The extent of the damage is still emerging. Here are our most powerful photographs.
At least four deaths were reported in Florida, and at least 27 across the Caribbean. Dozens of recreational boaters sailed from relatively intact Puerto Rico to nearby islands to deliver supplies and evacuate the newly homeless.
• In Washington, President Trump led a national moment of silence on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., which killed nearly 3,000 people.
“Not only did the world change, but we all changed,” said Mr. Trump.
Our sister briefing, New York Today, looks at a documentary film project by and about children who lost parents that day.
• After Beijing set the surging renminbi at its strongest level in nearly 18 months, our reporter collected a host of additional signs of confidence in China’s economic prospects and political stability.
One booming industry is the electric car. China is investing heavily in car-charging stations and research, and discussing a timetable for banning fossil-fueled vehicles. Volkswagen, General Motors, Renault-Nissan, and other major international players have been rushing in to set up joint ventures, which could force them to share trade secrets with their Chinese partners.
The former White House strategist Steve Bannon is expected to criticize China’s rising economic might at a conference in Hong Kong today.
• Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, deepened its rivalry with Apple, releasing its most expensive device, the Mi Mix 2, ahead of today’s 10th anniversary iPhone event.
• Amazon is on a hiring spree in China, trying to take back some of the market share lost to Alibaba.
• Thailand’s military ruler told Japanese investors that a $45 billion plan to redevelop the country’s industrial east, known as “the Detroit of Asia,” will go ahead no matter who wins the next elections in 2018.
• China has banned soft European cheeses, including Brie, Gorgonzola, and Stilton, saying such mold-ripened varieties contain “too much bacteria.”
In the News
• Lee Ming-che, the Taiwanese human rights activist who disappeared in China in March, confessed in a Hunan Province court to subverting state power, in a trial an Amnesty International researcher called “a typical sham.” [Quartz]
• Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in office on Sept. 24, called for a new round of negotiations with North Korea, and a German seat at the table. [The New York Times]
• Brazil is investigating reports that gold miners in the Amazon killed 10 members of one of the country’s so-called uncontacted tribes — indigenous groups living in isolation from the modern world. [The New York Times]
• The Philippine military expressed hope that dozens of Islamic State-linked militants besieging the city of Marawi would surrender, after Australia and the U.S. bolstered their support of government forces. [Reuters]
• Singapore will have its first female head of state. Two disqualifications left Halimah Yacob, a Malay former speaker of Parliament, unopposed. She is to begin her six-year term in the largely ceremonial role Thursday. [Channel NewsAsia]
• India made an official diplomatic protest to Australia over an ad that features the Hindu deity Ganesha eating lamb. [The Age]
• The Asian–American population is growing faster than any other group in the U.S., building 72 percent over 15 years and on track to surpass Hispanics as the largest immigrant group by 2055. [Pew Research Center]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Recipe of the day: Spice up your weeknight dinners with roasted fish, sweet peppers and a garlicky parsley dressing.
• Staying active while young strengthens the adult brain.
• NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will plunge into Saturn within days, incinerating itself after a 20-year mission that has reshaped scientific understanding of the solar system’s most exotic planet and its mysterious moons.
• In memoriam: Nancy Hatch Dupree, 89, an American writer and historian who devoted her life to preserving Afghanistan’s heritage; and Swe Swe Win, known as ET, 58, a Burmese fortune teller who advised Southeast Asia’s rich and powerful.
• And the Times editorial board focused on the declining state of democracy in Cambodia, where the news media has been silenced, and a top opposition leader jailed and the longtime prime minister decided unilaterally “to continue my job for another 10 years.”
On this day in 1940, four teenage boys explored a cave in the hills of southern France — and found a stunning piece of Paleolithic history.
Inside what we now call the Lascaux cave, they found remarkably vibrant images of bulls, horses, cranes and other animals, painted in rich color and great detail. There’s an abstract human figure, too. Scientists say the images date back about 17,000 years.
“The assumption of experts is that the work was executed by a team under a single master, for there is a unity of composition, style and concept that inevitably brings to mind Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes,” a celebrated Times correspondent, Flora Lewis, once wrote.
The site was closed to the public in the 1960s, over concern that humidity and carbon dioxide would damage the paintings, and its guardians have battled repeated bouts of fungus. Today, you can visit a near-perfect replica built next to the site. (Take your own tour of the site in this 360 video.)
“Lascaux shows that art, imagination and a feel for magic are basic elements of human nature,” Ms. Lewis wrote. “It is comforting to contemplate in an age of hatred and cruelty as well as of scientific miracles.”
Karen Zraick contributed reporting.
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