Hurricane Irma, Mexico City, Rohingya: Your Weekend Briefing

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With the monster quake, four hurricanes, flooding across South Asia and a wave of raging wildfires in the western U.S. — not to mention the recent solar eclipse and renewed fears of nuclear war — you could be forgiven for thinking apocalyptic thoughts.

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As one science fiction writer put it, “These aren’t the End Times, but it sure as hell feels like the End Times are getting in a few dress rehearsals right about now.”

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3. The U.S. is pressing for a U.N. Security Council vote by Monday on tough, sweeping measures against North Korea, including an oil embargo, the authorization to board its ships, and a freeze on the assets of the leader, Kim Jong-un.

Russia and China are likely to block the resolution. Above, the North celebrated its founding day in Pyongyang on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the White House and the Pentagon are scrambling to decide how to react if North Korea demonstrates that it can send missiles to Guam, or a distance equivalent to striking the West Coast.

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4. President Trump rejected Republican complaints about his decision to work with Democrats, including Senator Chuck Schumer, above, on fiscal and immigration issues, while the House passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling and fund hurricane relief.

We compiled the best writing from the right and left on Mr. Trump’s split with the Republican leadership. On our podcast “The New Washington,” Mr. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, offers his take on the unexpected alliance.

Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California system, filed a lawsuit accusing the White House of violating constitutional due process by abruptly ending the DACA program, which she helped to create as secretary of homeland security in 2012.

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5. A Times investigation, along with new cybersecurity research, revealed new layers of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, tracking how a legion of Russian-controlled counterfeit Facebook and Twitter accounts spread messages critical of Hillary Clinton and promoted material hacked from Democratic emails.

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On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., above right, denied colluding with Russia in an appearance before Senate investigators, saying it was concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s “fitness” to be president that prompted him to set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Mrs. Clinton has her say in her book “What Happened,” which comes out on Tuesday. Our White House correspondent read an advance copy, and calls it “angry and unsparing” — especially toward the former F.B.I. director James Comey.

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6. Equifax is scrambling to contain the legal and financial fallout from a hack that compromised the personal and confidential information of nearly half the population of the U.S. — including Social Security numbers.

“So, Equifax, I have to ask,” our tech columnist writes of the consumer credit reporting agency. “Now that you have failed at your one job, why should you be allowed to keep doing it?”

And our personal finance columnist helps steer you through the company’s confusing instructions on what to do next.

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7. This week’s Times Magazine is dedicated to education. The cover story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, reports on the resegregation occurring in schools across the country.

She zeros in on Gardendale, Ala., whose court battle to secede from its school district tells a compelling story of the fragile process of racial integration in America. Above, the Gardendale high school.

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8. Stephen Bannon, who has been holding court with conservative lawmakers since stepping down as President Trump’s chief strategist, is taking his political insurgency abroad.

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He plans to address a conference in Hong Kong this week, held by a brokerage firm that is a unit of a huge, state-owned Chinese investment group. He says he will articulate his call for the U.S. to get tougher on China.

“China right now is Germany in 1930,” Mr. Bannon said. “It’s on the cusp.”

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9. The humanitarian crisis unfolding for the Rohingya people worsened.

The U.N. said that the number fleeing a recent military crackdown in western Myanmar had climbed sharply to 270,000, and that camps in neighboring Bangladesh were “bursting at the seams.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, is under increasing pressure to denounce the crackdown. A fellow Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, took to Twitter to confront her.

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10. Sloane Stephens, above, defeated Madison Keys, her good friend and now prominent rival, in the U.S. Open final.

Rafael Nadal plays Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men’s final on Sunday (4 p.m. Eastern, ESPN). It will be Nadal’s final Grand Slam match with his uncle as full-time coach.

And with the N.F.L. season beginning, our sportswriter explores how Colin Kaepernick became the most polarizing figure in American sports.

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11. Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is credited with helping at least 10 people escape the South Tower. He became known as the Man in the Red Bandanna for the handkerchief he wore as a protective mask.

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His story of heroism from that dark day, which marks its 16th anniversary on Monday, is laid out in dramatically poignant detail in a new documentary.

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12. Finally, Pope Francis has been warmly welcomed in Colombia, where on Friday he honored two clerics who were killed during the country’s five decades of civil conflict. He returns to Rome on Sunday night.

Francis encouraged Colombians to move past their darkest days and forgive.

“Colombia, open your heart to God, let yourself reconcile,” he told crowds.

Have a great week.

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