Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan leader, said he would submit the result for approval to the regional Parliament, but the timing remains unclear. A general strike is planned for today. A leader of Ciudadanos, a party that opposes secession, called for new regional elections.

Our diplomatic correspondent gathered reactions from across the European Union: bloc officials and member countries fear encouraging separatists, sowing even more economic uncertainty.



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• Aleksei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition leader, was sentenced to jail for the third time this year, this time for 20 days, over his anticorruption campaign and presidential aspirations. He will miss a protest in St. Petersburg on Mr. Putin’s 65th birthday on Saturday.

Our correspondent went to Sevastopol, the Crimean port city where the euphoria over Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 has turned to discontent. Residents say the new Kremlin-appointed officials are as corrupt as their Ukrainian predecessors.

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year to influence the U.S. presidential election tried on quite an array of disguises — even one focused on cute puppies. Meanwhile in Moscow, the Kremlin is glorifying the spycraft of another era with a flurry to tributes to Kim Philby, a British spy who defected in 1963.



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• Uber’s C.E.O. is in London today, seeking to renew the car-hailing service’s license.

Much of the debate over Uber in London reflects wider racial divisions in Britain’s working class. “Would they have banned Uber if its drivers had been white and English?” asked an Uber driver who arrived in London from Afghanistan nine years ago.

Here’s what readers had to say. “If there was an ethical alternative to Uber at the same competitive pricing, I would go with that option,” one student said.



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Our correspondent went to Accra, Ghana, to see how KFC, the American restaurant chain, is expanding in the booming coastal African country. She found that a sharp increase in obesity has accompanied an embrace of fast food.

Experts say that Ghana, like other developing countries, is ill prepared to address a looming health crisis.



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• General Motors and Ford announced their plans to make inroads in the all-electric vehicle market. Above, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

• Monarch Airlines’ abrupt collapse forced British regulators to coordinate “the biggest ever peacetime repatriation” of stranded travelers.

• A new class in Instagram photography at America’s premier cooking school is another sign that social media skills have become as essential to a chef’s success as knife skills.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• Thousands of cheering Gazans welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister, who intends to take over governance of the territory from Hamas. But major decisions on how that transfer might unfold have yet to be made. [The New York Times]

• In Puerto Rico, the social fabric has held despite much chaos and deprivation, and crime has not spiked. [The New York Times]

• A German woman who followed her husband to Syria to join the Islamic State discusses her fate now as a prisoner in Iraq. [Der Spiegel]

• The man who fatally stabbed two women in Marseille, France, on Sunday had been detained two days earlier on suspicion of shoplifting and released on Saturday. Lawmakers will vote on a new counterterrorism bill today. [The New York Times]

• Two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, by smearing a nerve agent on his face pleaded not guilty to murder at their trial in Malaysia. [The New York Times]

• Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, fell back in line with Prime Minister Theresa May at the Conservative Party conference after challenging her Brexit strategy. [Bloomberg]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.


Illustration by Konstantin Kakanias

• Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA, it’s about daily habits. Here’s advice on building a routine.

• Keep your heart healthy with these 7 tips.

• Recipe of the day: Create a delicious homemade version of the classic deli breakfast sandwich.



Anatomy of a Scene | ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Denis Villeneuve narrates a sequence from his film featuring Ryan Gosling.

By MEKADO MURPHY on Publish Date October 2, 2017.

Photo by Stephen Vaughan/Alcon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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• “Blade Runner 2049” is reaching cinemas across Europe this week. We asked Denis Villeneuve, the director, to narrate a scene. Our critic called the movie a “carefully engineered narrative puzzle.”

• We met some designers who are turning “Ikea hacking” — the do-it-yourself repurposing of Ikea products — into Ikea bling.

• In memoriam: Tom Petty, whose songs were staples of FM rock radio for decades, has died at 66.

• A photographer captured the sartorial ambitions of Muscovites to stand out through bold colors. “Russian culture is beauty and tragedy all wrapped into one,” she said.

• The Louvre has withdrawn a large installation by a Dutch art and design collective for being sexually explicit.

• Three U.S. scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries about the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. The Nobel for Physics will be announced today.

Back Story


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Work began last week on prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, but no matter how big or beautiful it might eventually be, a barrier in Australia would still edge it out.

The Dingo Fence stretches for about 3,500 miles, from eastern Queensland to the South Australia coastline. (By comparison, the U.S.-Mexico border is only about 2,000 miles.)

Unlike some of Australia’s more gaudy “biggest things in the world” (see: the pineapple; the prawn), the fence serves a purpose: to protect livestock from dingoes, the wild dogs that roam the continent.

The fence stands only about six feet tall, but it’s easier to forgive its shortcomings when you realize that it was completed back in 1885. Aside from the odd hole, the fence, made mostly of mesh, has served its purpose: Sheep and cattle are notably safer.

As you’d expect, a structure so large requires substantial (and expensive) upkeep. Maintenance and patrol workers are staffed across the three states that it crosses.

And who pays for it? The farmers, of course.

Adam Baidawi contributed reporting.


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