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The End of a Beloved Delhi Institution

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. NEW DELHI — For more than half a century, Parambaloth Joseph Anthony, a shrewd and sweet-natured man, served as The New York Times’s secret weapon in India. As the New Delhi bureau…

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In Avignon, Snatching Theater From the Jaws of New Lockdowns

AVIGNON, France — Festivalgoers who cross the medieval ramparts of Avignon are used to being greeted with a riot of activity. Every July, thousands of posters cover the city’s walls to advertise stage productions as the official Avignon Festival and its Fringe compete for attention. Seemingly every street corner brings hopeful performers…

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New Zealand’s Advance Preview of a Post-Virus World

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. Roughly three weeks ago, I stepped off a plane and into a parallel universe. Here in New Zealand, coronavirus lurks far from the limelight, the recent election was orderly and uncontroversial, and the national…

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Coronavirus, Nice Attacks, U.S. Election: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering new coronavirus precautions to keep European schools open, attacks in France and the latest from the U.S. election campaign. ImageReturning to secondary school after the autumn holidays in Bonn, Germany, earlier this week.Credit…Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Despite lockdowns, Europe’s schools…

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

WASHINGTON — ​Geoffrey S. Berman was outraged. The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Mr. Berman had traveled to Washington in June 2019 to discuss a particularly delicate case with Attorney General William P. Barr and some of his top aides: a criminal investigation into Halkbank, a state-owned Turkish bank suspected of violating…

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How to Staycation in 6 American Cities

The pandemic has decimated urban tourism as Americans, if they choose to travel, have fled populated areas to spread out in rural and wilderness destinations where social distancing comes easier. With business travel all but stopped, city hotels and tourist organizations have made a full-court press to attract especially locals and nearby…

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The Americans Left Behind in Kuwait

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. On the first night of the Republican National Convention, the opening video asserted that America treats all its citizens equally regardless of race. But at the…

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Coronavirus, Britain, Transgender Rugby: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering a second coronavirus wave in Britain, an angry response to France in the Muslim world and international rugby’s ban on transgender women. ImageIn August, British health care workers demanded that the government address their wage claims.Credit…Jonathan Brady/Press Association,…

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Blast at Pakistani Religious School Kills at Least 7

LAHORE, Pakistan — At least seven people were killed and more than 70 wounded when a powerful explosion ripped through an Islamic religious school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said. Classes were underway early Tuesday at the school, the Jamia Zuberia madrasa, located in a crowded suburban neighborhood outside Peshawar, when…

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Arts Bailout in U.K. Buys Time, but No Peace of Mind

LIVERPOOL, England — One recent afternoon, Liam Naughton was standing in the main room of the Invisible Wind Factory, a vast music venue and arts space he runs in a formerly industrial area of Liverpool, which has been largely shuttered since March. “We could put a roller rink in here,” he said,…

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Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Danielle Villasana shares a collection of images from…

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Spain, Covid-19, Airbnb: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering a state of emergency in Spain, the push to reclaim short-term accommodation listings in Europe and the unexpected outcome of a local election in Russia. ImageAn empty square in Barcelona last week. Spain declared a state of emergency…

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Venezuela Opposition Figure, Long Confined, Flees Country

The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López fled the country Saturday after spending the past six years in jail, house arrest and diplomatic asylum, his political party said. Mr. López, 49, is heading to an undisclosed international destination after leaving the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, according to his political party and Spain’s Foreign…

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