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Its Forces Under Siege, Ukraine Hits Distant, Russian-Held Crimea

A soldier from Ukraine’s 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade firing a grenade on Monday in the Donetsk region. Russian forces have gained ground around the Ukrainian stronghold of Avdiivka, also in Donestk.

The Head Spinning Reality of Venezuela’s Economy

Chefs preparing a meal at Altum, a restaurant suspended on a crane over Caracas, the Venezuelan capital.

Macron Appears Ready to Tough Out France’s Pension Crisis

Emmanuel Macron during the presidential election last year, when he promised to raise the legal retirement age in France.

Israel Votes to Scrap Law Barring Settlers at Four Evacuated West Bank Sites

Israeli soldiers guard the road outside the former settlement of Homesh in 2021.

As War in Ukraine Grinds On, China Helps Refill Russian Drone Supplies

A truck carrying an unmanned aerial vehicle during a military parade in Beijing in 2019.

A Massive Trump Painting Is Mysteriously Missing

Francisco Antonio López Benavides, a Salvadoran artist, showing part of a life-size portrait of former President Donald J. Trump that he was commissioned to paint in 2020.

Boris Johnson Admits Misleading U.K. Parliament Over Lockdown Parties

“When the statements were made, they were made in good faith and on the basis of what I honestly knew and believed at the time,” former Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain wrote in a statement to a parliamentary committee.

Why China and Russia Are Closer Than Ever

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Beijing in February 2022. After that meeting, the leaders declared their commitment to a friendship with “no limits.”

Saudi Arabia Frees Saad Almadi, U.S. Dual Citizen Jailed for Dissent

Saad Almadi, right, with his son, Ibrahim. Mr. Almadi, a retired project manager, was arrested during a visit to Saudi Arabia in 2021.

Report Finds London Police Force Is Sexist and Racist

Louise Casey, center, was appointed to conduct an independent review into the standards of behavior and the internal culture of the London Metropolitan Police Service.

Lead Exposure From U.S. Car Batteries Threatens Health of Mexican Workers

After tests showed high levels of lead in Azael Mateo González Ramírez’s body, his supervisor at a car battery recycling plant in northern Mexico insisted he keep working.

The Children of the Iraq War Have Grown Up, but Some Wounds Don’t Heal

India Blocks Internet in Punjab as Security Forces Pursue Separatist

Police officers outside the home of Amritpal Singh in Jallupur Khera, a village about 30 miles from Amritsar, India.

U.S. Plans to Send Abrams Tanks to Ukraine Far Sooner Than Expected

M1A1 Abrams battle tanks during an exercise in Latvia in 2021.

Justice Dept. Embraces Supporting Role in Pursuing War Crimes in Ukraine

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, center, has said that U.S. prosecutors had identified “several specific” Russians suspected of war crimes against Americans.

Macron Plots Next Move in French Pensions Dispute

Legislators in the National Assembly in Paris on Monday protesting against the increase in the pension age.

A Translation Problem

A thermometer reading greeting visitors at Death Valley National Park in California in 2021.

Notes From One Woman’s Decade of Eating Scones

Following a Folk Tale Through the Himalayas

The Panchachuli peaks, a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks that reach 22,651 feet, and Rajramba, which reaches 21,447 feet, on the left, tower over the Johar Valley in Kumaon.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Visits Ukraine

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Tuesday.

Your Tuesday Briefing

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin met Monday at the Kremlin.

Ukraine Says Explosion in Crimea Destroyed Russian Cruise Missiles

A damaged Kalibr missile used by the Russian Army in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine in October.

Putin and Xi Celebrate Ties Unbroken by Russia’s War in Ukraine

Macron’s Government Survives No-Confidence Vote Amid France’s Wrath Over Pensions

The French National Assembly debated two no-confidence votes against President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Monday. Mr. Macron’s government survived both votes.

Your Tuesday Briefing: Xi Meets Putin in Moscow

This photograph released by Russian state media showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday.

Xi Condemns Killings in African Nation Where Russian and Chinese Interests Compete

A statue of Russian soldiers at the corner in central Bangui, Central African Republic, in November.

Biden Administration Authorizes $350 Million for Ukraine Military Aid

U.S. Marines working on a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems or HIMARS, in Capas, Philippines, in October.

