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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.

Middle East Crisis: Israeli Military Spokesman: Gaza Needs New Leadership to Keep Hamas Out

U.S. Pier for Gaza Aid Is Failing, and Could Be Dismantled Early

A satellite image of the temporary pier in Gaza earlier this month.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Thaksin, Thai Ex-Premier, Indicted in Royal Defamation Case

Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra waving as he walked out from a beauty salon in Bangkok, in June.

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.

A Russian City Adapts to War: Blast Shelters and Drone Jamming

Alina, front right, waiting at a bus stop in Belgorod, Russia, that has been fortified to protect from shelling.

‘A Hellscape’: Dire Conditions in Gaza Leave a Multitude of Amputees

An amputee at Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in November.

Thursday Briefing

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea, yesterday.

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.

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.

Officer in Sunak’s Protection Team Accused of Placing U.K. Election Bet

Specialist officers with the Metropolitan Police, shown guarding a government inquiry location in London, often work close 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.

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.

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.

Wednesday Briefing

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

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.

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.

North Korea Has Lost ‘Many’ Troops to Mines in DMZ, South Says

South Korea’s Defense Ministry says this image, which it released on Tuesday, shows North Korean soldiers working near the countries’ border.

Thailand’s Legislature Approves Same-Sex Marriage Measure

Supporters of Thailand’s same-sex marriage bill standing outside Thailand’s Parliament building in Bangkok on Tuesday.

More Doctors Walk Off the Job in South Korea

Doctors at Seoul National University Hospital on Monday. The signs read, “Expanding medical schools without any basis will ruin medical education.”

Tuesday Briefing

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed the war cabinet in October.

U.S.D.A. Suspends Avocado Inspections in Mexico, Citing Security Concerns

An avocado packing plant in Uruapan, a city in the Mexican state of Michoacán, in 2023.

War Crimes Hearing Gives Public Virtual Look Inside a Secret C.I.A. Prison

Record Number of NATO Allies Hit Military Spending Targets

The reassurances from President Biden and the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, came as questions have arisen anew about the alliance and the commitment to Ukraine.

Israel Pauses Daytime Offensive in Part of Gaza, Raising Hopes for More Aid

An Israeli tank moving along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday.

U.S. Treasury Imposes New Sanctions to Cut Off Weapons to Houthis in Yemen

Houthi supporters chanting slogans while holding up weapons during a protest against the United States and Israel in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, on Friday.

Israeli Protesters Mass in Jerusalem to Call for Elections

Protesters gathered in front of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, on Monday, calling for elections and the immediate return of hostages captured in the Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7.

Dozens of Groups Push FEMA to Recognize Extreme Heat as a ‘Major Disaster’

Construction in Phoenix last July. Labor groups and workers’ rights organizations hope to build up protections for the tens of millions of people working outside or without air-conditioning during heat waves.

Tuesday Briefing: Netanyahu Disbands His War Cabinet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed the war cabinet in October after the Hamas-led assault on Israel.

Ukraine’s Soldiers Cheer National Soccer Team in Euro 2024

Ukrainian soldiers gathered in a bunker to watch their country’s team play Romania on Monday. Romania won, 3-0.

China and Philippines Trade Blame After Ships Collide in South China Sea

The collision occurred near a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea. The nearby Second Thomas Shoal is home to a crumbling Philippine warship, the Sierra Madre.

Turning Against Orban, Peter Magyar Soars in Hungary

Peter Magyar greeting supporters in Felcsut, Hungary, in May. Felcsut is Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s home village.

Gaza Is World’s Deadliest Place for Aid Workers, UN Says

Palestinians inspecting a vehicle carrying World Central Kitchen workers who were killed during a strike in Deir al Balah, in central Gaza, in April.

Traveling During a Heat Wave: Tips and Precautions

What Weapons Is North Korea Accused of Supplying to Russia?

In a photo provided by Russian state media, President Vladimir V. Putin, center left, and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, center right, at a space launching site in eastern Russia last year.

Sailors Recount Houthi Attack and U.S. Navy Rescue

Christian Domrique, center, the captain of a ship attacked by Houthi fighters in the Red Sea, on Monday. All surviving crew members were from the Philippines.

Train Crash in India Leaves at Least 8 Dead and Dozens Injured

The aftermath of a collision of two trains in West Bengal, India, on Monday.

Putin to Visit North Korea and Meet With Kim Jong-un

Netanyahu Dissolves War Cabinet After 2 Key Members Quit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has disbanded the small war cabinet that made key decisions about the war in Gaza.

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