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Middle East Crisis: Death Toll in Gaza Surpasses 30,000, Health Ministry Says

Palestinians walking past destroyed buildings in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

In Britain, Shockwaves From Israel-Hamas War Are Jolting Domestic Politics

Protesters in London calling for cease-fire in Gaza this month.

Putin Says West Risks Nuclear Conflict if It Intervenes More in Ukraine

5 Convicts Familiar With Navalny’s Prison Confirm Hellish Conditions

The entrance to the Penal Colony No. 3, known as IK3, where Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny died two weeks ago, in Kharp, Russia.

Russia Took the City. Now It’s Coming for Their Villages.

A resident walking recently along a road in a village west of Avdiivka, Eastern Ukraine.

Welcome to Japan, Where the Bad News Is the Good News

Dinner at a Tokyo pub. Food remains affordable in Japan, even after some inflation: a bowl of ramen can be had for less than $7, or a multi-plate set lunch for about $12.

Colombia Becomes Hub for African Migrants Trying to Reach U.S.

Why Doctors in South Korea Are on Strike

Members of the Korean Medical Association meeting in Seoul last week, before thousands of interns and residents walked off the job.

Bosnia Was Once Emptied by War and Now Faces Peacetime Emigration

A viewpoint over the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia, this month.

A K-Pop Star’s Lonely Downward Spiral

Fans at a memorial room for Goo Hara in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, in November 2022, three years after her death.

Ghana’s Parliament Passes Anti-Gay Bill With Jail Terms

A same-sex couple in Accra, Ghana, last month. Ghana’s bill is the latest in a wave of anti-gay legislation passed in Africa, including in Uganda, where an anti-gay law includes the death penalty.

French Senate Votes to Enshrine Abortion Access in Constitution

France’s justice minister, Éric Dupond-Moretti, speaks before a Senate vote Wednesday on a government plan to enshrine the “guaranteed freedom” to have an abortion in the French Constitution.

Iran’s Parliament Election 2024: What You Need to Know

A rally for a conservative party on Tuesday in Tehran.

Belmopan, Belize’s Capital, Is a City of Brutalist Calm

Belize’s Brutalist National Assembly building in the capital, Belmopan.

Pentagon Weighs New Plan to Ship Weapons to Ukraine Quickly

A Ukrainian soldier using a heavy machine gun in the turret of a U.S.-made armored vehicle in Blahodatne, Ukraine, last year. The United States has provided Ukraine with some $44.2 billion in military aid since Russia launched its full-scale invasion two years ago.

In Ancient Bones, a Reminder that Northern Ireland’s Ghosts Are Never Far

When a body was discovered last year, investigators originally wondered if the body was a recent one. It took radiocarbon technology to give them the answer.

Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat

The assembly line at a production facility for Nio, a maker of electric cars, in Hefei, China.

Leap Year Blamed For Glitch at New Zealand Gas Pumps

Self-service gasoline pumps in New Zealand didn’t work for part of Thursday.

Thursday Briefing

Children in Rafah, on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Food shortages in the enclave are dire.

Why Leap Day Is Really About Party Planning

Judah Levine, head of the Network Synchronization Project in the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, in Boulder, Colo.

Trump to Meet Next Week With Orban, Hungary’s Leader

Viktor Orban, the conservative prime minister of Hungary, has had a chilly relationship with President Biden.

Darién Gap Migration Is Halted After Colombia Arrests Boat Captains

A group of migrants boarding boats in Necoclí, Colombia to cross the Darién Gap, hoping to make it to the United States last July.

As U.N. Warns of Famine in Gaza, Cease-Fire Remains Elusive

Children in Rafah, on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Food shortages in the enclave are dire.

Thursday Briefing: U.N. Warns of Famine in Gaza

Displaced Palestinians gathered for food in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, yesterday.

Divisions Among Finance Ministers Flare Over Seizing Russian Assets

Comments made by France’s finance minister, Bruno LeMaire, about the legality of seizing Russian assets came a day after the U.S. Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, said that seizing the assets was a possibility.

Macron Unsettles NATO Allies Even As He Seeks to Rattle Putin

President Emmanuel Macron at Élysée Palace on Monday. “The defeat of Russia is indispensable to the security and stability of Europe,” he said this week.

Immunity for ‘Troubles’ Violence Violates Human Rights, Belfast Court Rules

Supporters of relatives and victims of the conflict known as “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland hold signs at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on Wednesday.

Transnistria, Breakaway Region of Moldova, Asks Russia for Protection

A monument to Lenin still stands in front of the legislative building in Transnistria, a territory that claims independence from Moldova.

Ukraine Charges Key Figure in Arms Trade With Corruption

Serhiy Pashinsky at his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, in August.

Pope Francis Undergoes ‘Diagnostic Tests’ in Rome Hospital

Pope Francis at his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Prince Harry Loses High Court Challenge Over Security Downgrade

Prince Harry in London last year. His private security guards are not permitted to carry guns in Britain.

