Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 27, Russian-backed authorities say

Officials in the city of Donetsk said the shells landed in a busy shopping area and blamed the strikes on Ukraine’s military.

By Mary IlyushinaJanuary 21, 2024

A Belgian port seized tons of cocaine. Criminals tried to take it back.

Belgian customs officers seized three times as much cocaine in the port of Antwerp last year as U.S. customs and border officials seized in all of the United States.

By Gerrit De VynckJanuary 20, 2024

‘Succession’ creator Jesse Armstrong says there’ll be no spinoffs

Armstrong also told the BBC that while “Succession” characters did “reprehensible” things, he didn’t “think of them as irredeemable.”

By Adela SulimanJanuary 20, 2024

Breaking protection pledge, Russian regions reinstate animal kill shelters

The dog-loving Russian leader changed the constitution to keep himself in power and added an animal protection provision. But now regions have new authority to kill strays.

By Mary IlyushinaJanuary 20, 2024

With Rwanda deportation bill, U.K. evades human rights norms it established

The House of Commons has passed migration legislation that departs from international human rights obligations the U.K. helped write.

By William BoothJanuary 18, 2024

Arnold Schwarzenegger faces criminal tax case in Germany over luxury watch

Arnold Schwarzenegger was detained at an airport in Germany over a luxury watch.

By Kate BradyJanuary 17, 2024

Princess of Wales hospitalized; King Charles to undergo prostate procedure

The unusual back-to-back health announcements from the British royal palaces took the country by surprise.

By William BoothJanuary 17, 2024

King Charles to be hospitalized for benign prostate condition

The king shared the details of his planned surgery next week to encourage other men to be aware of prostate risks.

By William BoothJanuary 17, 2024

Roy Calne, a pioneer of organ transplant surgery, dies at 93

The British surgeon introduced new drugs and techniques for organ transplantation, earning one of medicine’s top honors and giving hope to millions of patients.

By Harrison SmithJanuary 16, 2024

Russian air passengers face peril as planes show strain of sanctions

A series of harrowing air safety incidents has forced numerous emergency landings of airliners across Russia, leaving passengers screaming — in anger or fear.

By Robyn DixonJanuary 16, 2024

Lev Rubinstein, Russian poet who drew power from simplicity, dies at 76

An activist since the Soviet era, Mr. Rubinstein has voiced support for jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, criticized Russia’s war in Ukraine and urged “hope.”

By Mary Ilyushina and Brian MurphyJanuary 15, 2024

Berlin farmers protest gains support amid nation’s winter of discontent

As thousands protest in Berlin, concerns grow over how the far right could capitalize on nationwide discontent with the “traffic light” coalition government.

By Kate BradyJanuary 15, 2024

Lava from Icelandic volcano eruption engulfs homes, roads

A volcano erupted in southwestern Iceland following earthquakes, overcoming buildings in the fishing town of Grindavik with lava. Videos show houses on fire.

By Leo SandsJanuary 15, 2024

Denmark remakes royal tradition with a new king — but no crown

Crown Prince Frederik became king on Sunday in a simple ceremony devoid of the pomp and pageantry associated with other monarchs.

By Karla AdamJanuary 14, 2024

Two Russian fathers backed army conscription. Only one son came home.

Russia said it wouldn’t send young conscripts to Ukraine. But the experiences of two young men show how eager the military is to ship them off to war.

By Robyn Dixon and Natalia AbbakumovaJanuary 14, 2024

Frederik X: A visual biography of Denmark’s next king

A look at his life, from ‘party prince’ to monarch.

By Karla AdamJanuary 13, 2024

Queen Margrethe II: A visual biography of Denmark’s abdicating monarch

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II steps down this weekend as Europe’s longest-serving monarch and the first Danish royal to abdicate since 1146.

By Karla AdamJanuary 13, 2024

Belgorod, in western Russia, hit hard as Ukraine retaliates for airstrikes

Most of Russia is insulated from the war, but a Ukrainian strike killed 25 people in Belgorod on Dec. 30, the largest civilian toll in Russia since its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

By Francesca EbelJanuary 13, 2024

Paris mint melts 27 million coins after E.U. said stars were hard to read

The mint hadn’t sought required approval for a new design. Fixing it could cost more than 1 million euros.

By Kate BradyJanuary 12, 2024

Who is Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik? From party prince to Danish king.

Denmark’s new king has a tough act to follow from his popular mother, but his Australian-born wife has won the people’s hearts and he’s warming to the task.

By Karla AdamJanuary 12, 2024