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The Kremlin's propaganda machine fired at high speed to counter reports that a Russian informant helped the CIA. discover President Vladimir Putin's interference in the 2016 US elections.

Russian authorities and state-controlled media named the informant Oleg B. Smolenkov and dismissed him as a drunken man who had no contact with President Vladimir Putin.

This picture contrasts sharply with what US intelligence officials said about the spy, who was extracted from Russia: that he saw Putin regularly and became "one of the CIA's most valuable assets."

The C.I.A. declined to comment and the New York Times could not independently confirm that Smolenkov was the US-extracted spy.

Pinch of Salt: Russia wants to make it appear that C.I.A. invested in a low-level diplomat, but downplaying a rival's recruits is as much a part of the spaceship as inflating them.


After World War II, the US and its allies reinstalled hundreds of thousands of people. There were moral reasons, but there was also the fear that leaving millions of displaced people in the vast fields of Europe or in urban misery would cause unrest.

Our interpreter columnists examine how refugee resettlement has become the cornerstone of world order and the impact of President Trump's cuts on the US system.

Hurricane Dorian: About 2,500 people have disappeared after the storms in the Bahamas, but the names have not yet been verified against those seeking shelter or evacuated, the government said on Wednesday, and the death toll is now 50.

Australia: A new law criminalizing violent content online has been seen as a model for creating a safer Internet, but enforcement so far is largely passive and reactive, highlighting the limits of the approach.

Great Britain: A Scottish court ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was illegal. The ruling set up a clash next week at the London Supreme Court, which had said it would look into the case.

China: A Taiwanese man who disappeared during a visit to China is being investigated on suspicions of activities that "threaten national security," Chinese officials said.

India: The country's efforts to revive the The lost lunar module of Chandrayaan-2, which fell silent last week as it drove to the moon's surface, could be pointless, the scientists said.

From the archives: Two months after the September 11 attacks, novelist Colson Whitehead wrote a tribute to New York City and The Times Magazine's World Trade Center. "When buildings fall, so do we fall" he said.

What we are reading: This piece in The New Atlantis. Charles Homans, policy editor of The Times Magazine, recommends: "Laurence Scott's wonderfully probing exploration of the nostalgia and melancholy of watching old videos on YouTube – the unexpected emotional places these rabbit-hole expeditions can take us" .

He was born in July with DNA from a deceased British shorthair, Chinese state media reported. The heartbroken owner, a 22-year-old Chinese businessman, kept the corpse in his fridge while waiting for a technician to extract some of his skin cells.

The clone was named after the original cat: Da Suan (大蒜), which means garlic. The owner told our colleague, Sui-Lee Wee, that the name came to him. Garlic is obviously an indispensable part of Chinese cuisine.

The birth of the new Garlic solidifies China's position among major cloning countries, including Britain, South Korea and the US cloning company Sinogene, has cloned more than 40 dogs and is working on a horse.

But Sinogene's chief executive says he has never had a pet.

"Cats and dogs need a lot of care," he told Wee.


That's it in this briefing. DoooOOO yoOOuuu speeeAAkk WhaaAAlle?

– Alisha


Thank you
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the news break. Mike Ives, a reporter from Hong Kong, wrote today's Back Story. You can contact the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We are listening to "The Daily". Our last episode is about the departure of John Bolton, President Trump's national security consultant.
• Here are our Mini Crosswords and a clue: about 3.5% of ocean water (four letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Last year, the New York Times Kabul agency and Times magazine's At War channel published weekly reports documenting civilian and military deaths in Afghanistan. Two Afghan reporters writing the reports explained the process.

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