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Middle East Crisis: Netanyahu Feuds With Allies as Questions Mount Over War’s Future

How Britain’s Labour Party Became Electable Again

Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, campaigning in Southampton, England, on Monday. He has nursed his party’s double-digit polling lead for more than 18 months.

In Japan, These Women Want to Opt Out of Motherhood More Easily

Kazane Kajiya, left, and Hisui Tatsuta, right, are suing the Japanese government over a law that makes sterilization all but impossible for single, childless women.

What the Mood Is Like in Iran Ahead of Presidential Elections

The Iranian presidential candidates in Valiasr Square in Tehran this month.

Attack of Jewish Girl Spurs Tensions Over Antisemitism in France

Demonstrators in Lyon, France, on Wednesday protesting antisemitism and an alleged attack on a 12-year-old girl outside Paris.

Na Kyung Taek’s Photos Exposed a Bloody Crackdown. His Identity Was a Secret.

Na Kyung Taek with his photographs at an exhibition about the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement, in Gwangju, South Korea, this month.

Russia and North Korea’s Defense Pact Is a Told-You-So Moment in Asia

A photograph released by North Korean state media showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, left, in Pyongyang, North Korea, during a visit this week.

3 Takeaways From Putin’s Trip to Vietnam

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia with President To Lam of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday.

Russia and North Korea’s Defense Pact Is a New Headache for China

A photograph provided by North Korean state media showed the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia after signing a treaty in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

Seafaring Nomads Settle Down Without Quite Embracing Life on Land

When the Only Escape From War in Gaza Is to Buy a Way Out

Palestinians with foreign passports at the Rafah border crossing in February. The Israeli military launched an offensive against Hamas in Rafah and took over the crossing there, leading to its closure in May. It has yet to reopen.

Is Hamas Bound by International Law? What to Know.

A rally in Jerusalem in April calling for the release of hostages held by Hamas. Hostage-taking is a war crime.

Will Copa América Be Messi’s Last Time Representing Argentina in Soccer?

Beluga Whales Are Rescued From Ukrainian War Zone to New Home in Spain

Plombir and Miranda, a pair of Belugas who had survived more than two years of war in Kharkiv, arrive Wednesday at their new sanctuary in Valencia, Spain.

Swiss Judge Set to Rule in Hinduja Family Human-Trafficking Trial

Prakash Hinduja, pictured in 2016, has been charged with human trafficking alongside three members of his family.

Well Beyond the U.S., Heat and Climate Extremes Are Hitting Billions

Rescuers carried a heat-stricken patient during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

How to Transport a Giant Valuable Artwork in Australia

The sculpture “Ouroboros,” by the artist Lindy Lee, is craned into position in front of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

Friday Briefing

Vladimir Putin as he visited Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday.

Amazon Says It Will Stop Using Plastic Pillows in Shipments

Plastic film is one of the most common forms of marine plastic litter, scientists say.

Friday Briefing: Vladimir Putin Visits Vietnam

Vladimir Putin as he visited Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday.

Putin Threatens to Arm North Korea, Escalating Tension With West Over Ukraine

Portraits of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Wednesday in Pyongyang, in a photograph released by Russian state media.

Monkeys in Puerto Rico Got Nicer After Hurricane Maria

Rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago, P.R., in October 2017, just weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through.

Butterflies Are in Decline. New Research Points to Insecticides.

Monarch butterflies in St. Joseph, Mich. U.S. wildlife officials are weighing whether to place monarchs on the endangered species list.

Climate Protesters Arrested After Spraying Stonehenge With Orange Paint

An image taken from a video shows orange powder paint on several stone monoliths at Stonehenge on Wednesday.

U.S. Will Redirect Deliveries of Patriot Missiles to Ukraine

German and Ukrainian troops with Patriot missile batteries in Mecklenburg, Germany, last week. The weapon is the most advanced Western air defense system provided to Ukraine so far.

Qaeda Commander at Guantánamo Bay Is Sentenced for War Crimes

Dutch Leader Mark Rutte Is Poised to Become NATO Chief

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands speaking to the news media during a summit focused on Ukraine in Lucerne, Switzerland, last week.

Netanyahu’s Growing Rift With Israel’s Military Raises Questions About Gaza War’s Future

Protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel near his private house in Caesarea, Israel, on Thursday.

Who Is Ibrahim al-Organi, Accused of Charging Palestinians to Escape Gaza?

Ibrahim al-Organi, chairman of Organi Group, in Cairo this month.

How Architecture Became One of Ukraine’s Essential Defenses

Thursday Briefing

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea, yesterday, in a photograph released by Russian state media.

Putin’s Presidential Planes: What We Know

President Vladimir Putin and the plane he used to travel to North Korea, in a photograph released by Russian state media, on Wednesday.

