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Asia and Australia Edition: Strava, North Korea, Malaysia: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images • The Vatican, seeking to end a schism with China, asked two “underground” bishops to surrender their positions to individuals approved by the country’s authoritarian government. Above, a sanctioned ceremony in Beijing. [The New York Times] • Why do heart attacks and strokes hit people with no known risk factors? Scientists have identified a strange accumulation of mutated stem cells in bone marrow as a possible cause — and it grows more common with age. [The New York Times] • The F.B.I.’s deputy director stepped down, under fire from Republicans in Congress and President Trump, and the deputy attorney general appears to be their new target. [The New York Times] • Rescuers were searching for more survivors after seven people were found alive in a dinghy more than a week after their ferry sank near the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. […]

Trump Declines to Release List of His Visitors at Mar-a-Lago

Federal law exempts the White House from the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, which requires public disclosure of government documents. But CREW and its partners argued that because the presidential visitor records are typically maintained by the Secret Service — which is part of the Department of Homeland Security — they should not be exempt from public release.In July Judge Katherine Polk Failla of Federal District Court in Manhattan ordered the Trump administration to release the “records of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago” by September.But the Department of Justice, in a statement it sent to CREW, said it had decided not to release the names of everyone visiting with the president at Mar-a-Lago.“The remaining records that the Secret Service has processed in response to the Mar-a-Lago request contain, reflect, or otherwise relate to the president’s schedules,” Chad A. Readler, acting assistant attorney general, wrote in response to CREW in a letter dated Tuesday, but delivered on Friday. “The government believes that presidential schedule information is not subject to FOIA.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director, said that the organization would challenge the Justice Department’s decision. The Obama administration had faced a similar lawsuit before it decided in late 2009 to start to make visitor logs public, a practice that stopped with Mr. Trump’s arrival.“After waiting months for a response to our request for comprehensive visitor logs from the president’s multiple visits to Mar-a-Lago and having the government ask for a last minute extension, today we received 22 names from the Japanese prime minister’s visit to Mar-a-Lago and nothing else,” Mr. Bookbinder said in a statement […]

Sex Scandal Simmered for Years Before Silicon Valley C.E.O.’s Swift Fall

But within SoFi, Mr. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Mumbai, Texas: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency • A building collapsed in rain-ravaged Mumbai, killing at least 14 people, according to a local official. […]

Charlottesville, Stephen Bannon, Taylor Swift: Your Tuesday Briefing

• Sweets as poignant as poetry. River of heaven. Young grass waiting under snow. Wind in the distance. Continue reading the main story Each phrase is the name of a piece of wagashi, Japanese confections made to accompany the traditional tea ceremony. If they sound like lines from a haiku, that’s deliberate. […]

When the U.S. Last Faced an Emerging Nuclear Threat in East Asia

China’s nuclear program is not often discussed as a top security concern in the United States today. But President John F. Kennedy told a visiting French diplomat in 1963 that China’s nuclear ambitions were a “great menace in the future to humanity, the free world, and freedom on earth.”Continue reading the main storyAmericans tended to agree, putting China ahead of the Soviet Union as the biggest global menace in 1964, the historian Gordon H. Chang wrote in his 2015 book “Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China.”China’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons date from the Korean War, when the United States still dominated the technology. The United States weighed using nuclear weapons in the war, both in the early months when the American-led forces faced defeat, and after China entered the conflict as American troops drove the North Korean Army to China’s border.PhotoA replica of an atomic bomb China exploded in 1965 was featured at an exhibition in Beijing in 2009.Credit Feng Li/Getty ImagesPresident Harry S. Truman, who ordered the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II, decided not to use such weapons a few years later against North Korea or China, believing it would only expand the conflict […]

With Trump on Vacation, a Sprucing Up for the West Wing

Presidents routinely leave Washington during August for a couple of weeks of downtime with their families. George W. Bush spent most of the month at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., and Barack Obama and Bill Clinton favored Martha’s Vineyard.PhotoMoving crews removed furniture from the West Wing on Friday before the start of a White House renovation.Credit Tom Brenner/The New York TimesThe getaways often draw criticism from political opponents, particularly in the case of Mr. Trump, who had at first insisted that members of Congress — whom he savaged for failing to pass the health measure — sacrifice their own getaway for the sake of his agenda. […]