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Hong Kong, World Cup, Alabama: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Good Morning,

We’re covering the protests in Hong Kong, a World Cup record for the U.S., and the rancher who set off California’s largest wildfire.

The protesters are also calling for more open elections in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. “Hong Kong is a civilized city, but they don’t listen to the citizens,” said Grace Tsang, 25.

The mass demonstrations have delayed the process, but they are unlikely to prevent the law from being enacted, as pro-Beijing lawmakers hold 43 of the legislature’s 70 seats. Follow our live updates.

Photographs: See scenes from the protests this week.

Explainer: The extradition proposal has produced some of the largest shows of dissent in the city in years. Here’s why.


Democratic leaders announced a landmark agreement on Tuesday that would strengthen rent laws and tenant protections, and abolish rules that allow building owners and landlords to deregulate apartments and raise rents.

The deal was a significant blow to the real estate industry, which had argued that the measures would deteriorate the condition of New York City housing.

Current rent regulations expire Saturday.

Closer look: The changes come as New York and other major cities grapple with a shortage of affordable housing, even prompting Democratic presidential hopefuls to court renters as a new voting bloc.




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