Your Monday Briefing


The authorities in China have ordered widespread testing and journey restrictions for the town of Kashgar within the nation’s far west after a single asymptomatic case of coronavirus was detected on Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, 137 asymptomatic circumstances had been found.

A 17-year-old woman in a rural space outdoors Kashgar was discovered to be contaminated throughout common testing, which set off mass testing. All the opposite circumstances discovered are linked to a manufacturing unit the place her dad and mom work.

The Xinjiang area, which incorporates Kashgar, was beneath numerous lockdowns in February and March and once more in July and August. Till Saturday, the area had not reported a brand new case since mid-August. The outbreak of the virus there early this 12 months prompted issues that it might unfold within the huge community of camps and prisons the place lots of of 1000’s of ethnic Uighurs and different Muslim minorities have been detained.

Listed below are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • On Sunday, Spain returned to a state of emergency and imposed a nightly curfew, and Italy tightened restrictions, ordering early closures of bars and eating places and the total closure of gyms, swimming swimming pools, theaters, cinemas and live performance halls.

  • No less than three top aides to Vice President Mike Pence have examined optimistic for the coronavirus previously few days. The take a look at outcomes increase recent questions concerning the security protocols on the White Home, the place masks should not routinely worn, and Mr. Pence’s decision to remain on the campaign trail regardless of being uncovered to the virus.

  • Six American states reported their highest-ever an infection totals on Saturday and greater than 78,000 new circumstances had been introduced, sooner or later after the nation shattered its single-day document with more than 85,000 new cases.

  • The governor of India’s central financial institution, Shaktikanta Das, mentioned on Sunday that he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus. “Asymptomatic,” he wrote on Twitter. “Feeling very a lot alright.”

For many years, Hong Kong had been a spot of shelter for individuals escaping warfare, famine and political oppression in mainland China. However the metropolis has profoundly modified since China imposed a tricky new safety legislation this summer time.

In current weeks, Hong Kong activists have been granted asylum within the U.S., Canada and Germany, the newest catalyst for deteriorating relations between China and the West.

U.S. strikes: The Trump administration has listed refugees from the town as a precedence, even because it decreased the full variety of refugees the U.S. will soak up yearly. No less than three payments now earlier than Congress would enact better protections for individuals fleeing Hong Kong for the U.S. And the federal government has moved unusually shortly to grant asylum to at the least two protesters who left Hong Kong late final 12 months.

China’s response: Beijing and the Hong Kong authorities have dismissed the notion that the town’s residents may want shelter from oppression. Hong Kong’s No. 2 chief, Matthew Cheung, complained that Germany’s grant of asylum final week to a college scholar wished on a rioting cost would “solely ship a plainly improper message to criminals.”

As we speak, for the primary time, a gaggle of conscientious objectors in South Korea will start to carry out different service. For the following three years, these 64 males will likely be in jail, working at jobs like prepare dinner and janitor, however they may haven’t any legal document.

Alternative service is a seismic shift in South Korea, the place navy obligation is taken into account a ceremony of passage for younger males and extra conscientious objectors have been jailed than in some other nation. For many years, lots of, virtually all Jehovah’s Witnesses, had been put behind bars yearly, normally for 18 months.

Extra exemptions? The query of who ought to be excused from navy service has lengthy been a delicate subject. High athletes have lengthy been excused on the grounds that they improve nationwide status. A senior lawmaker has floated the concept Ok-pop stars, like members of the band BTS, also needs to be exempted.

Elections in Russia generally is a cynical affair, with incumbents usually operating in opposition to no-name candidates to create the phantasm of democracy. So when the mayor of the tiny village of Povalikhino, about 300 miles east of Moscow, requested the lady who cleaned Metropolis Corridor to run, he thought his second time period was all however assured. It wasn’t.

Our reporter appears to be like on the new mayor, Marina Udgodskaya, above, and an episode of Russia’s managed elections gone awry.

Lee Kun-hee: The Samsung titan who was twice pardoned for white-collar crimes died on Sunday in Seoul. He was 78 and had been incapacitated since a coronary heart assault in 2014. Mr. Lee pushed the corporate relentlessly up the technological ladder, turning Samsung right into a cornerstone of South Korea’s economic system.

First African-American cardinal: Pope Francis on Sunday elevated Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington and an architect of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church’s zero-tolerance coverage in response to its clerical sexual abuse disaster.

Nuclear weapons ban: A treaty aimed at destroying all nuclear weapons and prohibiting their use has been ratified by a fiftieth nation and can enter into drive in January. The USA and the world’s eight different nuclear-armed international locations boycotted the negotiations and have proven no inclination to simply accept the treaty.

Snapshot: Above, President Trump at a marketing campaign rally on Sunday in Londonderry, N.H. On this ultimate dash of the marketing campaign, Mr. Trump is holding as much as three rallies a day to try to energize his base as polls present he’s trailing behind Joe Biden.

What we’re listening to: This Radio New Zealand podcast on New Zealand’s position in worldwide espionage. Natasha Frost, who writes the Europe briefing, says, “It’s a must-listen, regardless of the place on the planet you might be.”

Cook dinner: Dolloped with whipped cream or ice cream, this maple-pecan galette with fresh ginger is a complicated dessert with plenty of crispy crust.

Learn: In case you’ve by no means learn an Agatha Christie novels, here’s a guide to those consolation books, as our reviewer describes them. She writes: “There’s one thing soothing concerning the acquainted system. there will likely be at the least one homicide and fairly presumably extra.”

Do: Inquisitive about hydroponic gardening? Right here’s how one can reap numerous produce with out a lot as getting your arms soiled.

Uncover extra new and totally different tasks in our At Home collection on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch and do whereas staying protected at residence.

Twenty-two million jobs had been misplaced in March and April within the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s as many as the full within the Nice Despair and Nice Recession mixed.

Our particular collection “Out of Work in America” tells the tales of unemployed People in their very own phrases. For this venture, The Instances’s Nationwide desk collaborated with 11 native information organizations within the U.S. Right here’s what Jia Lynn Yang, a deputy editor on the Nationwide desk, and Clinton Cargill, an assistant editor, said about these accounts from a dozen individuals.

The Nationwide Desk has greater than 40 reporters scattered throughout the nation, however during the last 12 months, Marc Lacey, the Nationwide editor, has prioritized partnerships with native information organizations, as with this venture.

Clinton: Native information organizations have a particular authority within the communities they cowl. They know the large employers, the group teams, the state and native insurance policies that make all of the distinction for individuals looking for unemployment. We thought they might convey a few of that depth on the particular person scale.

With greater than 12 million individuals unemployed within the nation, why did native reporters return to the identical dozen — usually over a couple of months — at totally different phases?

Jia Lynn: The thought was to seize not only one snapshot however to do extra sustained work monitoring an individual’s highs and lows. For anybody who’s ever misplaced a job, it may be such a grueling emotional expertise, with very dangerous days adopted by a day the place all the pieces turns up for you. We wished to indicate that bigger arc, and possibly stick round with some lengthy sufficient that they really discovered a job.

What do you hope readers get from this venture?

Jia Lynn: At a time after we are so minimize off from each other, I hope readers really feel a way of empathy and connection. For individuals who have been blessed sufficient to maintain their jobs, I hope they get a greater sense of what it looks like for individuals who have been much less lucky. For individuals who have misplaced work, you might be hardly alone.

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

— Carole

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