Saad Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, said he was free in Saudi Arabia, dispelling rumors that he was being held against his will. Mr. Hariri said he would return to Lebanon in a matter of days.
• Our reporters took the temperature at the largest and most secretive U.S. intelligence branch, the National Security Agency, gauging the effect of the catastrophic security breach by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers that first emerged in 2016.
Current and former officials said the group’s repeated release of U.S. secrets, including hacking tools it used to spy on other countries, had ruined morale and called into question the agency’s ability to protect potent cyberweapons.
“They have the whole law enforcement system and intelligence system after them,” one said of the mysterious hackers. “And they haven’t been caught.”
• China? Canada? The U.N.? When President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, America officially ceded its leadership on climate change. Here’s a look at some of the leaders and organizations, above, trying to fill the void.
And at climate talks now underway in Bonn, Germany, a shadow U.S. delegation, including Al Gore, Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg, is trying to convince other nations that the U.S. has not “gone dark” on climate change.
• Singles Day — China’s annual version of Black Friday — entered staggering new territory.
Sales blazed past $1 billion within two minutes of the midnight start on Saturday. By the end of the day, Alibaba reported that its sales had hit a record $25.3 billion, more than 40 percent higher than 2016.
JD.com, Alibaba’s e-commerce rival, said that sales for Singles Day and its run-up reached more than $19 billion, up 50 percent.
• And Queen Elizabeth II watched from a balcony on Sunday as Prince Charles placed a wreath at the Cenotaph, Britain’s memorial to its war dead, to mark Armistice Day.
Often praised for being rigorous about her royal obligations, the queen, 91, delegated the duty to Charles, 68, in a move seen by observers as a major step in the shift to the monarchy’s next generation.