Latest News Asia and Australia Edition: Xi Jinping, Rohingya, Islamic State: Your Thursday Briefing 2017-10-18T20:19:39.000000000+00:00 Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Live Briefing: Sessions Won’t Detail Conversations With Trump, Frustrating Democratic Senators 2017-10-18T19:01:10.000000000+00:00 Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the nation’s top law enforcement officer on Wednesday. Trump Told a Soldier’s Widow Her Husband ‘Knew What He Signed Up For,’ His Mother Says 2017-10-18T18:51:25.000000000+00:00 The mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, backed a Democratic representative’s account of a phone call the president made to his widow. In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges 2017-10-18T18:46:39.000000000+00:00 Sweeping changes include introducing partisan ballots to judges’ races, the first state to do so in almost a century. A Marine Attacked an Iraqi Restaurant. But Was It a Hate Crime or PTSD? 2017-10-18T18:29:41.000000000+00:00 After a Marine attacked an Iraqi restaurant in Portland, Ore., his family said he was provoked by trauma, not hate, and that he needed help, not jail time. Quebec Bars People in Face Coverings From Receiving Public Services 2017-10-18T17:44:18.000000000+00:00 Under a new law, women in face veils will not be able to use public transit or work as public employees, including as teachers. Op-Ed Contributor: When the Price of Reporting Is a Car Bomb 2017-10-18T16:24:01.000000000+00:00 The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta illustrates the stakes for journalists pushing back against power. Op-Ed Contributor: There’s No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case 2017-10-18T16:08:15.000000000+00:00 Congress, not the Supreme Court, should decide the fate of data held abroad. The Neediest Cases Fund: Playing by the Rules After Breaking Them in Foster Care 2017-10-18T15:56:22.000000000+00:00 After nine years of tumult moving from home to home, Shaquille Samuel, 23, now possesses a Regents diploma, a food handler’s license and motivation for a brighter future. New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S. 2017-10-18T15:49:10.000000000+00:00 International delegates will gather next month to discuss implementing the Paris agreement, and American negotiators will be there even though the United States has said it will quit the pact.