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Ukraine Peace Talks Held in Switzerland, Though Russia Isn’t Invited

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, center, arriving in Switzerland for a peace conference, on Friday. If the weekend’s participants can agree on his points, he said, “then we’ll see if Russia wants to end the war.”

Sweden and Iran Exchange Prisoners in a Breakthrough Swap

John Floderus, center, a Swedish national and diplomat and one of two Swedes released on Saturday, in an Iranian courtroom. Photograph released by Iranian state media.

Kate, Princess of Wales, Appears in Public for 1st Time Since Cancer Diagnosis

Catherine, Princess of Wales, with her children attending the Trooping the Color parade to honor King Charles III on Saturday in London.

Middle East Crisis: Eight Israeli soldiers were killed in southern Gaza, the military said.

‘We Need to Unite’: Protests Against the Far Right Are Held Across France

Demonstrators denouncing the rise of the National Rally, a far-right party, during a rally in Paris on Saturday.

As War Drags On, Gazans More Willing to Speak Out Against Hamas

Palestinians walking past destroyed buildings in central Gaza on Wednesday.

Chinese Swimmers Had Previous Positive Tests for Banned Drug

China’s Wang Shun, center, competing in the world swimming championships in Budapest in 2022. Chinese officials said he was among three top swimmers who tested positive on multiple occasions.

A Hungarian Rapper’s Bandwagon Gets an Unlikely New Rider

Attila Bauko, a Hungarian rapper better known as Azarhriah, in Ujpalota, a Communist-era district of Budapest where he grew up.

Western Anxiety Makes for an Unexpectedly Smooth G7 Summit

President Biden at the G7 in Savelletri, Italy, on Friday. On important issues of geopolitics, there was little that divided the group.

It’s Not Just Russia: China Joins the G7’s List of Adversaries

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and President Biden holding a joint news conference on Thursday at the Group of 7 summit.

For Most Refugees in Canada, a Warm Embrace. For Others, Jail.

Walid Kabil at the Halifax Refugee Clinic in Nova Scotia. After he fled Morocco and reached Canada as a stowaway, he said, he was detained in a provincial jail.

Carnage and Contradiction: Examining a Deadly Strike in Rafah

Palestinians at the site of an Israeli strike on a camp for displaced people in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Stephen Colbert and Whoopi Goldberg Met the Pope in the Vatican. No Joke.

Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon stirred up laughs during an event that Pope Francis hosted for comics from 15 countries at the Vatican on Friday morning.

Your Summer Reading Guide

Shattered by Montreal Mind-Control Experiments, but Undeterred in a Suit

The C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va. A class-action lawsuit claims the agency funded life-altering psychiatric experiments in Montreal.

Rough Seas Set Back U.S.-Made Gaza Pier Yet Again

A ship moored near the floating pier off the coast Gaza last month.

Israeli Defense Chief Rebuffs French Effort to End Israel-Hezbollah Fighting

Members of Israeli forces securing the road after a rocket attack from Lebanon, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, near Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, on Friday.

War Veterans and Family Testify at Al Qaeda Commander’s War Crimes Tribunal

Bill Eggers and his daughter, Maris Lebid. Their son and brother, Capt. Daniel W. Eggers, was killed when his Humvee hit a land mine in Afghanistan in 2004.

Another Summer to Remember? For Germany: So Far, So Great.

Germany’s fans were thrilled with their opener at the European soccer championship.

U.S. Designates Largest Neo-Nazi Group in Sweden as Terrorist Organization

Supporters of the Nordic Resistance Movement in Stockholm in 2018. The goal of the group, which has branches in Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, is to replace the Nordic democracies with a “united ethnic Nordic nation.”

A Tense Debate Erupts at the G7, This Time Over Abortion Rights

President Biden meeting with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy at the Group of 7 summit on Friday. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, left, accompanied the president.

At the G7, Biden Can’t Escape the Shadow of the Gaza War

President Biden and Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, where the president was miffed at confronting questions about his cease-fire plan for Gaza.

Kate Middleton Gives Update on Cancer and Plans to Attend Trooping Colour

F.B.I. Director Makes Rare Visit to Africa as Terrorism Threat Grows

Christopher A. Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at the Capitol in April.

What to Know About the $50 Billion Ukraine Loan Backed by Russian Assets

President Biden and other Group of 7 leaders gathered to watch a skydiving demonstration during the meeting in Italy on Thursday.

A France in Turmoil Mourns Françoise Hardy, Its Voice of Melancholy Cool

Images of Françoise Hardy have dominated French newspaper front pages after her death, even in the midst of political upheaval.

Putin Makes Cease-Fire Offer With Sweeping Demands on Ukraine’s Territory

The conditions cited by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, center, on Friday were his most concrete set of territorial conditions to stop the war to date.

Ukraine Welcomes Pledges of More Military Aid With Cautious Optimism

President Biden signed a 10-year security agreement with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine at the Group of 7 summit in Italy on Thursday.

