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Middle East Crisis: Parties to Cease-Fire Talks Offer Mixed Signals

A displaced Palestinian family keeping warm in Rafah on Tuesday.


Bosnia Was Once Emptied by War and Now Faces Peacetime Emigration

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Court Rules Against Granting Immunity for Violence in Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

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.


Ukraine Charges Key Figure in Arms Trade With Corruption

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


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.


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.


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.


Johnson Floats Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Partial Shutdown

Speaker Mike Johnson’s proposal would extend funding for some government agencies for a week, through March 8, and the rest for another two weeks, until March 22.


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


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.


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.


Tuesday Briefing: Hungary Approved Sweden’s NATO Bid

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary in Parliament in Budapest on Monday.


Unopened Case of More Than 10,000 Hockey Cards Sells for $3.7 Million

Collectors who buy unopened cases of sports cards might never open the packages, instead treating them as investments to be sold as is at a later date.


How a Slow-Moving Court Became the Center of the World’s Hottest Debate

The International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ top court, is hearing two matters related to Israel and the Palestinians.


Canadian Skaters File Appeal Seeking Medals From Beijing Olympics

Vanessa James and Eric Radford, along with six other figure skaters from Canada, have filed a case demanding that they be awarded the bronze medals in the team event of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.


The NATO Welcoming Sweden Is Larger and More Determined

British soldiers during a NATO exercise this month in Poland.


Hungary Approves Sweden’s Accession to NATO

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary in Parliament in Budapest on Monday.


Premier League Cuts Everton’s Points Deduction

Everton’s successful appeal moved it five points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.


Navalny Was Part of Discussions on a Prisoner Exchange

Aleksei Navalny appeared via a video link from an Arctic penal colony on Jan. 11. Preliminary talks about his release are said to have also involved a swap for a Russian man convicted of killing a former Chechen fighter in Berlin.


Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister Submits Government Resignation

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian Authority during a cabinet meeting in Ramallah in the West Bank on Monday.


Israeli Airstrikes in Lebanon Are the Deepest in Years

Smoke from the site of Israeli airstrikes near the city of Baalbek in Lebanon on Monday.


Macron Not Ruling Out Western Troops on the Ground in Ukraine

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking at a conference in support of Ukraine in Paris on Monday.


ICJ Holds Last Day of Hearings on Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories

Public hearings on Israel’s policies toward Palestinian territories began last week at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.


Monday Briefing

Lesia Komaritska, 41, visits the grave of her husband, who was drafted into the Ukrainian military last January 2023, and was killed in Bahmut in February 2023, and buried in the section of the cemetery reserved for soldiers in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine.


Senate Aide Investigated Over Unofficial Ukraine Actions

Ukrainian marines unloading ammunition at a training ground for recruits in the Zaporizhzhia region last July.


Lee Hoyang, Prolific K-Pop Producer and Songwriter, Dies at 40

Lee Hoyang, better known as Shinsadong Tiger, in Seoul in 2015.


‘Peetah’ Morgan of Reggae Band Morgan Heritage Dies at 46

Peter Anthony Morgan at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival in 2022.


Netanyahu Says Israel Will Invade Gaza City of Rafah

A young Palestinian looking Sunday at a destroyed mosque in Rafah, in southern Gaza.


Boat of Missing American Couple Hijacked by Escapees in Grenada, Police Say

Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel, who have been married for 27 years, participated in a recent sailing club rally and were spending the winter in the Caribbean.


Netanyahu Says a Hostage Deal Would Delay, But Not Stop a Rafah Invasion

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in Jerusalem this month.