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Hong Kong, Dominic Cummings, New Zealand: Your Monday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re masking protests in Hong Kong as China tightens its management, outrage in opposition to a prime British aide who violated lockdown, and The Times’s entrance web page on the lack of almost 100,000 lives within the U.S. to the coronavirus pandemic.

The protest underscored the outrage of residents after Beijing on Friday proposed new security laws that may tighten its management over Hong Kong.

The proposals, which have been unveiled at the opening of the National People’s Congress, additionally highlighted the challenges going through the pro-democracy motion. Attendance was far decrease in contrast with the massive rallies in 2019 in opposition to a invoice that may have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Some protesters really feel extra hopeless and afraid.

The police have proven that they plan assertive motion to cease mass gatherings from gaining drive.

Quote of observe: “I wouldn’t use optimistic,” one resident mentioned of her outlook on the protests. “But I would say that if we do not insist, we will not see hope. It’s because we insist, that hope will remain out there.”

Analysis: President Xi Jinping’s transfer in opposition to Hong Kong has echoes of President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 — a brash transfer by an autocratic chief risking worldwide condemnation to withstand what he sees as overseas encroachment, Steven Lee Myers, our Beijing bureau chief, writes.

President Trump is urgent U.S. officers to permit church gatherings — a step that other countries have already taken, generally with remorse.

In Germany, as an illustration, the place spiritual homes of worship have been reopened for weeks, 40 churchgoers have examined constructive for the coronavirus after a Baptist church service in Frankfurt.

Other locations are simply now lifting restrictions. In France, a court docket final week ordered the federal government to permit in-person spiritual companies, making the nation one of many final in Western Europe to reopen church buildings, mosques and synagogues.

Large gatherings of worshipers have been linked to the unfold of the virus in some locations, most notably in South Korea, the place a single church group accounted for greater than half of the nation’s early infections.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson resisted calls on Sunday to fireplace his most influential adviser, Dominic Cummings, after stories that he had violated Britain’s lockdown guidelines.

Mr. Cummings had pushed 260 miles to his mother and father’ home in Northern England after he had contracted the coronavirus. An announcement launched by Mr. Johnson mentioned that Mr. Cummings had been unable to line up take care of his younger little one after he and his spouse started exhibiting virus signs.

Official remarks: “I believe that in every respect, he has acted responsibly, and legally, and with integrity,” Mr. Johnson mentioned. But a spokesman for the opposition Labour Party disagreed, saying, “The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a world progressive icon, has been strikingly efficient in coaxing New Zealanders to droop their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic. (She even interviewed through an earthquake.)

As New Zealand prepares for an election in September, our Sydney bureau chief writes about Ms. Ardern’s leadership style, together with her deft use of Facebook to narrate to a inhabitants of 5 million that’s “less saint and disciples, more friends or teammates.”

North Korea’s chief: President Kim Jong-un convened the nation’s prime military-governing physique to stipulate “new policies for further increasing” its nuclear capacities and selling weapons officers — the primary public exercise reported by the North’s state-run media in three weeks.

Snapshot: A famed family-owned circus in Italy, the Rony Roller Circus, has been sitting out the pandemic in a area outdoors Rome since March. “I miss the applause, the tent, the colors of the lights,” mentioned Daniela Vassallo, a part of the household. Above, Megan Vassallo, 13, training the aerial loop.

European soccer: By recruiting solely native gamers, Athletic Bilbao has cast a singular id that its followers embrace.

What we’re listening to: The “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” podcast. “This episode,” says Lance Booth, a photograph editor, “is about a writer who becomes unemployed after landing her dream job, and the ever-revolving gate of unemployment.”

Cook: Melissa Clark’s classic yellow cake is whisked in a single bowl and frosted nonetheless you want (or smothered in strawberries and cream).

As the United States approaches 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus, our editors wished to mark the grim milestone. So, as an alternative of the articles, pictures or graphics that usually seem on the entrance web page of The New York Times, on Sunday there’s only a listing: a protracted, solemn listing of individuals whose lives have been misplaced to the coronavirus pandemic.

The names, almost 1,000 of them, have been gleaned from obituaries in tons of of U.S. newspapers and conveyed each the vastness and the number of lives misplaced.

“We knew we were approaching this milestone,” Simone Landon, assistant editor of the Graphics desk, told Times Insider. “We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.”

But Ms. Landon and her colleagues realized that “both among journalists and perhaps in the general reading public, there’s a little bit of a fatigue with the data.” Putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a web page “doesn’t really tell you very much about who these people were, the lives that they lived, what it means for us as a country,” Ms. Landon mentioned. She got here up with the concept to compile obituaries and dying notices of Covid-19 victims from newspapers massive and small throughout the nation and deciding on vivid passages from them.

“I wanted something that people would look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we’re living through,” Marc Lacey, the National editor, mentioned.

That’s it for this briefing. For these celebrating, Eid Mubarak. See you subsequent time.

— Isabella

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