A photographer for The Times accompanied Kurdish fighters as they entered Raqqa, the Syrian city that had been a stronghold of the militant group.
Our correspondents Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad report: “With the fall of Raqqa, the Islamic State has lost the two most important cities of its self-declared caliphate in three months. It was pushed out of Mosul in July, and now holds only a fraction of the territory it once controlled.”
A model that China is happy with.
Other than Communist Party loyalists, few would consider Beijing’s internet controls a model for democratic societies. At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments from the U.S. to Germany to Indonesia.
Of the controversy over Russia’s influence in the American presidential election, an online “supervisor” for one of China’s biggest social media platforms said: “This kind of thing would not happen here.” (What gets censored? There are 68 categories of material.)
Today, President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader in decades, opened the Communist Party congress. He is all but certain to receive a second five-year term.
Dark side of a self-help group.
Since the late 1990s, an estimated 16,000 people have enrolled in courses offered by Nxivm, an organization that says it offers a chance to achieve fulfillment by eliminating psychological and emotional barriers.
But scores of members are leaving, and interviews portray a group engaged in disturbing practices.
Our reporter in Albany, where the group is based, describes an initiation ritual in which women were required to submit naked photographs or other compromising materials. The women were then branded.
Several former members have asked the New York authorities to investigate the group’s practices, but officials have declined to pursue action.
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• George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and a major Democratic donor, has given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, which promotes democracy and human rights.
• The head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, resigned days after a producer accused him of sexual harassment.
• Google placed ads linking to blatantly bogus stories on fact-checking sites created precisely to dispel falsehoods.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Good relationships take commitment, compromise, forgiveness and, most of all, effort. Here’s some advice.
• We see others’ failures as courageous. We see our own as shameful. Why?
• Recipe of the day: Midweek dinner can be as simple as pasta with burst cherry tomatoes.
• Feeding eight on scraps.
In today’s 360 video, food shortages and rising inflation in Venezuela have forced one woman to provide for her family from the garbage of a supermarket.
• Innovation is all in the family.
In an effort to improve Americans’ diet, Kimbal Musk employs the same kind of ambition as his older brother, Elon.
“Food is this beautiful gift we give each other three times a day,” he’ll often tell a crowd, “but you couldn’t design a worse food system than what we have.”
• Of books …
“Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders, won the Man Booker Prize, the second year in a row that Britain’s most prestigious literary award has gone to an American.
• … and baseball.
In the major league playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from the World Series after beating the Chicago Cubs, and the New York Yankees evened their series against the Houston Astros.
• Best of late-night TV.
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• Quotation of the day.
“As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not.”
— Legislators, senior legislative aides and lobbyists, in a letter denouncing what they described as pervasive sexual misconduct by powerful men working in and with the California Legislature.
As the U.S. national anthem played, they bowed their heads and prayed they wouldn’t be shot.
It was this week in 1968 that two African-American sprinters raised gloved fists during a medal presentation at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, in a denunciation of racial discrimination.
The demonstration by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who won the gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter dash, drew a quick reaction.
Under pressure from the International Olympic Committee — which wanted to avoid the politicization of the Games — the U.S. team dropped the two runners, who received death threats.
The silver medalist, Peter Norman of Australia, knew of his fellow Olympians’ plans; on the podium, all three wore badges of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which was organized to protest racism in sports. Mr. Norman was ostracized after returning home.
In a memoir published in 2011, Mr. Carlos wrote: “If I shut my eyes, I can still feel the fire from those days. And if I open my eyes, I still see the fires all around me. I didn’t like the way the world was, and I believe that there need to be some changes about the way the world is.”
Thomas Furse contributed reporting.
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