Texas Shooting, Paradise Papers, Shalane Flanagan: Your Monday Briefing
• One crucial moment will be Mr. Trump’s meeting with President Xi Jinping of China. Beijing is pushing for a special relationship that recognizes its position as a global power, our bureau chief says.
Turmoil in Saudi Arabia.
• The kingdom is in the middle of its most sweeping transformation in 80 years, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, moved to consolidate his power, ordering the arrests of four ministers and 11 princes.
We profiled one, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, among the world’s richest businessmen. Prince Mohammed also corralled the powerful religious establishment.
• “It is the coup de grâce of the old system,” a former U.S. ambassador said. “Gone. All power has now been concentrated in the hands of Mohammed bin Salman.”
Where the rich hide their money.
• The Times is part of a group of more than 90 media organizations that have spent months examining leaked documents known as the Paradise Papers, which shed light on the trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens.
Some of the documents show that Wilbur Ross, the U.S. secretary of commerce, has investments in a shipping company with ties to the son-in-law of President Vladimir Putin.
• Separately, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin helped fund investments in Facebook and Twitter by a Russian billionaire. Here’s a list of other prominent names that surfaced in the leak.
“The Daily”: The Texas church shooting.
• At least 26 people were killed in Sutherland Springs — 7 percent of the town’s population.
• Google and others are trying to build artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially intelligent machines.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• You’ve been washing your hands incorrectly.
• Recipe of the day: Go meatless with a broccoli rabe lasagna.
Over the Weekend
• A Belgian judge conditionally released Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president, and four of his ministers who had turned themselves in after Spain issued an international arrest warrant.
• Humans are the main cause of climate change, according to a report from 13 U.S. federal agencies that called evidence of a global, long-term warming trend “unambiguous.”
• In Russia, the police arrested more than 200 people over reported ties to a right-wing movement that had been calling for a repeat of the 1917 revolution.
• “Thor: Ragnarok,” the latest film from Marvel Studios, was No. 1 at the North American box office, taking in an estimated $121 million.
• Hill bombing in San Francisco.
In today’s 360 video, join a crew of skaters weaving in and out of traffic in the city’s streets.
• Smuggled, beaten and drugged: The illicit ape trade.
• No one knows what Britain is anymore.
The country has become a modest-size ship on the global ocean, unmoored and heading to nowhere after the vote to leave the European Union, writes our chief diplomatic correspondent, who just completed four years as London bureau chief.
• Quotation of the day.
“It’s 26 miles of reverse parking. There might be a few dings in the bumper at the end. As long as there’s only paint damage, we’ll be O.K.”
It is said that history is written by the winners, but sometimes the losers aren’t forgotten.
Sunday was Guy Fawkes Night in England, an annual celebration named after a participant in a plot in 1605 to kill King James I.
Organized by a group of Catholics, the idea was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.
The men managed to move 36 barrels of gunpowder directly beneath the House of Lords chamber, and Fawkes was responsible for lighting the fuse.
An anonymous letter sent to a Catholic lord warned him to stay away, arousing suspicions, and a search led to the discovery of Fawkes and the gunpowder. He and his conspirators were later executed, but his legacy lives on.
The English celebrate his failure with fireworks, bonfires (topped by an effigy known as a guy) and a bit of folk verse:
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!”
Thomas Furse contributed reporting.
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