Blinken Says Xi’s Russia Visit Amounts to ‘Diplomatic Cover’ for War Crimes

Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressing reporters in Washington on Monday.

Who’s Behind the Judicial Overhaul Now Dividing Israel? Two Americans.

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested the government’s judicial overhaul plan on March 11.

Meta Manager Was Hacked With Spyware and Wiretapped in Greece

Artemis Seaford, shown in Washington this year, worked as a trust and safety manager for Meta from 2020 until late 2022.

European Officials Agree to Supply More Artillery Shells to Ukraine

Ukrainian armed forces loading a howitzer in the Donetsk region in May.

First Official Estimate of Somalia’s Drought Shows 43,000 Dead

Lining up at a nutrition center run by a charitable group in Baidoa, Somalia, in November.

Israel’s Leaders Advance Key Part of Judicial Overhaul but Delay Rest

A rally protesting the judicial overhaul blocked a highway in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The debate over the proposals has set off one of the deepest domestic crises in Israeli history.

What to Expect From France’s No-Confidence Vote

The French government has exposed itself to no-confidence motions that could bring down President Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet.

French government and Macron’s retirement overhaul survive a no-confidence vote. Here’s the latest.

American Held Hostage in Africa Is Freed

Jeffery Woodke, an American, was kidnapped in Niger in October 2016.

1948: Egypt Starts Power Project

Australian State Moves to Ban Nazi Salute After Rally

Members of an Australian neo-Nazi group during a rally against transgender rights at Parliament House in Melbourne on Saturday.

Who Are Russia’s Friends Amid the War in Ukraine?

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, right, and President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus in Minsk, Belarus, in December.

Earth to Hit Critical Global Warming Threshold by Early 2030s

Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, speaking at the global climate talks on Nov. 6 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

What Could Happen If Trump Is Indicted This Week

Donald Trump.

A WWII Pilot Saved His Crew. It Took 80 Years to Identify His Remains.

First Lt. William B. Montgomery, front row, second from right, with other members of the U.S. Army Air Forces. He piloted a B-24 Liberator that was struck by antiaircraft fire while on a mission to bomb an airfield near the German-occupied Paris.

Some Details on the Agenda for Xi Jinping’s Visit to Russia

President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Moscow in 2019.

Your Monday Briefing

Donald Trump speaking last week in Iowa.

Your Monday Briefing: Putin and Xi to Meet in Moscow

An image taken from video footage released on Sunday by Russian TV shows President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Mariupol, Ukraine.

Lab Leak or Not? How Politics Shaped the Battle Over Covid’s Origin

The Wuhan Institute of Virology is known for its advanced research on bat coronaviruses.

A ‘New Cold War’ Looms in Africa as U.S. Pushes Against Russian Gains

An independence celebration in Ndjamena, Chad, in 2021, the year the country’s autocratic leader of three decades was killed in battle with rebels.

Amid Violence, Israeli and Palestinian Officials Meet to Promote Calm

Palestinian men fixing cars last week in an area that was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the Palestinian town of Huwara, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Assad’s 2nd Diplomatic Trip in Days Speeds Easing of Isolation

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, left, with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Chaos Up Close

Joe Faillace unlocking the gate on a fence around the sandwich shop that he and his wife have run for four decades.

To Combat Food Shortages, North Korea Deploys the Military

In a photograph provided by North Korean state media, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is said to visit a greenhouse farm in the eastern part of the country.

China as Peacemaker in the Ukraine War? The U.S. and Europe Are Skeptical.

A photograph released by Russian state media showing President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing last year. Mr. Xi plans to visit the Russian president this week.

Rishi Sunak Charts Post-Brexit Role With Pivot From ‘Global Britain’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London. Analysts and diplomats say he has begun to chart a realistic role for Britain in the global arena for the first time since Brexit.

In U.S.-Led Iraq War, Iran Was the Big Winner

Pilgrims at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, an Iraqi Shiite holy city, during a pilgrimage in September.

Russia Is Closing In on Bakhmut, but Casualties Are High

Members of Ukraine’s Third Assault Brigade have spent the past three months fighting waves of Russian soldiers around the eastern city of Bakhmut.

Putin Visits Mariupol After ICC Arrest Warrant

An image taken from video footage released on Sunday by Russian TV shows President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Mariupol, Ukraine.