But the demonstration also made clear the challenges facing the pro-democracy movement. Attendance was far lower than for the huge rallies last year, which were inspired by a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.
Some protesters have expressed hopelessness and newfound fear of publicly showing opposition. The police showed that they planned to act decisively to stop mass gatherings before they gather force.
Analysis: President Xi Jinping’s move against Hong Kong has echoes of President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, our Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers writes:
“While Mr. Xi is using legislation rather than military force in a territory already under Chinese rule, it is nonetheless a brash move by an autocratic leader willing to risk international condemnation to resist what he views as foreign encroachment on his country’s security.”
It was only the second brief cease-fire that the sides have agreed to in the nearly two decades since a U.S. invasion toppled the Taliban government in 2001.
The announcement comes as worsening violence threatens to derail a fragile peace process meant to enable the withdrawal of U.S. troops after more than 18 years of war.
Next steps: Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy for Afghan peace, said the cease-fire could help accelerate the peace process, and called for “the release of remaining prisoners as specified in the U.S.-Taliban agreement by both sides, no returning to high levels of violence, and an agreement on a new date for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.”
In Germany, for instance, which has allowed religious services for weeks, 40 worshipers tested positive for the coronavirus after a service at a Baptist church in Frankfurt.
Other places are just now lifting restrictions. In Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened on Sunday after a two-month lockdown. In France, the top administrative court last week ordered the government to allow in-person religious services, making the country one of the last in Western Europe to reopen churches, mosques and synagogues.
Large gatherings of worshipers have been linked to the spread of the virus in some places, most notably South Korea, where a single church group accounted for more than half of the country’s early infections.
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Leading a ‘team of five million’ in New Zealand
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a global progressive icon, has been strikingly effective in coaxing New Zealanders to suspend their lives because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As New Zealand prepares for an election in September, our Sydney bureau chief writes about her leadership style, including her deft use of Facebook to craft a relationship with a population of five million that is “less saint and disciples, more friends or teammates.”
North Korea’s leader: In his first public activity reported by the country’s media in three weeks, President Kim Jong-un convened the country’s top military-governing body to outline “new policies for further increasing” its nuclear capabilities and promoting weapons officials.
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A front page unlike any other
As the United States approaches 100,000 dead from the coronavirus, our editors wanted to mark the grim milestone. So, instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page of The New York Times, on Sunday, there’s just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
The names, nearly 1,000 of them, were gleaned from obituaries in hundreds of U.S. newspapers and convey both the vastness and the variety of lives lost
“We knew we were approaching this milestone,” Simone Landon, assistant editor of the Graphics desk, told The Times Insider. “We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.”
But Ms. Landon and her colleagues realized that “both among journalists and perhaps in the general reading public, there’s a little bit of a fatigue with the data.” Putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a page “doesn’t really tell you very much about who these people were, the lives that they lived, what it means for us as a country,” Ms. Landon said. She came up with the idea of compiling obituaries and death notices of Covid-19 victims from newspapers large and small across the country and selecting vivid passages from them.
“I wanted something that people would look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we’re living through,” said Marc Lacey, the national editor.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
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