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North Korea, Myanmar, Princess Mako: Your Monday Briefing – The … – New York Times

They arrive bearing accounts of massacre at the hands of the Myanmar security forces and allied mobs that started last week, after Rohingya militants staged attacks against government forces.

Our Southeast Asia correspondent described the exodus of civilians as “by far the worst thing that I’ve ever seen.”



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The Cambodia Daily prepared its final edition after 24 years in operation. The Daily was ordered by the government to close its doors over allegations that it had not paid millions of dollars in taxes.

Rather than simply mourn their loss, reporters and editors scrambled through the night to cover the arrest of the opposition leader, Kem Sokha, above, on charges of treason.

The paper’s closure is part of a larger crackdown on independent voices. The government recently ordered at least 15 radio stations to close or stop broadcasting programming from the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.



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U.S. military officials in Iraq said that the pace of the fight against the Islamic State is not slowing, even as the militants’ territory continues to shrink, such as the loss of Tal Afar, above.

“They have resigned themselves that they’re going to fight to the bitter end,” a U.S. Navy captain said, “and they are going to take as many of us with them as possible.”

Over the weekend, suicide bombers attacked a state-run power station north of Baghdad, killing seven people and forcing the site to shut down.



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• New York Times journalists visited a newly captured part of Marawi, above, in the Philippines, where the battle to wrest the city from Islamic State-linked militants has passed the 100-day mark.

The city is in ruins from airstrikes and artillery barrages, and the cackle of small-arms fire and the thuds of mortar shell explosions were evidence that the fighting remains intense.

We also profiled one of the foreign fighters, an Indonesian aircraft mechanic, who was recruited by Islamic State operatives to fight in the Philippine city.



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More than two million pilgrims participating in the hajj last week began returning to Mecca for final prayers as the annual gathering of Muslims winds down.

Over the weekend, millions of Muslims — including in countries like India, Turkey, Russia and Indonesia, above — celebrated Eid al-Adha, the climax of the hajj and Islam’s most revered observance.



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• Nvidia, a Silicon Valley maker of graphics processing units, is riding an artificial intelligence boom to put its chips in drones, robots and self-driving cars.

Lattice Semiconductor, a chip maker, plans to appeal to the White House for approval of its proposed $1.3 billion sale to a Chinese-backed buyer.

• Legend Holdings, the Chinese company that owns Lenovo, agreed to buy a 90 percent stake in Banque Internationale à Luxembourg for $1.75 billion.

• U.S. markets will be closed for Labor Day. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• Princess Mako of Japan, a granddaughter of the emperor, officially announced her engagement to Kei Komuro, a part-time museum researcher. She will become a commoner when they marry. [The Asahi Shimbun]

• Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday. Thirteen new ministers were inducted, including Nirmala Sitharaman as defense minister. [Times of India]

• Malaysian police arrested a suspected leader of Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State-linked Islamist group, and seven other members in Kuala Lumpur. [Reuters]

• Australia’s Senate leader is expected to push for a stricter dress code after a lawmaker wore a burqa, drawing attention to a campaign for the Muslim garment to be banned. [ABC]

• In China, a video of a police officer knocking down a woman and child in Shanghai has renewed debate about how far law enforcement officials can push back against irate residents. [The New York Times]

• Jim Bridenstine, a 42-year-old Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma, will be nominated by President Trump to serve as NASA’s next administrator. [The New York Times]

• At the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer notched their most convincing wins of the tournament, and the Italian player Fabio Fognini was kicked out for an abusive rant. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.


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• Recipe of the day: Here’s all you need for a fantastic cookout.

• Here’s how you can save some extra money, and more in our weekly newsletter.

• Pushing yourself during exercise sometimes affects appetite.



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In Indonesia, three teenage Muslim girls are fighting intolerance with heavy metal, and their band, Voice of Baceprot, is winning over fans like Joko Widodo, the country’s metal-loving president.

• China’s bike-sharing boom has brought out bad manners: Riders abandon the bicycles haphazardly, and theft and vandalism are rampant.

• Americans are still divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War. Ken Burns, the filmmaker, and his longtime collaborator, Lynn Novick, made an 18-hour documentary that aims to help put the demons of that era to rest.

Back Story


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As Argentina prepares to mark Immigrant’s Day today with cultural celebrations, its once-generous policies have become less welcoming to newcomers.

President Mauricio Macri, the son of an Italian immigrant, cracked down on immigrants early this year, prompting comparisons to President Trump and his travel ban. The Argentine government cited concerns about those from poorer countries in Latin America.

Neighboring countries were critical, as was the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which called the move “regressive.”

Immigrant’s Day was established in 1949 by Juan Perón, above, to mark the first invitation to immigrants on Sept. 4, 1812. From 1880 to 1930, millions of people emigrated to Argentina from Europe, especially Spain and Italy.

The country was a haven for Jews fleeing pogroms of the Czarist Russian empire and Nazi Germany. Some Nazis also fled there after World War II and are believed to have brought with them artifacts from the regime.

During Argentina’s major wave of immigration, in the late 19th century, an editorial in The Times concluded with a rosy forecast: “Out of all this will at length, no doubt, come a great future for the Argentine Republic, with its variety of skilled industries and its ample supply of labor.”

Sarah Anderson contributed reporting.


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