Biden administration to put Houthis back on global terrorist list

The U.S. will relist the Yemen-based Houthis as a specially designated global terrorist group for its Red Sea attacks but said the decision could be revisited.

By Michael Birnbaum and Victoria BissetJanuary 17, 2024

Senate votes down Sanders’s push to examine Israel’s human rights practices in Gaza

Senators overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have forced the Biden administration to look into potential human rights abuses perpetrated by Israel in Gaza.

By Liz Goodwin and Abigail HauslohnerJanuary 16, 2024

Despite U.S. pressure on Israel, casualty count in Gaza remains high

In the besieged Gaza Strip, civilian casualties remain high and aid deliveries low. The Biden administration has concluded Israel is not heeding its demands.

By Karen DeYoung and John HudsonJanuary 14, 2024

The global stakes of Taiwan’s election

Voters across Taiwan head to the polls Saturday in an election that could reverberate around the world. As pressure tactics increase from Beijing, the island of 23 million faces existential questions about how to preserve its identity and fend off war.

By Elana Gordon, Monica Campbell, Lucy Perkins, Vic Chiang, Sam Bair, Pei-Lin Wu and Anna FifieldJanuary 11, 2024

Democrats say Biden must notify Congress about Israel arms transfers

More than a dozen Senate Democrats say they will block President Biden’s request to bypass congressional notification on arms transfers to Israel.

By Abigail HauslohnerJanuary 9, 2024

Inside the daring plot to rescue an American soldier’s mother from Gaza

The mission to extract Zahra Sckak required days of negotiation between the U.S. and Israel as officials rallied on behalf of her son, an American soldier.

By Hope Hodge Seck and Dan LamotheJanuary 8, 2024

Israel’s talk of expanding war to Lebanon alarms U.S.

A U.S. intelligence assessment found that it would be difficult for Israel to succeed in a war against Hezbollah amid ongoing fighting in Gaza.

By John Hudson, Yasmeen Abutaleb and Shane HarrisJanuary 7, 2024

Jiang Ping, Chinese legal scholar who challenged state’s grip, dies at 92

Mr. Jiang helped draft the first modern civil legal codes in China in the 1980s and criticized Chinese leaders for increasing limits on freedoms.

By Brian MurphyDecember 31, 2023

Who is ‘Fat Leonard,’ the fugitive Venezuela turned over to the U.S.?

The 59-year-old Malaysian citizen escaped U.S. custody last year days before he was to be sentenced in the biggest military corruption scandal in the nation’s history.

By Craig WhitlockDecember 20, 2023

Killing of USAID contractor in Gaza fuels internal protest

The death of Hani Jnena has intensified calls within the Biden administration to hold Israel’s military accountable for rising toll among aid workers.

By John HudsonDecember 16, 2023

Unguided ‘dumb bombs’ used in almost half of Israeli strikes on Gaza

The revelation, disclosed in a U.S. intelligence assessment, emerged as American officials press Israel for a more targeted approach to its military campaign.

By John Hudson, Louisa Loveluck, Victoria Bisset and Karen DeYoungDecember 14, 2023

U.S. seeking partners to safeguard ships after Red Sea attacks

The Houthis, a militant group in Yemen aligned with Iran, have fired missiles and attack drones at several ships and hijacked at least one in recent weeks.

By Dan Lamothe and Kareem FahimDecember 10, 2023

Biden’s arming of Israel faces backlash as Gaza’s civilian toll grows

Critics, including fellow Democrats, say the Biden administration must do more to ensure Israel’s use of U.S. weapons in Gaza complies with laws of war.

By Missy Ryan, Michael Birnbaum, Abigail Hauslohner and John HudsonDecember 9, 2023

Ex-U.S. ambassador accused of being Cuba’s secret agent since 1981

The U.S. attorney general called Manuel Rocha’s case “one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations” of the U.S. government by a foreign agent.

By Devlin Barrett, Mary Beth Sheridan and Karen DeYoungDecember 4, 2023

Who will run Gaza after the war? U.S. searches for best of bad options.

The Biden administration says Gaza should be led by a ‘revitalized’ Palestinian Authority, but the idea is deeply unpopular with Israel — and many Palestinians.

By Michael Birnbaum, William Booth and Hazem Balousha December 3, 2023

Israel agrees to protect civilians when Gaza war resumes, Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he delivered a U.S. “imperative” that Israel adjust its combat strategy in Gaza to account for civilian collateral.

By Michael BirnbaumNovember 30, 2023

Families of U.S. hostages in Gaza urge Israel to expand negotiations

Fewer than 10 U.S. citizens are believed to remain captive in Gaza as hostage negotiators work to extend the pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas.

By John Hudson and Steve HendrixNovember 29, 2023

CIA director pushes big hostage deal in secret meeting with Mossad chief

CIA Director William Burns has taken on a central role navigating the Israel-Hamas hostage crisis for President Biden.

By John HudsonNovember 28, 2023

Freed hostages and a fragile pause

After nearly seven weeks, Israel and Hamas reached a temporary deal: Hamas freed dozens of hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. And Israel paused its bombardment of Gaza.

By Monica Campbell, Elana Gordon, Reena Flores, Ariel Plotnick, Emma Talkoff, Jesse Mesner-Hage and Louisa LoveluckNovember 27, 2023

Thousands leave behind American lives to join Israel’s war in Gaza

Israeli Americans who have joined the Gaza war say they were galvanized by Hamas’s attack, but some lament the civilian bloodshed and wonder how long the fighting will last.

By Dan Lamothe and Alex HortonNovember 27, 2023