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Constitution Square after the shelling of Kharkiv, on March 2.
Constitution Square after the shelling of Kharkiv, on March 2.Photographer: SERGEY BOBOK/AFP

The world seems changed utterly by the events of the past week, and we examine both the global response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ramifications for the rest of the world. The war was item No. 1 in Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech, and we grade his first year in office. 

Mardi Gras just came back with all its feathered and float-based glory in New Orleans — a stark contrast to the deteriorating Covid situation in Hong Kong. China’s commitment to Covid Zero means there’s a giant hole for the global tourism industry. One rueful official at a Chinese developer has meanwhile gone viral for quoting gloomy poetry