Huawei, Turkey, Heat Wave: Your Wednesday Briefing

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We’re covering companies sidestepping the Huawei ban, a European heat wave and a French restaurant named the best in the world.

ImageA Huawei billboard in Shanghai in May.
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The chip makers have found ways to avoid labeling goods as American-made. The sales will help Huawei continue to sell products such as smartphones and servers.

How we know: The Times spoke to four people with knowledge of the sales, who spoke on the condition they not be named because they were not authorized to disclose the sales.

Reminder: Europe is one of Huawei’s greatest success stories. The company sold more than 42 million smartphones on the Continent last year, and European customers will be hit harder by limits on Huawei technology than those in the U.S. or China.

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Five years ago, the president of Gambia crowned Fatou Jallow, then 18 years old, the winner of the nation’s top beauty pageant.

Then the president, Yahya Jammeh, summoned her to Gambia’s Statehouse — for what she thought was a Ramadan event — where, she said, he raped her.

Now, she is speaking out in an exclusive interview with The Times. “Part of what he did was to break me and shut me down,” she said. “I want him to hear me loud and clear. He can’t bury it.”

Ms. Jallow is the first to publicly accuse the president of sexual assault, just as Gambia is in the process of reckoning with his terrible legacy. Mr. Jammeh, who fled to Equatorial Guinea in 2017, did not respond to efforts to reach him.

Background: Mr. Jammeh has been accused of gross violations of human rights. People he deemed enemies were killed, journalists were jailed and tortured, and migrants fleeing the country were gunned down.

Details: Ms. Jallow said she was too scared to tell anyone about what she experienced. She has since fled the country and gained asylum in Canada.

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Several key trials are taking place this week, and they are being seen in a new light after the defeat of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s mayoral candidate in Istanbul.

The trials are expected to be watched closely by foreign governments, which have been troubled by Mr. Erdogan’s efforts to crack down on huge swaths of the opposition.

Details: Sixteen civil society activists went on trial Monday, accused of trying to overthrow the government by participating in the Taksim Square protests of 2013, and two Turkish employees of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul are scheduled to appear in court this week.

Those proceedings will coincide with the high-profile trial of Osman Kavala, who is one of the country’s most prominent political prisoners and is often described as the George Soros of Turkey.

Context: While Turkey’s judiciary is considered independent, it is in crisis. Thousands of judges were purged in the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup attempt, hollowing out the service. Many were hurriedly replaced, often by Erdogan loyalists, and those who remain work in a climate of fear, experts say.

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Temperatures across large stretches of the Continent could climb above 40 degrees Celsius, or more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, beginning today.

Authorities from Paris to Warsaw issued heat alerts, canceled events and braced for potentially record heat. Exams were canceled, and some people postponed their vacations.

Heat waves like these are becoming more frequent and prolonged, with hotter temperatures appearing earlier in the season, weather experts say.

Climate change: While scientists have yet to draw a firm connection between this particular heat wave and global warming, it fits a clear overall trend.

As the climate changes because of greenhouse gas emissions, heat waves around the world are occurring more often, and they are hotter and last longer.

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Prague. Hong Kong. Sudan. All of these places have seen mass protests in recent weeks that have captured global headlines.

Each of the protests has unique motivations — such as corruption in the Czech Republic and a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong — but they could be seen as manifestations of a global cry for increased accountability amid rising authoritarianism, write our Interpreter columnists.

Washington: Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, has agreed to testify publicly about the Russia investigation in a hearing that could reshape the political landscape for President Trump’s re-election campaign and prompt a possible impeachment inquiry.

Environment: An oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began 14 years ago has been releasing as much as 4,500 gallons a day — not three or four gallons a day, as the rig owner has claimed. The new estimate comes from a federal study.

Iran: The U.S. and Iran are in a waiting game, with President Trump warning that any act of aggression from Iran would be met with “overwhelming force” and “obliteration.”

U.S. border: A photograph published by a Mexican newspaper served as a jarring reminder of the deadly perils of migrants’ journeys to the U.S.: the bodies of a man and his 23-month-old daughter floating face down on the riverbank near Brownsville, Tex. It drew widespread attention. Separately, a new head of Customs and Border Protection has been named: an immigration hard-liner who has called for mass deportations.

Russia: The Council of Europe voted to end the country’s suspension, which began with the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. It was a decision opposed by most former Soviet-bloc countries.

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Snapshot: Above, Michael Jackson’s mausoleum in California, where fans are paying tribute to the pop star on the 10th anniversary of his death, even after two men accused him of years of sexual abuse.

French food: Mirazur, a restaurant on the French Riviera in Menton, took the No. 1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Singapore. Spanish restaurants also did extremely well.

What we’re reading: This article in the Verge. “The company behind Jibo, designed to be a friendly little digital companion (it even looks a little like Wall-E), is taking the robot offline soon,” writes Alexandria Symonds, a senior staff editor. “This is an unexpectedly touching exploration of how its users — including kids who have come to think of Jibo as part of the family — are dealing with its impending demise.”

CreditJulia Gartland for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

Cook: With a slow cooker, chipotle-honey chicken tacos may be the easiest tacos you ever make.

Read: Reviewing Julie Satow’s “The Plaza,” Tina Brown dishes on those who made and lost fortunes and reputations at the storied hotel.

Watch: The HBO limited series “Years and Years,” from the British writer Russell T Davies, is about a lot of ideas: runaway technology, European nationalism, the failure of liberal democracy.

Listen: The new track “Money in the Grave” is Drake at his moody, petulant peak — a morbid anthem for a hot summer, writes our critic.

Smarter Living: Friends and unmarried couples make up a growing segment of the housing market. Here are four questions to ask before you sign the purchase papers, including how you’ll divide the costs. You should also discuss what it will be like to actually live in the house together. A lawyer and mediator advises, “Very few people are self-aware enough to know how they’ll behave as co-owners.”

We also have tips for how misfits can better navigate the office environment.

As the world focuses on the Women’s World Cup, it’s worth remembering some history.

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has decreed that a 1971 contest between France and the Netherlands was the first official women’s international match. (It was no such thing: England and Scotland had played much earlier, in the late 1800s.)

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The historical revisionism is only the latest in a long line of snubs against women’s soccer, which, after a brief surge in popularity during World War I, was actually banned in many countries.

In 1921, England’s Football Association, claiming the game was unsuitable for women, required clubs to “refuse the use of their grounds for such matches” — a policy that was not officially overturned until 1971. In Brazil, the women’s game was banned until 1981.

Back on that chilly Saturday night in 1971, France defeated the Netherlands, 4-0, as about 1,000 spectators watched the French midfielder Jocelyne Ratignier dazzle with a hat trick. But one of the team’s best players missed the game to work her shift at a grocery store.

A correction: Tuesday’s Morning Briefing misstated the day that China played Italy and Japan faced the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup. It was Tuesday, not Wednesday.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Melina

Thank you
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. Adam Pasick, the editorial director of newsletters, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at

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• Allison McCann, a visual journalist for The Times, has contributed to our coverage of the Women’s World Cup. She’s also a former professional soccer player.

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