With unsold grain piled high, a Polish farmer faces an uncertain future as war in Ukraine grinds on

CYWINY WOJSKIE, Poland — Piotr Korycki picks up a handful of wheat and watches as the yellow grains run through his fingers. All around him, grain is piled high in a warehouse on his farm north of the Polish capital: hundreds of tons of wheat, rye and corn left over from last year’s harvest that … Read more

Doing business in China is growing tougher, more uncertain, European business group says

BEIJING — Uncertainty and “draconian regulations” have drastically raised risks for foreign businesses in China, a report by a European business group said Wednesday. The lengthy paper by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China urges China’s leaders to do more to address concerns that it says have “grown exponentially” in recent years. “This … Read more

Hats, T-shirts and dolls reflect outgoing Mexican president’s outsized presence in upcoming election

MEXICO CITY — Souvenirs bearing the image of 70-year-old Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sell like T-shirts at a Taylor Swift concert. Just outside of Mexico’s presidential palace, throngs of mostly Mexicans crowd around a booth selling plush talking dolls, earrings, plastic sandals, stickers, hats, mugs, lighters and even coloring books plastered with the … Read more

Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten is stepping down as creative director at the end of June

BRUSSELS — Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who for almost four decades dazzled the fashion world with his luscious use of colors and fabrics, said Tuesday that he will step down as creative director of his namesake brand at the end of June. Van Noten, 65, a master of blending the old with the new, … Read more

Heavy fighting rages around Gaza’s biggest hospital as Israel raids it for a second day

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Explosions and shootings shook the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital and surrounding neighborhoods as Israeli forces stormed through the facility for a second day Tuesday. The military said it had killed 50 Hamas militants in the hospital, but it could not be independently confirmed that the dead were combatants. The raid was … Read more

The first ‘cyberflasher’ is convicted under England’s new law and gets more than 5 years in prison

LONDON — England’s first convicted cyberflasher was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison after sending unsolicited photos of his genitals to a teenage girl and a woman. Nicholas Hawkes, 39, a convicted sex offender, was the first person in England and Wales convicted of violating the Online Safety Act, which went into effect … Read more

Germany issues entry ban on prominent Austrian far-right figure known for promoting ‘remigration’

BERLIN — German authorities have issued an entry ban on a prominent Austrian European far-right figure known for his talk about “remigration” at a recent meeting of nationalist populists that triggered large protests against populism in the country. Martin Sellner of the Identitarian Movement said in a video posted Tuesday on social media platform X … Read more

Dominican Republic is urged to stop deporting people to Haiti as people flee surge in gang violence

DAJABON, Dominican Republic — Human rights activists are calling on the Dominican Republic’s government for a temporary reprieve in deportations as neighboring Haiti’s crisis spirals and people attempt to flee over the closed border from a surge in deadly gang violence. Small trucks with customized cages are ferrying dozens of Haitians every day from a … Read more

Armenia’s prime minister says quick border demarcation needed to avoid new conflict with Azerbaijan

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s prime minister said Tuesday that the Caucasus nation needs to quickly define the border with neighboring Azerbaijan to avoid a new round of hostilities. Last year, Azerbaijan waged a lightning military campaign to reclaim the Karabakh region, ending three decades of ethnic Armenian separatists’ rule there. In December, the two sides … Read more

Russia says it will evacuate 9,000 children from a border region targeted from the Ukrainian side

A Russian border region plans to evacuate some 9,000 children from the area as it is continuously shelled from the Ukrainian side, an official said Tuesday. Kyiv’s forces have increasingly been striking at targets behind the extensive front line that has changed little after more than two years of war. The children are to be … Read more