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‘Zero Covid,’ Once Ubiquitous, Vanishes in China’s Messy Pivot

A Covid testing station in Shanghai on Wednesday. For months, the state media had played up the threat of Omicron to justify the lockdowns, mass quarantines and testing that had disrupted daily life in China.

How Will China Turn Its Economy Back On? The World Is About to Find Out.

A deserted shopping mall in Shanghai on Thursday. Spending might not bounce back swiftly, economists warn.

Russia Says It Shot Down Ukrainian Drone Over Crimea

‘Ebola Could Have Wiped Us All’: Slow Lockdown Haunts Uganda

Ssekiranda Fred and his three remaining children last month at the grave of his 12-year-old son, Ssebiranda Isaiah Victor, who contracted Ebola in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

A Gray Area of Loyalties Splinters a Liberated Ukrainian Town

A man, left, wheels a coffin down a street in Sviatohirsk, tasked with reburying a child killed in the shelling whose death was being investigated by police. Suspicions about loyalties have divided the residents of the town.

Iran Executes Man Over Nationwide Protests

Mohsen Shekari

A Surge in Tourists in Restive Kashmir, but ‘No Mental Peace’ for Residents

At the tulip garden in Srinagar, Kashmir, in April. India says more than two million people visited the Kashmir Valley this year.

How Old Are You? South Korea Tries to Simplify What Should Be a Simple Question.

In South Korea’s hierarchical society, age can determine the way one person speaks to another.

Germany Arrests 25 People Suspected of Plotting to Overthrow Government

Police in Berlin on Wednesday after raids against 25 people suspected of belonging to a domestic terrorist group.

Who Is Prince Heinrich XIII, a Man Accused of Trying to Overthrow Germany’s Government?

Prince Heinrich XIII of Reuss, center, being detained in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday in a raid against a far-right group accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Peru President Castillo Ousted and Arrested After Moving to Dissolve Congress

Demonstrators celebrating the arrest of Pedro Castillo in front of the police station where he was detained in Lima on Wednesday.

In India, Fiercely Loyal Soccer Fans (of Brazil and Argentina)

Huge cutouts of Neymar and Lionel Messi were installed outside homes in the Indian state of Kerala.

China Eases ‘Zero Covid’ Restrictions in Victory for Protesters

A Covid testing booth in Shanghai. The city said recently that it would no longer require residents to show a negative P.C.R. test to ride the subway or buses or to enter outdoor parks.

China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Policy Changes, Explained

Workers removing a Covid testing booth in Beijing on Saturday, after local officials started easing policies.

A ‘Stunning’ 1,300-Year-Old Gold Necklace Is Unearthed in England

A 1,300-year-old necklace was discovered in the village of Harpole in Northamptonshire, England, in April.

A Smarter Robot

An image generator also made by OpenAI produced this when given the prompt “A distributed linguistic superbrain that takes the form of an A.I. chatbot.”

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

Inside the Case Against General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda

Tiny Vanuatu Uses Its ‘Unimportance’ to Launch Big Climate Ideas

The atoll nation of Vanuatu is threatened by rising seas. “We had to learn how to manage our unimportance,” its president said.

‘Harry and Meghan’: What We Learned from the Netflix Series

Netflix’s Harry and Meghan Documentary Series to Be ‘Personal and Raw’

Netflix released “Harry & Meghan” on Dec. 8, a docuseries directed by Liz Garbus about Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, after their decision to step down from life as senior working British royals in 2020.

Your Thursday Briefing

Police escort a person after 25 suspected members and supporters of a far-right group were detained during raids across Germany on Wednesday.

Putin Warns Russians of Protracted Ukraine War, But Says He Won’t Call Up Troops

A photograph released by Russian state media showing President Vladimir V. Putin during a meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, via video conference, in Moscow on Wednesday.

Your Thursday Briefing: China Eases Covid Restrictions

An elderly couple in Beijing.

Read Your Way Through Kingston, Jamaica

US Proposes Global Green Steel Club That Would Put Tariffs on China

A steel plant in Zelzate, Belgium. A proposed group would seek to promote U.S. and European industry and trans-Atlantic trade while mitigating climate change.

Indiana Sues TikTok for Security and Child Safety Violations

Indiana is suing TikTok over the company’s handling of the sensitive personal information of its users and for deception about its content.

John Kerry Plans to Meet With Biden to Discuss His Future as Climate Envoy

John Kerry, the United States climate envoy, said there had been “definite progress” at global talks in Egypt last month.

