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Vilified Early Over Lax Virus Strategy, Sweden Seems to Have Scourge Controlled

After having weathered high death rates when it resisted a lockdown in the spring, Sweden now has one of Europe’s lowest rates of daily new cases. Whether that is an aberration remains to be seen.By Thomas Erdbrink See full article

In Nagorno-Karabakh, Signs of Escalating and Widening Conflict

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of using long-range weaponry in the disputed enclave and threatens to reciprocate, raising concerns that fighting could spread to the territories of both countries.By Andrew E. Kramer See full article

For Boris Johnson, a Grim Premiership That No One Foresaw

“What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for,” asked one columnist.By Mark Landler and Stephen Castle See full article

Abandoned Rio Tinto Mine Is Blamed for Poisoned Bougainville Rivers

Residents of the Papua New Guinea region have accused the mining giant of environmental and human rights violations and asked for an investigation.By Livia Albeck-Ripka See full article

As Cases Surge, Pandemic Restrictions Again Descend on Quebec

Politicians in Quebec and neighboring Ontario, Canada’s two most populous provinces, are blaming a rise in cases on people dropping their guard.By Dan Bilefsky and Ian Austen See full article

Amnesty International Shutters Offices in India, Citing Government Attacks

The organization’s premises have been raided and its bank accounts frozen. The actions, it says, are reprisals for criticizing the country’s human rights record.By Sameer Yasir and Hari Kumar See full article

Duterte Lashes Out at Facebook After It Takes Down Fake Accounts

The Philippine leader, who harnessed the social network as he rose to power, is now making vague threats to shut it down.By Jason Gutierrez and Paul Mozur See full article

Sand Blankets British Villages After Powerful Storm

Residents found homes, cars and roads covered in a thick layer of sand that had been added to a section of the English coastline to mitigate flooding.By Elian Peltier See full article

No More ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ on Japan Airlines

The carrier pledged to use inclusive language in a country where gender roles are entrenched.By Tiffany May and Hisako Ueno See full article

Will Navalny’s Poisoning Force Germany to Get Tough on Russia?

The poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny could be a chance for Berlin to take a tougher stance against Moscow. But experts remain skeptical.By Melissa Eddy See full article

Paris Attack Suspect Wanted to Target Charlie Hebdo With Arson

The suspect in a stabbing last week near the former office of Charlie Hebdo showed interest in a hard-line Islamic group, authorities say.By Aurelien Breeden See full article

Basking in New Ties to Arab States, Netanyahu Says More Are Coming

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel also accused Hezbollah of storing arms near Beirut’s airport, risking an explosion like the port blast in August. Hezbollah’s leader denied the accusation.By Rick Gladstone See full article

Cardinal Pell Is Expected at Vatican, 3 Years After Leaving Under a Shadow

The prelate’s return would come five months after Australia’s highest court overturned his conviction for molesting two children. For now, his plans have not been made public.By Elisabetta Povoledo See full article

Teacher in China Is Sentenced to Death for Poisoning 25 Students

The teacher put nitrite in the kindergarten students’ breakfast porridge, poisoning 25 and killing one.By Austin Ramzy See full article

All Eyes Are on Pfizer as Trump Pushes for Vaccine by October

Despite slim chances that its vaccine will be ready by October, Pfizer has big incentives to hint that it might be.By Katie Thomas See full article

Pandemic Convinces Airline Workers It’s Time for New Horizons

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff are retiring early or taking buyouts and leaves of absence in anticipation of a slow recovery.By Niraj Chokshi See full article

These Restaurants Reopened. That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Survive.

As New York City restaurants prepare to reopen for indoor dining, New Jersey owners say indoor capacity limits of 25 percent are hurting their odds of survival.By Tracey Tully and Daniel E. Slotnik See full article

A Hotel Shows the French Open Is Another Sports Bubble That Isn’t

Restrictions limit the players’ access to Parisian cafes and even their own homes. But members of the public can rent rooms at the hotel near the Eiffel Tower where players are staying.By Karen Crouse See full article

Trump and Biden on a Coronavirus Vaccine

President Trump claimed that a vaccine for the coronavirus would be available to the public “soon,” while Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed concern over the safety of any rapidly approved vaccine.By The New York Times See full article