Ecuador Hit by Nationwide Blackout

Thursday Briefing: Russia and North Korea’s Defense Pledge

Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, and President Vladimir Putin yesterday in an image released by the North’s state media.

U.K. Conservatives Hit by New Gambling Allegations Two Weeks Before Election

Specialist officers with the Metropolitan Police, shown guarding a government inquiry location in London, often work in proximity to the prime minister and to the royal family and are required to maintain discretion.

Why Is Putin in Vietnam?

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia with his Vietnamese counterpart, To Lam, at the presidential palace in Hanoi on Thursday.

Hezbollah Chief Threatens Cyprus and Warns Israel It Will Fight Without ‘Limits’

Hezbollah supporters watching a speech given by the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, in Dahiyeh, Lebanon, on Wednesday.

Group of Austrians Picks 77 Charities to Receive Heiress’s Fortune

The heiress Marlene Engelhorn in Amsterdam in 2022, when she announced her intention to give away much of her wealth.

Dozens Die as Intense Heat Grips Mecca During Hajj Pilgrimage

A man affected by the scorching heat collapsed during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Russia Sentences U.S. Soldier to 4 Years in Prison

Staff Sgt. Gordon Black during sentencing on Wednesday at a court in Vladivostok, Russia.

Anarchy Hinders Gaza Aid Efforts, Despite Daily Combat Pause

Workers loading a truck with humanitarian aid at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza on Monday.

Why Darfur Again Faces the Risk of Ethnic Slaughter

A displacement camp near the city of El Fasher in Darfur.

South Africa Runs Out of Insulin Pens as Global Supply Shifts to Weight-Loss Drugs

A high-speed production line of insulin at a Novo Nordisk factory. The company said it would continue to supply insulin in vials to South Africa, where more than four million people live with diabetes.

In South Africa, Ramaphosa Is Sworn In for a Second Term

Celebrations in Pretoria, South Africa, during the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Wednesday Briefing

President Biden’s election-year move will give about 500,000 people a pathway to citizenship.

Putin and Kim Jong-un Sign Pact in North Korea

Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, welcoming President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to Pyongyang early Wednesday, in an image released by North Korean state media.

In North Macedonia, Disputes Over History Extend to Statues

A statue of Alexander the Great towering over the central square in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Nancy Pelosi Meets With Dalai Lama, Despite China’s Criticism

Nancy Pelosi, the former U.S. House speaker, meeting with the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala, India, on Wednesday.

Tom Cole, House GOP Spending Chief, Defeats Challenger in Oklahoma Primary

Representative Tom Cole faced a challenge from the hard-right businessman Paul Bondar.

Debris From Destruction Adds to Dire Health Crisis in Gaza, U.N. Says

Searching the rubble of a destroyed home in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.

Wednesday Briefing: Biden’s Plan to Help 500,000 Immigrants

President Biden’s election-year move will give some 500,000 people a pathway to citizenship.

Euro 2024: Georgia Falls to Turkey in Thrilling Debut

Georgia fans ahead of its match against Turkey on Tuesday. The game was the country’s debut in the European Championship.

Israel’s Daily Combat Pause in Part of Gaza: How Is It Working?

Displaced Palestinians in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on Tuesday, after evacuating from Rafah.

Should Hundreds of Millions in Seized Assets Go to ISIS Victims?

A refugee camp in Iraq’s Duhok province for displaced Yazidis in 2021.

On Titan Submersible Anniversary, World Rethinks Deep Sea Exploration

A 2001 expedition by a piloted submersible to the wreckage of the Titanic on the sea floor, as documented in the James Cameron film “Ghosts of the Abyss.” A pair of robots are scheduled to revisit the site next month.

Putin Arrives in North Korea as Ukraine War Redefines Ties With Kim

Russian state media released this image of President Vladimir V. Putin and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang early Wednesday after Mr. Putin’s arrival.

French Court Strikes Down Ban of Israeli Companies at Arms Show

Protesters outside the Eurosatory exhibition, an event for the defense and security industry, in Villepinte, France, on Monday.

Israel and Hezbollah Play a Risky Tit-for-Tat, Leaving Region on Edge

Smoke rising over the Israeli side of the border with Lebanon during cross-border strikes between Hezbollah and Israeli forces on Tuesday.

Heavy Rains Lash Southern China, Killing at Least 9

Flood waters inundating low-lying areas in Quanzhou county, Guilin city, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, on Tuesday.

In Ukraine, Narrowing Press Freedoms Cause Growing Concern

Preparing a broadcast of Telemarathon in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in December. Since Russia’s invasion, the broadcast has replaced the country’s raucous and competitive prewar television news landscape.

Kenya Tax Bill Draws Fire From Protesters

Protesters rallied against Kenya’s proposed finance bill in Nairobi on Tuesday.

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