Latest News Xi Jinping Pushes China’s Global Rise Despite Friction and Fear 2017-10-22T22:20:29.000000000+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. Asia and Australia Edition: Shinzo Abe, Catalonia, Jimmy Carter: Your Monday Briefing 2017-10-22T22:18:39.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Protesters in Malta Denounce Failure to Protect Killed Journalist 2017-10-22T21:52:32.000000000+00:00 Thousands of demonstrators sent a message of support for free speech and disgust with Malta’s political elite after the car-bomb killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists 2017-10-22T21:22:39.000000000+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. Still Waiting for FEMA in Texas and Florida After Hurricanes 2017-10-22T21:22:38.000000000+00:00 After Harvey and Irma, residents are waiting weeks for FEMA inspections and hours on hold when calling the agency’s help line. McConnell Signals Willingness to Hold Vote on Health Deal if Trump Approves 2017-10-22T19:57:13.000000000+00:00 The comments by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, shifted attention to Mr. Trump, who has sent mixed signals about a bipartisan bill unveiled last week. 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. Fine Arts & Exhibits: The Aftermath of War, Seen Through Photographers’ Eyes 2017-10-22T18:39:06.000000000+00:00 A show curated for the Harn Museum of Art in Florida explores the consequences of war in the Middle East. Two other museums have taken the exhibit. 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. 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.