Latest News Asia and Australia Edition: Shinzo Abe, Catalonia, Jimmy Carter: Your Monday Briefing 2017-10-22T20:53:48.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Titanic Letter Sells for Record Price at Auction in England 2017-10-22T19:08:07.000000000+00:00 A collector paid £126,000 for a note from an American passenger to his mother that describes the ill-fated ocean liner as a “giant” ship fitted up like a palatial hotel. Still Waiting for FEMA in Texas and Florida After Hurricanes 2017-10-22T18:30:16.000000000+00:00 After Harvey and Irma, residents are waiting weeks for FEMA inspections and hours on hold when calling the agency’s help line. Xi Jinping Pushes China’s Global Rise Despite Friction and Fear 2017-10-22T18:25:53.000000000+00:00 Mr. Xi has enjoyed remarkable success expanding Chinese global influence, benefiting from President Trump’s election. But he is also facing pushback to his assertive approach to foreign policy. E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists 2017-10-22T17:39:47.000000000+00:00 Organizers of a Monday conference on the Narragansett Bay were told three E.P.A. scientists would not be allowed to present their work. Ready, Set, Gone! The N.F.L.’s Disappearing Huddle. 2017-10-22T16:42:26.000000000+00:00 For more than a century, the huddle has been one of the most defining fixtures of American football. But in today’s N.F.L., it’s slowly disappearing. The Newseum Is Increasingly Relevant, but Can It Survive? 2017-10-22T16:33:37.000000000+00:00 The institution that celebrates journalism is now reckoning with years of financial deficits, partly caused by a news industry in turmoil. A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan 2017-10-22T16:25:10.000000000+00:00 The assignment heralds a shift for the agency, which once viewed such a mission as risky and a drain on resources. ISIS Fighters Are Not Flooding Back Home to Wreak Havoc as Feared 2017-10-22T16:25:06.000000000+00:00 Several factors contributed: The American-led campaign in Iraq and Syria focused on preventing militants from leaving, and many fought to the death. Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can 2017-10-22T16:11:23.000000000+00:00 A new crop of mega-philanthropists — from Soros to Gates to Koch — eclipses old guard, changes the rules and courts controversy.