious killings by Ethiopian guards occurred at the Mirab Abaya prison camp, where current and retired Tigrayan soldiers were detained.

By Katharine HoureldDecember 4, 2022

A more pragmatic Xi Jinping launches a global charm offensive for China

HIs newly personable approach with world leaders is a departure from a combative style in recent years. But it's being challenged at home by pandemic protests.

By Lily KuoDecember 4, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Russian defense minister meets with Belarusian president; Kremlin decries price cap on oil

Moscow has denounced a price cap on Russian oil agreed by Western nations as "dangerous." The Biden administration has called the cap “welcome news.”

By Samantha Schmidt, Erin Cunningham, Katerina Ang, Adela Suliman, Emily Rauhala, Andrea Salcedo and Meryl KornfieldDecember 3, 2022

Kandinsky sale halted after Poland claims artwork was stolen in 1984

The work by Russian artist Kandinsky was allegedly stolen from Poland's National Museum. German auction house Grisebach tried to sell it this week.

By Andrew JeongDecember 3, 2022

After Kherson, Ukraine’s military ponders new push south and east

A logical step for Ukraine would be to press south through the Zaporizhzhia region and sever the "land bridge" between Russia and Crimea.

By Samantha Schmidt and Serhii KorolchukDecember 3, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. agrees to $60 price cap on Russian oil; Scholz speaks with Putin

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the war, a presidential adviser said. President Biden said he has no plans to meet Vladimir Putin until Russia signals an intention to end the war.

By Claire Parker, Emily Rauhala, Andrew Jeong, Ben Brasch, Adela Suliman and John HudsonDecember 2, 2022

‘Zombie’ viruses are thawing in melting permafrost because of climate change

'Zombie' viruses are buried in the Arctic permafrost. European researchers warn they may increasingly be unleashed as global warming thaws it.

By Michael Birnbaum and Ellen FrancisDecember 2, 2022

List of world’s most expensive cities is altered by war in Ukraine

Moscow and St. Petersburg, the most populous cities in Russia, saw the most drastic jumps in rank of any city included.

By Claire HealyDecember 2, 2022

Western nations agree to cap price of Russian oil at $60 a barrel

The idea of the cap, pitched hard by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen, is to limit how much Russian President Vladimir Putin can make on the oil he diverts elsewhere in the world without creating a massive disruption in global supply.

By Emily Rauhala, Catherine Belton, Karen DeYoung and Beatriz RíosDecember 2, 2022

A Sunni cleric in Iran inspires protesters, challenges the government

There are few public figures in Iran who have the temerity to challenge the authorities in Tehran, but Molavi Abdol Hamid is among them.

By Babak DehghanpishehDecember 2, 2022

Scholz phones Putin after diplomatic overture by Biden and Macron

A call to Moscow by the German chancellor on Friday was the first by an E.U. leader since Russia suffered a string of battlefield defeats in its war against Ukraine.

By Robyn Dixon, Loveday Morris and Emily RauhalaDecember 2, 2022