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Newsletter Morning Briefing: Europe Edition The U.S. kills Al Qaeda’s leader. Aug. 2, 2022, 12:26 a.m. ET Good morning. We’re covering a U.S. strike that killed Al Qaeda’s leader and the first Ukrainian grain shipments since the war began. ImageAyman al-Zawahri, shown here in 1998, was described by an Obama administration official as “the ideological leader of the modern global jihad.”Credit...AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan killed Ayman al-Zawahri, the top leader of Al Qaeda and a...

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Ukraine Grain Ship Passes Russia’s Black Sea Blockade

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a ship loaded with corn sailed out of Odesa, part of a deal officials hope will help ease food shortages around the world. Ukrainian soldiers preparing to descend into frontline trenches near the town of Barvinkove on Monday.Credit...David Guttenfelder for The New York Times Published Aug. 1, 2022Updated Aug. 2, 2022, 12:59 a.m. ET MYKOLAIV, Ukraine — A ship loaded with corn on Monday became the first cargo vessel to sail...

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How Hot and Humid Singapore Is Trying to Cool Itself Down

With the help of a mobile cart named “Smarty,” researchers are trying to tackle the challenge of urban heat through a program that the government says could be a model for other countries. Rachel Pek, a research assistant, pulling “Smarty,” a device that tracks radiation from the atmosphere and surfaces and wind, during a “Cooling Singapore” survey. The researchers are looking at how heat affects humans in various conditions, collecting data to create more sustainable urban planning.Credit...Gabriela Bhaskar for The New...

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As Ukraine Orders Civilians to Evacuate the East, Residents Face a Grim Choice

The president’s announcement is the broadest government directive issued thus far in the war, coming after months of relentless Russian bombardment. An evacuation train heading west from the Donetsk region on Sunday.Credit...David Guttenfelder for The New York Times Published July 31, 2022Updated Aug. 2, 2022, 5:33 a.m. ET DONETSK PROVINCE, Ukraine — Thuds from the artillery pounding Ukraine’s embattled east reverberated in the distance, yet it was the shouts of playing children on a recent afternoon that echoed across the yard...

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U.S. to Send Another $550 Million in Arms to Ukraine

Russian Invasion of UkraineVideo The latest arms package to Ukraine will increase the total American investment in war fighting to more than $8 billion since Russia’s invasion began.CreditCredit...Al Drago for The New York Times Published Aug. 1, 2022Updated Aug. 2, 2022, 5:33 a.m. ET WASHINGTON — The United States will send another $550 million in arms to Ukraine to help it fend off Russia, the White House said on Monday, increasing the total American investment in the fighting there to more...

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As a grain shipment heads to Lebanon, fighting intensifies on many fronts.

The Razoni, laden with Ukrainian corn, left the Port of Odesa on Monday.Credit...Serhii Smolientsev/Reuters Aug. 2, 2022Updated 5:34 a.m. ET A ship loaded with Ukrainian corn was heading for an inspection in Turkish waters on Tuesday, a first under the provisions of a recent grain deal that opened Ukrainian ports for export after five months of a wartime Russian blockade. If the voyage goes smoothly, and the ship reaches its delivery destination — the Port of Tripoli in Lebanon — it...

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What We Know About Deadly Blast at a Prisoner Camp in Ukraine

Russian Invasion of UkraineDamage from the explosion at the Olenivka camp on Friday.Credit...Alexander Ermochenko/ReutersPublished Aug. 1, 2022Updated Aug. 2, 2022, 5:55 a.m. ET A blast at a detention camp in eastern Ukraine killed at least 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war. The attack has enraged Ukrainians, who call it a war crime. Russia said, without offering evidence, that a Ukrainian missile strike caused the explosion. Here is what we know about the blast, its causes and consequences. The explosion ripped through a...

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Pelosi has a history of criticizing China’s human rights record.

A protest over a draft extradition law in 2019 in Hong Kong. Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the demonstrators as “courageous.”Credit...Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times Aug. 2, 2022, 9:38 a.m. ET To longtime watchers of American foreign policy, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan reflects her decades-long interest in China — and her willingness to criticize its government. From student demonstrators in Beijing in 1989 to anti-government protests in Hong Kong 30 years later, Ms. Pelosi has consistently supported...

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War Spurs Ukrainian Efforts to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The role of gay soldiers, the lack of legal rights for their partners, and the threat of Russia imposing anti-L.G.B.T. policies have turned the war into a catalyst for change in Ukraine. Olexander Shadskykh, 23, at the marriage registry building in Kyiv.Credit...Laura Boushnak for The New York Times Aug. 2, 2022Updated 10:04 a.m. ET Like many people at war in Ukraine, Olexander Shadskykh, 23, a combat medic in the army, has been forced to grapple with his own mortality. But he...

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What We Know About the Killing of Ayman al-Zawahri

The United States said it killed the Qaeda leader, an ally of Osama bin Laden who was considered a mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Here’s a guide to the drone strike and its implications. Ayman al-Zawahri, then Al Qaeda’s deputy leader, in a 2006 video. He gave the terrorist group political acumen and direction; Osama bin Laden supplied money, prestige and charisma.Credit...Al Jazeera, via Associated Press Aug. 2, 2022Updated 10:39 a.m. ET Leer en español The United States announced on...

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