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

Israel’s Government Pushes Home Demolitions as Violence Surges

On Saturday night, Israel’s new, far-right minister of national security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called for the immediate sealing of the family home of a Palestinian gunman who killed seven people in East Jerusalem before being shot dead by the police. Within hours of Mr. Ben-Gvir’s comments, security forces on Sunday morning arrived at the attacker’s family … 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

U.S. and Philippines Have a Complex Military Alliance: What to Know

The United States and the Philippines announced a deal on Thursday that will give U.S. forces access to four more military sites in the Southeast Asian country, creating the largest American military presence there in decades. The deal, an apparent sign of warming ties between the countries after a six-year rough patch, would have strategic … 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

Australia Is Removing the British Monarch From Its 5-Dollar Bill

King Charles III will not succeed Queen Elizabeth II on Australia’s 5-dollar bill, which will instead be redesigned to honor Indigenous Australians and their history. The decision, announced by the country’s central bank on Thursday, rekindled debate about republicanism in Australia, with critics decrying it as “woke nonsense” and others lauding the change. Although Australia … Read more