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Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia

The Northern Crimean Canal was blocked with bags of sand and clay, preventing water from flowing further onto the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

At India’s Funeral Pyres, Covid Sunders the Rites of Grief

Relatives performing last rites at the Seemapuri cremation ground in New Delhi on Thursday.

Bombing Outside School Kills at Least 20 in Afghanistan

A woman being taken to a hospital following a bombing in Kabul on Saturday.

Evictions in Jerusalem Become Focus of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli security forces spraying skunk water on protesters in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Ugandan Climate Activist Vanessa Nakate Is Back in the Picture

Vanessa Nakate describes herself as “a fighter for the people and the planet.”

U.K. Conservatives Win Hartlepool Parliament Seat

Prime Minister Boris Johnson standing in front of a large inflatable figure depicting him while celebrating a Conservative party victory on Friday in Hartlepool, England.

China's Sinopharm Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use By W.H.O.

Administering a shot of the Sinopharm vaccine in Budapest in March.

‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation

An installation of protest art outside the Capitol in Washington.

Germany Is Seeing Virus Cases Go Down and Vaccinations Go Up

A vaccination center in Berlin last month. Germany’s vaccination program is gaining steam, with nearly a third of the population receiving at least one dose.

Liechtenstein Royal Is Accused in Bear Killing in Romania

Arthur, a 17-year-old brown bear, seen in Romania in 2019. The bear was killed during a bear hunt earlier this spring.

Former Maldives President Is Critically Injured in Bombing

Police officers investigating a bombing outside the family home of the speaker of Parliament, former President Mohamed Nasheed, in Malé, Maldives, late Thursday.

Taiwan Court Upholds Laws Restricting Hunting

Bayan Tanapima, a Bunun hunter, taking aim with his homemade hunting rifle in the woods of eastern Taiwan in March.

Blinken Jousts With China and Russia in U.N. Meeting

Three Months After Coup, Myanmar Returns to the ‘Bad Old Days’

Protesters running as security forces arrive during a crackdown, in Ahlone township, in April.

Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment

The C.I.A. assessed last year that a Russian military intelligence agency had covertly offered bounties to Afghan militants to attack and kill American and coalition troops.

Patent Waiver for Covid Vaccines Will Be Considered, E.U. Says

A vaccination center in the Castello di Rivoli museum in Rivoli, Italy. 

U.K. and France Send Navy to Island of Jersey in Fishing Dispute

French fishing boats at the entrance to the harbor in St. Helier, Jersey, on Thursday.

Cleric Lifts Iraq’s Faltering Vaccination Effort, but Perilous Summer Awaits

A man held a photo of Moktada al-Sadr while receiving a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Melting Glaciers Have Exposed Frozen Relics of World War I

Cups and cans were left behind by soldiers when the war ended in 1918.

Roger Federer on His New Gig: Swiss Tourism Spokesman

India's Serum Institute Struggled to Meet Its Covid-19 Vows

Covishield coronavirus vaccines, at the Serum Institute of India in the city of Pune.

Ontario’s Premier Wants a Tighter Border. A U.S. Senator Eyes Reopening It.

The Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario.

Geoff Crowther, 77, Dies; Guided Travelers Looking to Get Lost

Pamela Kraft, 77, Dies; Arts Magnet and Champion of Indigenous Rights

W.H.O. approves China’s Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use.

A vaccination site administering the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in North Macedonia on Thursday.

Nancy Messonnier, C.D,C. Official Who Warned U.S. Early of Virus, Resigns

Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Dr. Nancy Messonnier spoke in Washington in January 2020.

Pfizer Seeks Full FDA Approval for Its Covid-19 Vaccine

Ton Tran, 106, receiving his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday.

Biden vs. Putin

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center of front three, in Kyiv yesterday.

‘It’s not quite like riding a bike’: Pilots prepare to fly again.

An airplane landing at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.

Testing sewage offers useful data on the spread of Covid-19.

Marc Johnson, a virologist at the University of Missouri, examining samples of wastewater to track the coronavirus.

