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  1. PhotoSmoke rising above the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after shelling from the Turkish Army on Wednesday.
    CreditMurad Sezer/Reuters

    Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Kurds to leave northeast Syria “this night.” He spoke as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were planning to visit Turkey, and as President Trump sought to distance himself from the conflict.

  2. PhotoIn Hamburg, going for the gold.
    CreditLena Mucha for The New York Times

    GERMANY dispatch

    Where Pugs Rule the Racetrack

    Pugs enjoy a certain cultlike status in Germany, where their owners gather regularly to swap stories about the breed, and let the dogs compete to see who’s fastest. Or slowest.

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    How Myanmar Covered Up Ethnic Cleansing

    Officials insist the persecution of Rohingya Muslims never happened. Our correspondent visited Rakhine State and found a different story.

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    The Amazon Is Still Burning. Blame Beef.

    Welcome to the lawless heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Here, cattle ranchers and loggers — emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro — are clearing and burning huge swaths of rainforest every day in the name of progress.

  2. PhotoA traditional band marched at the chimney sweeps parade in Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy.
    CreditElisabetta Zavoli for The New York Times

    A Chim Chiminey Parade Honors Sweeps and Recalls Past Horrors

    The Italian town said to be the cradle of chimney sweeps was once ashamed of its ties to the trade. Now, a festival draws sweeps from around the world, who celebrate without forgetting past miseries.

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    Why Amazon Fires Keep Raging 10 Years After a Deal to End Them

    Many of the thousands of fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon are set by ranchers. A deal inked 10 years ago was meant to stop the problem, but the ecological arson goes on as the Earth warms.

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