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Donald Trump, ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ Daylight Saving Time: Your Friday Briefing

“Allahu akbar”: We look at the everyday Arabic phrase — meaning “God is great” — that has been seized on by jihadists.

A contradiction on Russia.

• President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both said that they didn’t know of anybody in the Trump campaign who had been in contact with Russians. Court documents unsealed this week suggest otherwise.

The documents also mentioned Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign aide who was in the running for a senior position at the Department of Agriculture. On Thursday, he dropped out.

Mr. Trump begins an 11-day trip to Asia today.

Myanmar leader visits site of atrocities.

• Daw Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to the state where the U.N. and international human rights groups say the military is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate controls the country’s civilian government but has no authority over its military.

There is little overlap between the international and domestic narratives: Myanmar’s government says the Rohingya are killing their own people.

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A Rohingya woman and her child returning to the Basara camp in Sittwe, the provincial capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times

The Daily”: A hate crime, or a wound of war?

• A Marine attacked an Iraqi restaurant in Oregon. But what constitutes a hate crime, and how does the legal system treat combat veterans?

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Business

• Jerome Powell, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, has supported Janet Yellen’s approach and is seen as a centrist and pragmatist.

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We look at Mr. Powell’s background and at the legacy of Ms. Yellen, the top economic policymaker in the U.S. since 2014.

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Jerome Powell, 64, is a member of the Federal Reserve Board who has worked in investment banking and the Treasury Department. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times

• Robert Mercer is stepping down as co-chief executive of a $50 billion hedge fund that has been criticized for his embrace of polarizing political figures including Stephen Bannon.

• Where the STEM jobs are: Enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics assumes those fields are flush with opportunity. Some are, some aren’t.

DNAinfo and Gothamist, two leading online sites for local news, were shut down on Thursday, a week after employees in New York voted to join a union.

• U.S. stocks were mixed on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

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

• Think twice if your doctor suggests a stent to deal with cardiac pain.

It’s possible to end your frustration and fulfill your dreams.

• Recipe of the day: Double-down on flavor with salmon in anchovy-garlic butter sauce.

Noteworthy

• Floating schools in Bangladesh.

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In today’s 360 video, step aboard a houseboat that doubles as a school, part of a program started in response to flooding during monsoons.

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Floating Schools in Bangladesh

In the Natore District in northwest Bangladesh, children attend school on a houseboat. Flooding is an increasing problem in the country, which is a delta formed by the confluence of major rivers and highly vulnerable to climate change.

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• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss this week’s terrorist attack in New York City.

• U.N. sees an “emergency” in the Pacific.

Water and electricity to a detainee camp in Papua New Guinea have been cut off, but hundreds of asylum seekers refuse to let Australia move them.

• Trump’s Twitter account was deleted.

For 11 minutes.

A rogue customer support worker deactivated President Trump’s personal account on his or her last day at the company.

• Ready for the weekend.

At the movies, our critics gush over “Lady Bird,” directed by Greta Gerwig, and are … supportive of Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.”

We also recommend 11 new books, the best offerings on streaming services in November, and the five theater productions you should see if you’re in New York this month.

Best of late-night TV.

Trevor Noah felt bad for Russian agents on social media: In the old days, “espionage meant using exploding pens and poison-tipped umbrellas,” he said. “Now they have to use the same tool as your divorced aunt.”

• Quotation of the day.

“You can climb into the game, into the television, and you’re not thinking about your flooded house.”

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Amy Weiss, a Houston rabbi who watched Game 7 of the World Series from a new home because her old one was wrecked by Hurricane Harvey.

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An international team of researchers announced Thursday that they had discovered a hidden “void” within the Great Pyramid of Giza. Many archaeologists said the empty space was most likely by design, but not a hidden room for the pharaoh’s riches. Credit Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

Back Story

Clocks fall back an hour in most of the U.S. and Canada on Sunday — after having done so last week in Europe — with the end of daylight saving time. Clocks in parts of Australia have moved, too, in the opposite direction.

The reason for the shift is contentious and confusing. (It isn’t for farmers, as you may have learned in school.)

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Get ready to enjoy that extra hour in bed. Credit Sandor Ujvari/European Pressphoto Agency

Historians have traced the notion for daylight saving time to Benjamin Franklin, who realized he was sleeping through some daylight hours while visiting Paris in the 18th century.

But the first plan to actually move the clock hands came from William Willett, who unsuccessfully proposed daylight saving time to the British Parliament in 1908. Germany, seeking cost savings during World War I, heard the idea and enacted it in 1915. Three weeks later, the British followed, and other world powers were close behind, including the U.S. in 1918.

Despite the common belief that American farmers supported the change, they were actually the strongest lobby against it because it disrupted their schedules, said David Prerau, the author of “Seize the Daylight.”

“I don’t know how that ever became a myth, but it is the exact opposite,” he said.

You can find out more about daylight saving time here.

Daniel Victor contributed reporting.

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