And our reporters found that Rinat Akhmetshin, a lobbyist who met last summer with senior Trump officials, has much deeper ties to the Russian government than previously known.
• Iraqi forces began a new offensive to retake Tal Afar, one of the last big cities in Iraq under the control of the Islamic State. Above, paramilitaries advance toward the city.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, our correspondent notes that the violent squabbling among warlords is reminiscent of the Taliban’s rise to power in 1996. The White House said that President Trump would announce a new strategy in Afghanistan in a speech on Monday evening.
• Germany’s troubled ties with Turkey soured further.
The two governments are feuding over a Turkish request to Spain to extradite a German writer to Turkey. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, at a town hall event ahead of general elections next month, criticized Turkey’s use of an Interpol arrest warrant to seek the rendition of the writer, who is a government critic.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey called on ethnic Turks in Germany to boycott Ms. Merkel’s party, along with the Social Democrats and the Greens, in next month’s election, calling them “enemies of Turkey.”
• A farewell to beloved comedians: Jerry Lewis, who rose to fame with films like “The Nutty Professor,” died at 91. Our critic writes that Mr. Lewis’s work shaped generations of his colleagues.
The English entertainer, host and quizmaster Bruce Forsyth, who was a television presence for 75 years, died at 89. And Dick Gregory, the American black satirist who used humor to explain the civil rights struggle to white audiences, died at 84.
• Eneco, a Dutch utility firm, is trying to prepare for a world where its customers produce their own power by offering new services like the repair of solar panels.
• C.E.O.s are increasingly speaking out on moral issues as their companies are adapting to meet new social and political expectations.
• The stock markets have been unusually calm this year. Our columnist expects that to change.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• The Finnish police are investigating Friday’s knife attack in the city of Turku as a terrorist attack. Two people were killed and eight wounded. Above, Hassan Zubier, a British paramedic who was injured while trying to help a victim. [The New York Times]
• In Russia, a man stabbed and wounded seven people in the Siberian town of Surgut on Saturday. The police later shot and killed the attacker, the authorities said. [The New York Times]
• A quiet suicide epidemic has hit French farmers as their physically demanding, solitary existence is increasingly precarious. [The New York Times]
• Far fewer migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Italy this summer compared with previous years. Experts said the lull was unlikely to last. [The New York Times]
• Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady, was whisked out of South Africa after the government granted her diplomatic immunity. A model had filed assault charges against her. [The New York Times]
• Some 500 neo-Nazis gathered in Berlin to observe the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, the onetime deputy to Hitler, but were far outnumbered by counterprotesters. [The New York Times]
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• In a Serbian refugee center, a 10-year-old Afghan artist has won acclaim as a “Little Picasso.”
• Our “Game of Thrones” recap of the latest, thrilling episode comes with a spinoff idea.
• Some travel inspiration: Our 36 Hours guide to Baden-Baden, the historic German spa town.
• Rather than taking you out of the moment, snapping photos may sometimes help you better remember it.
After striking noon today, Big Ben is set to fall silent for as many as four years, part of a $37 million maintenance program at the London landmark.
In fact, Big Ben, the main bell that tolls every hour, doesn’t need fixing. But the clock tower containing it — called Elizabeth Tower and commonly referred to as Big Ben — is showing signs of aging, like the rest of the crumbling Palace of Westminster, the seat of Britain’s Parliament.
Since its completion in 1859, Big Ben has had only one major breakdown, in 1976. It was silenced during the world wars — although it rang throughout the Blitz, Germany’s aerial bombing of London in 1940-41 — and also for occasional maintenance.
The BBC, which has regularly broadcast the bell’s toll since 1924, still begins two radio broadcasts a day — at 6 p.m. and midnight — with the ringing.
In an interview last week, a BBC official said the search for a replacement bong led back to the original.
Denis Nowlan said, “We decided in the end that the only substitute for the most majestic, most evocative bell in the world is Big Ben.” So the BBC will use an earlier recording rather than a live broadcast from Westminster.
Palko Karasz contributed reporting.
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