Your Wednesday Briefing: Wagner Chief in Exile

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the pinnacle of the Wagner mercenary group, arrived in Belarus yesterday, state media reported. The Russian authorities dropped felony expenses in opposition to him and his fighters after he referred to as off an rebellion over the weekend.

Russian state media reported that the Wagner group will hand over navy gear to the Military, although there have been few particulars. It’s not clear what number of Wagner fighters — Prigozhin lately mentioned there have been 25,000 — would comply with be positioned beneath the Russian Military’s command.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin sought to reveal management in a sequence of public appearances. Throughout a uncommon outside speech on the Kremlin grounds, he thanked Russia’s navy for having “primarily stopped a civil struggle.” He additionally vaguely warned of penalties for officers who helped Prigozhin enrich himself at Russia’s expense.

The deal: Russia had mentioned that it might grant amnesty to Prigozhin and his fighters. Underneath a deal brokered by President Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus, Prigozhin will stay in exile there. Lukashenko mentioned that he provided Wagner group members an “deserted” navy base within the nation.

Polls present that People are beginning to consider China as they as soon as did concerning the Soviet Union throughout the Chilly Battle.

Between about 2000 and 2016, comparable shares of People seen China favorably and unfavorably. That modified beginning in 2018, with Donald Trump’s anti-China language and commerce struggle. Right now, most People view China as both unfriendly or an enemy.

Souring opinion may make it more durable to fix ties and keep away from battle. The message People are getting from their leaders about China is profoundly unfavorable. Public animosity, in flip, can incentivize leaders to talk and act aggressively, a hawkishness that journalists then talk again to the general public.

Quotable: “The conception on the macro stage is that we’re actually in a severe competitors,” a professor who research worldwide relations and public opinion mentioned. “Now the general public has adopted. And it’s not like you may flip this ship round in a single day.”


The U.S. territory of Guam within the western Pacific Ocean is hundreds of miles from the closest state, and has no resident docs who carry out abortions. Now, a U.S. courtroom ruling may make in-person physician visits a requirement to acquire abortion tablets, successfully chopping off the one authorized method for many residents to finish pregnancies.

The island may quickly develop into an excessive instance of what life beneath a near-total abortion ban would appear to be. Greater than a dozen states have already put such bans in place because the Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade a yr in the past.

However that ruling led to a seismic shift in public opinion: For the primary time, polls present that the majority People say abortion is “morally acceptable,” consider the legal guidelines are too strict and usually tend to establish, within the language of polls, as “pro-choice.”

The place generations have seen a elegant countryside in Eire, ecologists see a man-made desert, cleared of most native species by close-grazing sheep that always pull grasses out by the roots. Now, a “rewilding” motion is making an attempt to revive that biodiversity.

A small however rising variety of firms within the U.S. are devoted to size-inclusive journey, typically focusing on their providers solely to girls. The excursions price about the identical as different group journeys. Individuals know that their companions perceive their joys and their challenges, and so they additionally know that occasions and meals have been deliberate with accessibility in thoughts.

“I gained weight throughout the pandemic, and I had been nervous about going overseas,” one traveler mentioned. As a substitute of being anxious that folks can be irritated by “that one fats girl on the journey,” she knew that she’d be with individuals who accepted her.

That’s it for as we speak’s briefing. See you tomorrow. — Amelia

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The Day by day” is about Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s challenges within the U.S. Home of Representatives.

You’ll be able to attain us at briefing@nytimes.com.

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