Multiple news reports indicated that China’s anti-corruption agency is investigating Sun Zhengcai, the youngest member of the Politburo and the party boss of Chongqing, on suspicion of “serious violation of party discipline.”
And in other governance challenges, women appear to still be shut out as the Communist Party prepares to enshrine its next set of leaders this fall.
• In Hong Kong, a weekend march in honor of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate who died under guard last week, underscores the intensity of democracy advocates’ resistance to Beijing’s power.
The march came a day after a mainland court ruling that removed four Hong Kong legislators, effectively ending the pro-democracy camp’s ability to block legislation.
Some of Mr. Liu’s admirers have been finding creative ways around Beijing’s internet controls to criticize his treatment by the government.
• The U.S. spent more than $1 trillion and lost about 4,500 service members in the effort to make Iraq the cornerstone of a Western-facing Middle East. But today, Iran’s influence is paramount. Our correspondent looks at the shifting dynamics in Part One of our series “Iran’s Turn.”
Separately, Hossein Fereydounh, above, the brother of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, was arrested in a corruption inquiry. It appeared to be a move by Mr. Rouhani’s hard-line rivals to undermine him.
• In India, a dispute between a maid and her employer exploded into a full-blown riot. Hundreds of the maid’s neighbors, armed with rocks and iron rods, stormed her employer’s apartment.
Thousands of families have now locked their maids out, escalating resentments between India’s rich and poor.
• Roger Federer won his record eighth Wimbledon singles title by defeating Marin Cilic. Federer, who turns 36 next month, is now the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era.
He also became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set.
• “War for the Planet of the Apes” had a solid opening weekend, even with the majority of its major global market debuts still to come. (We spoke with Andy Serkis, who stars as Caesar, about how to play a talking chimp.)
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In the News
• Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, turned out for a weekend rally to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup — and to bolster his stance that he is a hero in a liberation struggle. [The New York Times]
• Australia, which lost 38 nationals when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, said it might try suspects in the case in absentia. [Reuters]
• The police in eastern China arrested an arson suspect after at least 22 people died in a blaze that gutted a workers’ dormitory. [The New York Times]
• Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, has formed “a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian culture and language,” its co-founder said, after Jakarta threatened to shut the app down over terrorism-related content. [CNBC]
• Bollywood’s biggest night: Full results from the International Indian Film Academy Awards, held Saturday just outside New York City. [Indian Express]
• A 70-year-old South Korean woman became an internet life skills guru after her “Grandma’s Diary” of a trip to northeastern Australia went viral. [Reuters]
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The opening was covered on television on par with “the dedication of a national shrine,” The Times wrote and later explained the appeal: “Children see their old friends from nursery songs and fairy tales impersonated by local characters.”
Perhaps the best-known of those childhood friends, Mickey Mouse, turns 90 next year.
The Mickey phenomenon first swept across the world during the Great Depression. Some reacted with skepticism, some countries banned it, but most found solace in the story of an irreverent mouse.
“Perhaps it is the bitterness of the struggle to earn a living in Europe this year that has brought Mickey Mouse such tremendous success — Mickey who is forever gay, Mickey who is only made of ink and cannot possibly be hungry, cold or weary,” read a report from Germany in 1931.
And the character’s popularity endures. When the latest major Disney theme park opened last year in Shanghai, mouse ears were one of the biggest sellers.
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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