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Why Fears of a Broader Middle East Conflict Are Growing in Iraq

A displaced Sunni resident walks along the border of Jurf al-Nasr in September. The area, a swath of farmland about 40 miles southwest of Baghdad, is controlled by members of an Iraqi militia linked to Iran.

Where Did All the Hong Kong Neon Go?

While Gazans Suffer, Hamas Reaps the Benefits

Destroyed buildings this month in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

COP28: At Dubai’s Climate Summit, Protesters Test the Limits

Activists demanding payments to poor countries harmed by climate change gathered on Wednesday at the COP28 conference in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Britons Love the N.H.S. Some Will Also Pay to Avoid It.

David Haselgrove flew to a clinic in Lithuania to have hip replacement surgery, joining a growing number of British patients who have used their own money to pay for procedures.

In Soldiers’ Remains, Russia Plots a Way to Reconcile With France

Veterans with French military honored flags at the graves of Russian soldiers from World War I at the national cemetery of Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand in France in October.

Israel-Hamas War: Biden Administration Bypasses Congress to Approve Sale of Tank Shells to Israel

Israeli soldiers near the border with Gaza on Saturday as smoke rises after Israeli strikes.

U.S. Vetoes Gaza Cease-Fire Resolution at U.N. Security Council

Displaced Palestinians set up a makeshift camp in the Al-Muwasi area of the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Iran Looks to Houthi Proxies to Escalate Fight With Israel

Houthi fighters who have volunteered to fight in Gaza against Israel during a parade this month in Sana, Yemen.

Teenagers Convicted in France in Connection With Teacher Samuel Paty’s Killing

A mourner laying flowers near a school in Eragny-sur-Oise in 2021 during a ceremony held one year after Samuel Paty, a teacher, was beheaded by an extremist.

Putin Says He Will Seek Another Term as Russia’s President

A photograph released by Russian state media showed President Vladimir V. Putin speaking in Moscow on Friday during a medal ceremony for military personnel.

Two Canadians Who Police Link to Neo-Nazis Face Terrorism Charges

Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters in Ottawa. Canada has declared the Atomwaffen Division, a far-right group that the police linked to two defendants, a terrorist organization.

Notre-Dame’s Fire-Damaged Spire Rises Again

After a devastating fire in 2019, President Emmanuel Macron of France vowed Notre-Dame would be rebuilt within five years — an ambitious deadline that officials are increasingly confident will be met.

Life for the Lowest Class in Ancient Pompeii? It Was Awful.

The site of a “bakery-prison” in the ruins of Pompeii, where slaves and donkeys were locked up to grind the grain needed to make bread.

Canada’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Proponents Make Their Case at Climate Conference

Many at the climate summit want an end to fossil fuels.

Fears of a NATO Withdrawal Rise as Trump Seeks a Return to Power

Former President Donald J. Trump has made it clear that he primarily sees NATO as a drain on American resources.

The Palestinian Authority’s leader assails the U.S. veto of a U.N. cease-fire resolution.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meeting with a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Arab League at the State Department on Friday to discuss Gaza.

Waltzing Matilda

Sunset at St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne last year.

Both Israel and Hamas Tell of Failed Attempt to Rescue Hostages in Gaza

Israeli army spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, in Tel Aviv last month.

Pro-Palestinian Protest in NYC Denounces U.S. Veto of Cease-Fire Resolution

Claudia De La Cruz leading a chant as she and other pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrate in Lower Manhattan on Friday.

U.S. Sticks to Its Position on Israel as Gaza Crisis Deepens

Damage from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Israel’s assault has been profoundly disproportionate to the Hamas attacks that provoked it, Arab leaders say.

E.U. Agrees on AI Act, Landmark Regulation for Artificial Intelligence

Lawmakers discussed the A.I. Act in June at the European Parliament.

How ‘India’s Daughters’ Became a Times Series

Friends and family preparing Arti for her wedding night in Sasaram, India.

Israel Defends Detention and Stripping of Gazan Men Amid Outrage

Destroyed buildings in Jabaliya.

New Sickle Cell Therapies Will Be Out of Reach Where They Are Needed Most

Nasra Gwoto, 10, and her brother, Ramadhani, 12, traveled with their mother from Tanzania to India to get a bone-marrow transplant for sickle cell disease. The procedure is risky, and their mother wishes they could have received a new gene therapy instead.

Premier League TV Rights Deal Steps Back From Streaming

Athletes From Russia and Belarus Are Cleared to Compete at Paris Olympics

Russian athletes at the Beijing Olympics in 2022. While its athletes will be permitted to compete in Paris next year, they must do so without their national colors and flag.

Biden urges more humanitarian aid for Gaza in a call with Netanyahu.

Palestinians in a camp near Rafah near the border with Egypt on Thursday.

World’s Stinkiest Cheese Hits Supermarket Shelves in Britain

Highland Fine Cheeses in Scotland bills the Minger as the most putrid-smelling cheese on earth.

