Steve Bannon, Aleksei Navalny, Algorithm Bias: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning.

Wir I report on the suspected poisoning of the Russian opposition leader, the arrest of Steve Bannon for fraud and the future of our vacated offices .

Steve Bannon, former strategist to President Trump, was accused Thursday of defrauding donors in a plan to begin building the wall on Mr Trump's wall the Mexican border.

He and three others are accused of conspiring to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors in an online campaign called We Build the Wall that raised $ 25 million. Prosecutors said the money was withdrawn and that Mr Bannon used nearly $ 1 million on his personal expenses.

At a Manhattan hearing, Mr. Bannon pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, each with a maximum sentence of 20 years.

The Arrest Scene: Mr. Bannon was arrested at 7:15 am on a $ 35 million yacht off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut, of one of his business associates, the fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengu, belongs.

Answer: Mr. Bannon was exempted from a $ 5 million loan and said, "This whole fiasco is supposed to stop people who want to build the wall." Mr. Trump distanced himself . "I feel very bad," he told reporters. "I haven't looked at him in a very long time."

Aleksei Navalny, Russia's most famous and most violent critic of President Vladimir V. Putin is said to be in a Siberian hospital in a serious but stable condition because it was speculated that he was poisoned.

His doctor and fellow activist Anastasia Vasilyeva was denied access to Mr. Navalny's medical records and to the intensive care unit at the hospital in Omsk, Russia, where he was treated after becoming so severely ill on a flight to Moscow that the plane made an emergency landing.

A Berlin-based film producer, Jaka Bizilj, said his foundation was flying to Omsk in an ambulance and hoping to bring Mr. Navalny back for treatment. Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany and President Emmanuel Macron from France offered medical help and possible asylum. "What urgently needs to be clarified is how this situation came about," said Ms. Merkel.

A pattern: Mr. Navalny is the youngest in a long line of opponents of the Kremlin suddenly faced with bizarre and sometimes fatal medical emergencies – often after drinking tea, the Mr Navalny had done before his flight at the airport.

Fog of Disinformation: The state news agency Tass said that Mr. Navalny “could have taken something with him” before boarding the plane. Pro-Kremlin news outlets pumped out other seemingly fictional alternatives: a drug overdose; heavy drinking the night before; the side effects of antidepressants; botched medical treatment in the west.

The UK government has thrown away the computer-generated results it issued to replace exams that have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. but the riot is far from over.

The results reduced the grades of 40 percent of students, especially those from lower-income areas and difficult schools, and the government's turnaround failed to restore slots lost at their preferred universities.

Experts say the debacle is a sign of civil service technology struggle – something Britain has aggressively adopted – and a crude example of the risk of relying on an algorithm leave that could reinforce prejudice.

Analysis: Cori Crider, attorney at the London-based law firm, who filed a complaint against the evaluation algorithm, criticized the lack of transparency. "There was a tendency to calculate first and ask questions later," she said. "They refused to have an actual debate about how these systems work and whether we even want them."

Yellowed newspapers piled high. Withered plants. A lesson plan from March 12th. Time photographers visited three offices in New York – including our own headquarters – that have not been in use since March when the city was closed due to the coronavirus.

A team of writers interviewed employees. Who seemed mostly happy to work from home and explored what happened to gossip, handshakes, and work clothes in the workplace to answer the question: is this an opportunity to change the way we work once and for all?

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

  • An increase in cases in Great Britain resulted in a citywide lockdown in Birmingham after the The number of people who tested positive in England had risen by more than 25 percent in one week.

  • Florida is the fifth US state According to t, the death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 10,000 people, according to the New York Times database.

  • North Korea admitted a rare failure when state media reported Thursday that the triple strikes of the pandemic, international sanctions and flood damage had plans to improve the economy Country significantly delayed.

Presidential campaign 2020: On the last night of the Democratic At the National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the nomination and promised to bridge the divisions in the country. "While I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American President," he said.

Bomb attack of the Manchester Arena: Hashem Abedi, the brother of the suicide bomber who set off. An explosion in one The 2017 pop concert, which killed 22 people and injured hundreds, was sentenced to at least 55 years in prison.

Greenland's ice sheet: Greenland lost more than 530 billion tons of ice in 2019, more than twice the annual average since 2003, researchers reported. Almost half of the loss was in July after an unusual heat wave.

Snapshot: Above a fire in the California Bay Area. Fires in Sonoma and Napa counties have forced many residents to evacuate. With increasing climate change, the region's fire season has extended to almost the entire year.

What we read: Rebecca Mead's New York essay on the meditative and restorative power of gardening. "I'm not a gardener. It turns out, however, that reading about people who are can be a psychological ointment," writes Ian Prasad Philbrick of the briefing team.

Cook: Samin Nosrats Sabudana Khichdi, a hearty tapioca dish with creamy potato and cumin seeds, is the perfect comfort food Pandemic? Here are some important questions to ask.

Lot: See art exhibitions by Lisa Alvarado, Luc Sante and Wang Xu in person or virtually.

There are many ways to stay safe. Our At Home collection includes every day more ideas for reading, cooking, watching and doing.

Dozens of Indians are killed every year and hundreds far ere tortured to death in police custody. But many Indians are choosing to side with the police or avoid speaking out against them – even after global movements sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the United States.

Jeffrey Gettleman, our South Asian office manager, reported on police brutality in India and the lack of an organized response to it. He talked to us about what he found.

What kind of relationship does the average person have with the police in India?

Many Indians are afraid of the police. Police brutality is a problem worldwide. But in India, prosecutors, the judiciary and other branches of government rarely intervene.

How did the residents you spoke to react to the subject of police brutality?

Many people are frustrated by the impunity of the police. We have heard some very appalling reports of police brutality and even murders that are barely investigated, even when the brutality has been well documented.

Are people talking about any connections? between the current state of the police and British colonialism?

Some Indians have told me that the way India is monitored is a holdover from the colonial days when the police were used to control the public, not necessarily to serve them . During the British era, the police were used to quell riots and prosecute people who challenged the government. Many Indians we spoke to have said that things haven't really changed.

Some intellectuals, human rights monitors and lawyers for members of minority groups talk about police abuse, but it usually goes no further. Many Indians are fed up with crime and corruption and do not mind giving the police a free hand to do what they want to those who are deemed criminals, regardless of whether the suspects have been brought to justice or not.

Thank you for spending part of your morning with me. Until next time.

– Natasha

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