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He Returned a Dazed Soldier to the Russians. Ukraine Calls It Treason.

Watchmen at the junction in Kherson where they captured a disoriented Russian pilot in March.

Landslide Tragedy Turns Italy’s Focus to Illegal Construction

Firefighters searched for victims this past week after a landslide hit Casamicciola Terme, a port town on the southern Italian island of Ischia.

Why Is Rahul Gandhi Walking 2,000 Miles Across India?

Rahul Gandhi marching in the outskirts of Hyderabad, in southern India, early last month. To reach voters, he said, there is “no other way but to hit the streets to listen and connect with people.”

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.

Ukraine Calls for Evacuations From a Russian-Controlled Area

Pro-Ukrainian billboards on Friday in Kherson, a strategic southern city that Ukrainian forces recently recaptured. Weeks earlier, posters there had pro-Russian messages.

The Drummer Who Reminds People That ‘You Can Play Music as You Like’

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

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.

Under Pressure, South Africa’s President Snubs Party’s Leadership

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa during a news conference in London, last month.

Pakistan Condemns ‘Assassination Attempt’ on Its Kabul Embassy

Taliban security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, near the site of an attack on the Pakistani embassy.

Rogue Wave Strikes Cruise Ship, Killing One and Injuring 4 Others

Tourism to the Antarctic has steadily increased in recent decades, prompting concerns about environmental damage and human safety.

Your Holiday Rituals

After Half a Century, Prince Edward Island’s Musical Tradition Takes a Break

After Fanning Covid Fears, China Must Now Try to Allay Them

An epidemic control worker in Beijing on Friday cleaning outside a barrier fence in an area with communities in lockdown.

Photos: Mauna Loa’s Eruption Offers Rare Glimpse Into the Earth

Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting this week for the first time since 1984.

U.S. Sees Little Prospect for Ukraine Talks With Putin After Biden Offer

President Biden meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Switzerland last year.

As Macron Loses His Sheen at Home, Harmonious U.S. Visit Is ‘Regenerative’

President Emmanuel Macron of France greeting people in New Orleans on Friday, where he was reminded of the bargain price of the Louisiana Purchase.

Zelensky Proposes Banning Ukrainian Orthodox Church Led by Putin Ally

A priest leading a Sunday service at a Russian Orthodox Church in the city of Kryvyi Rih, in Ukraine’s Dnipro region, in October.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Leading Light in German Letters, Dies at 93

Hans Magnus Enzensberger at a political event in Frankfurt in 1968. He was regarded as one of the founding literary figures of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Canadian Man Charged in Rebecca Contois's Murder Accused of 3 More Killings

Relatives and friends of three murdered women, including Morgan Harris, gathered at a vigil in Winnipeg.

Paul Whelan, American Prisoner in Russia, Contacts Family After Weeks of Silence

Paul Whelan, an American accused by Russian officials of spying, is being held at a penal colony in the Mordovia region of the country.

How the ‘Price Cap’ on Russian Oil Works

An oil refinery in Omsk, Russia, in November.

In Call With Putin, Scholz Vows Germany’s Continued Support for Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany in Berlin in October.

Ukrainian Embassies Targeted With Bloody Packages, Kyiv Says

Police officers rerouted civilians after a letter bomb blew up in the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid on Wednesday.

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.

Prosecutor Drops Australia Parliament Rape Case, Citing Toll on Accuser

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Buckingham Palace Staff Member Resigns Over Remarks to Black Guest

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.

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.

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

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