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Good morning. Joy for Thailand, woe for Japan and deliveries for the roof of the world. Here’s what you need to know:
Twelve boys and their coach were discovered alive nine days after they were trapped by floodwaters in a cave complex in the northern Thailand. The governor of Chiang Rai Province said rescue workers were providing care.
Divers reached the group after enlarging a narrow, submerged passageway that was too small for them to get through while wearing their air tanks.
Getting the boys and their coach out in their weakened condition, and without training as scuba divers, will be the next challenge. Check back for the latest updates.
• A disarmament disconnect.
As the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, prepares for his third trip to North Korea, conflicting timetables have emerged within the Trump administration over just how rapidly North Korea could dismantle its nuclear weapons.
Mr. Pompeo is to arrive in Pyongyang late this week with a proposed schedule for disarmament, one that begins with a declaration by North Korea of all its weapons, production facilities and missiles.
The C.I.A.’s question: Will the North’s declaration reveal a covert plant, known as Kangsong, suspected of enriching uranium?
• In Mexico, the landslide victory by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, above, in Sunday’s presidential election puts a leftist at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades.
His win upends the nation’s political establishment and represents a rejection of globalization that many Mexicans feel has not benefited them.
Here are five takeaways from the election, which Mr. López Obrador won on ambitious promises to end corruption, reduce violence and address endemic poverty.
• It has arrived: Delivery in the shadow of Mount Everest.
Amazon, carrying big ambitions to expand in India, has recruited small businesses to get packages to remote customers. How remote? Try 11,562 feet up in the Himalayas.
Our correspondent followed a courier in the tiny town of Leh, the highest spot in the world where the company offers speedy delivery. “Over time,” one executive said, “the economics will work themselves out.”
• World Cup heartbreak.
It was almost the greatest game in Japanese soccer history. Up 2-0 against Belgium, Japan was looking at a first ever trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.
But Belgium unleashed its world-class quality and ripped off three straight goals, the last coming in the dying seconds of regulation. Here’s how Belgium beat Japan.
Earlier, Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0 and will now face Belgium. For Mexico, the defeat will be sadly familiar. It departs the tournament in its first knockout-round game for the seventh straight World Cup.
Follow our full coverage of the World Cup here.
• Quartz, the news site created by Atlantic Media in 2012, was sold to the Japanese financial intelligence company Uzabase for at least $ 75 million.
• Lyft, the ride-hailing rival of Uber, entered the bike-sharing business with the purchase of Motivate, the parent of Citi Bike and similar programs across the U.S.
• Ripple, a start-up, is sitting on $ 30 billion of its digital token, XRP. It’s now trying to persuade people to use the cryptocurrency for something other than speculative trading.
In the News
• In the Philippines, a mayor known for parading drug suspects through town was shot during a flag-raising ceremony, becoming the fourth mayor killed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Above, Mayor Antonio Halili in 2016. [The New York Times]
• The Trump administration is softening its demand that countries like China, India and Turkey end all imports of Iranian oil by Nov. 4. [The New York Times]
• India can play a major role in bringing peace to an “unstable world,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech to the country’s foreign ambassadors. [NDTV]
• In Yemen, the United Arab Emirates paused the fight for a strategic port city, raising hopes for peace talks. [The New York Times]
• Decades of war and persecution reduced a once-vibrant community of Afghan Sikhs to just hundreds. Over the weekend, an explosion killed 14 of them. [The New York Times]
• “You can’t put a price on 20 years.” Henry Keogh, 62, an Adelaide man long imprisoned on a murder conviction that was overturned in 2014, reacted to South Australia’s decision to pay him 2.5 million Australian dollars in compensation. [The New Daily]
• The senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, a Rex Tillerson appointee, will retire at the end of July, despite critical negotiations with North Korea and China. [Reuters]
• China warned its tourists over gun violence in the U.S., where about as many people are killed by guns as in car accidents. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• LeBron James is headed to Hollywood, leaving much to consider. Among the questions: Will the Lakers be contenders? Not with their current roster. Will James tolerate LaVar Ball’s antics? Unlikely. Here’s our analysis of the biggest N.B.A. deal in decades.
• The World Health Organization has made endless internet gaming a diagnosable disorder. But many psychologists warn that the criteria are still fuzzy, and the potential for overdiagnosis is enormous.
• President Trump’s ancestral village in Germany is full of his relatives. In this dispatch from Kallstadt, our correspondent looked into residents’ relative silence on the connection.
“This is the time when evil is on the land, when dogs and snakes must be watched with special care and when all living things seem to wilt under some baleful influence.”
So said a 1975 article in The Times, fulsomely describing the dog days of summer. The term originated in ancient times, linked not to humankind’s best friend, but marking when Sirius, the Dog Star, began rising at dawn. (In the U.S., according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dog days begin today.)
It was once believed that Sirius combined forces with the sun to create midsummer’s intense heat.
The dog days have often been associated with ill fortune.
The Roman poet Virgil described in the Aeneid how Sirius, “bringer of drought and plague to frail mortals, rises and saddens the sky with sinister light.”
Pure superstition, right? In 2009, a Finnish study tested folklore saying wounds are more infection-prone during this time.
“This study was conducted in order to challenge the myth that the rate of infections is higher during the dog days,” the authors wrote. “To our surprise the myth was found to be true.”
The dog days end partway through August. Until then, avoid sharp objects.
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
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