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• Japan flexed its new military muscle at North Korea, sending a warship with a U.S. Navy supply ship to join an American aircraft carrier strike force now in the Sea of Japan.
The C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, arrived in South Korea, which is edgy over the tensions and about a week from voting for a new president.
• President Rodrigo Duterte said he might be too busy to accept President Trump’s abrupt invitation to the White House.
“I cannot make any definite promise,” Mr. Duterte said, adding, “I’m supposed to go to Russia, I’m also supposed to go to Israel.”
Stunned human rights advocates had said such a visit would amount to a endorsement of Mr. Duterte’s bloody antidrug campaign.
• In Washington, President Trump cut short an interview on national television after being asked about his repeated, unsubstantiated claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped his campaign.
Lawmakers appear to have reached agreement on funding the government through September, ending the suspense about a government shutdown.
Above, Mr. Trump at the White House on Monday.
• Here is how Monday — International Labor Day — unfolded around the world, including a march in Jakarta, above, for higher wages, free health care and improved working conditions.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to protest across the U.S. against the Trump administration’s policies on women’s rights, health care and immigration.
Our news podcast, “The Daily,” discusses demonstrations by Venezuelans enraged by the country’s economic collapse and the government’s increasingly hardfisted rule.
• A pitched battle in China: Anbang Insurance Group and Caixin Media are exchanging accusations after a Caixin publication raised questions about whether Anbang’s meteoric growth and acquisitions involve any financial sleight of hand. Above, Wu Xiaohui, Anbang’s chairman.
• Hollywood’s television and movie writers could go on strike within hours.
• 21st Century Fox and the Blackstone Group are said to be considering a joint offer for Tribune Media’s 42 TV stations, valued at about $3.2 billion. And Fox News lost another top executive, Bill Shine, entangled in harassment claims.
• Japan kicked off its 13th annual “Cool Biz” campaign, encouraging casual officewear to enable air-conditioners to be set at 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 Fahrenheit.
• We spoke with five people who have been training artificial intelligence to replace them in doing their jobs.
• Most U.S. stocks were higher. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Hamas, the militant group that has long engaged in violent resistance against Israel, is toning down its anti-Semitic language days before the rival Palestinian Authority’s leader, Mahmoud Abbas, is scheduled to meet President Trump. [The New York Times]
• India tacitly rejected a suggestion by the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that its dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir be settled in multilateral talks. [Hindustan Times]
• Villagers in India’s northeastern state of Assam beat to death two teenagers they accused of stealing cows, the latest in a string of mob assaults on Muslims. [The New York Times]
• Eminem, the American rap star, is suing New Zealand’s governing National Party over a song it used in ads that his lawyer argues is too similar to the artist’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself.” [SkyNews]
• The family of a 22-year-old Australian woman who was arrested in Colombia with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine called her “naïve” and said she was framed. [ABC]
• In Slovakia, two teenagers have become media darlings with their anticorruption message. “People say we are naïve, and I guess we are naïve,” said one. “But we are learning, and we are not alone.” [The New York Times]
• Running for an hour, no matter how healthy or unhealthy you are, could add up to seven hours to your life.
• Cool down all you like after exercising; you’ll probably still feel sore.
• Recipe of the day: For a busy night, fast tandoori chicken will get the job done right.
• Our latest “Where I Live” essay: The spiritual side of Beijing, through the eyes of our reporter Ian Johnson, who arrived in 1984 and has mostly lived within walking distance of the Temple of the Sun.
• “I will dedicate my tongue and taste buds to Sino-Danish friendship.” Chinese internet users offered to help Denmark eat its way through a surging population of invasive Pacific oysters.
• Finally, we introduce Open Thread, a weekly fashion newsletter. Today, it’s focused on the Met Gala in New York. The people-watching should be particularly astounding, with an avant-garde theme in honor of Rei Kawakubo, the founder of the Japanese brand Comme des Garçons.
America’s culinary champions are gathering in Chicago for the annual James Beard Awards, the country’s gastronomic Oscars.
Since 1991, the event has highlighted the crème de la crème of the food industry.
Long before the concept of celebrity chefs, James Beard, above, was hailed as a “kitchen wizard” and the “dean of the American cookery.”
Born in Portland, Ore., he dropped out of college and studied voice and theater in Europe. But back in the U.S., acting didn’t pay the bills, so he turned to catering and teaching clients how to cook and serve dinners “in an international manner.”
By 1955, he founded a cooking school in New York with a basic course of six lessons: crepes and sauces, soufflés, omelets, bread making, oven cookery and preparing a complete dinner party.
More than 20 cookbooks, a pioneering TV show and a stream of formative critiques followed, paving the way for chefs like Julia Child and Marcella Hazan. He died in 1985.
He professed an “incurable addiction to fine caviar” and was equally enamored of buttered new potatoes (though he eventually gave up the butter for health reasons).
“The secret of good cooking,” Mr. Beard said, “is first having a love of it.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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