John McCain, North Korea, Russia: Your Tuesday Briefing

Mr. Trump continued to defend his eldest son, though revelations continued to grow about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer last year.

The Republicans health-care bill appears stalled for at least a week or two because of the absence of Senator John McCain, above. The cranial surgery he had on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions implied.

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In China, the cat-and-mouse game between the government and internet users reached a new level as a vast army of censors tried to scrub away the outpouring of grief on social media for the Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo last week.

It appears that even an image of Winnie-the-Pooh was censored, and some commenters a reason: the warmhearted bear of A.A. Milne’s children’s books shows a resemblance to President Xi Jinping.

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Beijing is in the midst of a reconstruction project as sweeping as any since the 2008 Olympics — and as with most government decisions in China, there was no public debate. Those affected or evicted said there was little they could do to challenge it.

Our correspondent says the old neighborhoods of picturesque, if not always pristine, alleyways known as hutongs have been hardest hit.

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• A sly retort by Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, to President Trump’s vocal appreciation for the fit appearance of the first lady of France (“I wonder if she could say the same of him”) is still reverberating.

The police in Minneapolis, Minn., are investigating why the officer who fatally shot an Australian woman on Saturday did not have his body camera turned on.

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In urban China, an audacious economic transition is underway: Smartphone payments are taking over. One analyst said, “Literally every business and brand in China is plugged into this ecosystem.”

• Another blow for Dalian Wanda. A document circulating on Chinese social media suggested that regulators had warned banks

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