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Good morning. Election Day in America, smoldering male discontent in Germany’s east and the death of an activist in Ukraine.
Here’s the latest:
• A fierce fight to the last.
Voting gets underway today in a dizzying array of congressional and statehouse races in the U.S. Our polling expert explains why even modest late shifts among undecided voters or slightly unexpected turnout numbers could significantly affect results.
Above, President Trump in Fort Wayne, Indiana, part of his three-state swing to wrap up an us-against-them midterm campaign.
Here’s the latest from the reporters and the photographers we have spread out across the country.
Our Abroad in America writer says Mr. Trump has turned the election into “nothing less than an epic battle for the soul and future of the country.” One sign of that: Some Americans have quit jobs, delayed school or moved across the country to work without pay for a campaign.
• The rise of the so-called Eastern Man.
Men in Germany’s former Communist East are reshaping the country’s politics, fueled by anger over lagging living standards. After reunification in 1990, they lost their jobs, their country and their women, many of whom left and did not come back.
Support for the far-right Alternative for Germany party in the East is on average more than double that in the West. And eastern men have a visceral dislike for Chancellor Angela Merkel, an eastern woman who provides a daily reminder of their own failure.
They also feel threatened by the more than one million asylum seekers Ms. Merkel has allowed into the country.
When Petra Köpping, minister for integration in Saxony, appeared at a meeting, one middle-aged white man shouted, “Why don’t you integrate us first?”
Above, the merged eastern town of Ebersbach-Neugersdorf, which was created in response to economic decline.
• A Ukrainian activist succumbs.
Three months after an acid attack, Kateryna Handziuk, an opponent of Ukraine’s corruption, died from complications from her wounds.
Even after suffering burns over 30 percent of her body, Ms. Handziuk continued to speak out, saying, “I’m sure that I look better than fairness and justice in Ukraine.”
Above, a vigil in Lviv.
“I feel ashamed of my country,” said Roxane Hauzeur, who has housed as many as five migrants at a time in her small apartment. “I heard so many times that Europe is the land of human rights, but it’s not true.”
Ms. Hauzeur is one of about 7,000 Belgians who volunteer through Citizen’s Platform for the Support of Refugees, sometimes stretching their own means. Above, Maximilian Park in Brussels, where many migrants spend time playing soccer.
• Literal hills of beans: It’s harvest season for soybeans in the rich farmlands of the eastern Dakotas, but China has stopped buying amid the trade war — American soybean sales to China are down 94 percent from last year as surplus piles up. Meanwhile, China faces a tough sell in getting other countries to trust it on trade. Above, a grain bin in Pillsbury, North Dakota.
• Swift, the Belgian-based bank messaging service, is disconnecting from Iranian banks, yielding to the Trump administration. Though European countries say they will honor the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, they are struggling to find a way around reimposed U.S. sanctions.
• Booksellers around the world have pulled millions of secondhand and rare books off the Amazon-owned site AbeBooks to protest its abrupt decision to ban sellers from several countries, including Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia.
• For their eyes only: Neighbors of the Tate Modern in London are suing over the gallery’s 10-floor viewing terrace, right, which affords a peek directly into their apartment tower, left. [The New York Times]
• Recent Polish elections confirm that Poland is a nation ever more deeply divided between its liberal cities and its conservative countryside. [The New York Times]
• Saudi Arabia sent an expert cleanup team to its consulate in Istanbul to clear away evidence of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials said. [The New York Times]
• “Sickening”: The mayor of London condemned a video showing a group on Britain’s Guy Fawkes Night burning an effigy of the Grenfell Tower apartment complex, where dozens died in an inferno last year. [The New York Times]
• Rescuers in Marseille, France, are trying to determine if anyone was killed or trapped when two adjacent buildings collapsed. [The Associated Press]
• A paternity test fit for a king: A court in Belgium ordered a former king, Albert II, to submit a DNA sample to resolve a woman’s claim that she was conceived during an extramarital affair he had with her mother. [The New York Times]
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
• The Church of Santiago Apóstal, perched high in the Andes Mountains, was built in 1681 out of mud and has managed to survive its fair share of earthquakes. What can modern architecture learn from the ancient building technique?
Inspired by today’s midterm elections in the U.S., we’re looking at how newspapers published results in the past.
The presidential election of 1896 between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan was hotly contested. The competition between newspapers to provide results to the crowds gathered outside their offices was similarly intense.
In New York, The Tribune built a display of lights, alternating green and red with different numbers of white lights to signal each state’s result. The paper first tried to send the display aloft on a kite, but the wind died, so the display was instead hung on the spire of the building.
The World projected massive bulletins over nearly its entire 20-story building across from City Hall, and The Herald shone a beacon from atop its building.
At The Times, the new owner, Adolph Ochs, thought his paper’s own efforts — projections on two screens in town — fell short.
So when Mr. Ochs commissioned a new building in what would be renamed Times Square, he insisted that a searchlight be installed at the top. When the tower opened, just before the 1904 election, it was the city’s second tallest. That night, and for election nights almost until the building was sold in 1961, a needle of light pointed out the winners.
Albert Sun wrote today’s Back Story.
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