• The cacophony of gunfire, the dull thud of mortar rounds, the deafening roar of Islamic State car bombs and American airstrikes.
Times reporters deep in the Iraqi city of Mosul saw desperate families, some carrying young children or propping up aging relatives, trying to escape as the sounds of battle closed in.
The senior U.S. commander in Iraq said that an American strike likely triggered the collapse of a building in Mosul that killed more than 100 civilians. In today’s episode of The Daily podcast, one reporter describes the strike’s horrifying aftermath.
• Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia abruptly canceled a parliamentary vote to ratify an extradition treaty with China, suggesting that Australia’s concerns about Beijing’s repressive legal system and human rights record will continue to limit how close the two countries become.
Above, Mr. Turnbull with Premier Li Keqiang in Canberra on Friday.
• In South Korea, hopes rose — only to be crushed — after officials said they had found what they “believed were the bones of a missing person” on the salvaged ferry Sewol, aboard which more than 300 people died in 2014.
Relatives of the nine passengers still missing wept. Hours later, the authorities said the remains were not, after all, human.
• And some uplifting news.
A U.S.-based Indian charity, India House Houston, raised $100,000 to help Ian Grillot, who was shot and wounded when he tried to stop an attack on two Indians at a bar in Kansas, buy a home. Above right, Mr. Grillot, with the victim who survived.
“This is the real America,” a charity official said.
• Samsung aims to restore consumer credibility with today’s unveiling of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. The company said it might refurbish and resell some of those fire-prone Galaxy Note 7s and recycle others for parts and metals like copper, nickel, gold and silver.
• Tencent, the Chinese giant, paid $1.8 billion for a 5 percent stake in Tesla, the electric-car maker.
• Didi Chuxing, valued at $35 billion, is in talks to get SoftBank of Japan to take part in a multibillion-dollar investment round that could help the Chinese ride-sharing firm contend with regulatory difficulties.
• British officials are set to meet with U.S. technology firms tomorrow, adding their voices to a widening global push against encryption that can be exploited by terrorists.
• Amazon.com clinched a deal to buy Souq.com, the Middle East online retailer, in what was called “the biggest-ever technology M&A transaction in the Arab world.” A last-minute bid from a Dubai mall giant failed.
• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Famine is descending on Somalia, and aid groups fear that the same catastrophe may strike South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, endangering more than 20 million lives. [The New York Times]
• The French authorities are investigating the fatal police shooting of a Chinese man that triggered rioting in Paris’s main Chinatown district and a sharp rebuke from Beijing. [The New York Times]
• India’s foreign minister promised an impartial inquiry after five Nigerian students were attacked by mobs, and another was beaten at a shopping mall near Delhi. [BBC]
• In Russia, the youth of the anticorruption protesters who swept the country this weekend surprised even organizers and clearly rattled the government of Vladimir Putin. [The New York Times]
• A British newspaper elicited outrage with a front page that compared the legs of Prime Minister Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland. [The New York Times]
• A propaganda television clip on China’s special forces in Xinjiang shows them storming a replica of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, though it took some eagle-eyed viewers to make the connection. [The New York Times]
• In the N.F.L., the Raiders are leaving Oakland, again, this time for Las Vegas. Our columnist argues that the league’s fears about gambling will be soothed by a $750 million stadium paid for by the public. [The New York Times]
• Ever wonder why you even need to sleep? New studies suggest it’s so your brain can edit itself.
• A pioneering cookbook author who has Alzheimer’s disease no longer cooks much. But a special diet and persistence keep her as kinetic as ever.
• Let spring cleaning take over your fridge, too: This recipe for whatever you want soup provides a perfect canvas for whatever it is you find.
• K-pop hits America. In today’s 360 video, fans waiting to see BTS, one of the most popular Korean pop bands, discuss the influence of rap and hip-hop on the genre.
• An ambitious project taking shape in southern France will test a long-held dream: that nuclear fusion, the atomic reaction that takes place in the sun and in hydrogen bombs, can be controlled to generate power.
• “These horrible lights, mamma mia!” Romans are fighting over streetlights. Some say that replacing the city’s yellow sodium lamps with cheaper, safer, white LED bulbs is not modernization, but heresy
As Scotland debates whether to attempt to leave the United Kingdom, it might be worth recalling the precedent of another European state that peacefully broke apart: Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia.
That separation, in 1993, was preceded by the “hyphen war,” a fierce-yet-bloodless dispute over what the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, which had just emerged from Soviet control, would call itself.
The government initially proposed just dropping “Socialist,” but the Slovaks, accounting for one third of the country’s population of about 15 million, sought to be treated as equals in the newly democratic state. A hyphen, they said, would go a long way.
“When you are abroad, you always hear Czech, Czech, Czech,” a Slovak lawmaker told The Times in 1990. “Slovakia is always left out.”
Vaclav Havel, the country’s first president after Communist rule, offered the hyphenated Czecho-Slovakia, but that angered the Czechs.
Advertisers, meanwhile, tried to please everyone: I.B.M. billboards that read “Good luck, Czechoslovakia” in Prague, the capital, wished “Good luck, Czecho-Slovakia” in Bratislava.
The “hyphen war” ultimately ended in the so-called Velvet Divorce, when the Czech Republic and Slovakia split into two countries in 1993. But the process wasn’t easy after decades of unity. One village’s residents discovered that their train station was now located abroad and a ski chalet found that its slopes were in the other country.
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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