- Ukrainian refugee camp in Mexico’s capital to closeby Associated Press
Organizers of a camp for Ukrainian refugees who had traveled to Mexico say they will soon close it and discouraged Ukrainians still in Europe from traveling to Mexico as they try to enter the United States
- The White House keeps walking back Biden’s remarksby Ashley Parker
President Biden regularly makes unscripted, pithy remarks that violate the rules of diplomacy and get a lot of attention. His staff always walks them back — but should they?
- Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%by Associated Press
Mexican experts say the number of monarch butterflies that arrived this year to winter in mountaintop forests rose by 35% compared to the previous season
- Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South Americaby Daniel Politi | AP
After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America
- UN calls on Taliban to reverse new rules for girls and womenby Edith M. Lederer | AP
The U.N. Security Council is calling on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to “swiftly reverse” their policies and practices restricting the human rights of women and girls
- Who are the Uyghurs, and what’s happening to them in China?by Eva Dou
China’s crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority in Xinjiang, explained.
- Russia, China conduct first joint military drill since Ukraine invasionby Ellen Nakashima
Russia and China flew strategic bombers over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea while President Biden was in Tokyo on Tuesday.
- Russia releases jailed Danish Jehovah’s Witness, group saysby Associated Press
A Danish Jehovah’s Witness has been released after spending five years in a Russian prison under Moscow’s crackdown on the religious group, the organization says
- Europe accepts Putin’s demands on gas payments to avoid more shut-offsby Chico Harlan
The E.U. gives Putin a public relations victory while continuing to fund his war effort in Ukraine.
- Pope offers solidarity to Gaylord, Michigan, after tornadoby Associated Press
Pope Francis is offering his condolences and solidarity to the people of Gaylord, Michigan following a deadly tornado
- Taliban ordered female newscasters to cover up. Men joined in protest.by Miriam Berger
“We are in a deep grief today,” Khpolwak Sapai, deputy director of Afghanistan’s ToloNews, said in a Facebook post Sunday, the day after the Taliban’s edict went into effect.
- Report: Mexico’s immigration enforcement relies on militaryby Associated Press
Mexico’s immigration enforcement is increasingly militarized with the armed forces and National Guard now accounting for more migrant detentions than immigration agents
- Churches of Serbia, North Macedonia, end decades-old disputeby Konstantin Testorides | AP
The head of Serbia’s Orthodox Church says he will recognize the full independence of the church in neighboring North Macedonia, signaling an end to a decades-old religious dispute
- United Arab Emirates detects first case of monkeypoxby Associated Press
Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have detected the country’s first case of the monkeypox virus in a young woman who traveled from West Africa
- As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standardby Danielle Paquette
Doctors and infectious-disease experts across the continent have worked to contain monkeypox outbreaks for years. Few seemed to care, or even notice, until people in the West started getting sick.
- Dutch police arrest Syrian accused of war crimes for Assadby Molly Quell | AP
Dutch authorities have arrested a 34-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker accused of war crimes
- Lebanon currency hits new low after vote, crisis deepensby Associated Press
Lebanon’s pound has hit a new low as deep divisions within the newly elected parliament raised concerns that political paralysis could further exacerbate one of the worst economic meltdowns in history
- Kissinger says Ukraine should concede territory to Russia to end warby Timothy Bella
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kissinger urged the West to not seek an embarrassing defeat for Russia in Ukraine, warning it could worsen Europe’s long-term stability.
- As U.N. representative visits China’s Xinjiang region, fears of a coverupby Lily Kuo
The U.N. rights representative’s trip came amid the release of the “Xinjiang Police Files,” detailing the internment of Uyghurs and other minorities in China.
- 11 killed in shooting attacks on 2 bars in Mexicoby Associated Press
Officials in north-central Mexico say 11 people have been gunned down in simultaneous shooting attacks on two bars
- EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?by Maria Cheng | AP
Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days
- In West Bank, Turkish FM pledges support for Palestiniansby Associated Press
Turkey’s foreign minister says that improved ties with Israel will not come at the expense of its commitment to supporting the Palestinians and the two-state solution to the conflict
- Police raid in Rio de Janeiro favela kills at least 10by Associated Press
Police in Rio de Janeiro have raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela in an operation that prompted a fierce firefight
- Extremists kill dozens in latest attack in northeast Nigeriaby Chinedu Asadu | AP
Local authorities say that dozens of people have been killed in northeast Nigeria in yet another attack targeting remote communities as the West African nation continues to battle extremist rebels
- Putin made ‘big strategic mistake’ in Ukraine, NATO chief says in Davosby Adela Suliman
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused Russia of “trying to trample the aspirations of an entire nation with tanks.”
