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A flood of protesters at one of the world’s busiest airports caused more than 150 flights to be canceled on Monday, and the protests and travel disruptions are expected to continue today.

The sit-ins began Friday and escalated into Monday in response to police actions at protest sites in other parts of the city.

Officers fired tear gas inside a subway station, apparently the police force’s first use of the weapon in an enclosed area, and charged at demonstrators with batons. Some protesters donned eye patches in sympathy with a woman whose right eye had been injured during the clashes.

Political impact: The antigovernment protests, in their third month, have now disrupted the basic functioning of a financial hub known for order and efficiency. But if the police escalate their response, and videos of bloodied protesters continue circulating online and in the news media, support for the protests could grow.

A week into the Indian government’s lockdown of Kashmir, local journalists have resorted to old fashioned techniques: fanning out on motorcycles with a pen and paper.

With the region’s lines of communication cut, only about half a dozen of the 50 or so well-known Kashmiri newspapers are up and running. They’re putting out just a few pages in make-do editions that residents pass around hand to hand.

“People are desperate to see a newspaper,” said one editor. “The other day I sold 500 copies in five minutes.”

Life inside: Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar, was a somber affair this year in the predominantly Muslim valley. Most mosques were ordered shut, main roads were sealed off and families found themselves alone and depressed inside their homes.

ICYMI: Our South Asia Bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, talked about how the military takeover of Kashmir unfolded on a recent episode of “The Daily.”


Attorney General William Barr criticized the management of the federal jail in Manhattan where Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was accused of sexually abusing girls, apparently hanged himself.

“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Mr. Barr said on Monday. “There will be accountability.”

Mr. Epstein’s death came just two weeks after he was taken off suicide watch and was left unsupervised long enough to have apparently taken his own life, security lapses that have prompted a public outcry.

Business dealings: Lawyers, bankers and accountants have been trying to understand the sources and uses of Mr. Epstein’s finances. Tens of millions of dollars flowed through his bank accounts, shell companies and, at times, charities.

Perspective: Conspiracy theories exploded online at the news of Mr. Epstein’s death, serving as “a grim testament to our deeply poisoned information ecosystem,” writes a Times Opinion writer.


American intelligence officials are investigating a mysterious explosion off Russia’s northern coast last week that killed at least seven people and released radiation in possibly one of the worst nuclear accidents in the region since Chernobyl.

Russian accounts of the explosion have shifted over the past four days, but U.S. intelligence officials suspect Russia was testing a new nuclear-propelled missile, a prototype of what NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall. That is a cruise missile partially powered by a small nuclear reactor, eliminating the usual distance limitations of conventionally fueled missiles and making it able to maneuver at low altitudes to evade American defenses.

Uncertainty: American intelligence officials are questioning whether Mr. Putin’s grand dream of a revived arsenal evaporated in the mysterious explosion, or whether it was just an embarrassing setback.

As lawmakers and regulators investigate Facebook’s market power, the social network has started to modify its behavior in both pre-emptive and defensive ways.

The company has halted acquisitions that could incite antitrust concerns, and combined the systems behind its Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms. The chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said the changes will help build a more “private” Facebook — but critics note that they may also make it harder to break up.

U.S. immigration: The Trump administration announced a new policy, to go into effect in 60 days, that would penalize legal immigrants who rely on public programs like food stamps, in an attempt to narrow the number of people who are granted permanent legal status. Immigration advocates have pledged to sue the administration to block the policy.

Saudi Aramco: The state-owned oil giant announced in its first-ever earnings call that it was prepared for an initial public offering, although the timing remained unclear, and that it was in the early stages of a potential deal with Reliance Industries of India.

South Korea: The government said it would remove Japan from a list of countries entitled to preferential treatment in trade after a similar move by its neighbor this month, yet another escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Australia: With China no longer accepting much of the world’s recyclable waste, the Canberra government moved last week to eventually ban exporting any recyclable waste. The move, to encourage onshore recycling, could provide lessons for the rest of the world.

Snapshot: A Komodo dragon, one of only about 3,000 left in the world, in Indonesia, where the Komodo National Park has become a major tourist attraction. But the inundation of visitors is threatening the animals and pristine beauty drawing them there.

Amelia Earhart: A new clue has persuaded the explorer who located the remains of the Titanic in 1985 to turn his attention to the aviator’s disappearance in 1937, one of the enduring mysteries of the 20th century. He’s focused on a remote atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

What we’re reading: This Grub Street article. “The secret history of ‘nutcrackers’ — illegal flavored cocktails sold under the counter in New York City — suggests that legalization isn’t the end of the story for mind-altering substances.”

Smarter Living: Feeling a little uninspired at work? Our Smarter Living newsletter suggests getting through it by reminding yourself that you have impact. Try dividing your big goals into smaller ones, where achievement will be easier to see. Or take a timeout and write down a few ways your work has helped your colleagues. If all else fails, take a break from work to do something you love.

(Every week, the Smarter Living editor, Tim Herrera, emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Here’s the sign-up.)

The history of roller derby is one of booms and busts — and it’s currently booming once again: 463 leagues have started in 33 countries over the last 15 years.

Roller derby was born at the Chicago Coliseum on Aug. 13, 1935, when an event promoter named Leo Seltzer created the Transcontinental Derby, a monthlong event with coed teams skating a total of 57,000 laps — the equivalent of the 2,700-mile width of North America.

The sport got another boost in the 1960s, when Mr. Seltzer’s son, Jerry, started airing the games on local TV stations. That’s when the real drama began, as spectators flocked to the collisions and feuds that took place as each team’s “jammers” tried to score points by passing their opponents, and “blockers” tried to hold them back.

The most recent revival began in 2001, when a group of women in Austin, Tex., relaunched the sport with a decidedly feminist bent, along with a bevy of complicated tactics and terms. This year’s championship playoffs for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association start next month.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Alisha


Thank you
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. Victoria Shannon, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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