Costumes, wands, castles, a piper: Queen Elizabeth’s funeral had it all

September 19, 2022 at 4:23 pm EDT Spectators positioned along London’s Horse Guards Parade watch live coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on a phone. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) LONDON — There have been royal blockbusters before, but never a show quite like this. Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was an intricately staged farewell production … Read more

Russian retreat in Ukraine leaves Putin under pressure at home

LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin has a problem. For more than two decades now, Putin’s expanding grip on power has been predicated on his portrayed strength and justified as essential to Russia’s existence. Over time, as the political opposition and the independent media were gradually whittled away, Kremlin propagandists fostered a sense of inevitability … Read more

Europe races to prepare for energy crunch this winter

Spain may shut energy-intensive industries at peak times France prepares to send gas to Germany in October Germany to sign LNG contracts in UAE Berlin still working on Uniper bailout BERLIN/LISBON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Germany was pressing on Monday to secure liquefied natural gas contracts with Gulf producers and other European states outlined measures … Read more

Mass graves, travel bans, Putin met Xi — Sept. 19: NPR

Ukrainian soldiers stand over bags containing the remains of exhumed bodies at a mass grave site in Izium, Ukraine. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Ukrainian soldiers stand over bags containing the remains of exhumed bodies at a mass grave site in Izium, Ukraine. Claire Harbage/NPR As the week begins, here’s a look … Read more

Puerto Rico goes dark amid historic flooding

Hurricane Fiona smashed through Puerto Rico on Monday with pounding rain and winds that triggered mudslides, “catastrophic” flooding and a power outage that swept across the entire island. About two-thirds of the 3.2 million residents lacked running water. More than 1,000 water rescues were performed and more were underway, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said. Even as … Read more

Hurricane Fiona slams Dominican Republic after knocking out power in Puerto Rico and causing “catastrophic” damage

Hurricane Fiona roared over the Dominican Republic on Monday after knocking out power across all of Puerto Rico, causing damage the governor said was “catastrophic.” Many people were left without water service. Authorities reported one death from the hurricane — a man swept away by a flooded river in the inland town of Comerio. Authorities … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and the world at funeral

By DANICA KIRKA, MIKE CORDER and SAMYA KULLAB September 19, 2022 GMT LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom and the world bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a state funeral that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers — and crowds in the streets of London and at Windsor Castle … Read more