Chinese Protests Put Xi Jinping in a Bind

Chinese Protests Put Xi Jinping in a Bind

President Xi Jinping faces a difficult choice between loosening China’s zero-tolerance Covid-19 policy or doubling down on restrictions that have locked down neighborhoods and stifled the country’s economy over the past three years. Neither option is a good one for a regime focused on stability. Stock markets around the globe and oil prices declined Monday … Read more

Most Power Is Restored in Kyiv as Russian Strikes Hit Southern Ukraine

Most Power Is Restored in Kyiv as Russian Strikes Hit Southern Ukraine

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian officials said Sunday that they had managed to restore most of the electricity to the capital city of Kyiv, even as Russian strikes hit cities across southern Ukraine and intense fighting continued in the country’s eastern Donetsk region. Even though parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid have been hobbled by Russian strikes over the … Read more

Chinese Protests Spread Over Government’s Covid Restrictions

Chinese Protests Spread Over Government’s Covid Restrictions

BEIJING—Protests are erupting in major cities in China over President Xi Jinping’s zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19, an unusual show of defiance in the country as the economic and social costs from snap lockdowns and other strict restrictions escalate. Demonstrations occurred throughout the weekend in Beijing, Shanghai and the eastern city of Nanjing, according to witness … Read more

Chevron Gets New U.S. License to Pump Oil in Venezuela Again

Chevron Gets New U.S. License to Pump Oil in Venezuela Again

WASHINGTON—The U.S. said it would allow Chevron Corp. CVX -0.29% to resume pumping oil from its Venezuelan oil fields after President Nicolás Maduro’s government and an opposition coalition agreed to implement an estimated $3 billion humanitarian relief program and continue dialogue in Mexico City on efforts to hold free and fair elections. Following the Norwegian-brokered … Read more

Jack Smith Named Special Counsel to Lead DOJ Probes of Donald Trump

Jack Smith Named Special Counsel to Lead DOJ Probes of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a former federal and international war-crimes prosecutor as special counsel on Friday to oversee Justice Department investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jack Smith, who once led the Justice Department unit that investigates public corruption and since 2018 was the chief prosecutor at The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo, … Read more

Kherson Residents Tell of Torture, Abuse During Russian Occupation

Kherson Residents Tell of Torture, Abuse During Russian Occupation

KHERSON, Ukraine—Residents of the southern city of Kherson told of torture and killing by Russian soldiers during Moscow’s nine-month occupation of the Ukrainian city, while world leaders grappled with the fallout of a missile crash in neighboring Poland during a wave of Russian strikes across Ukraine. Russia unleashed one of the biggest barrages of the … Read more

U.S. Official Says China Is Uncomfortable With Russia’s Rhetoric, Activity in Ukraine

U.S. Official Says China Is Uncomfortable With Russia’s Rhetoric, Activity in Ukraine

NUSA DUA, Indonesia—A senior U.S. official said China is uncomfortable with Russia’s rhetoric and invasion of Ukraine, as President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping prepared for a meeting aimed at dialing down tensions between Washington and Beijing. “I think there is undeniably a discomfort in Beijing about what we’ve seen in terms of reckless … Read more

Ukraine’s Battlefield Gains Likely to Slow After Swift Victories

Ukraine’s Battlefield Gains Likely to Slow After Swift Victories

After a string of pivotal wins against Russian forces since the summer, Ukraine faces mounting obstacles in achieving battlefield gains as it confronts troops who are dug in more deeply and the weather slows the tempo of fighting. Ukraine will need to keep Moscow’s struggling forces destabilized and on the defensive without the likely prospect … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelensky Sets Conditions for ‘Genuine’ Peace Talks With Russia

Ukraine’s Zelensky Sets Conditions for ‘Genuine’ Peace Talks With Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was open to “genuine peace talks” with Russia, following pressure from Western backers to signal readiness for negotiations amid concerns about the rising costs of the eight-month war. Mr. Zelensky said Ukrainian conditions for talks included returning Ukrainian control over its territories, compensating Kyiv for Moscow’s invasion and bringing … Read more

How Museums Aim to Stop Food-Throwing, Climate-Change Protesters

How Museums Aim to Stop Food-Throwing, Climate-Change Protesters

Museums are enacting “zero bag” policies, putting prized paintings behind glass and hiring ex-British and Israeli military pros to teach their guards surveillance tactics after a series of climate-change protests have left the world’s most famous art slathered in mashed potatoes and tomato or pea soup. “Museums have always been aware of people trying to … Read more