In China, civil servant chic is the new look for straitened times

Long considered uninspired, the simple attire of the Chinese bureaucrat in recent months has gained new appeal for those who want the security of official jobs.

By Vic Chiang and Christian ShepherdAugust 15, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: U.N. warns of danger at nuclear plant, rejects Russian claims

The latest round of shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant killed one employee and injured two others, Ukraine’s nuclear power regulator said.

By Bryan Pietsch, Annabelle Timsit, Reis Thebault, Robyn Dixon and Sammy WestfallAugust 15, 2022

China’s surprise rate cut, economic slowdown send oil prices plunging

Oil prices fell 4.6 percent on the prospect of lower demand, pushing West Texas Intermediate crude to $88 a barrel.

By Hamza ShabanAugust 15, 2022

William Ruto declared winner of Kenya’s presidential election

A majority of the electoral commission said they could not stand by the result. What happens next will be closely watched.

By Rachel Chason and Rael Ombuor August 15, 2022

Shanghai Ikea lockdown sparks scramble as China enforces ‘zero covid’

Videos of the rush spread widely on social media, in part because they highlighted the growing gulf between China and other parts of the world.

By Karina TsuiAugust 15, 2022

Inside Ukraine’s captured nuclear plant, explosions and constant fear

Workers from the Zaporizhzhia plant describe disappearances at the hands of Russian soldiers and fear of nuclear catastrophe.

By Loveday Morris, Ievgeniia Sivorka and John HudsonAugust 15, 2022

Two weeks of chaos: A timeline of the U.S. pullout of Afghanistan

The U.S. withdrawal saw desperate Afghans try to flee the country as violence left nearly 200 dead.

By Ruby MellenAugust 15, 2022

The cost of peace in Afghanistan

One year ago today, Kabul fell to the Taliban, ending two decades of war and U.S. occupation. Today on Post Reports, we take you to Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where a year of peace hasn’t healed old wounds or brought new opportunities.

By Maggie Penman, Alexis Diao, Reena Flores, Jordan-Marie Smith, Rennie Svirnovskiy, Ariel Plotnick, Emma Talkoff, Sabby Robinson and Sean CarterAugust 15, 2022

Celebration, uncertainty and fear grip Kabul one year on

While the Taliban takeover ended decades of conflict, it also upended the lives of millions and deepened Afghanistan's poverty.

By Susannah George and Pamela ConstableAugust 15, 2022

Despite promises, Saudi executions already nearly double from last year

As early as 2018, Crown Prince Mohammed said executions would be reduced as part of the modernization of the kingdom.

By Sarah DadouchAugust 15, 2022

India celebrates 75 years since independence amid hope and tension

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is in a new phase of global importance, while critics accused him of using the event as a personal political platform.

By Annabelle TimsitAugust 15, 2022

A bear cub got high on hallucinogenic ‘mad honey’ — and there’s video

A brown bear in Turkey got high after ingesting “mad honey,” a hallucinogenic substance that has knocked down whole armies.

By María Luisa PaúlAugust 15, 2022

U.S. reports drone strikes on Tanf base in Syria, no casualties

The remote base is located near Syria's Jordanian and Iraqi borders and is not far from a smuggling route for Iranian weapons into the country.

By Sarah DadouchAugust 15, 2022

Iran denies involvement in Rushdie attack, says he brought it on himself

Tehran, in its first public reaction, said Salman Rushdie and his supporters were to blame for an attack that left the “Satanic Verses” author with severe injuries.

By Jennifer HassanAugust 15, 2022

Brexit is Boris Johnson’s singular achievement. How well is it working?

As on all things Brexit, the answer is divisive. But people are generally agreed that Brexit has not yet delivered on its lofty promises.

By William BoothAugust 15, 2022

China begins new military drills as U.S. delegation visits Taiwan

The People's Liberation Army announced more exercises, which it said were a warning to the United States and Taipei against “playing cheap political tricks.”

By Christian Shepherd and Eva DouAugust 15, 2022

Freya the walrus, who charmed crowds in Norway, is killed by authorities

Norwegian authorities said that Freya was a threat to human safety and that moving her was not considered viable.

By Rachel PannettAugust 15, 2022

In Afghanistan, a legacy of U.S. failure endures

One year after the Taliban takeover, there’s plenty of lamentation in Washington over what went wrong. Many Afghans, meanwhile, are only looking ahead with despair.

By Ishaan TharoorAugust 15, 2022

Ukraine Live Briefing: Shelling near nuclear plant kills worker as world leaders call on Russia to retreat

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian forces of using the nuclear plant as a shield in a “blackmail operation."

By Reis Thebault, Rachel Pannett, Annabelle Timsit and Meena VenkataramananAugust 14, 2022