Beyond Borders

Delving into International Top Stories, Headlines, and Features

In England, a Changed Nation Hopes for a Change in Soccer Fortunes

England flags in London. As the country prepares to play Spain in the European final in Berlin on Sunday, there’s a sense of a nation turning the page, on the field and off.

From Exile in London, a Crime Novelist Works to Transform Russia

Boris Akunin left Russia in 2014 to protest his country’s illegal annexation of Crimea. He has lived in Britain ever since.

Are Games Like the Euro 2024 Final the Riskiest Gig in Music?

Lenny Kravitz performed shortened versions of three songs in a six-minute set before the Champions League final in June.

Kate, Princess of Wales, Plans to Attend Wimbledon Final

Catherine, Princess of Wales, presented the winning trophy to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who won the men’s singles final on Sunday at the Wimbledon tennis championship.

How Hamas Is Fighting in Gaza: Tunnels, Traps and Ambushes

Israeli soldiers, photographed during a tour organized by the Israeli military, standing near the entrance to what the military said was a Hamas tunnel, near the Erez border crossing in Gaza, in December.

Israel Launches Major Attack Against a Senior Hamas Commander

A Palestinian man carrying the body of his son, who was killed in an Israeli strike in the Mawasi area of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, on Saturday.

Who Is the Hamas Military Leader, Muhammad Deif?

An undated handout photo said to be Muhammad Deif, the Hamas military leader.

Acquittal for Pakistan’s Khan and Wife in Illegal Marriage Case

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, in court last year.

Colombia Faces a New Problem: Too Much Cocaine

Roger Guzman, 19 years old, working harvesting coca leaves. December 2023 in, Colombia.

Ukraine Is Targeting Crimea, a Critical Base for Russia’s Invasion

A woman paying tribute to those who died when debris from an intercepted Ukrainian missile fell on a beach last month near the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

This Soccer Player Wanted to Wear Her Hijab on the Field. France Wouldn’t Let Her.

Lina Boussaha practicing in her new home, Khobar, Saudi Arabia, in March.

Big Indian Weddings Highlight Economic Divide

Mehndi artists applying their trade at the Bangalore Club, in Bengaluru, India, in July. Applying the elaborate henna designs is time-consuming, and often it is used as the excuse for a party among the overall wedding festivities.

Where Germany’s Immigration Debate Hits Home

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany paying tribute in June to Rouven Laur, a police officer who died after a knife attack in Mannheim.

Israel’s Attempted Assassination of Hamas Leader Followed Surveillance of Deputy

The strike, which the Israeli military says targeted a Hamas leader, took place in an area designated as a humanitarian zone.

Olympic Torch Reaches Paris in Elegant Style

Thierry Henry, left, a soccer legend in France, next to the Olympic torch that he would soon carry through the streets of Paris on Sunday. At right are Tony Estanguet, a top Olympics official, and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris.

Nepal’s New Prime Minister Is Named After Government Collapses

The veteran politician K.P. Sharma Oli, center, at Parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Friday.

Over 100 United Nations member states pledge support for UNRWA, and other news.

Slowing Down Like Scarlett

Can Canada Trim Its Reliance on Foreign Labor?

Agriculture in Canada has long relied on temporary foreign workers.

How Janet Yellen Became an Unlikely Culinary Diplomat

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen prizes mixing in cultural experiences with the grind of government travel.

Gaza City Neighborhood Left in Ruins After Israeli Troops Withdraw

Destroyed buildings in the Shajaiye neighborhood east of Gaza City on Thursday after the Israeli military withdrew following a two-week offensive.

Hamas Official: ‘We’re Not Obstinate’ in Cease-Fire Talks on Gaza

Husam Badran, a senior Hamas official, in Doha, Qatar, this week. He said Hamas was willing to cede civilian control in Gaza to nail down a postwar deal, but not to disband its military wing.

How Ukraine’s ‘Irreversible’ Path to NATO May Hinge on U.S. Election

President Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine during the NATO summit in Washington, on Thursday.

Early Wildfires in Brazil Threaten Pantanal Wetlands and Cerrado Savanna

A fire burning in late June along the banks of the Paraguay River in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, where fires this year have burned an area about the size of Phoenix.

France Is at a Political Impasse Ahead of 2024 Olympics

Statues of the “Marianne,” the French Republic’s iconic national figure, in front of the National Assembly building in Paris, in honor of the upcoming Olympics.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Dahal Loses Confidence Vote in Parliament

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Nepal arriving to speak before Parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Friday.

Pakistan Court Grants Imran Khan’s Party More Seats in Parliament

Supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan celebrate after a Supreme Court verdict, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday.

Nigerian School Collapses, Killing at Least 10 and Trapping Dozens

Clearing debris at the site of a school that collapsed in Jos, Nigeria, on Friday.

A Bleak View of Soccer’s Future Misses the Full Picture

UK Approves Early Release for Thousands of Prisoners to Ease Overcrowding

Pentonville Prison in London. In England and Wales, the prison population stands at 87,505 — very close to the maximum capacity of 88,956

How Can Europe Reduce Its Military Dependency on the United States?