‘It’s Not Quite Like Riding a Bike’: Pilots Get Ready to Fly Again

Australians in India will be allowed to return home starting May 15

Administering the AstraZeneca vaccine in Nottingham, England, last month.

The U.S.and Europe debate how to get vaccines to countries that need them most.

A vaccination center in Johannesburg in March.

Japan Extends Emergency Measures Before Tokyo Olympics

This Moth Is Huge in Australia

The giant wood moth was discovered by a construction worker at the Mount Cotton State School.

Here We Go Again: Another Covid Case Brings More Uncertainty

Crossing an empty Brisbane street during lockdown in March.

Your Friday Briefing

Tourists from Atlanta posing for portraits in Times Square.

‘Sesame Street’ Launches Vaccine Ad Campaign

Milva, Redheaded Italian Diva of Many Artistic Hues, Dies at 81

The singer Milva in 1986. Known for her warm voice and her flaming red hair, she was for many years one of Italy’s most popular performers.

25 Dead After Shootout in Brazil During a Police Raid

Police officers during an operation against drug traffickers on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Your Friday Briefing

Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2021

Broken glass and shattered windows in a mosque in Logar Province after a truck bomb was detonated there on April 30.

Baltimore Vaccine Plant’s Troubles Ripple Across Africa, Europe and Canada

Registration for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in March. South Africa has one of the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates of any country.

Somalia Defuses Tensions at Home, Restores Kenya Ties

Mogadishu in January 2020.

Many American parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children for Covid-19, a new poll shows.

Community Health Center, Inc. hosted a “student skip day” to administer the Pfizer vaccine to high school students in East Hartford, Conn., on April 26.

Germany to Open AstraZeneca Vaccine to Everyone 18 and Older

A man is vaccinated with AstraZeneca in Pforzheim, southern Germany, on Wednesday.

Russia Says One Dose of Sputnik Vaccine May be Enough

A Russian medical worker preparing a shot of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Simferopol, Crimea, in April.

From Fish to Warships: How a Small Britain-France Dispute Flared

French fishermen, angry over the loss of access to waters off their coast, gathered their boats in protest off the English Channel island of Jersey. By the end of the day they sailed off.

Second Time Lucky? Eurovision Hopefuls Try Again.

As Iraq struggles with vaccinations, an influential Shiite cleric offers a helping arm.

A follower of the popular Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr holding a picture of him while receiving a dose of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Olympics participants will be offered a vaccine before the Games.

The International Olympic Committee is moving to help athletes and officials get vaccinated before traveling to the Summer Games in Tokyo.

Logging into class with his mother’s cellphone, a bright 11-year-old struggles to keep up.

Jordyn Coleman, 11, attending math class from his apartment in Clarksdale, Miss., during a virtual learning day.

Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’

The newsroom of Apple Daily in Hong Kong in 2020. The chief of police has accused the paper of “inciting hatred.”

‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing. The post could be read as a ham-handed attempt to be cute. But at a moment of heightened nationalism on the Chinese internet, it set off a wave of criticism.

Hoping to travel internationally this summer? Expect confusion.

Travelers at Chicago O’Hare airport last week. With more people vaccinated against Covid, travel is increasing.

India’s Covid Vaccinations Fall as Its Outbreak Reaches New Highs

A vaccination center at a school in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

Facebook Ducks the Big Issue

Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

Afghans Fleeing Home Are Filling the Lowliest Jobs in Istanbul

An Afghan refugee collecting plastic and cardboard for recycling in Istanbul.

Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Yona Shemesh, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who lives in Israel, ended up paying $450 to a broker for a booked appointment to renew his American passport. He tried for eight months to do so himself at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class

New studies suggest that vaccines can protect against some variants and severe Covid cases.

Getting a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Aberdeen, Md., on Wednesday. 

Japanese Town Spends Covid Money on a Giant Squid Statue

A giant squid statue, made at a cost of nearly $230,000, in the town of Noto, Japan.