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Good morning. A Saudi journalist’s last steps, an apology for sexual abuse, a rare sea cucumber. Here’s what you need to know:

Jamal Khashoggi’s final hours.

Security camera footage of Mr. Khashoggi’s last day was leaked to Turkish news media ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s televised address to Parliament today. He has promised to reveal the true details of Mr. Khashoggi death.

Mr. Khashoggi is seen, at one point, holding hands with his fiancée, leaving a marriage office. They are pictured above visiting the apartment building where they were planning to live. Then they took a taxi to the Saudi consulate — where the dissident journalist would meet his brutal fate.

Another new piece of evidence: After Mr. Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, a member of the Saudi team left the building dressed in the journalist’s clothes, surveillance images showed.

Meanwhile, the consultancy McKinsey & Company is facing intense scrutiny for its role in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to target its online critics.

Commentary: Crikey weighs in on how the Australian government can take action against Saudi Arabia. [Paywall free for Times readers]


Fears of a new Cold War, with China in the mix.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of an arms control treaty with Russia was as much about Beijing as the Kremlin.

China was not a signatory to the 1987 I.N.F. treaty, which restricted intermediate-range nuclear missiles and helped ease Cold War tensions. So it has been free to build up its arsenal, now one of its primary tools to keep the U.S. at a distance in the Pacific.

Migrant caravan heads to the U.S.

An estimated 7,000 Central American migrants have been making their way toward the U.S. border.

The Mexican government, under pressure from the U.S., tried to halt the asylum-seekers’ progress as they crossed the border from Guatemala. But thousands defied orders to submit themselves to immigration processing and instead continued their journey north.

Caravans of this kind usually number in the hundreds and pass unnoticed. This group, pictured above, is by far the largest on record, and it has received heavy attention from the news media.

President Trump has seized on the the issue to fire up his base, two weeks ahead of midterm elections.

“We are sorry.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia officially apologized for the government’s failure to protect children from sexual abuse.

The public apology was a solemn moment of reckoning, almost a year after a government inquiry uncovered a decades-long epidemic of sexual abuse affecting tens of thousands of children in schools, churches, foster homes and other institutions. The Catholic church was particularly criticized.

Earlier this year, the Australian government began a national compensation scheme for victims of sexual abuse, which was one of the recommendations in the report.


• The U.S.-China trade war is claiming another victim: cats and dogs in China hooked on tasty, trustworthy American pet food.

• UBS discouraged dozens of wealth managers from travelling to China after one of the Swiss bank’s employees was prevented from flying home to Singapore from Beijing.

• Pregnancy discrimination takes many forms. An investigation by The Times tells the stories of women in strenuous jobs who miscarried after their employers denied requests for light duty, even ignoring doctor’s notes. The practice is often legal in the U.S.

• In memoriam: Walter Kwok, a Hong Kong property tycoon who survived a kidnapping in 1997 but later lost control of his family’s company, Sun Hung Kai. He was 68.

• U.S. stocks were mixed. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

• Rescue workers in China are trying to save 18 coal miners trapped in a tunnel in the eastern Shandong province. Above, a rescued worker carried on a stretcher. [CNN]

• The world’s longest sea bridge opens today, looping through Hong Kong, Macau and the Chinese city of Zhuhai. [The Guardian]

• The headless chicken monster — an elusive sea cucumber that looks, well, like a headless chicken — was filmed off the southwest coast of Australia. [The New York Times]

• Climate change set off an explosion of purple sea urchins off Northern California’s coast that are devouring an essential component of the ocean’s food chain: kelp forests. [The New York Times]

• Ryanair, the low-budget European carrier, is facing intense backlash for failing to take action against a white man who unleashed a racist tirade against a black passenger on one of its flights. [The New York Times]

• More than a third of Americans eat fast food on a given day, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [The New York Times]

Tips for a more fulfilling life.

• What would you pay for A.I. art? Christie’s, in a bid to stay relevant, is auctioning off a portrait, above, created by an algorithm trained to imitate paintings from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

• Hotels are reconfiguring themselves for the social media era, with everything from room designs to menu options created with all-important Instagram posts in mind.

• Paris on foot: Our writer took a journey around the perimeter of Paris, exploring neighborhoods well off the tourist-beaten path, revealing a city at once familiar and yet startlingly new.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft has outlasted all others. Designed at the height of the space race, it now symbolizes cooperation, transporting astronauts from around the world to the International Space Station. Recently, it made an emergency landing with Russian and American astronauts aboard.

The spacecraft’s first successful crewed mission, Soyuz 3, blasted off 50 years ago this week. The pilot, Georgi Beregovoi, a Soviet Air Force officer, would also play an important role in international space cooperation.

Shortly before Apollo 11’s moon landing in 1969, he hosted the first tour by an American astronaut of Moscow’s cosmonaut training center, then went on a coast-to-coast U.S. good-will tour.

He attended parties, ate barbecue and met President Richard Nixon. Eugene Cernan, an American astronaut, tried to explain an American football game. In Hollywood, stars turned out for a bash. General Beregovoi warmly greeted Frank Sinatra in the receiving line, then turned and asked, “Who is he?”

In NASA’s Apollo simulator he got a taste of the American space program and another at Disneyland on the “Flight to the Moon” ride.

“Friendship,” General Beregovoi said at the end of his trip, “is a force which will help the world to conquer space.”

Albert Sun wrote today’s Back Story.


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