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France and Me: A Complicated Dance

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. PARIS — In 2009, when I was writing “La Seduction,” a book about seduction as the key to understanding France, I interviewed the nation’s former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. I eased into…

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Trump, U.K. Universities, Germany’s Far-Right: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the fallout from President Trump’s illness, coronavirus outbreaks in British universities and hundreds of episodes of far-right extremism in Germany’s security services. Trump’s illness introduces more chaos into the campaign ImagePresident Trump looks out from Marine One upon…

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Top China Critic Becomes Its Defender

WASHINGTON — For decades, Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, was reliably one of Washington’s toughest critics when it came to China and its trade practices. But since brokering a trade deal with Beijing in January, he has become one of China’s biggest defenders within the administration, emerging as an…

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Trump, Coronavirus, Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering President Trump’s departure from the hospital, Britain’s huge data-entry mistake and Kamala Harris’s disco-dancing days in Canada. ImagePresident Trump removed his mask after returning to the White House.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times President Trump leaves the…

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The White House blocks new coronavirus vaccine guidelines.

Top White House officials are blocking strict new federal guidelines for the emergency release of a coronavirus vaccine, objecting to a provision that would almost certainly guarantee that no vaccine could be authorized before the election on Nov. 3, according to people familiar with the approval process. Facing a White House blockade,…

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Trump, Coronavirus, Sanda Dia: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the latest on President Trump’s treatment for the coronavirus, a cavalier British attitude toward restrictions and the West’s failure to introduce successful contact tracing. ImagePresident Trump’s supporters outside the Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Md., on Sunday. Credit…Oliver Contreras…

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Black Germans Say It’s Time to Look Inward

BERLIN — In June, when Jelisa Delfeld joined a Telegram channel to help organize a silent demonstration against racism in Stuttgart, Germany, she was one of fewer than two dozen members. The next day, that number grew to 100, and the following, about 1,000 people had joined the channel where the protest…

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The Best Live Animal Feeds From Around the World

If you spend hours scrolling through cat videos online, there’s a scientific explanation for why that’s a hard habit to kick: A new study has found that watching footage of cute animals can reduce your anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate. The study, led by the University of Leeds in Britain, Singapore…

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Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger

BERLIN — They called him the “Führer of Berlin.” Ingo Hasselbach had been a clandestine neo-Nazi in communist East Berlin, but the fall of the Berlin Wall brought him out of the shadows. He connected with western extremists in the unified city, organized far-right workshops, fought street battles with leftists and celebrated…

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