Trade, World Cup, Jacinda Ardern: Your Friday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. More twists on children detained at the U.S. border, World Cup spirit in Siberia and New Zealand’s new first daughter. Here’s what you need to know: ImageCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times • Checking in on the trade war. President Trump urged Republican lawmakers not to scuttle his efforts to help the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which he said was part of his broader geopolitical negotiating…

Extinct Gibbon Found in Tomb of Ancient Chinese Emperor’s Grandmother

There are four gibbon genera alive in Asia today, including a species that is the most endangered mammal on earth. In comparison to living gibbons, the new one has a comparatively flat, small face, Mr. Hansford said, with canines that are particularly long for the animal’s size. The team was not able to do DNA analysis on the cranium and jaw, but, using digital scans, compared its shape to skulls from hundreds of animals across Asia and in collections in Germany and England, Dr. Hansford said. “This one sticks out…

John Oliver, Having Mocked Chinese Censorship, Is Censored in China

HONG KONG — In a 20-minute segment about China that aired Sunday on the satirical news show “Last Week Tonight,” the host John Oliver brought up President Xi Jinping’s resemblance to Winnie the Pooh. That, among other delicate references, seems to have touched a nerve in China, where the British comedian has now been censored on a major social media platform — just as the cartoon bear had been. “Apparently, Xi Jinping is very sensitive about his perceived resemblance to Winnie the Pooh,” Mr. Oliver said on the show. “And…

Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized

Last July, Mr. Isaev told Sport Connect, a Russian sports news outlet, that the club planned to engage in a joint venture with Chinese partners, and that it already had someone “mingling in local soccer circles” in China. In The Cover’s story last week, a travel agent in the western Chinese province of Sichuan named Yang Jun was quoted as saying that someone claiming to be a former member of the Anzhi Football Club had once reached out to him, hinting at a possible collaboration and saying that he had…

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Delivers a Baby Girl

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, making her the first world leader in almost three decades to give birth while in office. Ms. Ardern, who announced the birth on social media, did not say whether a name had been chosen yet. Ms. Ardern, 37, whose youth and surprise rise to power have made her a global celebrity, delivered her baby in Auckland at the country’s largest public hospital. Once she entered the hospital on Thursday,…

Indonesia Ferry Toll Soars, With 192 Believed Dead

HONG KONG — A ferry that capsized and sank Monday in a lake in Indonesia, leaving as many as 192 people missing and presumed dead, was badly overloaded beyond its capacity of about 40, officials said. Emergency responders continued to search Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra, but as the possibility of rescuing survivors has faded, they have shifted their focus to finding the boat and the bodies believed to be inside. “We now consider this a recovery effort rather than a search and rescue due to the amount…

Border Children, North Korea, Global Trade: Your Thursday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. President Trump’s U-turn, Fox’s bidding war, and Australia’s fears. Here’s what you need to know: ImageCreditAl Drago for The New York Times • “We’ve got to be keeping families together.” In an abrupt reversal, President Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the U.S. border, a person familiar with his plans told our White House reporters. Instead, parents and children are to be detained together, indefinitely. Mr. Trump is…

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Is Expected to Have Her Baby Soon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand whose youth and surprise rise to power have made her a global celebrity, traveled on Thursday morning to an Auckland hospital where she was expected to give birth to her first child, her office said in a statement. Ms. Ardern, 37, would be the first world leader in almost three decades to give birth while in office, and her pregnancy has prompted a national conversation about working mothers. Before her election last year, she told an interviewer that…

Taliban Kill Dozens of Afghan Soldiers, as Cease-Fires Give Way to Violence

Afghan commanders described a sense of confusion, saying the Taliban were taking advantage of the defensive position in which security forces remained because of the government’s cease-fire extension. “We are not really clear whether this is a truce or not. There is no energy left in the police or in the army — the government is neither leaving the area to the Taliban, nor letting us take it,” said Qumandan Jama, who leads a local police unit in Dasht e Archi. While the government is willing to continue holding its…

Peter Thomson, Australian Golfer With 5 British Open Wins, Dies at 88

Peter Thomson, an Australian who won five British Opens and became the only player in the 20th century to win that major in three consecutive years, died Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia. He was 88. His death was announced by Golf Australia, the sport’s governing body in that country. He had had Parkinson’s disease for more than four years, The Associated Press said. At a time when Australians had made little impact on international golf, Thomson emerged as a leading player on links far from his homeland, winning the British Open…