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Zelensky Wants to Ban Religious Groups with Links to Moscow

How a German State Helped Russia Complete Nord Stream 2

Pipes from Nord Stream 2 work in Sassnitz, Germany. Russia invaded Ukraine weeks after the pipeline was finished.

A Drummer Showing the Way to ‘the Freest Musical Universe’

Miguel Tomasín has released more than 100 albums with his band, Reynols.

How China’s Police Used Phones and Faces to Track Protesters

People protesting in Beijing in November after a vigil for the victims of an apartment fire in Urumqi, China.

After Xi’s Coronation, a Roar of Discontent Against His Hard-Line Politics

Police cordoning off part of a street at a protest against China’s “zero-Covid” measures in Beijing on Sunday.

China Appears to Loosen Covid Rules After Protests

Vigil attendees in Beijing on Sunday holding white sheets of paper during a commemoration of the victims of a fire in Urumqi, China. The paper represents silent opposition to the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Ramaphosa’s Future as South Africa’s Leader in Doubt After Damning Report

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, center, in 2019. He swept into office four years ago as a champion of good governance.

Prosecutor Drops Australia Parliament Rape Case, Citing Toll on Accuser

The defendant, Bruce Lehrmann, leaving court in Canberra, Australia, in October.

U.S. and Ukrainian Embassies Targeted by Letter Bombs in Spain

Security officers outside the Ministry of Defense in Madrid on Thursday. The Spanish police were said to be analyzing the packages for fingerprints and DNA.

Can Neymar and Brazil’s World Cup Team Unite a Fractured Nation?

Brazilian fans wore the classic yellow team jerseys, but also blue and white variations as they gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s beachside Copacabana neighborhood last week to watch their team’s first game at the World Cup.

Life Without Power in Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Wednesday. Officials estimate that about 1.5 million residents remain without power for more than 12 hours a day.

The French Baguette Is Granted UNESCO World Heritage Status

President Emmanuel Macron of France described the baguette as “250 grams of magic and perfection in our daily lives.”

An Agonizing Wait for a Migrant Worker’s Final Journey Home

The funeral for Rakesh Kumar Yadav, a 40-year-old Nepali who died three months after arriving in Dubai to work as a security guard.

Buckingham Palace Staff Member Resigns Over Remarks to Black Guest

Population Growth Is Making Hurricanes More Expensive

Debris and destruction left behind by Hurricane Ian at Fort Meyers Beach, Fla. in October.

New Zealand and Australia Ponder a Lower Voting Age

A polling station in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2020.

Your Friday Briefing

President Joe Biden and President Emmanuel Macron talk while walking down the Colonnade to the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday.

As Officials Ease Covid Restrictions, China Faces New Pandemic Risks

Health care workers on Tuesday in Beijing, where daily Covid numbers have been at their highest since the pandemic began.

Germans Turn to Heat Pumps to Replace Gas Furnaces

A heat pump made by Vaillant, in a special room where the German company tests the device’s electromagnetic radiation.

Day 2: Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Is Beautiful in Its Own Way

‘Constant’ Russian Airstrikes Stifle Ukraine’s Efforts to Restore Power 

During a blackout in Kyiv this week.

Your Friday Briefing: Is China Relenting?

Vigil attendees in Beijing commemorated the victims of an apartment fire in Urumqi, China.

EU Talks Over Russian Oil Price Cap Drag On

Inside a Gazprom plant in Omsk, Russia. Ukraine’s allies want to limit Russian oil revenues as much as possible without causing a supply shock.

How Interest Rates and Inflation Differ in the US and UK

The view from Monique Foulger’s kitchen in London. She is bracing for a nearly 80 percent increase in her mortgage payments.

What Is Prince William’s Earthshot Prize?

Prince William founded the Earthshot Prize in 2020. This year, there were more than 1,000 nominations.

Your Thursday Briefing

In videos verified by The New York Times, protesters in the southern city of Guangzhou confronted police officers in helmets and white protective clothing this week.

Special Court Needed for Russian Crimes in Ukraine, EU Chief Says

A cemetery in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin on Wednesday.

Islamic State Chief Is Dead and New One Is Picked. Both Are Unknown.

American soldiers and Syrian militia members in Dayrik, Syria, near the border with Iraq and Turkey, in September.

Your Thursday Briefing: Jiang Zemin Dies

Jiang Zemin in Hong Kong in 1998. As China’s leader, Mr. Jiang amassed influence that endured long past his formal retirement, giving him a major say in picking the current leader, Xi Jinping.

Paul Whelan, an American Imprisoned in Russia, Is Hospitalized

Paul Whelan at the Moscow City Court in January 2019. He was arrested in Moscow in 2018 and convicted on espionage charges in 2020.

