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Ukraine Announces Prisoner Exchange, Including Mariupol Fighters

Ukraine announced the largest exchange of prisoners of war since Russia launched its invasion in February, with 144 soldiers returned to Ukraine, including dozens of soldiers who defended against the Russian siege of Mariupol, a southern port city that became a symbol of Russian repression and Ukrainian defiance.While the exchange has been shrouded in secrecy, Denis Pushilin, the head of Russian proxy forces in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, […]

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At Least 1 Dead After Heavy Rain in Austria

At least one person was dead and another was missing on Wednesday after heavy thunderstorms lashed villages in southern Austria overnight, with record rainfall that pushed rivers over their banks and cut off some communities from recovery efforts.The storms rolled in overnight from Italy and Slovenia, along Austria’s southern border, said Michael Tiefgraber, a meteorologist with Austria’s national weather service, the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics. About 5.5 inches […]

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A Canine Companion So Nice It (Maybe) Evolved Twice

For years, one of the most confounding questions in science — alongside “What is dark matter?” and “Why do we sleep?” — has been one that many pet owners may have found themselves casually pondering: Where did dogs come from?Scientists generally agree that humanity’s best friend descended from gray wolves, scampering into our lives at least 15,000 years ago. Virtually everything else is a matter of debate.“When and where did […]

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Why Finland and Sweden Are Racing to NATO Membership and Ukraine Isn’t

With Finland and Sweden now racing toward NATO membership, the prospect of the two Nordic countries joining the seven-decade-old Atlantic alliance is raising a pressing question in Kyiv and beyond: Why them and not Ukraine?In February, President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed his country’s ambition to be admitted into NATO, an aspiration fixed in Ukraine’s Constitution since 2019. But this March, as war with Russia raged, Mr. Zelensky backed down, signaling that […]

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U.S. Moves Closer to Selling F-16 Fighter Jets to Turkey

MADRID — The United States on Wednesday signaled a new willingness to sell upgraded F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, moving closer to satisfying the ally’s longstanding request a day after Turkey dropped its opposition to efforts by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO alliance.Senior American officials had said just hours earlier that President Biden did not bargain with Turkey in exchange for its support for expanding NATO. A senior administration […]

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Cities Across Ukraine Suffer a Steady Stream of Civilian Casualties

LVIV, Ukraine — After an airstrike leveled a shopping center in central Ukraine this week, attention once again turned to the large human cost of the war far from the battlefield.But across the country, civilian deaths are also mounting slowly, day by day, in smaller-scale attacks that claim handfuls of lives. Even in cities and towns away from the war’s fiercest fighting, civilian casualties have continued to steadily tick upward.“They […]

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‘Let the people in’

How much did President Donald Trump and his top advisers know ahead of the Jan. 6 attack about the potential for violence? Until the past few weeks, the answer to that question had been unclear.But the Jan. 6 committee hearings have removed much of the doubt: Trump and his aides knew that the rally he held near the White House that day was likely to escalate into an attack on […]

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Philippines Orders Rappler to Shut Down

The Philippine government has again ordered that Rappler, the news website co-founded by Maria Ressa, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, be shut down for violating foreign ownership rules, the latest blow against press freedom in the country.Rappler has angered President Rodrigo Duterte for investigating his drug war, and the government has filed seven criminal cases against Ms. Ressa, relating to tax evasion, violation of foreign ownership rules and cyber libel.In […]

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Shanghai Wrestles With Psychological Scars From Lockdown

BEIJING — June, for Shanghai, was supposed to be a time of triumph. After two months of strict lockdown, the authorities had declared the city’s recent coronavirus outbreak under control. Businesses and restaurants were finally reopening. State media trumpeted a return to normalcy, and on the first night of release, people milled in the streets, shouting, “Freedom!”Julie Geng, a 25-year-old investment analyst in the city, could not bring herself to […]

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