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Middle East Crisis: Hezbollah Again Fires Rockets Into Northern Israel as Border Clashes Intensify

G7 Leaders Agree on Plan for $50 Billion Loan to Ukraine

Blinken Calls Hamas Changes to Gaza Cease-Fire Proposal Unworkable

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, speaking of a Hamas counterproposal to a cease-fire deal, said, “Some of the changes are workable, some are not.”

What We Know About the U.N. Report on Israeli and Palestinian War Crimes

Buildings that were struck in Gaza City on Oct. 7, the day Hamas carried out its attack on Israel.

G7 Leaders Gather in Italy to Discuss an Unruly World

World leaders at this year’s G7 meeting, in Savelletri, Italy on June 13, 2024.

Ukraine Stalled Russia Near the Border. Vovchansk Has Paid the Price.

Snap Election in France Sets Off a Wild Week of Politics

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris on Wednesday. Mr. Macron has called snap elections to “clarify” France’s political landscape after his party was battered in European parliamentary elections.

Angry Catholics Wanted to Burn the Church. He Came to Save It.

Father Gérard Tsatselam in front of a cross installed along the river in La Romaine.

Party Led by Zuma to Boycott South Africa’s Opening of Parliament

Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa and the leader of the recently formed uMkhonto weSizwe, said he and the party would boycott the opening of the new Parliament.

Ukraine Plans Privatization Push to Help Fund War Effort

The Hotel Ukraine, which towers over the center of Kyiv, is up for sale for $25 million as part of a government privatization drive.

Pope Francis Will Attend the 2024 G7 Summit

Pope Francis greeting people in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Russian Prosecutors Finalize Indictment of Evan Gershkovich

Evan Gershkovich, an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal, at a court hearing in Moscow in April.

In China’s Backyard, America Has Become a Humbler Superpower

American soldiers in the Philippines in April, taking part in a joint exercise with the country’s military.

Toronto Police Officer’s Posts About Work Harassment Led to Her Firing

Firouzeh Zarabi-Majd posted images on social media of the pornography and racist and sexist messages that she said she witnessed in the workplace.

Will Biden’s Help for Ukraine Come Fast Enough and Last Long Enough?

President Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announced they had signed a 10-year security pact at the Group of 7 Summit in Italy on Thursday.

Heavy Bombardment of Gaza as Israel and Hezbollah Trade Strikes

Israeli soldiers patrolling along the border with the Gaza Strip, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, on Thursday.

Friday Briefing: A $50 Billion G7 Loan to Ukraine

The loan for Ukraine comes at a critical moment as destruction is accelerating.

U.S. Strikes Targets in Yemen as Houthis Step Up Attacks on Red Sea Ships

Why a Gaza Cease-Fire Is So Elusive

Destruction in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday. Efforts for a cease-fire have been stymied by maximalist demands by Israel and Hamas.

Wreckage of Shackleton’s Last Ship Is Found Off Coast of Canada

The Quest sinking off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on May 5, 1962 — 40 years after the explorer Ernest Shackleton died aboard the boat on a voyage to Antarctica.

What to Know About Chemical Hair Relaxers and Health

At-home relaxer kits, some marketed to children, are available at drugstores and other beauty retailers across the United States.

Japan Commits $4.5 Billion for Ukraine, Zelensky Says

The security of Ukraine was a focus of the Group of 7 summit on Thursday.

G7 Leaders Agree on $50 Billion Loan to Ukraine From Frozen Russian Assets

The loan for Ukraine comes at a critical moment as destruction is accelerating.

Escalating Violence Across Israel-Lebanon Border Rages for 2nd Straight Day

Hezbollah rocket strikes ignited fires on Thursday near the town of Katzrin in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

If Paris Agreement Goals Are Missed, These Polar Bears Could Go Extinct

Palestinians Report Heavy Bombardments in the Rafah Area

Displaced Palestinians in Al-Mawasi, in southern Gaza, preparing to evacuate the area as smoke rises from an airstrike on Rafah, in the background, last week.

The Aftermath of a U.K. Cyberattack: Blood Shortages and Delayed Operations

The King’s College Hospital in London, part of one of the medical systems affected by a major cyberattack last week.

Italy Hosts G7 Summit 2024: What to Know

World leaders at last year’s G7 meeting, in Hiroshima, Japan.

Biden and Zelensky Sign 10-Year Pact to Aid Ukraine’s Military

President Biden will sign a 10-year security agreement with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Thursday.

‘Oddly Satisfying’ Cow Pedicure Videos Are a Hit on TikTok

Nate Ranallo, a bovine podiatrist, working at a dairy farm in Chaseburg, Wis. Under the handle Nate the Hoof Guy, he has built a large online following with his cow hoof trimming videos.

Thursday Briefing

President Biden leaving Delaware yesterday for the Group of 7 summit in Italy.

Montana Has More Cows Than People. Why Are Locals Eating Beef From Brazil?

Cole Mannix, on his family ranch, is a co-founder of Old Salt Co-op, which aims to upend the way people buy meat. Only about 1 percent of the beef bought by the state’s households is raised and processed locally, according to estimates.

