Charles Jenkins, U.S. Soldier Who Regretted Fleeing to North Korea, Dies

Charles Robert Jenkins at Camp Zama, an American base southwest of Tokyo, in 2004. Toshiyuki Aizawa/Reuters Charles Robert Jenkins, an Army sergeant who became a Cold War enigma after he defected to North Korea in 1965 and was held for nearly 40 years before being released in 2004, died Monday in Japan. He was 77. …

Europe’s Thirst for Cheap Labor Fuels a Boom in Disposable Workers

Migrant workers on a bus bound for factories in the Czech Republic last month. Employment agencies recruit thousands of workers a year for manual-labor and service-industry jobs across Europe. Milan Bures for The New York Times PARDUBICE, Czech Republic — As dusk settled over the rambling Czech countryside, a group of haggard workers emerged from …

De Blasio Seeks to Turn Homeless ‘Cluster Sites’ Into Affordable Housing

In January 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intention to phase out the use of cluster housing for the homeless by 2018, but he has since pushed back that deadline to 2021. Dave Sanders for The New York Times For years, New York City has placed thousands of homeless families into so-called cluster or …

Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies

At 11.30pm, 10 nautical miles off Yemen’s western Red Sea coast, seven fishermen were near the end of the four hours it had taken to haul their nets bulging with the day’s catch into their fibreglass boat. Suddenly, away from the illumination of the vessel’s large spotlight, one of the men spotted a black silhouette …

Pacific pop-up: island that rose from the ashes might last 30 years

A new Tongan island formed from the ash of a 2014 volcanic eruption in the South Pacific could exist for decades, according to a study released by Nasa. The ash island, unofficially named Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, formed during a submarine volcanic eruption that lasted from late December 2014 to early January 2015. The new land …

Syrian opposition urges Russia to rescue UN peace talks

Russia has been urged by the Syrian opposition to salvage the UN’s peace talks in Geneva this week by persuading the Syrian government delegation finally to begin direct face-to-face discussions. Basma Kodami, a leading member of the Syrian opposition negotiating team, urged the Russians to show they wanted to capitalise on the end of military …

‘Our attorney is a Jew’: Roy Moore battles bigotry claims on eve of Alabama vote

The Republican candidate Roy Moore and supporters have mounted a series of extraordinary character defenses as his US Senate race with Democrat Doug Jones headed towards a photo finish. At a rally on Monday night, Moore’s wife, Kayla, rejected accusations of antisemitism, offering as proof: “One of our attorneys is a Jew.” And a war …

Europe Edition: New York, Vladimir Putin, Johnny Hallyday: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times • A would-be suicide bomber detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the heart of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridor, injuring some travelers and terrifying thousands more. The suspect, …

Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

A so-called ‘supermoon’ behind the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington earlier this month. President Trump signed a policy directive Monday confirming that the moon should be the next destination for astronauts. Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency President Trump announced on Monday that the moon would be the next destination for American astronauts, putting …