Mr. Trump and President Xi Jinping spoke by phone, too, but the idea that China can rein in Pyongyang is based on flawed assumptions, according to our Interpreter column.
• The government of Bangladesh is protesting violence in neighboring Myanmar that is driving a mass exodus. It has also raised official concerns over reports that Myanmar’s military is placing land mines along the border.
More than 146,000 people, nearly all Rohingya Muslims, have crossed since late last month. A U.N. spokeswoman said that refugee camps that were already packed are now “at the breaking point.”
Above, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met with the Myanmar leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but there were no reports that he raised the issue of the Rohingya.
• In India, journalists, activists and students poured into the streets of Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, New Delhi and other cities on Wednesday in outrage over the killing of an outspoken journalist.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead this week in what opposition officials say appears to be yet another assassination of an intellectual who publicly criticized India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party.
• Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers are due payouts in what appears to be Australia’s largest human rights settlement, a $56 million deal for harm suffered at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.
In a few hours, Australia’s High Court will deliver its decision on the challenge to the government’s plans for a voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage.
And our correspondent explains why a Melbourne city council rejected Australia Day, the national holiday marking the arrival of British settlers in 1788 in favor of an event acknowledging “the loss of Indigenous culture.”
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• Silicon Valley is a growing political force, and its preferred policies are starting to emerge. A new study found America’s tech elite to be extremely liberal — except when it comes to regulation.
• Stock in Intel rose more than 2 percent after the European Union ordered that a $1.3 billion antitrust fine be revisited, a ruling that could embolden U.S. tech giants to challenge other tough European rulings.
• Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker, moved ahead of Apple for the first time in global phone sales, just behind Samsung. The iPhone 8 launches next week.
• Facebook, despite being blocked in China, may be hunting for office space in Shanghai.
• Boeing raised its 20-year forecast for aircraft demand in China: 7,240 new planes valued at $1.1 trillion.
• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Pope Francis has begun a six-day visit to Colombia aimed at nudging a country racked by 52 years of war toward an enduring peace with former guerrillas. [The New York Times]
• In the Philippines, a 14-year-old whose body was found with dozens of stab wounds is the third teenager to die in a month in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. [Agence France-Presse]
• Facebook said hundreds of apparently fake Russian accounts had bought political ads on its network during the U.S. presidential campaign. The company said it was cooperating with investigations into Russian influence on the election. [The New York Times]
• China’s crackdown on rights activists has been the “most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement,” said Human Rights Watch. [The New York Times]
• “We laugh, we sing karaoke.” Dennis Rodman, the former N.B.A. star, spoke of his friendship with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and said he would like to “straighten things out for everyone to get along together.” [Reuters]
• A funeral home operator in Japan will offer a drive-through service that allows the bereaved to honor lost loved ones without getting out of the car. [Japan Today]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Making your bed can improve your whole day.
• Can you (or should you) test the health of your gut microbiota?
• Recipe of the Day: If you haven’t tried to make homemade ice cream, our guide is an excellent place to start.
• Stephen King’s “It”: A movie version of the 1980s horror tale, which pits a group of young people against an evil clown called Pennywise, opens in many theaters around the world today.
• Three chiffon dresses, two robes lined with white tiger fur, one sword. Those are some of the more than 80 opulent gifts Saudi Arabia gave President Trump when he visited in May.
• And can you trust a machine to tell you what’s exciting? The U.S. Open has turned to artificial intelligence to compile its most thrilling moments.
It’s an important day in the origin of Uncle Sam, that red-white-and-blue personification of the United States.
Today in 1813, a newspaper in Troy, N.Y., made an early reference to the name and to the “U.S.” stamp on government supplies that supposedly gave rise to it.
Some of those supplies included beef from Samuel Wilson, a butcher in Troy who has been widely credited as the source of the name. American soldiers in the War of 1812 referred to the food as being from “Uncle Sam.”
(The city of Troy still proudly refers to itself as the “Home of Uncle Sam,” although some historians have traced the name’s origins back even earlier.)
In the 1860s, the political cartoonist Thomas Nast gave form to the name, drawing a tall, bearded man in a top hat.
The character’s appearance became cemented in the American mind during World War I, when a version by the artist James Montgomery Flagg pointed from a military recruitment poster with the words “I want you for U.S. Army.”
It was an indelible image with a slogan that was unforgettable (at least by headline writers at The Times.)
Sandra E. Garcia contributed reporting.
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