- UN aims to transfer 6,750 Ethiopians trapped in Yemen warby Associated Press
The U.N. migration agency says it’s aiming to transfer at least 6,750 Ethiopian migrants from war-torn Yemen to their home country in the coming months
- Nations eye vaccines for monkeypox, but WHO says mass immunization not urgentby Ellen Francis
Health authorities are urging careful assessment before expanding the use of smallpox vaccines to protect against monkeypox.
- Along Ukraine’s northern border with Russia, fears of a new invasionby Max Bearak
Having beaten back Russian troops, the border guards of Ukraine’s Chernihiv region are watching warily as their adversaries again amass troops and equipment.
- Executions increased as pandemic rules eased in 2021, report findsby Jennifer Hassan
Amnesty International’s report found that 579 people were put to death in 2021, a 20 percent increase, compared with the year before.
- Hong Kong Catholic church cancels Tiananmen memorial Massby Theodora Yu
The church memorials were the last organized marking of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
- New Italian church head faces demands for abuse inquiryby Nicole Winfield | AP
Pope Francis has named a bishop in his own image as the new head of the Italian bishops conference
- Biden visit showcases hardened stances on North Koreaby Min Joo Kim
The Biden administration appears to be returning to the Obama-era “strategic patience” of not engaging in North Korea.
- German chancellor to discuss Ukraine war in South Africaby Mogomotsi Magome | AP
South Africa’s neutral stance on Russia’s war in Ukraine will be a major topic of conversation as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Tuesday with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to end his three-nation tour of Africa
- Behind bulletproof shields, Colombian candidates fear for their livesby Samantha Schmidt
Front-runner Gustavo Petro could be Colombia’s first leftist president. Death threats have led his campaign to take unusual security measures.
- Environmentalists meet in South Africa to stem plastic wasteby Mogomotsi Magome | AP
Environmental activists are gathering in South Africa this week to press governments and businesses to reduce the production of plastic because it is harming the continent’s environment
- Albanian arrested for inciting terror via social mediaby Associated Press
Police say that an Albanian man has been arrested for allegedly using social media to call for terror attacks against state institutions
- Airbnb shutting down listings in China, where it struggled even before covidby Amy Cheng
Airbnb was a minor player in the Chinese market. Tujia, a larger competitor, has reportedly offered to take over its listings.
- Several injured in train, bus collision in southern Germanyby Associated Press
Several people have been injured when a train collided with a bus at a railroad crossing in southern Germany
- Iraqi officials: Attacks by IS militants kill 12 civiliansby Associated Press
Iraqi security officials say militants from the Islamic State group have killed 11 civilians and wounded at least six in two separate attacks in northern Iraq
- Israel says 5 Palestinians arrested in alleged attack plotsby Associated Press
Israeli authorities say they’ve arrested five Palestinian suspects in Jerusalem for allegedly planning attacks on a member of parliament, the city’s light rail and other targets
- Taliban moves to hand control of Afghan airports to UAE companyby Susannah George
- Sweden: 5th COVID-19 shot to people over 65, pregnant womenby Associated Press
Sweden is recommending a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people with an increased risk of serious illness, including pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over
- Denmark offers Ukraine Harpoon missiles to fight Russia’s Black Sea blockadeby Andrew Jeong
The anti-ship missiles have been compared to the Javelins that have destroyed many Russian tanks during the war.
- Reports: Fighter jet crashes in Iran, killing two pilotsby Associated Press
Local media in Iran say that a fighter jet has crashed in the country’s central desert, killing both the aircraft’s pilots
- It’s not easy staying green: Keeping out of China’s covid lockdownby Eva Dou
China is using constant tests and status codes to beat the coronavirus pandemic, but the result is a constant struggle to maintain the coveted “green” status or face social ostracism.
- Rwanda accuses Congolese forces of cross-border shellingby Ignatius Ssuuna | AP
Rwanda’s military has accused neighboring Congolese forces of injuring several civilians in cross-border shelling and asked regional monitors to investigate
- Reconstruction of reporter’s killing points to Israeli fireby Joseph Krauss | AP
Who killed Shireen Abu Akleh
- New Zealand plane finds 7 missing aboard 2 boats in Pacificby Nick Perry | AP
New Zealand’s military said Tuesday that an air force plane found seven people who had gone missing
- Biden insists no change in Taiwan policy amid Quad meetings to counter Chinaby Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The president said that there was no change in America’s Taiwan policy, a day after he pledged to militarily defend the island in event of a Chinese invasion.
- Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Difficult weeks ahead in Donbas, Zelensky warns; E.U. nears oil embargo dealby Amy Cheng
More than 2 million Ukrainians have crossed back into the country, in a sign that a semblance of normalcy is returning to some areas outside the east.