Navalny’s Funeral Is Planned for Friday, if Authorities Don’t Block It

Laying flowers in Moscow on Friday for Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who died this month.

E.U. Border Agency Is Too Weak to Prevent Migrant Boat Disasters, Watchdog Finds

An undated handout photo provided by the Greek Coast Guard showing migrants onboard the Adriana before it capsized off the coast of Greece in June.

China Expands Scope of ‘State Secrets’ Law in Security Push

China has fortified its national security and data sharing laws, while waging an all-of-society campaign against espionage.

Wednesday Briefing

Back From War, Reserve Soldiers Set Their Sights on Israel’s Politics as Usual

David Sherez, center, and Yitzhaki Glick, left, are leaders of Tikun 2024, a movement of Israeli reservists calling for political unity. The group has met with the country’s politicians often in the woods around a fire.

Hamas Rejects Cease-Fire Proposal, Dashing Biden’s Hopes of Near Term Deal

Parachutes carrying aid dropped by Jordanian aircraft fell along the Gaza coast on Tuesday.

Australian Police Officer Charged With Murdering Jesse Baird and Luke Davies

Luke Davies, left, and Jesse Baird from Mr. Baird’s Instagram account.

Biden and Netanyahu Seek Opposing Goals in Cease-Fire Talks

Israeli soldiers standing in the central Gaza Strip. President Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel have offered vastly different views on the future of the battle in Gaza.

Wednesday Briefing: Russia Warned Against NATO Troops in Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers firing at a Russian target in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine last week.

Germany Arrests Red Army Faction Fugitive

The building in Berlin where Daniela Klette, 65, was believed to have been living. Neighbors told the Bild tabloid that she had tutored children, walked her dog and was unfailingly polite.

At Willy Wonka Event in Glasgow, Police Called and Families Outraged

The event was abruptly canceled a day early, while families were still arriving, prompting someone to call the police.

North Carolina ‘Forever Chemical’ Plant Violates Human Rights, U.N. Panel Says

The Chemours chemical plant in Fayetteville, N.C., at the edge of the Cape Fear River, in 2021.

Zoo Official In India Is Punished For Giving Lions Revered Names

The Bengal Safari park in 2020. Names given to a pair of lions have been drawn into a religious and legal debate.

Developers Who Leveled ‘Britain’s Wonkiest Pub’ Ordered to Rebuild

The Crooked House, a pub in Dudley, in England’s West Midlands, after a fire in August.

‘Mary Poppins’ Gets New Age Rating in Britain for Racist Language

Dick Van Dyke, left, and Julie Andrews, right, starred in “Mary Poppins,” which originally received a “U,” or universal, rating in Britain.

‘Saltburn’ Mansion Has Film’s Fans Flocking to the English Countryside

2024 Israeli Municipal Elections May Offer a Glimpse of the Political Mood

Voting in municipal elections in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Ego, Putin or Jets? Reasons for Orban’s Stance on Sweden Perplex Many.

Hungarian lawmakers approved Sweden’s bid to join NATO on Monday after months of delays.

Russia Warns Against NATO Ground Intervention in Ukraine

Yellen Urges Israel to Restore Economic Ties to West Bank

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen has been focused on tracking the economic implications of the war in Gaza.

Russian Court Sentences Leader of Memorial Rights Group to Prison

Police officers escorted Oleg Orlov, center, on Tuesday after he was taken into custody in a Moscow court.

Somalia Faces Potential Conflict With Ethiopia in a ‘Pivotal Year’

A busy street in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Rising tensions between Somalia and neighboring Ethiopia could plunge an already turbulent region into further chaos, some experts say.

In Ukraine, Russia Is Inching Forward Death by Death

Damaged buildings in Avdiivka, Ukraine, in October. The Russian army took control of the city this month after months of intense fighting and heavy losses.

Pankaj Udhas, Bollywood Singer and Maestro of the Ghazal, Dies at 72

The singer Pankaj Udhas at an award ceremony in Mumbai last year.

Why Is Mercury Stubbornly High in Tuna? Researchers Might Have an Answer.

Skipjack tuna in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, in October. Thousands of tuna samples collected around the world from 1971 to 2022 showed mercury levels almost unchanged.

What to Know About Lead Poisoning in Children

Three children’s applesauce products, WanaBana apple-cinnamon fruit purée pouches, Schnucks- and Weis-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches, were found to contain toxic levels of lead.

Lead-Tainted Applesauce Highlights Failings in Food Safety System

WanaBana apple-cinnamon fruit purée pouches were among three products made in a plant in Ecuador that were found last year to be contaminated with lead.

Iran’s Proxies Curtail Attacks on American Bases in Iraq and Syria After U.S. Strikes

Houthi supporters during a protest on Friday in Sana, Yemen, against the United States and Israel.

Tuesday Briefing

Many Gazans have been uprooted by the war, and many are struggling to get food and other supplies.

Israelis Broach a Concession in Hostage Talks With Hamas

Palestinians being given food aid in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday.

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