In Congo, a Pope and a Nation Revitalize One Another

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Pope Francis put down his prepared remarks and instructed the stadium packed with young Catholics in Congo to make clear their opposition to the corruption that had hobbled their country with a single, rousing voice. “All together,” Francis said. “No to corruption.” The tens of thousands of faithful obliged … Read more

European Parliament Strips 2 Lawmakers of Immunity in Graft Inquiry

European Union lawmakers revoked the immunity of two of their peers on Thursday, opening the door to more arrests by the Belgian authorities in the latest twist of a sweeping investigation into allegations of corruption of the bloc’s Parliament by Qatar and Morocco. The two lawmakers, Marc Tarabella of Belgium and Andrea Cozzolino of Italy, … Read more

Top E.U. Officials Arrive in Kyiv for a Summit With Zelensky

The European Union’s top officials arrived in Ukraine on Thursday before a summit with President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss issues including Ukraine’s reconstruction and its candidacy for membership in the bloc. “We are here together to show that the EU stands by Ukraine as firmly as ever,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the … Read more

A U.S. Ambassador Finds Himself on Hostile Ground in Hungary

BUDAPEST — David Pressman, a gay human rights lawyer, knew he was in for a rough time even before he arrived in Hungary with his husband and two children to take up a new job in September as the United States’ ambassador to Europe’s self-declared citadel of traditional Christian values and friend of the Kremlin. … Read more

How an American Veterans Group Imploded in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — Andrew Milburn, a former American Marine colonel and leader of the Mozart Group, stood in a chilly meeting room on the second floor of an apartment building in Kyiv about to deliver some bad news. In front of him sat half a dozen men who had traveled to Ukraine on their own … Read more

Russian Troop Buildup Signals Big New Assault, Ukraine Says

KYIV, Ukraine — Moscow has amassed hundreds of thousands of troops in Ukraine and is targeting dozens of places a day in a markedly stepped-up barrage of artillery attacks. Ukrainian forces are struggling to hold their ground on a 140-mile stretch in the east, awaiting tanks, armored vehicles and other weapons systems from the West. … Read more

Navalny Says He Is Being Further Isolated in Russian Prison

The imprisoned Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny said on Wednesday that he was being moved to a “cell-type facility” within a Russian penal colony that would likely extend his time without visits to more than a year, as his supporters continue to raise alarms about his declining physical condition. “Even maniacs and serial killers … Read more