Gaza: Israel and Palestinian militants agreed to a new, fragile cease-fire. At least 22 Palestinians, including children and militants, and four Israeli civilians died in the fighting over the weekend.Muslim Brotherhood: President Trump is considering designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, which could plunge a volatile region into further distress.
Tensions ripple across the Middle East region
Still have questions? We updated our F.A.Q.— AlishaIndia: As Uber prepares to sell as much as billion in stock to the public this week, a low-tech approach to the self-driving future is already emerging in Bangalore: motorbikes that customers rent and drive themselves.The news came as Iran’s state media reported that Iran would be informing the other signatories of its nuclear deal that it would reduce compliance with the 2015 accord over sanctions imposed a year ago, when President Trump ordered the U.S. to withdraw from the deal.
Violence disrupts Indian elections in Kashmir
Six years ago, Hemanth Kappanna changed automotive history: He was part of a small team of engineering students in West Virginia that exposed Volkswagen’s conspiracy to lie about its cars’ diesel emissions.Recap: The fifth episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” had plenty of broken hearts to go around.
Extinction risk is accelerating, report warns
What we’re reading: This consideration of John Singleton in The Atlantic. Caryn Wilson, a senior editor for politics, recommends its argument that Singleton’s film “Poetic Justice” was an answer to critics who said his portrayal of black women in the Oscar-nominated film “Boyz N the Hood” was one-note and reductive.That’s it for this briefing. We hope you have a playful day.Brunei: The country has said that it will not carry out executions by stoning for people convicted of adultery and gay sex, after widespread protests over the brutality of Shariah-inspired measures that the sultanate put into place last month.
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In May 1980, a new toy hit U.S. markets and set off a worldwide craze.Mueller report: The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after he appeared to miss a congressional subpoena’s Monday deadline to negotiate the delivery of the full report with key evidence.In February this year, his employer, General Motors, let him go with two months’ pay and a one-way ticket back to India.Myanmar: Two Reuters reporters were released after more than a year in detention for covering the country’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority group.
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Go: Melbourne is Australia’s capital for all things cultural. Here’s how to spend 36 hours there. Among the Rubik’s Cube competitions now governed by the World Cube Association are solving cubes for the fastest times with a single hand (6.88 seconds), blindfolded (16.22 seconds) and, to some cubers’ dismay, with feet (16.96 seconds).Afghanistan: Women made up 30 percent of an assembly convened by President Ashraf Ghani to debate the country’s path to peace, but many of them said they had been ignored, marginalized and patronized, raising questions about women’s standing under future governments. Thank you
Chris Stanford helped compile today’s briefing. Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen provided the break from the news. Matthew Sedacca wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at [email protected].Quotable: “For a long time, people just thought of biodiversity as saving nature for its own sake,” said Robert Watson, chairman of the group that conducted the assessment at the request of national governments. “But this report makes clear the links between biodiversity and nature and things like food security and clean water in both rich and poor countries.”
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• The New York Times is expanding its commitment to audio, and has named Theo Balcomb, who helped launch The New York Times’s most popular podcast, “The Daily,” to lead News for Audio.Read: Poetry and the environment are celebrated in some of the 10 new books we recommend. We’ve also compiled 14 titles to watch for this month.Snapshot: Above, the wreck of a fishing vessel that sank off the Libyan coast in 2015, killing hundreds of migrants onboard. It will be displayed at the Venice Biennale, which begins this week.
The U.S. deployed an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Persian Gulf in response to what officials described as new threats by Iran against American troops in Iraq.We’re covering rising tensions across the Middle East region, violence in Kashmir during the Indian election, and the new royal baby in Britain.
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Within two years of expanding beyond the Hungarian market as Rubik’s Cube, millions had been purchased worldwide.Last week, the police arrested or detained hundreds of people in the region after separatist leaders called for a boycott of the polls.
“We don’t want these sham elections,” said one local student. “We want India to deliver on its promise of a plebiscite and resolve the Kashmir dispute once and for all.”By the early 2000s, devoted cubers began to connect through online forums and YouTube to share the steps toward getting each of the nine “cubies” on all six faces to display the same color. The sport of speedcubing took off.
Good morning,Smarter Living: When problem solving, reach for the insight to see beyond the issue at hand. Rather than fighting tooth and nail to find the “correct” solution, sometimes it’s worth asking what the problem arises from — and then just stop doing that. Just know you may have to overcome resistance to quitting, especially if you’ve already invested time and energy in considering “solutions.”