Christophe Deloire, Who Strove to Protect Journalists, Dies at 53

Christophe Deloire in Paris in 2020 during a demonstration on behalf of an Algerian journalist, Khaled Drareni, who was imprisoned at the time but later released.

Houthis Attack Merchant Ship in Red Sea Off Yemen’s Coast

Akira Endo, Scholar of Statins That Reduce Heart Disease, Dies at 90

Akira Endo in an undated photo. He grew more than 6,000 fungi in the early 1970s as part of his research on cholesterol.

Russian Warships Arrive in Cuban Waters as Part of Planned Military Exercises

A Russian frigate entering Havana’s harbor, on Wednesday.

Thursday Briefing: G7 Leaders Prepare to Debate Frozen Russian Assets

President Biden left Delaware yesterday for the G7 summit in Italy.

Israeli Hostages Rescued From Gaza Detail Life in Hamas Captivity

Evgeniia Kozlova, seated, said her son Andrey Kozlov went through “very difficult” circumstances during his many months as a hostage in Gaza. Jenifer Master, the girlfriend of Andrey, is standing behind her.

Defiant Macron Predicts Chaos if France Succumbs to Extremes

President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia’s Next Billion-Dollar Sports Play: A Boxing Takeover

Oleksandr Usyk, left, and Tyson Fury in their heavyweight unification fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last month.

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia as G7 Leaders Gather

“Russia’s war economy is deeply isolated from the international financial system,” Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said in announcing new sanctions.

In Wake of Election Defeat, Germany’s Olaf Scholz Will Slog On

All three of the parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government earned fewer votes than the conservative opposition — combined.

Why Is Biden Going to Europe Twice in a Week?

The White House’s explanation for four trans-Atlantic crossings in nine days was simply that President Biden had commitments in Washington.

Greece Closes Schools and Acropolis Amid Heat

Members of the Hellenic Red Cross handing out bottles of water outside the Acropolis in Athens on Wednesday.

White House Takes a Tiny Bite From Giant Pile of Food Waste

A landfill in Vacaville, Calif. The state is one of several that already have food-waste strategies.

Three Men Convicted in Murder of Dutch Journalist

Peter R. de Vries was a renowned crime journalist whose career spanned decades.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Says She’s ‘Not Quite Myself’ After Assault

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark in June. A 39-year-old man was arrested after the public attack on her on Friday.

Fire in Kuwait Migrant Worker Housing Kills Dozens

The scene after the fire in Mangaf, about half an hour’s drive from the center of the Kuwaiti capital, on Wednesday.

Hezbollah Launches Rocket Barrage After Commander Is Killed in Israeli Strike

An Israeli firefighter douses a fire caused by rockets launched from southern Lebanon on Wednesday.

A Palestinian Professor Spoke Out Against the Gaza War. Israel Detained Her.

Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, center, in court in Jerusalem in April. She is now under investigation for incitement to terrorism.

Ukraine Says It Shot Down Most of a Russian Missile and Drone Barrage

Ukrainian air defenses over Kyiv on Wednesday as Russia attacked Ukraine with missiles and drones.

At the G7, Biden Will Push for Frozen Russian Assets to Help Ukraine

President Biden will face the hurdle of convincing his allies, starting with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, that the United States plans to stay in the fight with Ukraine, no matter what happens in the U.S. presidential election in November.

U.N. Report Accuses Israel and Hamas of Committing War Crimes

Navi Pillay, a former United Nations human rights chief, led the commission investigating the Oct. 7 attacks and subsequent conflict.

Muggings, Murders and Mob Justice: Violent Crime Roars Back in Karachi

Police officers standing guard to inspect suspicious passengers in Karachi, Pakistan, last month.

Wednesday Briefing

Hunter Biden with Jill Biden, the first lady, and his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden.

How Conservatives Lost a New U.K. Heartland

Natalie Fleet, the Labour Party’s candidate for Bolsover, at a D-Day ceremony in Whitwell, England, last week. Labour held the parliamentary seat for almost 70 years before the Conservatives won it in 2019.

Jin of BTS Completes His Military Service

Jin of BTS, now a civilian, in Yeoncheon, South Korea, on Wednesday morning. A bandmate, RM, is playing the saxophone.

Senior Hezbollah Commander Is Killed in Israeli Strike

Smoke billowing during an Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese border village of Khiam on June 8.

Pope Francis Is Accused of Using a Homophobic Slur Again

Pope Francis was reported to have used an anti-gay slur during a meeting with priests in Rome on Tuesday.

Hamas and Israel Face Pressure to Embrace Cease-Fire Adopted by U.N.

A street in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Tuesday.

At D-Day Ceremonies, Thinking of One Veteran Who Wouldn’t Return

Ste.-Mère-Église in Normandy, France, held its Friends of American Veterans celebration on June 3.

Rare White Grizzly Dies After Being Struck on Canadian Highway

Nakoda with her cubs in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. Officials believe that she gradually became habituated to humans in recent years, causing her to be less wary around people and highways.

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