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Middle East Crisis: Gaza Offensive Will Last at Least Through End of Year, Israeli Official Says

Blinken Hints U.S. May Accept Ukrainian Strikes in Russia With American Arms

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and President Maia Sandu of Moldova in Chisinau on Wednesday.

Biden Weighs Letting Ukraine Strike With U.S. Weapons in Russia

Heavy smoke from a strike on industrial buildings in Kharkiv, Ukraine, earlier this month. President Biden is under increasing pressure to allow Ukraine to use U.S.-supplied arms to attack Russian territory.

Russia-Ukraine Border That Separates Families Is Now Also a Front Line

Valentina in front of a shelled store in Grayvoron.

South Africans Vote, Many Hoping for Change as Seismic as Mandela’s Rise

Voters cast ballots at a community center in Soweto, South Africa, on Wednesday, in an election that could cause a seismic shift in the country’s leadership.

South Africa’s Black Elites Sour on the President They Championed

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, center, after attending a luncheon with business leaders in Centurion, north of Johannesburg, in May.

Can South Africa’s Opposition Parties Break Through?

Supporters of the opposition Democratic Alliance party sang before the arrival of John Steenhuisen, the party leader, at a rally in Evaton township, south of Johannesburg, last year.

Iceland Volcano Erupts, Spewing Lava 150 Feet Into the Air

A cloud of smoke billowed as a volcano erupted in Grindavik, Iceland, on Wednesday.

Former Intelligence Chief Tapped as Next Dutch Prime Minister

Dick Schoof, who has been selected as the next Dutch prime minister, is the highest-ranking official at the Ministry of Justice and Security. He has no experience in politics.

North Korea’s Latest Offensive: Dumping Trash on South Korea

A balloon believed to have been sent from North Korea, carrying various objects including what appeared to be trash and human waste, over a rice field at Cheorwon, South Korea, on Wednesday.

126 Degrees in India: New Delhi Sweats Through Its Hottest Day Ever Recorded

Trying to find refuge from the heat along the Yamuna flood plains in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Logging in Banff to Save it from Canada’s Wildfires

Park crews left woody material to break down naturally and a few trees standing for birds to perch when they cleared the fire guard.

Divisions Set to Deepen in Georgia After Foreign Influence Law Passes

Outside the Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday. Nightly protests have seethed for weeks.

A Show That Makes Young Japanese Pine for the ‘Inappropriate’ 1980s

Sadao Abe as Ichiro, a grumpy father and physical education teacher, and Yumi Kawai as Junko, his rebellious teenage daughter, in “Extremely Inappropriate!”

Israeli Military Operations in Gaza to Continue Through 2024, Official Says

Israeli soldiers in central Gaza in January. Israel’s national security adviser said on Wednesday that he expects military operations in Gaza to continue through at least the end of the year.

Algeria’s Cease-Fire Proposal Circulates at U.N. Amid Outrage Over Rafah

Palestinians inspecting some of the damage a day after an Israeli strike near a camp for displaced people in Rafah on Sunday set off a fire that killed at least 45 people.

Barry Kemp, Who Unearthed Insights About Ancient Egypt, Dies at 84

Person Is Killed in Running Jet Engine at Amsterdam Airport

The authorities were investigating the death of a person who was found inside a jet engine at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Americans Raced to Get Their Families Out of Gaza. Then the Border Slammed Shut.

Ghada Redwan at her home in Houston, Texas. Her parents are in Gaza. “You live comfortably, you have money, you’re a U.S. citizen and your parents are suffering and there’s nothing you can do for them,” she said. “It is just insane.”

Israel Declares ‘Tactical Control’ Over Strategic Gaza Corridor Bordering Egypt

The border fence between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in Rafah on Friday.

Pentagon Opens Ammunition Factory to Keep Arms Flowing to Ukraine

Workers assembling computer-driven robots and flow-forming machines at a new General Dynamics artillery ammunition factory in Mesquite, Texas.

Giant Pandas Will Head to D.C.’s National Zoo From China

A giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington last year, before it was flown to China.

Rafah Aid Groups Say Israel’s Offensive is Pushing Them Out

A Palestinian man moved through the remains of a camp for displaced people in Rafah in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

‘All Eyes on Rafah’ Meaning and Origins

The phrase “All Eyes on Rafah” was on display at a protest in Naples, Italy, earlier this month.

Former Israeli Hostage Held Captive in Gaza Awaits Her Husband’s Release

Aviva Siegel, who was held captive in Gaza until November, holding a poster last week of her husband, Keith Siegel, who is still being held.

In This English Countryside Race, the Winner Takes the … Cheese

The site of the Gloucestershire Cheese Roll in England, which was softened by rain before the competition on Monday.

So Close to Sicily, So Far From the Crowds

Visitors can get close to the rock formation known as Arco dell’Elefante, a lava arch that resembles an elephant drinking water, when touring Pantelleria by boat.