Biden Promises Protections for Nevada’s Spirit Mountain

Advocates want to expand protections for the Spirit Mountain area from the current 33,000 acres to encompass up to 450,000 acres.

NATO Nations Grow More Receptive to US Pleas to Confront China

“The relationship for all of us is complex, as well as incredibly consequential.” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said.

Impeachment Edges Closer for South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in Parliament in Cape Town this month.

Why This World Cup Is Dogged by Corruption Allegations

Doha, Qatar, where the World Cup is being held this year.

Explosion at Ukraine Embassy in Madrid Injures One Employee

Police rerouting civilians after a letter bomb exploded in the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid.

Physicists Create ‘the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine’

Xi Jinping Faces Another Dilemma: How to Mourn Jiang Zemin

A news broadcast featuring an image of the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in Beijing on Wednesday. How President Xi Jinping orchestrates tributes to him will be a test in the coming days.

An Italian Village Hit the Jackpot. Will That Save or Destroy It?

Tiny Livemmo, in the Italian province of Brescia, won regeneration funds with a plan to become a vibrant tourist destination.

Vitali Klitschko, Kyiv’s Mayor, Says Russia Aims to Destroy Ukraine

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, in his office on Tuesday.

US to Pay Millions to Move Tribes Threatened by Climate Change

The village of Napakiak, Alaska, which is losing 25 to 50 feet each year to erosion. The Biden administration has awarded it $25 million to relocate away from encroaching water.

China’s Dramatic Dissent

Protesters in Beijing.

Inflation in Eurozone Slows as Energy Prices Ease, but Officials Remain Wary

Qatar’s World Cup Narrows Rift With Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, on the sidelines of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The Long Odds Facing China’s Protesters

People protesting against Covid restrictions in Beijing on Sunday.

Migrant Workers Fuel Protests Over China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Restrictions

How Cities Around the US and Abroad Approach Homelessness

Homeless encampments in Portland, Ore., in October. The city has moved to get more homeless people into mental health care.

In ‘Mandela: The Lost Tapes,’ a Veteran Journalist Finds Himself

Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of Time and a past under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, has devoted a significant chunk of his career to writing about Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black head of state.

A top E.U. official proposes a special court for alleged Russian crimes.

Investigators exhumed the bodies of six men on Tuesday who were believed to have been executed by Russian forces.

Jiang Zemin, China’s Leader After Tiananmen Square Protests, Dies at 96

Jiang Zemin in Hong Kong in 1998. As China’s leader, Mr. Jiang amassed influence that endured long past his formal retirement, giving him a major say in picking the current leader, Xi Jinping.

Ukraine welcomes a U.S. push for energy aid, saying time is of the essence.

A food stand operating on a generator in Kyiv, last week.

Your Wednesday Briefing

Shanghai on Sunday evening. One observer of a protest there said that some students attending “maybe don’t understand how much pressure this state can pile on them.”

NATO Supports Eventual Ukraine Membership as US Pledges Millions to Fix Power Grid

A Ukrainian soldier watching a rocket launched at Russian positions on the front line in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. The United States has pledged additional aid to the country.

Poland Wants Ukrainian Refugees to Pay Some Housing and Food Costs

Volunteers taking care of Ukrainian children in Ustka, Poland.

Your Wednesday Briefing: The U.S. Beats Iran

Christian Pulisic scores the only U.S. goal.

Hurricane Season Ends, Marked by Quiet August and Deadly September

Flooding in Port Charlotte, Fla., in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in September.

Apartheid-Era Assassin in South Africa Is Stabbed Days Before Release Date

Janusz Walus, who was convicted of killing Chris Hani, the onetime leader of the South African Communist Party, being sworn in during a Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1997.

A ‘Bridge to the West’ Dies in Belarus, as Moscow Seeks More Help in Ukraine

Vladimir Makei served 10 years as the foreign minister of Belarus, a key geopolitical battleground between Russia and the West.

As Macron Pays State Visit to US, Ukraine Tests an Old Alliance

President Biden and President Emmanuel Macron of France in Rome, last year.

Israeli Filmmaker’s Critique of ‘The Kashmir Files’ Draws Fierce Backlash

Nadav Lapid during the 74th Cannes Film Festival in France in 2021.

Trump’s Far-right Embrace

Nick Fuentes during a rally at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing in 2020

China Uses Surveillance, Intimidation to Snuff Out Covid Protests

Protesters holding up a white piece of paper against censorship as they march during a protest against Chinas strict zero COVID measures in Beijing, China, on Sunday.

One Step Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Current influenza vaccines protect against seasonal flu but would provide little protection against a new strain that may emerge as a pandemic threat.