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Good morning. More good news from Thailand, concerns among NATO members and all eyes on the World Cup. Here’s what you need to know:
• That makes eight.
Four more members of the trapped Thai soccer team were evacuated by daring cave divers and hospitalized on Monday evening, after Sunday’s torrential rains cleared. Above, some of the team’s classmates celebrated.
The first four boys, rescued on Sunday, are reported to be in stable condition. Here's the latest.
A low dam outside the cave was keeping water levels inside the cave relatively stable, and the leader of the rescue operation expressed optimism about getting the remaining five team members out today. These maps and illustrations outline the challenges.
• President Trump arrives in Brussels today as the wild card at a crucial NATO summit meeting, with member nations preparing to push back (gently) if he attacks them.
Britain, his next stop, is enmeshed in political turmoil. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain is battling to save her government after her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, above, became the second minister to quit her cabinet in 24 hours. The issue: her efforts to keep Britain more closely tied to the European Union than hard-line conservatives want.
Wherever Mr. Trump goes in Britain, protesters plan to find him.
• “I don’t think we can ever live here again.”
Heavy rains in the south and west of Japan have left at least 112 people dead and 78 missing. Our reporters spoke to survivors who searched through mud and standing water for what few valuables could be salvaged from their homes.
Super Typhoon Maria, meanwhile, is bearing down on Taiwan with sustained winds of up to 124 miles per hour, spurring warnings over extreme weather that risks shuttering schools and businesses.
• The authoritarian future.
Beijing, with help from its thriving technology industry, is embracing facial recognition, artificial intelligence and other systems to identify and track 1.4 billion people.
In some cities, cameras scan train stations for the most wanted. Billboard-sized displays show the faces of jaywalkers. Facial recognition scanners guard housing complexes. Other systems track internet use and some travel.
For now, the goal of a vast high-tech security state is out of reach. But the authorities, generally mum about security, are trying to convince the population it’s already arrived.
• The World Cup is at fever pitch.
If you need more proof that the 2018 World Cup is one for the ages, consider its stoppage-time goals. There have been 23 goals scored in the 90th minute and second-half stoppage time so far, shattering the previous high of 14. And few have been meaningless: Of the 23, more than half have been tying or go-ahead scores.
And we looked at the bizarre Theater of the World Cup news conference.
• Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the debut didn’t go well. That may worry other Chinese tech companies hoping to follow in Xiaomi’s footsteps. Above, Lei Jun, its founder and C.E.O., in Hong Kong on Monday.
• China just can’t get enough soybeans. That could blunt the impact of one of the biggest weapons the country wields in a trade fight with the United States.
• Huawei won a $ 136 million contract to build 4G communications systems for trains in Perth. The deal with the Chinese telecom giant raised concerns about potential threats to Australia’s security.
• Another blow to Japan Inc. Nissan Motor became the latest Japanese automaker to admit to falsifying product-quality data. In the last two years, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Subaru have had similar scandals.
• The rise of automation is a particular concern for poor countries, where there are more unskilled laborers in agriculture and manufacturing, a new study shows.
In the News
• President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at 9 p.m. Eastern. Here’s what to watch for. [The New York Times]
• In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for another term as president, assuming sweeping powers that he says are vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and protect the country from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. [Reuters]
• Bishops in the Philippines called for three days of fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo Duterte called God “stupid.” [A.P.]
• A Korean restaurant in Sydney was fined for dumping two unconscious women on the street after serving them eight shots each in 40 minutes. [ABC]
• In Iran, a 19-year-old who posted videos of herself dancing on Instagram had to publicly confess her “crime” on TV. Now, scores of women are posting videos of themselves dancing. [The New York Times]
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
• Mixing drinks and philanthropy: Sambonn Lek sought refuge in the U.S. from a devastated Cambodia, then built a network to aid his homeland from behind the bar in a Washington hotel. His nonprofit has now built 27 schools, dug nearly 400 wells, and awarded 120 scholarships to Cambodians.
• “I couldn’t tell anyone”: Even in countries where abortion is legal, it can still be hard to talk about. When we invited readers to share their stories, nearly 1,500 responded from more than 30 countries. Here’s a selection.
• And “The Billionaire Raj,” a new book by the journalist James Crabtree, suggests that India’s current regime of the superrich can blossom into a Progressive Era that leaves behind the rampant inequality and crony capitalism.
He took a vow of silence on July 10 in 1925 and kept it for 44 years.
When Baba was 19, a holy woman kissed him, transforming his life. He began studying with religious masters, gained devotees, took a new name (Meher Baba means “compassionate father”) and worked to alleviate suffering.
Baba never fully explained why he stopped talking. He first communicated in written form, later in gestures. But his reputation soared.
He met Hollywood stars like Tallulah Bankhead and leaders like Gandhi (whom he told to renounce politics). He corresponded with Richard Alpert, Timothy Leary’s colleague at Harvard, later known as Ram Dass. (He told Alpert to renounce LSD.)
He promised miraculous things would happen when he finally spoke: “There will be unfaltering love and unfailing understanding and men shall be united in an inviolable brotherhood.”
He died in 1969 without uttering a word.
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
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