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Asia and Australia Edition: London, Qatar, Saudi Arabia: Your Morning Briefing

And Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, above, appeared to contradict Mr. Trump’s reassurances to Middle Eastern partners that human rights would not be his focus, pledging American fealty to “the cause of universal human rights.”



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The British police confirmed the identity of the third assailant in Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, and a French police officer shot and wounded an attacker armed with a hammer and kitchen knives outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Terrorists have learned, our national security correspondent writes, that they do not need anthrax or dirty bombs to disrupt capitals, terrify tourists, rivet the attention of governments and impress potential recruits.



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• Questions about China’s meddling in Australia erupted after the country’s intelligence chief identified two billionaire property developers of Chinese descent who have donated millions across the political spectrum as possible agents for the Chinese government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was preparing legislation to ban foreign political donations.

Above, Huang Xiangmo, one of the developers.



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President Xi Jinping of China met on the sidelines of an energy conference in Beijing with Gov. Jerry Brown of California, who has vowed to unleash a “countermovement” against Mr. Trump’s environmental policies.

There were no reports that the visiting U.S. energy secretary, Rick Perry, had met with Mr. Xi.

China’s international reach includes using its expertise in wind and solar power to help other countries meet their climate goals.



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We told you yesterday about the devastating toll opioids are taking on the U.S., where overdoses are now the leading killer of people under 50.

The country has another hidden health crisis: H.I.V. infection among gay and bisexual black men. The rate is so high that, considered alone, it would surpass that of any country in the world.



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• China dismissed a call by the U.S. to release three labor activists detained for investigating conditions at factories that make shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand. Labor experts said such detentions erode Western companies’ confidence in Chinese suppliers.

• Adani, the Indian conglomerate, gave final approval for the $ 12.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia, over the protests of environmentalists.

• Apple’s newly unveiled HomePod speaker could signal the reinvention that our tech columnist says the company needs.

• The U.S. is becoming a cold-brew nation. The iced coffee has lifted the industry, creating enormous summertime demand.

• U.S. stocks were mostly flat. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• U.S.-backed forces opened a long-anticipated offensive against the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate. [The New York Times]

A 28-year-old Australian nurse was among those killed by attackers in London on Saturday. She died after she ran to help other victims. [9News]

• Nepal’s parliament elected Sher Bahadur Deuba, a veteran politician who has held the office thrice, as the country’s new prime minister. [Channel NewsAsia]

• Afghanistan’s president said the death toll in last week’s truck bombing in Kabul rose to more than 150, making it one of the deadliest such attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. [The New York Times]

• A scholar of Indonesia sees repercussions after the political defeat and blasphemy conviction of Ahok, the first Christian governor of Jakarta, that will affect not only the country’s non-Muslim minority but also its Muslim majority. [The Washington Post]

• Thailand’s military junta leader, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, will visit the White House in July at the invitation of President Trump. [Reuters]

• One of Malaysia’s three remaining Sumatran rhinos was euthanized over the weekend. Supporters had rallied to provide care for the ailing 20-year-old female — named Puntung, or Stub, for her missing foot — but the problem turned out to be cancer. [National Geographic]

Smarter Living


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• Don’t expect a lightning strike of inspiration today. Take the artist Chuck Close’s advice: “Show up and get to work.”

Running is socially contagious.

• Recipe of the day: Grill up some apricots to toss in an arugula salad.



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• “Thanks for not telling me ahead of time.” That was Alex Honnold’s mother after learning of his “incomprehensible” ropeless climb up El Capitan, Yosemite’s iconic granite wall.

• Protected species like tigers, elephants and pangolin are raised for their meat and bones across Southeast Asia, often in plain sight. Our reporter visited a shabby zoo in Laos where an adjoining restaurant serves tiger meat.

On the off-chance you want to give away a billion dollars, check out our Op-Ed columnist’s review of letters from donors joining Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge campaign.

Back Story


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The French Open is in full swing — and virtually every story about the tournament includes reference to a man who had little to do with tennis.

That’s Roland Garros, the French war hero after whom the tournament’s main Paris tennis stadium is named.

In 1913, he became the first person to fly across the Mediterranean. During World War I, he was a pioneer of air warfare, shooting down four enemy planes with the help of his own invention: a forward-firing machine gun timed to shoot between the propeller blades.

Garros was captured in 1915 and spent three years as a prisoner, escaping after arranging for a map of Germany to be delivered in the hollow handle of a tennis racket. According to Michaël Guittard, head of collections at the French Tennis Federation, the escape “was nothing short of an adventure movie.”

In an interview with The Times back in France, Garros said, “Of course I am going back to the front.”

Garros was killed when his plane was shot down on Oct. 5, 1918, a day before his 30th birthday.

A decade later, a tennis stadium was constructed in Paris by Emile Lesieur, who insisted it be named after Garros, his wartime friend.

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.


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