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But the demonstration additionally made clear the challenges going through the pro-democracy motion. Attendance was far decrease than for the large rallies final yr, which have been impressed by a invoice that might have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

Some protesters have expressed hopelessness and newfound worry of publicly displaying opposition. The police confirmed that they deliberate to behave decisively to cease mass gatherings earlier than they collect drive.

Analysis: President Xi Jinping’s transfer towards Hong Kong has echoes of President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, our Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers writes:

“While Mr. Xi is using legislation rather than military force in a territory already under Chinese rule, it is nonetheless a brash move by an autocratic leader willing to risk international condemnation to resist what he views as foreign encroachment on his country’s security.”

It was solely the second temporary cease-fire that the perimeters have agreed to within the almost 20 years since a U.S. invasion toppled the Taliban authorities in 2001.

The announcement comes as worsening violence threatens to derail a fragile peace course of meant to allow the withdrawal of U.S. troops after greater than 18 years of struggle.

Next steps: Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace, stated the cease-fire may assist speed up the peace course of, and referred to as for “the release of remaining prisoners as specified in the U.S.-Taliban agreement by both sides, no returning to high levels of violence, and an agreement on a new date for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.”

In Germany, for example, which has allowed spiritual providers for weeks, 40 worshipers examined optimistic for the coronavirus after a service at a Baptist church in Frankfurt.

Other locations are simply now lifting restrictions. In Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened on Sunday after a two-month lockdown. In France, the highest administrative courtroom final week ordered the federal government to permit in-person spiritual providers, 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 South Korea, the place a single church group accounted for greater than half of the nation’s early infections.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a worldwide progressive icon, has been strikingly efficient in coaxing New Zealanders to droop their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

North Korea’s chief: In his first public exercise reported by the nation’s media in three weeks, President Kim Jong-un convened the nation’s high military-governing physique to stipulate “new insurance policies for further increasing” its nuclear capabilities and selling weapons officers.

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

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

The names, almost 1,000 of them, have been gleaned from obituaries in a whole lot of U.S. newspapers and convey 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 The 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 stated. She got here up with the concept of compiling obituaries and dying notices of Covid-19 victims from newspapers giant and small throughout the nation and choosing 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,” stated Marc Lacey, the nationwide editor.

That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Carole

Thank you
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You can attain the staff at

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