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10 Museums in 10 Days? A Chinese Start-Up (Virtually) Gives Children a Tour

But educational projects that serve rural areas, however beneficial, also call attention to systemic inequalities in China’s education system, the experts said. “It’s definitely a great model,” Lingxin Hao, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University who studies rural education in China, said of the virtual museum project. “But all the N.G.O.s and charities cannot solve the problems because the problems have to be changed by policy makers in the central government. They have to face the problems and redistribute resources.” The Chinese government has invested heavily in rural education…

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Europe Edition: Ischia, Barcelona, Afghanistan: Your Wednesday Briefing

Cities across Europe, like Frankfurt, above, are taking steps to protect pedestrians after a series of terrorist attacks using cars. _____ Photo Credit Azad Lashkari/Reuters • Iraqi forces are advancing in their offensive to retake the stronghold of Tal Afar from the Islamic State. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, above left, is in Iraq for talks to address renewed political instability fueled by regional rivalries. In Erbil, he reiterated his request that a referendum next month on Kurdish independence be postponed. Separately, YouTube inadvertently removed videos that could be used…

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ESPN, Citing Safety, Says Robert Lee Won’t Broadcast Virginia Football Game

Photo Robert Lee, right, an ESPN announcer. The network said that for his safety he would not be in the broadcast booth as planned for the University of Virginia’s Sept. 2 game at Charlottesville. Credit ESPN, via YouTube ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginia’s first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country. The network announced late Tuesday that the announcer, Robert Lee, a part-time employee…

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At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country’s Deepening Divisions

“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy,” Mr. Trump said. “I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine.” In an angry, unbridled and unscripted performance that rivaled the most sulfurous rallies of his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump sought to deflect the anger toward him against the news media, suggesting that the press, not him, was responsible for deepening divisions in the country. Photo Supporters cheered for President Trump as he arrived Tuesday for a campaign rally in Phoenix. Credit Tom…

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Commander of Naval Fleet to Be Relieved of Duty Following Collisions

Divers have found remains of missing American sailors in the flooded compartments of the Navy destroyer John S. McCain, which collided with an oil tanker on Monday off the coast of Singapore, Admiral Swift said. He declined to say how many bodies had been located in the ship, which is docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. He also said that the Malaysian Navy, which is part of the search effort, had reported recovering a body at sea that might be one of the 10 missing sailors. “We have discovered…

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Trump Rally in Phoenix Puts a City on Edge

Photo Hugo Torres, center, protested President Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. Credit Conor Ralph for The New York Times PHOENIX — Hours before President Trump landed here on Tuesday for a campaign-style rally, hundreds of supporters and opponents gathered around the Phoenix Convention Center, where he was scheduled to speak. They shouted at one another, chanted slogans, hoisted placards and complained about the 108-degree heat. Some expressed worries that the event would set off the kind of deadly violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va., this month. Waving an…

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Market Rally Continues as Shares of Technology and Retail Firms Rise

“We’ve seen these blips of volatility this year, and we have tended to calm down very quickly afterward,” said Jon Adams, senior investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management. He pointed in particular to increased optimism that Washington would avoid a default on the federal debt. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, said on Monday that there was “zero chance” that Congress would vote against increasing the country’s borrowing limit. The Dow Minute by Minute Position of the Dow Jones industrial average at 1-minute intervals on Tuesday….

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Asia and Australia Edition: Instant Divorce, North Korea, Afghanistan: Your Wednesday Briefing

The new sanctions affect six individuals and 10 organizations with financial ties to Pyongyang’s weapons program. We tried to answer a big question in the standoff: Can North Korea actually hit the U.S. with a nuclear weapon? Continue reading the main story And an American soldier, James Joseph Dresnok, who defected to North Korea in 1962, died after living there for more than 50 years, two of his sons told a pro-North Korea website. _____ Photo Credit Calvin Wong /Reuters • The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott…

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