Israel Used U.S.-Made Bombs in Strike That Killed Dozens in Rafah

Wednesday Briefing

Donald Trump sitting in a courtroom during his trial in New York yesterday.

Saudi Arabia Eyes a Future Beyond Oil

Arrays of solar panels help power the Jazlah Water Desalination plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Hold the French Fries! Paris Olympics Chart a New Gastronomic Course.

Charles Guilloy, left, and Stéphane Chicheri will be responsible for serving about 45,000 meals a day as the chefs in charge of dining in the Olympic Village this summer.

Venezuela Rescinds Invitation to E.U. Election Observers for Presidential Vote

Venezuelan election officials, led by Elvis Amoroso, center, said that they had rescinded an invitation to E.U. election observers because of “unilateral and genocidal coercive sanctions.”

Haiti Names New Prime Minister to Try to Lead Country Out of Crisis

Garry Conille will assume responsibility for running Haiti as prime minister alongside a presidential transition council.

Israel Pushes Into Rafah as Displaced Palestinians Search for Safety

Palestinians fleeing from the southern Gaza city of Rafah during an Israeli ground and air offensive in the city on Tuesday.

U.S. Pier for Gaza Aid Damaged by Rough Seas

Rough seas over the weekend broke four U.S. Army ships free of their moorings and damaged the temporary pier the Army had built to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Blinken Travels to Eastern Europe as Russia Presses War in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is expected to fly into Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, on Wednesday.

Biden Moves to Open U.S. Banks to Cuba’s Private Sector

Workers cutting wood in the production workshop of Dforja Creations, a private furniture company, on the outskirts of Havana.

U.S. Officials Say Deadly Rafah Airstrike Did Not Cross Biden’s Red Line

At Least 21 Killed in Strike on a Tent Camp in Al-Mawasi, Gazan Officials Say

Palestinians transport the bodies of people killed in a strike on a tent encampment for the displaced in Al-Mawasi, a coastal community near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Georgia’s Ruling Party Secures a Contentious Law on Foreign Influence

A Pro-Western crowd protested a proposed foreign-agent law on Tuesday outside Georgia’s Parliament in Tbilisi, the capital, where the bill has set off night after night of protests.

Damages From PFAS Lawsuits Could Surpass Asbestos, Industry Lawyers Warn

A 3M plant on the Mississippi River. The company has faced legal action over manufacturing the chemicals.

Pope Francis Apologizes After Reports That He Used an Anti-Gay Slur

Pope Francis has been credited with urging the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming to the L.G.B.T.Q. community, but he is reported to have used an offensive term at a recent meeting.

Calls Mount to Let Ukraine Strike Russia With Western Weapons

Artillery in the Donetsk region in January. Requests to allow Ukraine to fire Western weapons into Russia are mainly aimed at the United States, its largest arms supplier.

Why Lawmakers Are Brawling and People Are Protesting in Taiwan

Supporters of President Lai Ching-te at a protest in Taipei, Taiwan, last week.

What We Know About the Papua New Guinea Landslide

A view of the landslide in Yambali village, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on Monday.

Spain, Norway and Ireland Formally Recognize Palestinian Statehood

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain announcing Spain’s recognition of a Palestinian state, on a television in a bar in Madrid on Tuesday.

Carbon Offsets, a Much-Criticized Climate Tool, Get Federal Guidelines

Seedlings at a carbon offset partnership in Zimbabwe.

War-Weary Iraqis Feel for Gaza, but Fear Spread of the Conflict

A cemetery in Falluja, Iraq, where graves for Iraq war casualties were first dug in 2004.

Climate Change Added a Month’s Worth of Extra-Hot Days in Past Year

Receiving treatment for heatstroke in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday.

Cyclone Remal Tears Through India and Bangladesh, Killing at Least 23

Kuakata, a coastal city in Bangladesh, on Monday, after Cyclone Remal made landfall.

Tuesday Briefing

The destruction after an Israeli strike on a camp for displaced people in Rafah.

South Africa’s Young Democracy Leaves Its Young Voters Disillusioned

Leaflet by Leaflet, a Few Aging Activists Fight India’s Tide of Bigotry

Roop Rekha Verma, 80, talking to women at a home in Lucknow, India, about their right to vote.

Facing Global Outrage, Netanyahu Calls Civilian Deaths in Rafah Strike ‘Tragic Accident’

Palestinians on Monday inspected damage after an Israeli strike near a camp for displaced people in Rafah set off a fire that killed at least 45 people.

World Leaders Denounce Deadly Strike in Rafah

Mourners at a funeral in Rafah, in southern Gaza, on Monday.

Shooting Near Rafah Border Crossing Kills a Member of Egypt’s Security Forces

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket Carrying Satellite

Watching a news broadcast of North Korea’s rocket launch in Seoul on Monday.

U.S. Lawmakers Visit Taiwan and Vow Support in Face of Chinese Military Drills

President Lai Ching-te of Taiwan, right, with Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday.

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