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Typhoon Hagibis, Islamic State, Hong Kong: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering new concerns about ISIS detainees in northern Syria, the devastation from Typhoon Hagibis in Japan, and two Kenyan runners’ record-setting runs. Turkish attack enables a gain for ISIS On Sunday, hundreds of relatives of Islamic State …

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American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball. Guess Who Won.

BEIJING — Back in the Cold War, the sclerotic Soviet system proved no match for the lure of American soft power: bluejeans, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. All became symbols of American freedom and prosperity that no amount of communist prohibitions could stop. Today, China poses a far more …

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Tunisia Polls Suggest Conservative Professor Wins Election

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia’s presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday’s runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied’s supporters exploded with joy, celebrating on the main boulevard of Tunis even though …

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