Those are the two suspects in the crude bombing of a London subway train last week, which briefly sent Britain’s terrorism alert to the highest level.
Our reporters spoke to the couple’s neighbors in Sunbury-on-Thames, above, a middle-class suburb west of Greater London.
• “I don’t think that anybody is emotionally prepared for it. But we’ll do our best.”
That’s the feeling across a broad area of the eastern Caribbean as Hurricane Maria strengthens and rumbles closer to many of the same islands devastated by Irma.
• More than two billion people — about a quarter of the world’s population — use Facebook each month. That’s essentially everybody with internet access, except in China, where it is still blocked.
And as it seeks to add another billion users, Facebook — like the world’s other tech giants — is navigating new scrutiny and restrictions from Vietnam to the U.S.
“Governments started waking up as soon as a significant part of their powers of communication of any sort started being invaded by companies,” said an internet expert at M.I.T.
• Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing world leaders at the General Assembly to increase efforts on global health with a report card on 18 indicators, including infant mortality, AIDS, vaccine use and smoking rates. Above, the couple last year.
And we created a tournament to judge which of these nations has the best health system: Canada, Britain, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia or the U.S.
• Google’s mobile payment app Tez (the name means “fast” in Hindi) will compete in India with PayTM, which is partly owned by Japan’s Softbank and China’s Alibaba. Above, the launch in New Delhi.
• More consolidation in the aerospace industry: Northrop Grumman, the U.S. military contractor, will buy Orbital ATK, a maker of components for missiles and satellites, for about $7.8 billion.
• A last-ditch effort by Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch failed to block the sale of Australia’s Channel 10 to the U.S. giant CBS.
• How do you deal with a public relations disaster on social media? Our advertising reporter took part in a simulation to find out.
• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, begins a three-day visit to China aiming to reduce strains over Beijing’s territorial claims. [The South China Morning Post]
• Iran’s imprisonment of an Iranian-American father and son on charges of collaboration with the U.S. is illegal, a U.N. panel concluded. [The New York Times]
• The wife of Xiyue Wang, a U.S. graduate student originally from Beijing who is also being held by Iran, spoke to our reporter at a vigil for his release. [The New York Times]
• In India, a man suspected of bludgeoning his wife to death in front of at least a dozen people has been charged with murder, after the killing was described in a Times article. [The New York Times]
• The owner of a company that cut off an Uttar Pradesh hospital’s oxygen supplies because of unpaid bills, leading to the death of at least 60 children, was arrested. [The New York Times]
• The youth wing of China’s Communist Party started using Twitter, a service that is blocked by the government. [South China Morning Post]
• Welcome to “Octlantis.” Researchers in Australia recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together and even evicting one another from dens. [Quartz]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Recipe of the day: Deep dive into our collection of delicious recipes for Rosh Hashana, which begins at sunset on Wednesday.
• Can we train ourselves to need less sleep? Sadly, the answer is a pretty resounding no.
• Our guide to modern parenting.
• Not long ago, Li Tianyou was a junior high school dropout struggling to make a living. Now he’s a hero to China’s disaffected young people, commanding a fan base of 22 million people with crude jokes and riffs on modern life.
• In memoriam: John Lewis, 86, a U.S. political scientist who made unconventional peace overtures to China and North Korea; Gin Wong, 94, a Guangzhou-born architect whose modernist designs helped define postwar Los Angeles; and Stanislav Petrov, 77, a Soviet officer who averted nuclear war with the U.S.
• “It has nothing to do with you being a woman. I just can’t stand the sound of your voice.” A female sports journalist ponders men’s negative reactions after a woman called a game for “Monday Night Football” for the first time.
North Korea outpaces the U.S. in its production. But Americans have more of it than North Koreans.
It has the highest melting point of any metal, at 6,151 degrees Fahrenheit (3,422 Celsius), making it useful in light bulbs. But when ground to a fine powder, it can spontaneously ignite.
It’s tungsten, a rare metal whose price has surged 50 percent since July.
The reason: Eighty percent of the world’s tungsten comes from China, and its government has been exerting greater control over production.
Smartphones and ballistic missiles need tungsten, because it hardens the steel in missiles, and can withstand electronic heat in touchscreens. But automakers use 25 percent of the global supply for their cutting tools.
Now that China makes more cars than the U.S. and Japan combined, domestic demand has ballooned.
The Times reports that the U.S. has been concerned about the increasing price of tungsten since at least the 1960s.
Thomas Furse contributed reporting.
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An earlier version of this briefing misstated the nature of tungsten. It is a rare metal, not a rare-earth metal.
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