Hong Kong, Trade War, Migrants: Your Monday Briefing


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We’re covering world economic leaders’ fears about the trade war between the U.S. and China, mass protests in Hong Kong and a wedding where the Turkish president was the best man.

Group of 20 officials said at a meeting that they were increasingly worried that the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which shows no signs of abating, could propel the world economy into a crisis.

In Japan, where officials from France, Germany, Canada and other countries met, they also warned that global trade tensions had “intensified” and agreed to address the risks.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also at the meeting, 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. But to the relief of many at the G-20 meeting, the Trump administration did resolve its immigration fight with Mexico and back off from a threat to impose more tariffs.

Pressure on tech: China 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.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong marched for hours on Sunday against a proposed extradition law in one of the largest demonstrations in the history of the city, a semiautonomous Chinese territory. Organizers said they counted more than one million on the streets, or nearly one in seven Hong Kong residents.

Though the protest was largely peaceful, a few hundred people clashed with riot police officers after midnight as they tried to occupy an area in front of the legislature.

Details: The legislation would allow extradition to mainland China, which critics are worried the authorities will use to send dissidents, activists and others in Hong Kong, including foreign visitors, to face trial in mainland courts, which are controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Impact: Experts said the immense turnout was unlikely to sway Hong Kong officials, who confirmed that a second legislative reading of the bill would proceed as scheduled on Wednesday. But the turnout also exposed the depth of frustration with Beijing’s growing encroachment on the city’s freedoms.

Watch: Our video shows the scale of the protests.

Many Central Americans fleeing violence and economic crisis in their home countries are now looking toward countries like Belgium, Spain and Italy instead of the U.S. for refuge.

The distance may be greater, but many have found that the journey is safer and much cheaper than paying smugglers to reach the U.S. through Mexico.

Another draw is the perception that the authorities are more tolerant, particularly after considering the danger and expense likely to be involved in a journey to the U.S. For those traveling outside migrant caravans, that trip can cost as much as $10,000.

Scope: The number seeking asylum in Europe has increased nearly 4,000 percent in the last decade, according to official figures, and the rate of arrivals is accelerating. Nearly 7,800 people applied for asylum in Europe last year, up from 4,835 in 2017.

Examples: Belgium is now the third most popular European country for Salvadorans seeking refuge, after Spain and Italy, and its numbers are growing. Unlike Spain, it recognizes gang violence as a reason for granting refuge.

“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 might have played in steering him toward the fringes.

Sudan: Protesters, devastated but defiant, are regrouping after a crackdown.

Kazakhstan: The police detained about 500 people in the country on Sunday who were protesting a presidential election that they called undemocratic.

U.S. politics: How old is too old to be president? That’s the question Democrats are asking themselves, as age becomes a major factor in the 2020 race. The 23 Democratic contenders include one of the youngest presidential candidates in modern history and the oldest one, spanning four generations.

Google: The tech giant made $4.7 billion from the news industry in 2018, according to a new study. That’s almost as much as the $5.1 billion brought in by the U.S. news industry as a whole from digital advertising last year.

Albania: The country’s president has canceled coming municipal elections, citing the need to reduce political tensions in the country.

Russia: For freewheeling opinions and commentary — particularly from those critical of President Vladimir Putin — YouTube has become the leading way to reach Russian audiences. In particular, it is challenging state TV as a source of information for the young.

Snapshot: Above, the wedding of the former German soccer star Mesut Ozil, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, speaking at right, was the best man. Mr. Ozil quit the team last year after a photo of him with Mr. Erdogan unleashed a political storm and prompted discussion on racism toward immigrants.

Women’s World Cup: Italy defeated Australia on Sunday thanks to a last-minute header off a corner kick. We’ll have updates throughout the tournament here.

Tony Awards: “Hadestown,” which is based on a Greek myth, was the most honored Broadway show on Sunday with eight awards, including best musical. One of the night’s most emotional moments belonged to the “Oklahoma!” actress Ali Stroker, who became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony. Read other highlights and a live chat with our critics.

From Opinion: The Editorial Board writes that American lawmakers are late to the digital privacy party compared with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, or G.D.P.R.

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.”

Cook: A lemony vinaigrette makes for a sprightly farro salad with green beans and avocado.

Watch: Sophie Turner and Michael Fassbender battle it out in a scene from “Dark Phoenix,” narrated by the writer and director Simon Kinberg.

Read: We’ve revisited the books that defined the summer season over the past 50 years — and what they reveal about the U.S. at a particular moment.

Go: Wherever you are in the U.S., there’s a state park nearby.

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 movable 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.

— Melina

Thank you
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen 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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