Ukraine has not only vividly shown that weapons stockpiles “have been too small, and that the production capacity has been delinquent, but it has also demonstrated serious gaps in our interoperability,” the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said at the NATO summit this week.

Finland Passes Law to Turn Away Asylum Seekers at Border

Migrants at a border crossing in northern Finland in 2023.

Chandra Observatory Captures Two Supernovas in (Slow) Motion

Ambani Wedding Shows Off India’s New Gilded Age

Anant Ambani, son of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, and his fiancée, Radhika Merchant, during a wedding welcome ceremony in Mumbai earlier this month.

Rescued Hostage Describes Months of Uncertainty and Terror in Gaza

Andrey Kozlov, 27, a Russian Israeli who was held hostage in Gaza and rescued in an audacious and deadly commando raid last month.

U.S. Officials See Hopeful Signs in Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv on Sunday in recognition of it being nine months since the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks on Israel.

More Than 60 Are Missing in Nepal After Landslide Sweeps Buses Into River

Rescuers searching for survivors in the Trishuli River in Simaltar, Nepal, on Friday.

In an Outback Town, Praising the Lord and Improvising the Details

A view of Australia’s Northern Territory, where many roads are dirt and towns few and far between.

Biden Uses NATO Summit to Assail Trump on Foreign Policy

President Joe Biden used his news conference on Thursday to remind voters that former President Donald J. Trump’s first reaction to the invasion of Ukraine was to praise President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Friday Briefing

President Biden tried to defuse some questions about his age and fitness for office.

U.K. Government Seeks Migration Miracle Worker, Preferably in Uniform

A dinghy making its way toward England in May. Migrant crossings by small boat typically peak over the summer.

Many in Gaza City Ignore Israeli Military’s Calls to Evacuate

The Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya on Thursday after the Israeli military withdrew.

Friday Briefing: A Make-or-Break Moment for President Biden

President Biden at the NATO Summit in Washington yesterday.

After France’s Election, the Far Right Is at a Crossroads

Jordan Bardella, the president of France’s far-right National Rally party, on Sunday after the second round of parliamentary elections. The party fell short of expectations.

Students Protest Job Quotas in Bangladesh’s Streets

Protesters tearing down a yellow police barricade in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday. They are seeking an end to government quotas for civil service jobs.

It Turns Out the Picassos Anchoring a Gallery’s Exhibit Were Not by Picasso

Kirsha Kaechele, the curator of an exhibit at the Museum of Old and New Art, poses with a painting that imitates the style of Pablo Picasso.

In Europe, Tactical Voting Was a Big Winner. In the U.S. It Is Harder.

Party activists watching as votes are counted in the British Parliamentary constituency of Holborn and St Pancras, which is represented by the Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer.

Israeli Military Admits Wide-Ranging Failures in Border Village Attacked on Oct. 7

An Israeli soldier searching for human remains through the debris in Kibbutz Be’eri in November last year.

Russia Places Yulia Navalnaya on Extremist List

Yulia Navalnaya, center, the widow of Aleksei A. Navalny, standing in line with other voters at a polling station near the Russian Embassy in Berlin in March.

Letter in The Lancet Raises Question of Excess Deaths in Gaza War

Bodies at a morgue in Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Tuesday.

U.S. Will Allow Delivery of 500-Pound Bombs to Israel, an Official Says

A crater in Jabaliya, a densely populated area just north of Gaza City, in October. The crater was created by a 2,000-pound bomb, according to experts and an analysis by The New York Times.

A ‘Simpsons’ Joke Comes True for Cypress Hill

Sen Dog and B Real of Cypress Hill perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in London on Wednesday.

A Mammoth DNA Discovery Helps Map an Ancient Genome in 3-D

Climate Activists in New York Protest Citibank and Other Backers of Big Oil

A Summer of Heat on Wall Street protest near the headquarters of Citigroup in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Russia Vows ‘Military Response’ to U.S. Missile Deployments in Germany

In a photo made available by the U.S. Navy, an American ship in the Middle East launched a Tomahawk cruise missile in 2014.

Kenyan President Fires His Cabinet After Nationwide Protests

President William Ruto of Kenya defended his record on Thursday, but said the electorate expected more from his government.

Covering of Spire of Rouen Cathedral in France Catches Fire

Smoke billowing from the spire of the Rouen cathedral, in northern France, on Thursday.

Wife of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Is Sentenced to Death in Iraq

A ceremony held in January at a memorial in northern Iraq for Yazidis who were killed by Islamic State fighters.

Cooking Oil in Dirty Fuel Tankers? Report Raises Alarms in China.

Cooking oil for sale in a Beijing supermarket this week.

What NATO’s Warning to China Means

World leaders including President Biden at the NATO summit in Washington, on Wednesday.

‘We Want Our Real Lives Back’: For Gazans, Egypt Is Safe, but It’s Not Home

Nahla al-Bashti, 60, who arrived in Egypt with her family from Gaza in December.

Doctors Without Borders closes its last facility in north Gaza, and other news.

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