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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 the North’s state media.

Middle East Crisis: Little Aid Reaching Gazans Even as Israel Reduces Fighting, Officials Say

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa being congratulated by members of Parliament after being selected for another term as the country’s leader.

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.

Here Is Why Many Fear More Bloodshed in Darfur

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.

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

A woman cools off at Domino Park, in Brooklyn, during a previous heat wave. New York is among the many places preparing for high temperatures this week.

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.

Russia Sets Date for Start of Evan Gershkovich Trial

Evan Gershkovich in a courtroom in Moscow in February. The first hearings in his espionage trial are set to start June 26, the Russian authorities said.

More Women in Africa Are Using Long-Acting Contraception, Changing Lives

Sandra Dadjan, left, administering a three-month contraceptive injection to her client Mary Amoako at Kwapong Health Centre in the Ahafo Region of Ghana.

Biden Adviser Visits Israel as Military Warns of ‘Wider Escalation’ With Hezbollah

People attending the funeral of Taleb Abdallah, a senior Hezbollah commander, in Beirut, Lebanon, last week.

Monday Briefing

Humanitarian aid making its way into the Gaza Strip, through a border crossing.

America’s Voice in Taiwan Has Some Parting Advice About China

Sandra Oudkirk, who for three years as director of the American Institute in Taiwan has been the leading U.S. diplomat based on the island, gave a farewell speech of sorts in Taipei on Friday.

Monday Briefing: Israel Plans for a Daily Pause in Some Fighting

A view of the Gaza skyline from southern Israel.

More Than 80 Nations Back Talks to Ease Path to Peace in Ukraine

During a conference in Switzerland on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine reiterated his view that a lasting peace in the war could be achieved only with Russia’s full withdrawal from his country.

14 Jordanians Die in Intense Heat During Hajj Pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims on Sunday near Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, where temperatures reached nearly 110 degrees.

Russian Forces Quash Prison Mutiny Led by Terrorism Suspects, State Media Reports

Russian police officers standing guard near a pretrial detention center in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Sunday.

Deadly Toll in Greece as Heat Waves Sweep the Country

A sun-scorched archaeological site on Delos island in Greece.

Italians Respond to Pope’s Slur by Taking Francis to Pride

People passing the Colosseum during Rome’s Pride parade on Saturday.

Euro 2024 Shooting: Police in Hamburg Shoot Man With Ax

An ambulance carrying the attacker driving away after the shooting on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Iran’s Hostage Swapping: A Brief History

A Belgian aid worker, detained in Iran for more than a year, greeted relatives in Belgium after his release last year.

Inside the Chechen Units Helping to Fight Russia’s War

Russia’s fighters are waging bloody battles in Ukraine’s east to add to its captured territory.

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