La COVID-19 ocasiona más de un millón de muertos a nivel global

En los últimos 10 meses, el virus ha cobrado más vidas que el VIH, el paludismo, la influenza y el cólera. Y, mientras siembra destrucción en la vida diaria de todo el planeta, se sigue propagando con rapidez.By Richard Pérez-Peña See full article

Protestas en Tailandia: las jóvenes encabezan las manifestaciones

El descontento con las instituciones que controlan el país —el ejército, la monarquía y el monacato budista— ha atraído a muchas mujeres, especialmente a las estudiantes que se rebelan contra un orden patriarcal.By Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono See full article

En el epicentro del epicentro de la pandemia en México

Para la gran mayoría de las personas de Iztapalapa, una zona densamente poblada de Ciudad de México, el riesgo de enfermar o morir se ha convertido en el precio de la supervivencia.By Azam Ahmed and Daniel Berehulak See full article

Cómo el héroe de ‘Hotel Rwanda’ cayó en la trampa de un dictador vengativo

Paul Rusesabagina pasó de ser el ruandés más famoso del mundo a prisionero de su némesis político, el presidente Paul Kagame, cuyo gobierno acusa al inmutable hotelero de asesinato, terrorismo e incendio intencional.By Abdi Latif Dahir, Declan Walsh, Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Ruth Maclean See full article

El primer debate presidencial en seis claves

¿De qué sirvieron 90 minutos de caos en un año de agitación?By Shane Goldmacher See full article

There’s Gold in Them Thar Braes

With prices for the precious metal surging, amateur prospectors are fanning out over the Scottish countryside, while the nation’s first commercial mine is set to start production.By Stephen Castle See full article

Canada’s Napa Valley Seeks Elusive Audience: Canadian Wine Drinkers

British Columbia’s wines are improbably being embraced by wine snobs around the world. But legal restrictions, and regional biases, are getting in the way at home.By Dan Bilefsky See full article

A Danish Children’s TV Show Has This Message: ‘Normal Bodies Look Like This’

The program aims to counter social media that bombards young people with images of perfect bodies.By Thomas Erdbrink and Martin Selsoe Sorensen See full article

On This Island, Everyone Knows Your Name (if You Have Covid-19)

When someone tests positive in a small, close-knit community on a Greek island, privacy is the first thing to go.By Matina Stevis-Gridneff See full article

Feminists Paper Paris With Stark Posters Decrying Domestic Abuse

A widespread but illegal campaign by a group calling itself “the Gluers” uses posters to denounce violence against women. It has become an effective — and ubiquitous — tool to raise awareness.By Constant Méheut See full article


The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in October

Our streaming picks for October, including ‘Rebecca,’ ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor,’ and ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’By Noel Murray See full article

Presidential Debate, Coronavirus in Sweden, Aleksei Navalny: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know.By Natasha Frost See full article

Meron Benvenisti Dies at 86; Urged One State for Jews and Palestinians

As a political scientist, columnist and ‘the last Zionist,’ he argued against a separate Palestinian state, saying the growth of West Bank settlements had precluded it.By Sam Roberts See full article

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

How close is herd immunity? Despite optimistic claims, up to 90 percent of the U.S. population is still vulnerable.By Jonathan Wolfe See full article

Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.By Edward Wong, Lara Jakes and Eric Schmitt See full article

Your Wednesday Briefing

New York uptick, Hong Kong activists, Amnesty International: Here’s what you need to know.By Melina Delkic See full article

‘Super-Enzyme’ Speeds Up Breakdown of Plastic, Researchers Say

A new cocktail of enzymes that degrades plastic faster is a step to fully recycling soda bottles and other waste, British and American researchers said this week.By Isabella Kwai See full article

Netanyahu says Israel’s nationwide lockdown is likely to last at least a month.

By Isabel Kershner See full article

Schiff Sees Rise in Russian Disinformation as Trump Attacks Mail-In Voting

Foreign adversaries want to undermine confidence in the American election and the House Intelligence Committee chairman says they are amplifying President Trump’s false assertions.By Julian E. Barnes See full article

U.S. Will Base Mammoth Ship in Greece, Near Disputed Territory

The Navy ship, the Hershel “Woody” Williams, will be deployed to a joint U.S.-Greek base, a move that could serve as a mark of America’s growing irritation with Turkey.By Lara Jakes See full article