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Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

Russian Court Orders Aleksei Navalny Held for 30 Days

After recovering in Germany from a near-fatal poisoning, the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny returned to Moscow on Sunday. He was detained at the airport.

Jay Y. Lee, Chief of South Korea's Samsung Empire, Is Sent to Prison

Lee Jae-yong, chief of the Samsung business empire, arriving at the court in Seoul on Monday.

Effort to Climb Skyscraper in Wheelchair Captivates Hong Kong

Lai Chi-wai climbing a Hong Kong skyscraper on Saturday. When gusts grew stronger, Mr. Lai, a former champion rock climber, began to fear for his life and called off the ascent.

‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

A police checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, this month.

Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

Large construction projects like this one in Beijing represent one of the strongest sectors of the Chinese economy, creating many jobs for laborers and turning China into a leading manufacturer of construction equipment.

Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Tests Regional Resolve to Control Migration

Honduran migrants on a highway in Chiquimula, Guatemala, on Saturday. 

True-Crime Podcast Puts Spotlight on Irish Coach Accused of Abuse

George Gibney, former coach of the Irish Olympic swimming team, after the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Incest Scandal Sets Off a New #MeToo Movement in France

Olivier Duhamel in 2016. A social media campaign from victims of incest in France has taken off after accusations that Mr. Duhamel abused his stepson.

A Theater Serves as a Courthouse, Provoking Drama Offstage

Before the dispute, the Birmingham Repertory Theater had long been praised for its efforts to engage people of color.

Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

European leaders are optimistic about President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., analysts said, but expect him to be largely tied up with issues at home.

Underselling the Vaccine

Preparing the Pfizer vaccine to be administered in Phoenix.

Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

Mike Pompeo has been regarded by some analysts as the worst secretary of state in American history, a distinction that will haunt him as he considers running for another elected office.


President-elect Joe Biden speaking in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday.

Phil Spector Spent Last Days Suffering With Covid-19

The music producer Phil Spector at a court hearing in 2004. Since 2009, he had been serving a prison sentence for the murder of Lana Clarkson, a nightclub hostess he took home after a night of drinking in 2003.

Your Monday Briefing

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaking in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday.

Dutch Police Clash With Protesters Denouncing Lockdown Measures

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Amsterdam on Sunday.

Nikolai Antoshkin, Who Helped Halt Chernobyl Disaster, Dies at 78

Gen. Nikolai T. Antoshkin in 2019.

Top Biden Official Warns US Covid Deaths Will Pass 500,000 in Weeks

Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff, coordinated the Obama administration’s Ebola response.

Cargo Ship Sinks Near Turkey, Leaving at Least 3 Dead, Officials Say

States Scramble After Trump Administration Vaccine Doses Promises Falls Short

Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado opening the state’s first shipment of the Covid-19 vaccine on Dec. 14.

Navalny Arrested on Return to Moscow in Battle of Wills With Putin

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader, passing through passport control in Moscow on Sunday. He was detained by police not long after.

How a Historian Got Close, Maybe Too Close, to a Nazi Thief

Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too

A team of researchers catching bats as they fly out of the Khao Chong Phran cave at dusk.

Philippines Helicopter Crash Leaves 7 Soldiers Dead

Philippine soldiers during a training exercise in 2019. Since November, at least two military helicopters have crashed in the Philippines.

Countries Brace for Impact of More Coronavirus Variants

A woman wearing a face mask is reflected in a shop window in Lisbon on Friday, as Portugal entered a new lockdown over a surge in coronavirus cases.

Germany’s Buchenwald Memorial Urges Visitors to Respect Graves

The entrance to the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, near Weimar in Germany.

Nepali Team Says It Has Reached K2 Summit in a Wintertime First

The K2 summit in August 2019. Even in more forgiving weather, climbers consider it daunting.

Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

James Reichert, 14, with his parents John and Cathleen, spent increasing hours on his Xbox and on social media during the long months of lockdown and closed school.

Uganda’s Leader of 35 Years Is Re-elected Amid Accusations of Vote-Rigging

Two soldiers standing near the gate to Bobi Wine’s home in Magere, Uganda, on Friday.

A Step Toward a Post-Merkel World: Her Party Picks a New Leader — Again

Armin Laschet, the leader of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was elected as head of the Christian Democratic Union on Saturday.

How UK Scientists Found the More Infectious Coronavirus Variant

Prof. Ravi Gupta and Dr. Steven Kemp, at a University of Cambridge research institute, played a key role in identifying a more infectious coronavirus variant.

How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus Away

Although cars don’t carry enough people to host a traditional superspreader event, they are small, sealed spaces that can still carry the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions)

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council in November. Businessmen in Hong Kong with ties to mainland China have created a new political party that some consider a “Trojan horse” for spreading mainland Chinese influence.

Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S.

The national security law imposed on Hong Kong last year by the Chinese government has snuffed out many forms of dissent.

India Covid Vaccine Campaign Begins

A health care worker getting inoculated at a governmental hospital in Pune, India, on Saturday.

Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in September. Mr. Abbas announced plans for presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mexico Frees a General, and Wounds Its Alliance With the U.S.

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested in California in November and accused by American prosecutors of working for a Mexican drug cartel.

Biden Plans Covid Vaccine Push

President-elect Joe Biden isn’t worried about deficit spending, for now.

India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive Begins

Technicians work in a Serum Institute of India factory in Pune, India, where a vaccine is being produced.  

Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

A test launch of a hypersonic missile at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, in March.

Does a Woman ‘Walking’ Her Boyfriend on a Leash Signal Covid Ennui?

The Turcot Interchange in Montreal was empty on Saturday as the Quebec government imposed a curfew to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

The opening of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s main annual session in Geneva, Switzerland, last year.

Trump Officials Try To Clarify Vaccine Comments

Vials of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Wednesday.

Covid Death Toll Over 2 Million Worldwide

A funeral in Indonesia on Monday for someone who died from the coronavirus.

Uganda Forces Surround Home of Opposition Leader Bobi Wine

Two soldiers standing near the gate to Bobi Wine’s home in Magere, Uganda, on Friday.

Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer?

A portrait of Nargis Mohammad Hasan hanging in her home in 2012. Ms. Hasan, an Iranian woman who served as an Afghan police officer, has been in prison until this past fall.

Partner of Norwegian Ex-Minister Is Sentenced for Staging Attacks

Investigators removed items from the Oslo home of Laila Anita Bertheussen and her partner, Tor Mikkel Wara, a former justice minister, in March 2019.

In Ireland, Lifting a Veil of Prejudice Against Mixed-Race Children

Jess Kavanagh says she always knew that her mother, Liz, was adopted. “It was obvious,” she said. “My grandparents were white and my mam was Black.”

Russia to Exit Open Skies Treaty, Escalating Rivalry With U.S.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a videoconference on Friday, in a handout photograph released by the Kremlin.

Merkel’s Party, the Largest in Germany, to Choose New Leader

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, shown last month, has led her country for the past 15 years. She stepped down as party leader in 2018.

Dutch Government Resigns After Benefits Scandal

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands in The Hague on Friday.

North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

North Korean state media released this photo of missiles at a military parade in Pyongyang, the capital, on Thursday night.