Hong Kong, G-20, Women’s World Cup: Your Monday Briefing

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Good morning,

We’re covering the Hong Kong protest, the Group of 20 meeting and #MeToo in world soccer.

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Riot police with helmets, batons and shields moved in to break up the largely peaceful protest, which shut down city streets and lasted into the early morning today.

A main target of the protest, the latest in a series of public challenges to the bill, was the city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, who supports the legislation.

Background: The proposal would let some criminal suspects be turned over to jurisdictions like China with no extradition agreement. A vote on the bill is expected this month.

Watch: Our video shows the scale of the protests.


Group of 20 finance officials meeting in Japan warned that global trade tensions had “intensified” and agreed to address the risks.

Policymakers of the world’s leading economies also voiced their concerns about U.S. protectionism to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the meeting in Fukuoka.

But Mr. Mnuchin continued to blame China for the protracted fight and insisted that the trade dispute was not hurting America’s economy or hampering global growth.

Impact: The International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Federal Reserve warned last week about slowing growth and pointed to widening trade disputes as a culprit.

Businesses are also racing to reorient their supply chains as they await new trade barriers.

Pressure on tech: China last week warned global technology companies that they could face dire consequences if they cooperated with the U.S. ban on sales of American technology to Chinese companies, according to people familiar with the meetings.

The warning seemed designed to rally support for the Chinese firm Huawei, which the White House cut off last month, and to forestall a breakup of the supply chains that connect China’s economy to the rest of the world.


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Negotiators, however, were unable to persuade Mexico to agree to allow the U.S. to reject asylum seekers if they had not sought refuge in Mexico first.

On Twitter on Sunday, Mr. Trump threatened to turn to tariffs again if Mexico did not live up to the agreement. He also attacked The Times and CNN for their reporting on the deal.

Perspective: The tariff crisis with Mexico, our White House correspondent writes, offers a case study in Mr. Trump’s approach to daunting issues confronting him and the nation.


Caleb Cain, a 26-year-old West Virginian liberal who said he was radicalized into the alt-right through YouTube videos, near his home in West Virginia.CreditJustin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

“I was brainwashed.”

Almost five years ago, Caleb Cain, a college dropout, found himself drawn to the alt-right after watching thousands of videos of far-right YouTube personalities. Although radicalization can stem from myriad factors, some experts say YouTube has inadvertently created a dangerous on-ramp to extremism.

Now an outspoken critic of the far right, Mr. Cain spoke with our tech columnist about his transformation and the role YouTube may have played in steering him toward the fringes.

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Iraq: Sixteen years after the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was looted and destroyed, our bureau chief returns to visit a restored collection, which officials are trying to make accessible to as many citizens as possible.

NASA: Despite the Trump administration’s ongoing push for NASA to renew its focus on sending astronauts to the moon, a fresh tweet by President Trump clashed with these plans.

French Open: Rafael Nadal further cemented his legacy at the French Open by beating Dominic Thiem to win his 12th title at Roland Garros. In the women’s finals, 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty defeated an unseeded Marketa Vondrousova, making her the first Australian woman to win the French Open since 1973.

What we’re reading: This essay in Vox. “Emily Todd Vanderwerff, my former colleague at Vox, has written a moving essay on the process of coming out as transgender,” says Amanda Taub, one of our Interpreter columnists. “This is one of those pieces it feels like a privilege to read. Highly recommended.”

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Read: Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, “Mostly Dead Things,” is about love, grief and taxidermy. It’s one of 10 new books we recommend.


Smarter Living: The term “impostor syndrome” describes that nagging feeling — especially common among women — that you’re not good enough, that you don’t deserve the job, the promotion, the seat at the table. Research has found that what you say to yourself can change the way you see yourself, so start owning your accomplishments. Jessica Bennett, The Times’s gender editor, offers more tactics to help in our Working Woman’s Handbook.

And we also have financial suggestions for recent high school graduates.

Like Paris, today is a moveable feast.

It’s what the British call Whit Monday, or the day after Pentecost, a Christian celebration of the Holy Spirit, and it moves every year depending on when Easter falls.

It’s also a public holiday in many Western European countries, a day for picnics and festivals.

The “whit” part derives from “white,” for the clothing many wore for baptisms held on Whitsun, another British name for Pentecost.

In 1871, Whit Monday became the first bank holiday in Britain. That so-called spring bank holiday was moved to May in 1967 (and has since become notorious for bringing unpleasant weather).

And Pentecost? The word derives from the Greek “pentekostos,” related to the number 50. Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Matthew and Victoria


Thank you
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Francesca Donner for the break from the news. Victoria Shannon, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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