“No entity could receive legitimacy without the support, endorsement of his excellency Ahmad Massoud, because he is the source of legitimacy today,” said Ali Nazary, who represents Mr. Massoud in the United States. Mr. Massoud, the 32-year-old son of a legendary mujahedeen commander who led the fight against repeated SovietContinue Reading

“No entity could receive legitimacy without the support, endorsement of his excellency Ahmad Massoud, because he is the source of legitimacy today,” said Ali Nazary, who represents Mr. Massoud in the United States. Mr. Massoud, the 32-year-old son of a legendary mujahedeen commander who led the fight against repeated SovietContinue Reading

BERLIN — Germany will restart coal-fired power plants in order to conserve natural gas, the country’s economy minister announced on Sunday, amid concerns about a looming supply shortage after Russia cut gas deliveries to Europe this week. The move was part of a series of measures, including new incentives for companiesContinue Reading

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday announced a partial lifting of sanctions on Cuba, including expanding flights beyond Havana and restarting a program to reunify Cuban families in the United States, its first moves toward fulfilling President Biden’s campaign promise to reverse many of the sanctions imposed by hisContinue Reading

Senior U.S. officials are traveling to Venezuela on Saturday to meet with the government of President Nicolás Maduro, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Biden administration steps up efforts to separate Russia from its remaining international allies amid a widening standoff over Ukraine. The trip is theContinue Reading

The client rosters of Swiss banks are among the world’s most closely guarded secrets, protecting the identities of some of the planet’s richest people and clues into how they accumulated their fortunes. Now, an extraordinary leak of data from Credit Suisse, one of the world’s most iconic banks, is exposingContinue Reading

“No one helps anyone,” she said. In January, a nighttime census led by Paris City Hall estimated that about 2,600 people were living on the streets of the French capital. Mr. Robert was born in 1936 in Fribourg, a town in western Switzerland, and in the 1960s, he settled inContinue Reading

German lawmakers approved tighter Covid restrictions on Thursday, a day after the head of the national agency responsible for monitoring the pandemic warned of a “really bad Christmas” and said that the coronavirus had again become a countrywide emergency. “Every man and mouse who can vaccinate should vaccinate now,” LotharContinue Reading

As the virus spread, more mutations sprang up, giving rise to even more transmissible variants. First came Alpha, which was about 50 percent more infectious than the original virus, and soon Delta, which was, in turn, roughly 50 percent more infectious than Alpha. “Now we’re basically in a Delta pandemic,”Continue Reading