Urban Tandoor Lures Customers With Campy TikTok Videos

Tushar Kangane is both Urban Tandoor’s operations manager and a star of some of the restaurant’s popular TikTok parodies.

Parisians on TikTok Plead: ‘Don’t Come’ to Paris for the Olympics

While many people are excited for the Paris Olympics this summer, Parisians on TikTok have painted a far more grim picture of how things might go.

Hamas Spokesman Says ‘No One Has Any Idea’ How Many Hostages Remain Alive

Demonstrators holding pictures of hostages held in Gaza during a protest in Tel Aviv last Saturday.

South Africa Re-elects Ramaphosa, but Coalition Is Fragile

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa during a break in the session of Parliament in Cape Town on Friday.

Chinese Activists Who Gave #MeToo Victims a Voice Are Found Guilty

Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, where the #MeToo activist Huang Xueqin and the labor activist Wang Jianbing were convicted, in Guangzhou, China, on Friday.

Capturing a ‘Mosaic of Shifting Battle Fronts’ in Sudan

Samawal Ahmed, a Khartoum resident who said he “lost everything” to Sudan’s war, walked through the battle-ravaged Souk Omdurman district in the west of the capital.

Geneviève de Galard, French ‘Angel’ of Dien Bien Phu, Dies at 99

Geneviève de Galard in 1958 with an injured French soldier at the Invalides National Institution in Paris.

Snow or No Snow, Australia’s Winter Resorts Are Open

Skiing conditions were less than ideal at Falls Creek in Victoria last week.

G7 Leaders, Expanding the Circle, Shift Focus to Migration and the South

President Biden, seated second from right, and other leaders on Friday during a working session of the Group of 7 meeting in Italy.

Friday Briefing

Part of the loan will be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure in Ukraine.

Why Even U.K. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt Fears He Could Lose This Election

Jeremy Hunt meeting with constituents in the village hall in Chiddingfold, England, this month.

Julian Nagelsmann Is the Most Important Man in Germany This Month

Julian Nagelsmann took up the job as Germany’s coach in September, less than a year before the country was to host the European Championship.

Will Biden’s Help for Ukraine Come Fast Enough and Last Long Enough?

President Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announced they had signed a 10-year security pact at the Group of 7 Summit in Italy on Thursday.

Israel and Hezbollah Trade Strikes as Fighting Intensifies

Israeli soldiers patrolling along the border with the Gaza Strip, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, on Thursday.

Friday Briefing: A $50 Billion G7 Loan to Ukraine

The loan for Ukraine comes at a critical moment as destruction is accelerating.

Snap Election in France Sets Off a Wild Week of Politics

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaking at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris on Wednesday. Mr. Macron has called snap elections to “clarify” France’s political landscape after his party was battered in European parliamentary elections.

U.S. Strikes Targets in Yemen as Houthis Step Up Attacks on Red Sea Ships

Why a Gaza Cease-Fire Is So Elusive

Destruction in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday. Efforts for a cease-fire have been stymied by maximalist demands by Israel and Hamas.

Wreckage of Shackleton’s Last Ship Is Found Off Coast of Canada

The Quest sinking off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on May 5, 1962 — 40 years after the explorer Ernest Shackleton died aboard the boat on a voyage to Antarctica.

What to Know About Chemical Hair Relaxers and Health

At-home relaxer kits, some marketed to children, are available at drugstores and other beauty retailers across the United States.

Japan Commits $4.5 Billion for Ukraine, Zelensky Says

The security of Ukraine was a focus of the Group of 7 summit on Thursday.

G7 Leaders Agree on $50 Billion Loan to Ukraine From Frozen Russian Assets

The loan for Ukraine comes at a critical moment as destruction is accelerating.

Escalating Violence Across Israel-Lebanon Border Rages for 2nd Straight Day

Hezbollah rocket strikes ignited fires on Thursday near the town of Katzrin in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

If Paris Agreement Goals Are Missed, These Polar Bears Could Go Extinct

Palestinians Report Heavy Bombardments in the Rafah Area

Displaced Palestinians in Al-Mawasi, in southern Gaza, preparing to evacuate the area as smoke rises from an airstrike on Rafah, in the background, last week.

The Aftermath of a U.K. Cyberattack: Blood Shortages and Delayed Operations

The King’s College Hospital in London, part of one of the medical systems affected by a major cyberattack last week.

Russian Prosecutors Finalize Indictment of Evan Gershkovich

Evan Gershkovich, an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal, at a court hearing in Moscow in April.

Party Led by Zuma to Boycott South Africa’s Opening of Parliament

Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa and the leader of the recently formed uMkhonto weSizwe, said he and the party would boycott the opening of the new Parliament.

Pope Francis Will Attend the 2024 G7 Summit

Pope Francis greeting people in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Italy Hosts G7 Summit 2024: What to Know

World leaders at last year’s G7 meeting, in Hiroshima, Japan.

Biden and Zelensky Sign 10-Year Pact to Aid Ukraine’s Military

President Biden will sign a 10-year security agreement with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Thursday.

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