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Brittney Griner Released to US After Russia Swaps Her For Viktor Bout 

News Analysis: In Brittney Griner Deal, Putin Used Pain, a Familiar Lever

The Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in a temporary cell in Bangkok, Thailand, after his arrest there in 2010.

Fringe Group Suspected in German Plot Got a Lift From QAnon

Police officers outside a residence they raided on Wednesday to halt what the authorities said was a plan to storm the German Capitol and execute the chancellor.

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

A Covid testing booth in the Lujiazui financial district of Shanghai. While the rest of the world concluded months ago that the coronavirus was becoming less deadly, Beijing has presented the development as fresh news.

Live Updates: Brittney Griner Is Flying Home After Prisoner Swap With Russia

Brittney Griner leaving court after a hearing in Khimki, near Moscow, Russia, in August.

The Villain So Far in ‘Harry & Meghan’? Not the Royal Family.

Prince Harry, center, and his wife, Meghan Markle, attending a service for Queen Elizabeth II in June.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

Iran Conducts First Known Execution of Prisoner Tied to Nationwide Protests

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China and Saudi Arabia Sign Strategic Partnership as Xi Visits Kingdom

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greeted the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, on Thursday.

‘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 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.

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.

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.

American Given 8-Month Suspended Sentence in Traffic Death of British Teen

A roadside memorial in 2019 near where Harry Dunn was killed.

Your Friday Briefing

A video from Russian state media showed the prisoner swap involving Brittney Griner, left, and Viktor Bout, 2nd right, at a United Arab Emirates airport.

Day 9: The Magic of Less ‘Holiday Magic’

Brittney Griner Will Land at an Army Hospital in San Antonio

The Brooke Army Medical Center has long been a place to send patients who need to be debriefed or require sensitive medical care.

Key Partner in Covax Will End Support for Middle-Income Nations

Thomas Malou Kutey receiving a Covid vaccine in Juba, South Sudan, that was donated by the United States via the Covax program in 2021.

Who Is Dina Boluarte, Peru’s New and First Woman President?

Russian State Media Releases Video of Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout Swap

More Americans Are Being ‘Wrongfully Detained’ and Held Abroad

Brittney Griner speaking with her lawyers before a hearing in July. The number of American citizens unjustly detained by foreign governments has risen sharply over the past two decades.

Johnny Johnson, the Last World War II ‘Dambuster,’ Dies at 101

In a photo taken in England in July 1943, weeks after their audacious raid into the heart of Germany, Mr. Johnson, left, posed with fellow members of the 617 Squadron, who became known as the Dambusters. The others were, in the foreground from left, Pilot Officer Donald MacLean, navigator; Flight Lt. Joe McCarthy, pilot (an American); and Sgt. Leonard Eaton, gunner. In the rear were, from left, Sgt. Ronald Batson, gunner; and Sgt. William Ratcliffe, engineer.

What Drove the Creation of Working Dog Breeds?

Sheep herding breeds appear to have a high number of genetic variants associated with a neurodevelopmental process known as axon guidance, which ensures that neurons are wired together correctly.

Brittney Griner’s Wife Cherelle: ‘Today, My Family Is Whole’

Cherelle Griner, Brittney Griner’s wife, speaking at the White House on Thursday.

Fraud Trial of Wirecard’s Ex-CEO, Markus Braun, Begins

Markus Braun, the former Wirecard chief facing fraud charges, in court in Munich on Thursday.

The Covid Pandemic’s Hidden Casualties: Pregnant Women

Only 70 percent of women completed the primary vaccination series for Covid before or during pregnancy, and only 14 percent have opted for a booster shot.

Who Is Viktor Bout, Arms Dealer in Swap for Brittney Griner?

Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer, arriving at court in Bangkok in 2010. He was extradited and convicted of conspiring to kill Americans.

Brittney Griner’s Release Puts a Spotlight on Paul Whelan

Paul Whelan in a courtroom in Moscow in 2019.

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.

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.

ChatGPT is Social Media’s Newest Star

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.”

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.

6 Takeaways From the ‘Harry and Meghan’ Netflix Documentary

Liz Garbus on Making the Harry and Meghan Netflix Series ‘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.

Ukrainian official says 6 civilians were killed when Russians shelled a town center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Policy Changes, Explained

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

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.

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.

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.

Your Wednesday Briefing

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