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Finding Relief, if Not an Escape, From War at Ukraine’s Ski Resorts

Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at the Drahobrat ski resort in a heavy snowstorm in January.


China Finds Itself With Limited Options After U.S. Shoots Down Balloon

A Chinese balloon that was struck down by an American fighter jet off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday.


Pervez Musharraf, Former Military Ruler of Pakistan, Dies at 79


‘It’s Our Central Park’: Uproar Rises Over Location of New Toronto Homes

The Ontario government is opening up for development areas of the Greenbelt, a section of ecologically protected land surrounding Toronto and nearby communities.


Fierce Battle Rages for ‘Every Stairwell’ in Bakhmut, Wagner Leader Says

Ukrainian soldiers on their way to the front line last month in eastern Ukraine.


In West Bank, Settlers Sense Their Moment After Far Right’s Rise

“We’re hoping that a window of opportunity has been opened,” said Yedaaya Stein, a settler activist leading efforts to erect Or Haim, a destroyed settlement outpost in the northern West Bank, pictured here this past week in Yitzhar settlement.


Pope Francis Calls for Peace in South Sudan During Visit

Pope Francis meeting leaders of the Roman Catholic Church on Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Therese in Juba, South Sudan’s capital.


What’s the Correct Color of Bees? In Austria, It’s a Toxic Topic.

Sandro Huter checking his bees in Carinthia, Austria.


When It Comes to Building Its Own Defense, Europe Has Blinked

Ukrainian soldiers with an American-made M777 howitzer last year in the Donetsk region.


U.S. Presses Turkey and U.A.E. to Weed Out Illicit Trade With Russia

Since the war in Ukraine began last February, the United Arab Emirates has become a major destination for wealthy Russians, who have parked their yachts in its marinas and moved into its high rises.


In London’s Poor‌ ‌Areas, Budget Cuts‌ and Youth Violence Collide

The Marcus Lipton Youth Club in South London in August. The center used to count on hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in government funding. Now, it gets almost none.


Missing From Czech Spa Town Popular With Russians: Russians

Refugees from Ukraine singing folk songs at a rally last month in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.


Corporate Lawyer’s Unlikely Mission: Defend and ‘Humanize’ a Hated Terrorist

Stanislas Eskenazi, right, the defense lawyer of Mohamed Abrini, with other defense lawyers, at the opening of the trial of those accused of carrying out the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March of 2016.


Italian Mobster, 16 Years on the Lam, Found Working at a Pizzeria

Police officers outside the hide-out of Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy’s most wanted mafia boss, after his January arrest. Mr. Messina Denaro lived a glitzy life; the most recent fugitive arrested did not.


Silent Suffering


What to Know About the ‘Hong Kong 47’ Trial and the National Security Law

A show of support in 2021 for 47 Hong Kong democracy advocates charged with subversion. Organized dissent of any kind is now dangerous in the city.


Chile Wildfires Leave 13 Dead

Firefighters in Quilmo, near Chillán, Chile, on Thursday.


Russia Pushes to Take Ukrainian Town Near a Vital Supply Line

Ukrainian soldiers covered their ears as an M109 self-propelled artillery unit was fired at Russian mortar positions around the strategic town of Vuhledar in December.


Traveling and Eating Well


Some Homeless Encampments Can Stay, but the Underlying Issues Remain

Toronto has been aggressive when it comes to removing homeless people from encampments.


The Pentagon Saw a Warship Boondoggle. Congress Saw Jobs.

A group of Freedom-class littoral combat ships tied up at port in Jacksonville, Fla. Eight of the 10 based there were slated for retirement, but the Navy reversed itself on four of them.


Ties to Kabul Bombing Put ISIS Leader in Somalia in U.S. Cross Hairs

Victims of a suicide attack at the Kabul airport on Aug. 26, 2021. The double bombing killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. service members.


Before Chinese Spy Balloon Sighting, Classified Report Highlighted Foreign Aerial Spying

A black drone flying over trees and grass in Bayside, Queens.


Spy Balloon Incident Highlights Fragile State of U.S.-China Relations

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, right, in July with China’s foreign minister at the time, Wang Yi, in Bali, Indonesia.


Brazil Says It’s Started Sinking an Old Warship, Hazardous Material and All

São Paulo in the Atlantic off Rio de Janeiro in 2011. Once the flagship of the Brazilian Navy, it had not seen active service in roughly a decade.


E.U. Vows More Help for Ukraine but Tamps Down Membership Talk

A photo released by Ukraine’s government showing President Volodymyr Zelensky, center, with the E.U. leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel in Kyiv on Friday.


A Giant Balloon Was Spotted in Montana. It’s All Anyone Can Talk About.

A high-altitude balloon floating over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday.


What Weapons Is Ukraine Getting, and Will They Arrive in Time?

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has pushed for Patriot air defense systems to protect infrastructure from Russian airstrikes.


Chinese Spy Balloon or ‘Civilian Device’? Here’s What We Know So Far

A high-altitude balloon floating over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday. The Pentagon has not confirmed whether the photo shows the Chinese “intelligence-gathering balloon” it described.


