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We’re covering new details in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, Europe’s potential future without fossil fuels and our publisher’s response to President Trump’s anti-media rhetoric.
The investigation includes a review of reports that the bank’s employees prepared about possibly problematic transactions, including some linked to President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
Origins: Agents told one person interviewed that the investigation began with an inquiry into the bank’s work for Russian money launderers and had expanded to cover a broader array of potential misconduct at the bank and other financial institutions.
One element is the banks’ possible roles in a vast money-laundering scandal at the Danish lender Danske Bank.
How we know: We spoke to seven people familiar with the inquiry.
Reminder: A former compliance specialist at the bank told The Times last month that she had flagged transactions involving Mr. Kushner’s family company in 2016, but that bank managers decided not to file the so-called suspicious activity report she prepared.
U.N. calls for inquiry into Saudi crown prince
A U.N. expert found “credible evidence” to justify an investigation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the murder of the dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last October.
The report, the culmination of a five-month investigation, cites the extensive cover-up efforts after the killing, including scrubbing down rooms and possibly burning evidence, which “could not have taken place without the crown prince’s awareness.”
Prince Mohammed was already widely suspected of having ordered the killing, but the report may present a new challenge to President Trump, who has embraced the prince as an ally.
Details: The U.N. report provides the most complete findings yet of what happened inside the consulate building.
The report quotes recordings of conversations between Saudi officials in which they appear to discuss how to dismember Mr. Khashoggi’s body. At one point, they called him a “sacrificial animal.”
Perspective: In an Op-Ed essay for The Times, Mr. Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, writes that “Washington hasn’t done enough to bring Jamal’s killers to justice.”
Globalization moves on without U.S. at helm
President Trump — the leader of the country that built the world trading system — continues to disrupt international commerce with trade hostilities in pursuit of national aims.
But globalization has become such an elemental feature of life that it is probably irreversible. The process of making the goods we use requires so many pieces from different places that tariffs will most likely not be enough to change world trade norms.
Big picture: In the Trump framing, the U.S. threatens to limit access to its market to force other countries to capitulate to its demands. But the rest of the planet is increasingly refusing to play along, and is seeking alternatives instead. For example, Europe and Japan recently set in motion a mammoth trade deal.
Analysts say that a large number of leaders are in favor — but bloc rules dictate that unanimous support will be required to put the target in place.
Reminder: Britain announced a zero-emissions target last week. Sweden, Finland and Norway are already working toward theirs. The New York state legislature also took a step toward doing this.
What does net zero look like? It will differ for every country. Some may neutralize their emissions by funding clean-power projects in poor countries.
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Early melt in Greenland
Britain: Rory Stewart was knocked out of the running to replace Theresa May as leader of the governing Conservative Party and thus Britain’s next prime minister. Two more votes are scheduled for today; these will decide which of the three remaining candidates will face Boris Johnson, whose place in the final stage of the contest is practically assured.
North Korea: President Xi Jinping of China arrived in Pyongyang today for a state visit. It comes as both Mr. Xi and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, are looking for leverage over President Trump. We’ll have updates throughout the day.
Times publisher speaks out: Our publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, addressed President Trump’s recent accusations of treason against The Times in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal (sign-in required). He wrote: “Mr. Trump’s campaign against journalists should concern every patriotic American. A free, fair and independent press is essential to our country’s strength and vitality and to every freedom that makes it great.”
Malaysia Airlines: Five years after a missile shot down an airliner over a war zone in Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, international prosecutors indicted four people, three with ties to Russian military and intelligence agencies.
Iran: The Trump administration is telling Congress about what it says are alarming ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern.
Refugees: The number of people fleeing violence is the highest recorded since World War II, according to new figures from the United Nations refugee agency.
Snapshot: Above, Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress, socialite and owner of a denim fashion empire. Our writer reflects on her legacy of selling a personal brand long before reality TV stars did: “Vanderbilt was the link between a time when the well-born said almost nothing to a present when they often say far too much.”
Women’s World Cup: England, which defeated Japan on Wednesday, sees itself as a title contender, our correspondent writes.
What we’re reading: This essay from BuzzFeed News. “Shannon Keating writes almost cinematically about a press junket on a lesbian cruise that became a love story,” says Liam Stack, a general assignment reporter. “She renders familiar L.G.B.T. debates over gender, sex, monogamy, aging and the tension between inclusivity and the power of exclusively female or exclusively queer spaces in ways that are raw, funny and human.”
Now, a break from the news
Smarter Living: Even in the wake of #MeToo, there’s no clear-cut “right” way for victims to respond to sexual harassment. A sociologist offers some suggestions: First, document everything. Knowing the result you want will also shape what you do. And remember that you are the expert on your own situation, so trust your intuition.
We also extol the virtues of touring Europe by bus.
And now for the Back Story on …
That other creepy 1975 film
“Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s film about a shark that terrorizes the beaches of Amity Island, was released on this day in 1975.
The film, which became a blockbuster and a hallmark of American cinema, was not the only one that summer to feature creatures causing mayhem.
There was also “Bug,” the final work by the gimmick-horror film producer William Castle, best known for “Rosemary’s Baby.”
The plot: Incendiary cockroaches released from the depths of the earth by an earthquake are made resistant to life above ground by a mad scientist and wreak havoc in California.
The roaches eventually develop superintelligent abilities and, of course, become carnivorous.
A review in The Times described the film as “decidedly poisonous” and “cruel.” It urged parents not to let their children see it.
Coincidentally, the director of “Bug,” Jeannot Szwarc, went on to direct “Jaws 2,” which, while financially successful, was not widely acclaimed.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. Nadav Gavrielov wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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