We compiled the best writing from the right and the left on the gun-control debate. Today on our podcast “The Daily,” we discuss bump stocks with C.J. Chivers, an investigative reporter who is a former Marine and our weapons expert.

Whatever drove Stephen Paddock, the gunman, to kill has remained a vexing mystery. Agents are now interviewing his family and friends. Here’s the latest on one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

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• For Aleksandr Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus, the tech industry holds the promise of lessening his government’s dependency on Russia.

He has tolerated and even spurred its development in Minsk, where developers are creating mobile apps used across the world.

But not everyone is convinced. One former official dismissed Belarus as “a dying country with bitcoins.”

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• An advocacy group behind the first treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Check back for reactions and analysis.

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize in Literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author known for his spare prose style and his subversion of literary genres.

Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in the years leading up to World War II, and “Never Let Me Go,” a dystopian love story. Our critic called him “a uniter, a conferrer of calm.”

In other literary news, the French novelist and New Wave actress Anne Wiazemsky died at 70. (She was a granddaughter of the 1958 Nobel literature laureate François Mauriac.)

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Finally, it’s time to rethink the value of freshness. A growing number of chefs are falling in love with the flavor of aged ingredients.

Age and processes like pickling bring depth and push flavors past the obvious, our magazine writer argues.

“What is more human than refusing to accept things as they are, than believing we can make them better?”

Above, aging cheese wheels in California.

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• Automakers are addressing the two main reasons customers don’t buy electric cars: concerns about the cars’ range and charging time.

EN+, the Russian energy and aluminum company, plans to raise $1.5 billion in an initial public offering in London and Moscow.

• European regulators are taking a growing interest in initial coin offerings. (They see trouble where others see a financing revolution.)

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

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A Times investigation found decades of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood megaproducer whose films have helped define American culture. [The New York Times]

• Russian hackers obtained classified American documents that a National Security Agency employee had taken and stored on his home computer, raising concerns over the security of Kaspersky Lab antivirus software he had used. [The New York Times]

• The Iraqi government said its forces had gained control of the city of Hawija, the Islamic State’s last urban stronghold in the country. [The New York Times]

• President Trump has suggested he will “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. But that does not necessarily kill the deal, our correspondent explains. [The New York Times]

• In a video interview in Pyongyang, our Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof confronts a North Korean official over the death of Otto Warmbier, an American who had been detained in the country. [The New York Times]

• In France, President Emmanuel Macron was said to regret saying that some workers at a car-parts manufacturer “caused a ruckus” when they protested layoffs. [Politico]

• In Britain, the police said that Edward Heath, the former prime minister, would have faced a sex abuse inquiry if he were still alive. [The New York Times]

• For the first time, doctors have used gene therapy to stave off a fatal degenerative brain disease. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

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• No wired headphone jack on your new phone? Here’s how to figure out whether wireless is best for you, and which headphones to buy.

How to plan for a major career change, and other tips for the office.

• Recipe of the day: Round out the week with a dinner of salmon in parsley sauce.

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• The career of Pink, the pop star, has provided a blueprint for the female pop-outsider archetype. “I’ve never won the popularity contest,” she told our reporter.

• We asked six writers to reflect on their favorite cultural experiences of 2017. Among them is the American novelist Nathan Englander, who considers a British baking show “kind of a holistic cure for the overwhelming stress of American life.”

• At the soccer World Cup qualifiers, Poland had Robert Lewandowski to thank for a hat-trick. Here’s the schedule of coming matches.

• A bronze statue’s orphaned arm is among the findings marine archaeologists announced from their excavation of a roughly 2,000-year-old ship wreck off the coast of a tiny island in Greece.

• Our latest 36 Hours guide takes you to Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital. Come for the historic architecture in the car-free center and green spaces; stay for the food and craft beer.

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International competitors will gather in the Scottish village of Carrbridge on Saturday to spoon up their best recipes for porridge.

The top prize at the event, now in its 24th year, is the Golden Spurtle, named after the dowel-shaped kitchen tool Scots traditionally used to stir porridge without making it gluey.

The competition includes two categories: classic porridge made with oatmeal (pinhead, coarse, medium or fine), salt and water, and a specialty class that allows for experimentation.

Countries around the world have their own version of porridge — congee in China, upma in India and genfo in Ethiopia — but for the Scots, hot oatmeal is considered the national breakfast. It’s been a part of their diets since the Roman Empire.

This year’s competitors include a farmer and the head of Sweden’s national antidoping agency. Porridge will be judged on consistency, taste and color.

Last year’s winner was Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods in Oregon. He returns this year to try to retain the Golden Spurtle.

“It’s so meaningful for me; I’ve devoted my whole life to good eating of good oats,” Mr. Moore said after his win last year.

What are you doing for breakfast this weekend? Here’s some hearty inspiration.

Remy Tumin contributed reporting.

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