Metal Detector Hobbyist Finds a 500-Year-Old Pendant Linked to Henry VIII

The gold, heart-shaped pendant has symbols connected to Henry VIII and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon.


Fears of Russian Nuclear Weapons Use Have Diminished for Now

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, a senior U.S. official said recently, may well have come to the conclusion that his nuclear threats were backfiring.


Gary Glitter Is Released From Prison After Serving Half of His Sentence

Paul Gadd, better known by his stage name, Gary Glitter, arrived at court in London in 2015. He has been released after spending eight years in prison.


Germany to Allow Export of Older Leopard 1 Tanks to Ukraine

German-made Leopard 1 tanks in a hangar in Tournais, Belgium, on Tuesday.


Man Convicted of Treason Over Threat to Kill Queen With Crossbow

A van believed to be transporting Jaswant Singh Chail arriving at a court in London in August. Mr. Chail’s intrusion at Windsor Castle prompted the British government to review rules on the purchase of crossbows.


Blinken Cancels China Trip After Spy Balloon Detected Over U.S.


Why Eggs Cost So Much

Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Mo.


Hong Kong To Give Away 500,000 Plane Tickets to Lure Tourists

John Lee, the chief executive of Hong Kong, discussing a campaign to promote tourism in the city.


A New Approach to Funding for the Arts

An art installation during the Vivid Festival in Sydney last year.


Pope Francis Visits South Sudan to Highlight Young Nation’s Troubles

A street scene in Juba, South Sudan.


Your Friday Briefing

Near Kyiv, mourning a soldier killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.


Court Dismisses Guilty Plea by Australian Tennis Star Nick Kyrgios in Assault Case

Nick Kyrgios arriving at court in Canberra, Australia, on Friday.


Pentagon Says It Detected a Chinese Spy Balloon Hovering Over Montana

In an image provided by the U.S. Air Force, an airman working on an intercontinental ballistic missile at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The Pentagon said a surveillance balloon was hovering over the state on Wednesday.


As Russia Strikes Ukrainian Civilians, Putin Tells His People the War Is Just

In the rubble of an apartment building destroyed by a Russian attack, emergency workers in Kramatorsk searched for survivors on Thursday.


Biden Aims to Deter China With Greater U.S. Military Presence in Philippines

The new agreement allows the United States to put military equipment and build facilities in nine locations across the Philippines.


Soaring Russian Death Toll in Ukraine Gives Grim Insight Into the War

Ukrainian medical evacuation team members await calls for wounded soldiers in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, which has been the scene of heavy fighting.


U.S. Says Russian Olympians Should Only Compete as Neutral Participants

Russia’s Olympic athletes, including the figure skater Anna Shcherbakova, participated in the last Winter Olympics under the name and flag of the Russian Olympic Committee.


Peru Official Concedes There’s No Evidence Criminals Are Behind Protests 

A protest against the government of President Dina Boluarte last month in Lima, Peru.


High-Profile Raids Showcase Zelensky’s Corruption Crackdown in Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has pivoted to a policy of high-profile anti-corruption enforcement this year.


Your Friday Briefing: The U.S. Military Expands in the Philippines

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviewing honor guards upon arrival at the Department of National Defense at Camp Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Metro Manila on Thursday.


Britain to Investigate if Deadliest Attack of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ Was Preventable

The scene of a bomb explosion on Market Street in Omagh, Northern Ireland, on Aug. 15, 1998.


In Congo, a Pope and a Nation Revitalize Each Other

Pope Francis on Thursday at Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He addressed some 65,000 young people.


Israel’s Government Pushes Home Demolitions as Violence Surges

Israeli soldiers outside the home of the al-Qam family on Sunday. Khairy al-Qam, 21, was recently accused of killing seven people outside a synagogue.


Tortured Guantánamo Detainee Is Freed in Belize


A Proud Ship Turned Into a Giant Recycling Problem. So Brazil Plans to Sink It.

The São Paulo, a Clemenceau-class carrier laid down in 1957, has not seen active service in roughly a decade.


European Parliament Strips 2 Lawmakers of Immunity in Graft Inquiry

Marc Tarabella of Belgium, left, and Andrea Cozzolino of Italy, right, are members of the center-left Socialists and Democrats group, which is at the heart of the scandal ripping through the European Parliament.


Window Stickers to Prevent Bird Strikes Only Work One Way

Other big threats to birds: Habitat lost to development, climate change and hunting by cats.


Encouraging Economic Signs

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.


Top E.U. Officials Arrive in Kyiv for a Summit With Zelensky

President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, greeting each other during the E.U.-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on Thursday.


U.S. and Philippines Have a Complex Military Alliance: What to Know

Lloyd J. Austin III, the U.S. defense secretary, center, arriving at Camp Aguinaldo, a military base in Quezon City, the Philippines, on Thursday.


After Jacinda Ardern, Politics Will Never Look the Same

Jacinda Ardern, the former prime minister of New Zealand, wore a burgundy jacket and matching shirt by the New Zealand label Maaike at her election night party in 2017, setting the tone for how fashion would figure into her leadership.


A U.S. Ambassador Finds Himself on Hostile Ground in Hungary

Mr. Pressman posing for a portrait in front of the former National TV headquarters last month in Budapest.