Global Dispatch

Uncovering Today's International Headlines and Top Stories

Xi Jinping’s Recipe for Total Control: An Army of Eyes and Ears

Volunteers from a neighborhood committee keeping watch on a Beijing street in April. “Stability maintenance” — a catchall term for containing social problems and silencing dissent — has increasingly become a preoccupation in China under Xi Jinping.

Sometimes U.S. and U.K. Politics Seem in Lock Step. Not This Year.

The British Parliament will stop sitting next week, with an election coming on July 4.

Three Missionaries in Haiti Killed in Gang Attack

Haiti has been in the throes of a massive gang assault since last February, when several gangs that normally fight each other decided to band together and fight the government.

As Rafah Offensive Grinds On, Hunger in Gaza Spirals

Waiting for rations from an outdoor kitchen in Khan Younis this month. Hunger is now most acute in the southern Gaza Strip.

ICJ Orders Israel to Halt Its Military Incursion Into Rafah

Smoke rising after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.

Top U.N. Court Decision Adds to Israel’s Growing Isolation

A decision by the International Court of Justice highlighted Israel’s growing diplomatic isolation.

Countries Fail to Agree on Treaty to Prepare the World for the Next Pandemic

Last year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. Member countries have failed to reach their goal of finalizing a pandemic treaty before this year’s session begins on Monday.

Taquería El Califa de León Went From Local Favorite to World Famous

Arturo Rivera Martínez has been behind the grill at El Califa de León for 20 years.

Russia Is Increasingly Blocking Ukraine’s Starlink Service

Members of the Achilles Drone battalion of Ukraine’s 92nd Assault Brigade in Kharkiv, Ukraine. They depend on Starlink service for communications and to conduct drone strikes.

Ukraine Starts Freeing Some Prisoners to Join Its Military

An advertisement encouraging people to enlist in the Ukrainian Army in Kostiantynivka last year.

Are These Drones Too Chinese to Pass U.S. Muster in an Anti-China Moment?

Randall Warnas, chief executive of Anzu Robotics, with a Raptor drone outside a warehouse in Lindon, Utah, earlier this month.

Barcelona’s Success Transforms the City Into the Women’s Soccer Capital

A Barcelona Femení match in February. The team has been Spanish champion every year since 2019 and has not lost a league game since last May.

The Architect Who Made Singapore’s Public Housing the Envy of the World

Liu Thai Ker, known as the architect of modern Singapore, at his office, in March.

How Singapore’s Public Housing System Works

Downtown Singapore in March.

Hundreds Feared Dead in Papua New Guinea Landslide

The damage after a landslide in Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province on Friday.

Israeli Forces Cut Off Access to Kamal Adwan Hospital in Northern Gaza

People evacuating Kamal Adwan Hospital following an Israeli strike in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, on Tuesday.

Why We Should Have Nice Things

Bayer Leverkusen’s defeat in the Europa League final spoiled a night. It shouldn’t spoil an unforgettable season.

Milk Containing Bird-Flu Virus Can Sicken Mice, Study Finds

Bottles of raw milk are displayed for sale at a store in Temecula, Calif.

Kabosu, Shiba Inu Dog Who Helped Define the Doge Meme, Dies at 18

Ms. Sato decorated her home with photos of Kabosu.

Landslide Buries Village in Papua New Guinea, Killing at Least 3

The site of a landslide in Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province on Friday.

Israel Recovers Bodies of 3 More Hostages in Gaza

A protest near the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem on Tuesday demanding the immediate release of hostages.

Climate Change Is Taking a Toll on Mites and Springtails, a New Analysis Finds

These Teens Adopted an Orphaned Oil Well. Their Goal: Shut It Down.

From left: Lila Gisondi, Mateo De La Rocha and Sebastian Ng, high school seniors in Cary, N.C., who adopted an oil well in Ohio that was leaking gas.

Australia’s ‘National Crisis’ of Domestic Abuse

A national rally against violence against women in Sydney, Australia last month.

U.N. Court Orders Israel to Halt Rafah Offensive

A house hit overnight by an Israeli bombardment in Rafah on Monday.

Israel says it destroyed weapons and tunnels in Rafah, and other news.

Friday Briefing

Palestinians stormed trucks carrying humanitarian aid last week.

Pope Francis Clears Way for Carlo Acutis to Become First Millennial Saint

A tapestry featuring a portrait of Carlo Acutis hung at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi during the beatification ceremony.

Israel Expands Rafah Offensive Amid International Pressure Over Gaza War

A deserted camp for displaced Palestinians on the border with Egypt in Rafah, southern Gaza, on Wednesday.

