Kashmir, China, Joe Biden: Your Friday Briefing


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Attacks rattle the tense Kashmir region, China tries to iron out trade deal details and one lone Blockbuster store withstands wider changes. Here’s the latest:

A judge will decide on Thursday whether to send President Trump’s former campaign chairman to prison for the rest of his life — potentially the harshest punishment yet against any of the half-dozen former Trump associates who have been prosecuted by the special counsel, Robert Mueller.

The sentencing brings to a close one of two cases against Mr. Manafort, whose work in Ukraine and ties to Russians made him a target of Mr. Mueller.

Details: This case focused on a financial fraud scheme, in which Mr. Manafort illegally concealed his work on behalf of political parties in Ukraine that were aligned with Russia, and how he hid more than $55 million in payments from that work in more than 30 overseas bank accounts.

Mr. Manafort faces another sentencing next week. Here’s an explainer of the separate cases against him.

Joe Biden: The former vice president seems to be 95 percent committed to running for president in 2020, a decision that could thin out a crowded Democratic field.

Thailand: A political party that nominated King Vajiralongkorn’s sister as its candidate for prime minister was dissolved by the constitutional court, which called it a “hostile action” against the country’s political system.

Justin Trudeau: The Canadian prime minister blamed a dispute with his former justice minister, which snowballed into a political crisis that tarnished his reputation, on an “erosion of trust.” He denied any wrongdoing.

In many countries, the celebration these days is less political and more commercial, a holiday marked by candy and flowers.

In your Back Story writer’s youth in a Bosnian household in St. Louis, it was a day when the women celebrated one another and all they had overcome. Gifts from husbands and children played a part, but the focus was on women’s bonds to one another.

It raises the question: Who gets to shape a holiday? As Temma Kaplan, a history professor at Rutgers University, put it, “Commemorations and holidays are like clay — you can define what they will mean.”

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