Aleksei Navalny, Charlie Hebdo, Macron in Lebanon: Your Wednesday Briefing

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We’re overlaying Emmanuel Macron’s go to to Lebanon, Charlie Hebdo’s republication of its Prophet Muhammad cartoons and Argentina’s push to return jaguars to the wild.

Throughout greater than 20 years in energy, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has never uttered the name of Aleksei Navalny, his highest-profile opponent, in public. (When he did so at a private event in 2013, after prodding from an American interlocutor, it became a national news story.)

Why? Intolerably for Mr. Putin’s circle, Mr. Navalny is “completely out of their control,” resulting in a quasi-mystical taboo around his name, one analyst said. Another source of the anger, he added, is that the security services have never been able to find any compromising material on him.

The Russian opposition leader is lying comatose in a German hospital after being poisoned — but he has still managed to needle Mr. Putin. His organization, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, released a video on Monday with footage of Mr. Navalny denouncing corrupt pro-Kremlin politicians in Siberia.

Russia’s outbreak: The variety of coronavirus instances in Russia handed a million on Tuesday, the federal government mentioned, making it fourth in the world for reported whole infections after the US, Brazil and India.

Listed here are the newest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different coronavirus developments:

  • Within the U.S., kids of coloration are contaminated and hospitalized at considerably larger charges than white kids.

  • Dozens of scientists world wide have tried making experimental vaccines, with wildly various strategies, affiliations and claims. Every is motivated by the identical thought: Distinctive occasions name for distinctive measures.

  • Hungary has opted to loosen up border restrictions imposed Tuesday to permit journey from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

  • After 1000’s of unmasked protesters turned out in Berlin over the weekend to rally in opposition to virus restrictions, the town now requires masks for demonstrations with greater than 100 members.

How was this convention aimed at the swing states that were fundamental to his 2016 win?

Jonathan: If you look at the polling, the president has been trailing Biden consistently, but the margins got worse over the summer, and there’s been some analysis about what happened. You can basically trace it back to June and July, when two things happened. He responded to the Black Lives Matter protest in a way that was incendiary and turned off a lot of voters, including center and center-right voters, and then the coronavirus flared back up and he wasn’t showing urgency in his response.

Those two issues have given Biden a larger lead that may be temporary, so I think the mission in this convention was looking to places like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania and trying to get back some of those voters they lost.

Thanks for joining me. See you next time.

— Natasha

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