Restaurant Collapse Kills at Least 4 and Injures 16 in Majorca

Emergency responders looked through the building collapse in Majorca on Thursday.

Far-Right E.U. Lawmakers Remove Germany’s AfD Party Before Elections

A group of far-right lawmakers said it excluded the Alternative for Germany party because of comments by Maximilian Krah, the party’s lead candidate for the European Parliament.

Friday Briefing: Aid Trickles Through Gaza Pier

Palestinians stormed trucks carrying humanitarian aid last week.

Sports Betting Company Drops Boris Johnson From Soccer Ad

Boris Johnson, Britain’s former prime minister, last year. Mr. Johnson was tapped to star in an ad campaign for a sports betting company.

CIA Director Burns to Try Reviving Cease-Fire and Hostage Negotiations in Europe

William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, in March. He plans to travel to Europe for talks with his Israeli counterpart to try to revive cease-fire talks.

‘Drowning Street’: Sunak’s Election Campaign Gets Off to a Tricky Start

During a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called for a general election to be held on July 4.

As Israel’s Hard Line Stokes Anger Abroad, Netanyahu May Get Benefits at Home

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel arriving for a party meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.

U.S. Military Faces Reality in Gaza as Aid Project Struggles

Palestinians carrying boxes of aid after trucks loaded with supplies from the U.S.-built pier arrived in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip last week.

Israeli forces raided a major hospital in northern Gaza, forcing patients and staff to evacuate.

Damage to the facade of Al Awda Hospital in March, in a frame from a video by the World Health Organization.

Advancing Russian Troops Threaten to Reverse Some of Ukraine’s Hard-Won Gains

Destroyed artillery on a road near the town of Vovchansk, in the northeastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine, this week.

As Slovakia’s Prime Minister Recovers, Its Politics Remain Divisive

People placed flowers last week in front of the hospital in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, where Prime Minister Robert Fico is being treated.

What to Know About the UK General Election on July 4

Russia Detains Another Defense Official, in New Sign of Putin Shake-Up

A photograph of General Shamarin, released by the Russian Defense Ministry.

In a City of Ancient Jewish Mysticism, Israelis Arm for a Fight

Nigel Farage to Skip U.K. Election So He Can Focus on Helping Trump

Nigel Farage speaking at a conference of conservative America in National Harbor, Maryland, in February.

Iran Buries President Raisi in His Hometown

A funeral ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday for President Ebrahim Raisi and the others who died in a helicopter crash last weekend.

Foreign Interventions in Haiti: A Brief History

Kenyan police officers, seen here in Nairobi, are soon heading to Haiti to help restore order.

Fate of Retired Research Chimps Still in Limbo

Carlee, a chimpanzee living in Chimp Haven, a 200-acre sanctuary in Louisiana that serves as the designated retirement home for federally owned chimps.

Biden Honors Kenya as the East African Nation Prepares to Send Forces to Haiti

President Biden welcomed President William Ruto of Kenya to the White House on Wednesday and will host him for a state dinner on Thursday.

Here’s What to Know About Canada’s Wildfire Season

Fire has reduced some fields in northern Alberta to stubble. After a record wildfire season last year, officials are preparing for blazes again.

British Archaeologists Search for American Pilot Missing Since World War II

A group of archaeologists is leading an excavation effort in Suffolk, a county in eastern England, searching for the remains of an American pilot still listed as missing in action after his B-17 crashed in 1944.

Thursday Briefing

Fazul Rahman in Kandahar, Afghanistan, last year.

Is Modi Worried? India’s Long-Deflated Opposition Finds Some Momentum.

Mallikarjun Kharge, center right, the president of Indian National Congress, the main opposition party, and his coalition partner, Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena party.

Stage Collapses at Campaign Rally in Mexico, Killing at Least 9

Emergency workers responding after a stage collapsed during a campaign event in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, on Wednesday.

Can European Recognition Bring Palestinian Statehood Any Closer?

An Israeli tank along the border with northern Gaza in January. The resurgence of Hamas militants in the area has cast doubt on Israel’s goal of eliminating the group as a military threat.

China Launches Military Drills Around Taiwan as ‘Punishment’

Macron Arrives in New Caledonia, French Territory on Brink of Civil War

Police forces pushed back rioters near a shopping center in Dumbéa Sur Mer, New Caledonia, on Wednesday.

Biden Officials Debate Letting Ukraine Shoot U.S. Weapons Into Russia

The aftermath of what Russia said was a Ukrainian attack on Belgorod, Russia, earlier this month.

Spain, Norway and Ireland Recognize Palestinian State, Further Isolating Israel

A makeshift Palestinian shop next to buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike, in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

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