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British lawmakers rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, voting to take control of Parliament away from the government, and giving themselves the authority to pass legislation that would stop Mr. Johnson from pushing forward a no-deal Brexit.

After the vote, Mr. Johnson said he intended to present a formal request for a general election to lawmakers, who would have to approve the motion.

Details: A majority of lawmakers are determined not to leave the European Union without a deal, which they believe would be disastrous for the country’s economy. The vote suggested they had the numbers — 328 to 301 — to succeed.

Relief from the madness? The accelerating pace of events suggests that Britain’s Brexit nightmare may finally be approaching an endgame after years of paralysis.

European leaders have refused to gratify demands from London to make changes to a deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s predecessor. Until now, he has used the threat of a no-deal exit as leverage.

The European Union is already battling economic woes in many of its powerhouses, including Italy and Germany. And the implications of Brexit have long caused increased anxiety over what could come: crippling traffic jams at ports, confusion over customs procedures and a general state of business-disrupting bewilderment.

What keeps analysts and business leaders up at night is the compressed schedule.

In Britain: The Conservative rebels, a new group of renegade lawmakers, were willing to risk their careers to go against Mr. Johnson. They are the clearest sign there is a civil war within the party. They by and large support Brexit, but with terms that prevent economic chaos.

In an instant, the conflict hollowed out the world’s oldest and most successful political party — perhaps leaving a more homogeneous party that sacrifices long-term electoral prospects in pursuit of a hard split from Europe.


The Kurdish-run Al Hol camp is struggling to secure and serve nearly 70,000 displaced people, mainly women and children who fled there during the last battle to oust the Islamic State from eastern Syria.

Inside the camp is chaos: smuggled guns, dying children, tents set on fire, contaminated water, guards stabbed and ISIS ideology spreading unchecked.

Risks: A stubborn core of followers is menacing the rest with threats, intimidation and, occasionally, violence, aid workers and researchers who have interviewed Al Hol residents said.

Op-Doc from Syria: Watch our Opinion department’s latest documentary from Syria, where a mother lost her 21-year-old son to the insurgency.

The country is grappling with the mounting death count of women who are killed by their abusive partners.

According to government figures, a woman is killed in France by her partner or former partner every three days. A hundred women have been killed this year by their partners, the earliest such a terrible benchmark has been reached in France.

Factors: It is unclear what exactly is behind the high toll. But women in France face difficulties in getting the authorities to take their fears and complaints seriously, and to act on them.

Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet. It is difficult to find anyone in the city of 28,000 who is not happy that a Chinese company plans to invest more than $2 billion to build a battery plant on the outskirts of town.

Perhaps no place better illuminates Europe’s ambivalence toward Chinese investment, which could be summed up as: Fear the power, love the money.

Hurricane Dorian: The National Hurricane Center warned that within the next day and a half, most of the Southeast coast, from central Florida all the way to Surf City, N.C., faced “a danger of life-threatening inundation.” In the Bahamas, where 60 percent of the main island was under water, rescue efforts struggled amid continued severe weather.

Yemen: All parties to the war are committing horrific abuses, from arbitrary killings to rape and torture, with an impunity that underscores a collective failure of the international community, a panel of international experts said. It presented a list of those it deems responsible for war crimes to the United Nations.

South Africa: Five people were killed and at least 189 were arrested in the latest outbreak of violence against African immigrants in and around Johannesburg.

Southern California boat fire: The accident in which 34 people died has left industry experts and officials baffled at how a respected boat operator lost an entire excursion of people inside the hull of a ship outfitted with safety systems.

Prince Harry: The Duke of Sussex will lead a global sustainable travel initiative to bring companies, consumers and communities together, he announced in Amsterdam. Travalyst will try to make travel less damaging to the environment.

Snapshot: Above, the bag that is everywhere in Berlin. Our reporter wanted to know why this accessory, worn by young parents, the elderly and children alike, was so ubiquitous. What she found was a mix of decades-old tradition, clever marketing and a cryptic medieval text.

U.S. Open: Roger Federer lost to No. 78-ranked Grigor Dimitrov. Serena Williams defeated Wang Qiang and is back in the semifinals. Daniil Medvedev and Elina Svitolina won earlier Tuesday to advance to the Open semifinals for the first time.

What we’re watching: This video, from Humor and Animals. “Need a reminder of joy?” asks Andrea Kannapell, the briefings editor. “Join a water-loving Labrador on a pelt for the water. Splash!”

Cook: Melissa Clark’s savory sesame chicken with cashews gets a touch of sweetness from dates, in 20 minutes. (Our Five Weeknight Dishes newsletter has more recommendations.)

Watch:Steven Universe” has evolved from 11-minute shorts to a 90-minute musical. The hit show’s creator discusses how this happened.

Read: “The Testaments,” the highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is here. And our reviewer calls it fast, immersive and as propulsive at it is melodramatic.


Smarter Living: Unlike many physical illnesses or disabilities, mental illness isn’t always visible. In the workplace, anti-discrimination laws can provide some protections, but they go only so far. So you need a strategy, whether it’s communicating with your boss about reasonable accommodations or, as our writer puts it, “giving yourself space to cry into your lunch for no good reason and coming back to your work when you’re ready.”

And Julia Moskin, our food reporter, has guidance for home cooks on the murky world of olive oil (in short, seek the freshest and use it generously).

After a controversial stay in Ireland, Vice President Mike Pence is meeting today with top officials in Iceland, a remarkably beautiful country with a bent toward pacifism and environmentalism.

The focus, according to Icelandic news outlets, will be Russian and Chinese activities in the Arctic Circle.

Last week, the U.S. sent two B-2 bombers to its air base at Keflavik, shared with Iceland’s international airport. It was a show of force in Iceland, a NATO ally that has a (modest) Coast Guard but no standing army.


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