Morocco Win in World Cup Brings Celebration Across Africa and Middle East

Morocco supporters celebrated in Doha, Qatar, after their team won the 2022 World Cup round 16 match against Spain on Tuesday.

Sounds of War Mark Time in Bakhmut, in Eastern Ukraine

U.S. Recognition of Tiny Pacific Country Reshapes Its New Zealand Ties

President Biden, center, and Mark Brown, first from right, the Cook Islands’ prime minister, at the U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit at the White House in September.

My Friend Helped Me Carry My Burdens. His Proved Too Heavy.

K., a robotics engineer, in Sanjay Van, a sprawling forest in Delhi, India, in March of 2021. He’s with Rebel, the writer’s dog.

Volodymyr Zelensky Is Time Magazine’s 2022 ‘Person of the Year’

President Volodymyr Zelensky at a news conference in Kyiv in March.

China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Policy, in Pictures

A deserted street in an upscale shopping area in Shanghai in April.

China’s Protest Prophet

A protest message on the Sitong Bridge, Beijing in October.

For Our Critic, the War in Ukraine Redefined Art in 2022

“Venus,” a sculpture by Maria Kulikovska, remains at the Fine Arts Museum in Odesa, Ukraine.

India Chases Clean Energy, but Economic Goals Put Coal First

Meena Devi cooking on a wood-fired stove outside her home in New Delhi.

How El Salvador’s State of Emergency Has Impacted the Crime Rate

Police and soldiers escorting detaining a man during a crackdown on gang members this month in Soyapango, El Salvador.

Your Wednesday Briefing

Donald J. Trump continues to face several state and federal probes stemming from conduct in his business and political lives.

Russian Anti-War Activists Seek Common Goals (When They’re Not Bickering)

Abubakar Yangulbaev, a Chechen human rights activist, in Berlin on Sunday. “We all have different goals,” he said of anti-war activists.

Global Partners May End Broad Covid Vaccination Effort in Developing Countries

A freezer unit containing Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccines in Juba, South Sudan, donated by the U.S. via the Covax program.

Corrections: Dec. 7, 2022

US Court Dismisses Suit Against Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

A U.S. intelligence report released early in the Biden administration said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Drone Attacks Hit Russia for 2nd Straight Day As Ukraine Strikes More Boldly

Strikes Across Iran Lead to Shuttered Shops and Ghost Towns

A call for a three-day national strike led to closed shops along Satarkhan Street in Tehran, Iran, on Monday.

Macron’s Plan on Migrants: Deport More, Give Others Legal Status

The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, spoke about immigration policy on Tuesday in Parliament.

Ukraine War: A Timeline of Attacks on Russian Territory

Your Wednesday Briefing: Trump Organization Convicted in Tax Fraud Scheme

Donald Trump continues to face several state and federal probes stemming from conduct in his business and political lives.

Renewables Will Overtake Coal by Early 2025, Energy Agency Says

Turbines from the Roth Rock wind farm abut a coal processing plant in Oakland, Md.

Don Luce, Activist Who Helped End the Vietnam War, Dies at 88

Don Luce in 1973. The U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam said that he was one of the principal reasons that the United States lost the war there.

What is Strep A? What to Know About Infections in the UK.

An illustration showing Group A streptococcus, a common bacteria that can be found in the throat or on the skin.

Curse Words Around the World Have Something in Common (We Swear)

Netanyahu Coalition Roils Israel Before Government Is Formed

Benjamin Netanyahu, center, is returning to power in Israel, but his path back has been far from smooth as he maneuvers the political land mines that come with working with his right-wing and religious allies.

For Sunak, Like Biden, Dullness Could Be a Secret Weapon

President Biden and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met face to face for the first time as leaders in Bali, Indonesia, last month.

Xi Jinping of China to Visit Saudi Arabia for Regional Summits

Xi Jinping, China’s leader, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He is expected to visit Saudi Arabia for three days.

A Clash of Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

China’s Xi Emphasizes Unity at Jiang Zemin’s Funeral

Chinese officials paying their last respects to Jiang Zemin, the former leader, in Beijing on Monday.

Latvia revokes the license of TV Rain, a major independent Russian channel.

The staff of TV Rain, an independent Russian station, packing up in Moscow in March after the announcement of its closure there.

Argentina’s Vice President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Found Guilty of Fraud

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s former president and the current vice president, waving to supporters last month in La Plata, Argentina.