Thomas Mayo on What Comes After Australia Rejected the Voice

Thomas Mayo, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leader, spent more than a year campaigning for an aboriginal voice to be added to the Australian constitution.

The Year in ‘Sensitive Content’

‘On the brink of full-blown collapse’: Fuel and aid are scarce as relief efforts falter in southern Gaza.

Displaced Palestinians in Al-Mawasi, in the southern Gaza Strip.

White House Disavows U.S. Islamic Group After Leader’s Oct. 7 Remarks

Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in 2021. He said his remarks in a recent speech were being misconstrued.

Friday Briefing

Palestinians strike the concrete of a destroyed building while looking for survivors following Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis.

Biden Tied Ukraine Aid to Border Security, and It Backfired on Him

A U.S. Border Patrol boat passing a large group of migrants crossing a razor wire barrier into the United States at Eagle Pass, Texas, in September. Republican lawmakers want the United States to impose policies that would make most migrants ineligible for asylum.

Israel Says It Detained Hundreds of Terrorism Suspects in Gaza

Explosions in Khan Younis as seen from Rafah on Thursday.

Israel Says Hamas Fired Rockets From Near Gaza Shelters

Palestinians evacuating a wounded woman after an explosion on Thursday in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Denmark Bans Quran Burning

Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard, second from the left, presenting a bill banning Quran burning, in August.

In Israel, Hanukkah Begins in the Shadow of Two Months of War

Family members and friends of the people held hostage in Gaza at a candle lighting ceremony in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Friday Briefing: Israel Says Hamas Fired Rockets From Near Shelters

Displaced Palestinians who fled Khan Yunis set up camp in Rafah further south near the border with Egypt, on December 7, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Son of Israeli War Cabinet Member Killed in Action in Gaza

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, a former chief of staff of the Israeli army, near Jerusalem in February. His son Gal was killed in action in Gaza on Thursday.

U.S. and Mexico Try to Promote Trade While Curbing Flow of Fentanyl

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen had to strike a delicate balance in Mexico, pushing her counterparts there to work harder to confront fentanyl trafficking while trying to deepen economic ties.

What Kevin McCarthy and Rishi Sunak Have in Common: Unmanageable Parties

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain with Kevin McCarthy, the former House speaker, in Washington in June.

A City-Size Iceberg Is Moving Out of Antarctic Waters

A23a is a whole lot of ice. And it’s moving.

Here is what we know about Israel’s evidence that Hamas fired rockets from safe zones.

Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet of Social Justice Issues, Dies at 65

The British writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah in Cambridgeshire, England, in 2021.

Particle Physicists Offer a Road Map For the Next Decade

A tunnel of the Superconducting Super Collider project in 1993, which was abandoned by Congress.

Greece and Turkey, Long at Odds, Vow to Work Together Peacefully

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece, center, greeted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in Athens on Thursday before the two leaders signed a “declaration of friendship” pact.

Lawmakers Press Biden Administration for Tougher Curbs on China Tech

The House Foreign Affairs Committee said the administration failed to enforce restrictions on sales of advanced technology to China.

UK Accuses Russia of Yearslong Cyberattacks

Attempts by Russia “to interfere in U.K. politics are completely unacceptable,” said David Cameron, Britain’s foreign secretary, amid the accusations.

U.S. Marshal Arrested After Unruly Behavior on Flight to London

The police in London received reports of a disruptive passenger from the staff on a Delta flight from Kennedy Airport.

Strike That Killed Reuters Journalist Was ‘Apparently Deliberate’ Israeli Attack, Group Says

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Thursday released findings from their investigations into the deadly strikes by Israel on southern Lebanon on Oct. 13.

‘Oppenheimer’ Will Be Released in Japan After Earlier Backlash

“Oppenheimer” has since grossed nearly $1 billion in box office sales worldwide, but the film has not yet been screened in Japan.

Russia Sets Date for Presidential Election

Red Square in Moscow. The contest in March will be the first presidential election since Mr. Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Ukraine Carries On Fight While Pondering an Erosion of U.S. Aid

Ukrainian soldiers firing a self-propelled howitzer in the Kharkiv region on Wednesday.

Climate Change Makes East Africa’s Deadly Floods Worse, Study Finds

A section of road destroyed by floods in Mororo in northeastern Kenya on Nov. 30.

Girl Kills Schoolmate and Wounds 5 in Russia Shooting

The regional governor of the Bryansk region called the shootings a “terrible tragedy.”

Key Events in Israel and Gaza Since Oct. 7 Attack

The remains of the music festival a few days after Hamas opened fire on crowds of civilians in Israel on Oct. 7.

Israel Is Targeting Hamas With Battlefield Intelligence

An Israeli soldier near a tank in Gaza City last month in a photograph taken while New York Times journalists were escorted in the enclave by the Israeli military.

Ukrainian Troops Feel the Bite of Polish Truckers’ Protest

Trucks stuck near a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine in November. The blockade action is entering its second month and shows no signs of nearing a resolution.

Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in Al-Mawasi and the surrounding region, aid workers say.

An Israeli military vehicle near the Israel-Gaza border on Thursday.