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We’re covering the slowing global economy, the end of a police standoff in Philadelphia, and a new treatment for tuberculosis.
China signals no trade thaw
Beijing said today that it would “have to take the necessary countermeasures” should President Trump carry out his threat to impose more tariffs starting Sept. 1.
The announcement reiterated China’s previous stance but came days after Mr. Trump said he would hold off on some of the tariffs. The news sent markets down, a day after one of Wall Street’s worst days of the year.
What’s next: A strong U.S. economy has been one of Mr. Trump’s greatest assets in his trade war with China, but domestic growth is slowing and is predicted to slow further.
Closer look: The trade war is only part of the concern, our senior economics correspondent writes. A warning from the bond market suggests something bigger is going on.
Related: Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that China should “humanely” settle unrest in Hong Kong before a trade deal is reached.
Suspect surrenders in Philadelphia standoff
A man with an extensive criminal history was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted over seven hours, the police said early today.
Six officers who were shot were treated at the hospital and released.
The details: The standoff started when police officers tried to serve a narcotics warrant in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city, near Temple University, the authorities said. Watch footage from the scene.
A cure for the deadliest tuberculosis
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday effectively endorsed a three-drug regimen that has shown a 90 percent success rate against the most lethal strain of the disease.
Tuberculosis has surpassed AIDS as the leading infectious cause of death globally, and the so-called XDR strain is resistant to typical antibiotics. Only a tiny fraction of the 10 million people infected by TB each year get this type, but very few survive it.
What’s next: The World Health Organization usually adopts approvals made by the F.D.A. or its European counterpart, meaning the treatment could soon come into use worldwide.
An heiress intent on closing America’s doors
During her life, Cordelia Scaife May, an heiress to the Mellon banking and industrial fortune, evolved from an environmental-minded socialite to an ardent nativist. She also helped create what would become the modern anti-immigration movement, and her money is still funding it, 14 years after her death.
The Times, through interviews and searches of court records, government filings and archives, has unearthed the most complete record of her thinking, which helps explain the ascendance of once-fringe views in the immigration debate.
Go deeper: Letters and other writing by Mrs. May reveal her motivation.
Related: Under a new means-testing rule, immigrants who are granted green cards will be fewer and wealthier, researchers predicted.
If you have 10 minutes, this is worth it
For sale: a chance to beat doomsday
In his pitch to potential buyers, Larry Hall highlights his condominium’s high ceiling, its swimming pool and its movie theater. But what really sets the development apart, in his view, is its ability to survive the apocalypse. He has converted a former nuclear missile vault in Kansas, pictured above, into high-end residences.
Here’s what else is happening
Lead crisis in Newark: Thousands in New Jersey’s largest city were told to drink only bottled water after urgent warnings about aging lead pipes.
The 2020 race: John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, is expected to end his Democratic presidential campaign today.
Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit: A New York woman who said Mr. Epstein groomed her for sex starting when she was 14 and then raped her a year later has sued his estate. She told her story in an Op-Ed for The Times.
Trouble for Trudeau: Canada’s federal ethics commissioner found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had violated an ethics law in his handling of a corporate criminal case. He faces national elections in October.
Snapshot: Above, Mevan Babakar, right, and Egbert, who worked at a refugee center in the Netherlands in the 1990s where Ms. Babakar, then 5, and her mother were staying after fleeing from Iraq. He gave her a bicycle, a gift that she never forgot. They were reunited this week.
Extra time in soccer fight: Mediation talks between the U.S. women’s soccer team and U.S. Soccer collapsed, which means a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the players is probably headed for federal court.
52 Places traveler: In his latest dispatch, our columnist visits the Golfo Paradiso, a stretch of Italian coastline with few American tourists.
Late-night comedy: The hosts noted that John Hickenlooper was considering dropping his presidential bid. “When he broke the news to all his supporters, they were like, ‘Cool, Dad, thanks for telling us,’” Jimmy Fallon said.
What we’re reading: This article in The Texas Tribune about plastic bags killing livestock. Mark Getzfred, a News Desk editor, says that “on a very practical level, it shows the difficulty we have as a country understanding and dealing with how problematic stray plastic bags can be.”
Now, a break from the news
Listen: Alessia Cara’s “Rooting for You” is lilting and pleasant, a light vamp with some digitized saxophone jammed in the middle.
Watch: The creators of the HBO series “Our Boys” discuss its story, which dramatizes the aftermath of the 2014 murder of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas militants.
Read: Former President Barack Obama has shared his summer reading list, which includes the works of Toni Morrison, who died last week. (Three of her books also appear on our paperback trade fiction best-seller list.)
Smarter Living: Our Parenting site lists six things parents do that drive day care workers crazy. For starters, don’t dawdle over drop-off. And if there are major disruptions at home, let the staff know; it will help them understand if your child is acting out.
On another subject: If your device is seized by ransomware, Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, has free tools that might rescue your data (even if you’re not in Europe).
And now for the Back Story on …
The Queen of Jhansi
Seventy-two years ago today, India was freed from British rule.
Most people know that Mohandas Gandhi played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence. But so did Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi in the 19th century.
The queen, or rani, was an unconventional leader. She could read and write — very rare for a woman in that era — and she refused to abide by the norms of purdah, which concealed women behind curtains or veils, when speaking with her advisers and British officials.
She was widowed without a natural-born heir, and the East India Company used that as pretext to annex her kingdom. So she fled to the nearby state of Gwalior, trained an army and led it into battle against the British. She was killed in action in 1858.
In India, she is immortalized in history books, movies, songs and even nursery rhymes.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Chris Harcum provided the break from the news. Alisha Haridasani Gupta, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach us at email@example.com.
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• Jeffrey Gettleman, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for international reporting, is The Times’s South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi.