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Chris Froome Virtually Clinches His Fourth Tour de France Title

“Rigoberto Urán is my biggest threat in Marseille,” Froome, 32, had said earlier, when Urán was only 29 seconds behind him. “From the general classification group, he is the next strongest in time trials.” Froome, competing for Britain’s Team Sky, is on the verge of becoming only the seventh man to win the Tour without securing a stage victory. Only four other riders — Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain — have won more than three Tours. They each won five, a record surpassed by Lance Armstrong…

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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

It is a conference built on the idea that precisely because procrastination is problematic for so many people, it is worthy of serious investigation. Throughout the morning, Dr. Ferrari’s wife, Sharon, stood by the registration table, prepared to morph from greeter to guard if anyone tried to violate one of the meeting’s core rules: “There’s no day-of registration,” she said. Here is what we learned about who procrastinates, where they procrastinate and how to halt the loop of perpetual delay. Photo The 60 or so attendees at this year’s conference…

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Donald Trump, AlphaBay, Linkin Park: Your Friday Briefing

Senate Republican leaders are determined to begin debating health care next week, although they’re unable to agree on which bill to adopt. The confusion has contributed to a cruel summer for the party, our congressional correspondent writes. Continue reading the main story • A hint of hope in Syria. Israel has been sending supplies and treating thousands of civilians, denting its reputation in Syria as “the devil who wants to kill us.” • O. J. Simpson wins parole. The former football star is to be released in October after spending…

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Europe Edition: Poland, ‘Brexit,’ O.J. Simpson: Your Friday Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Germany’s relations with Turkey took another turn for the worse over the persecution of human rights activists, including a German citizen, who had been arrested at a digital security workshop this month. Berlin told its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Turkey and threatened to scale back economic cooperation. Germany is home to Turkey’s largest diaspora and Turkey’s top export destination. Turkey’s foreign minister said Germany’s rhetoric was not “worthy of a serious country.” _____ Photo Credit Doug Mills/The…

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Traveling While Muslim to the United States

Among my circle of friends and acquaintances in London’s Muslim scene, especially those of us who have dual citizenship, traveling to the United States is now fraught with uncertainty, fear and insult because of President Trump’s travel ban, which was partly revived in June after a Supreme Court ruling. The temporary ban, which had been blocked for months by lower courts, has upended many lives, including those of vulnerable refugees from around the world. Some working professionals, like me in London, have had concrete plans to visit in the coming…

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Asia and Australia Edition: O. J. Simpson, John McCain, Ram Nath Kovind: Your Friday Briefing

The dearth of foreign leaders willing to publicly criticize Beijing added to a sense of despair among activists. Many say they feel abandoned by the U.S. in particular. Continue reading the main story Friends and family of Lee Ming-cheh, a rights advocate from Taiwan who disappeared into mainland custody in March, see unsettling parallels between him and Mr. Liu. _____ Photo Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times • The U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, pledged to stay in his job “as long as it is appropriate,” a day after President…

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As ‘Brexit’ Clock Ticks, U.K. Seems Adrift

The chaos is being met with consternation elsewhere in the European Union, where negotiators say they are beginning to wonder if the British will ever decide on a coherent strategy. “You hear more and more voices saying, ‘It is ridiculous what the Brits are doing,’ ” said Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the Europe program at the Bertelsmann Foundation, a research institute based in Germany. “Over the last 12 months, we have heard everything and the opposite: hard Brexit, soft Brexit, quick Brexit, long Brexit,” he said. “When you follow what…

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Cecil the Lion’s son reportedly killed by trophy hunter

19 Photos Famous Cecil, a male lion, living in Hwange Game Reserve, was lured away from the sanctuary of the park and killed by an illegal party of big game hunters, according to the Zimbabwean government. Brent Stapelkamp Cecil the Lion’s cub, Xanda, has been killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported Thursday. His death occurred near Hwange National Park, close to the site of his father’s 2015 killing. Researchers had been monitoring Xanda, who was wearing an electronic collar at the time of his death….

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