Your Wednesday Briefing

Ukraine strikes again in Crimea Huge explosions rocked a temporary Russian ammunition depot in Crimea yesterday,…

Wolfgang Petersen, Director of ‘Das Boot,’ Is Dead at 81

Wolfgang Petersen, one of a handful of foreign directors to make it big in Hollywood, whose…

Ready to Party. But First Comes the Cleanup.

YAHIDNE, Ukraine — They put on their pink, orange and green sunglasses again. Out of the…

Nicholas Evans, Author of ‘The Horse Whisperer,’ Dies at 72

Nicholas Evans, the British journalist turned author whose novel-turned-film, “The Horse Whisperer,” broke publishing and movie…

Scotland Makes Period Products Free

Period products are now free to anyone in Scotland who needs them, nearly two years after…

Germany’s €9 Monthly Train Pass Has Proved Popular (and a Pleasant Surprise)

ABOARD THE HAMBURG-WESTERLAND TRAIN, Germany — Bärbel Hell, who does not usually ride on trains, was…

Zofia Posmysz, Who Wrote of Life in Concentration Camps, Dies at 98

Zofia Posmysz, who endured three years of imprisonment in concentration camps for associating with the Polish…

The first U.N. ship carrying Ukrainian grain for Africa prepares to depart.

PIVDENNYI PORT, Ukraine — Sailors in blue and orange coveralls milled around on the deck of…

Gerhard Schröder, Germany’s former leader, sues Parliament over perks that he lost because of ties to Russia.

HANOVER, Germany — Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor, has filed a lawsuit against the country’s…

His Next Move: A Ukrainian Boy Starts a New Life Through Chess

YORK, England — Pints in hand, a group of men sat hunched over chessboards under the…