Brexit, Syria, Champs-Élysées: Your Morning Briefing

The grim news shadowed the start of Brexit talks, a delicate task for a government already weakened by other attacks and questions about regulations on cladding that may have contributed to a devastating public-housing fire whose death toll is 79 and still rising.

And an armed man was killed in Paris after he rammed a car loaded with weapons and explosives, above, into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées.

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Russia warned that it would target all U.S. planes and drones in Syrian airspace “west of the Euphrates,” raising the possibility of direct conflict between the two, which back different sides in the Syrian war.

The threat came after a U.S. fighter for the first time shot down a Syrian warplane. Moscow said it was suspending the use of a hotline that the U.S. and Russia had been using to avoid collisions.

“This is a delicate couple of hours,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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Our reconstruction shows that the Philippine-flagged container ship that smashed into the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, badly damaging the destroyer and killing seven sailors, steamed on for about half an hour after the collision before circling back.

The Japanese Coast Guard is trying to determine why it took the cargo ship took almost an hour to report the event.

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President Trump meets today with the leaders of top tech companies, including Apple and Amazon, as the White House seeks to streamline its information services.

Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress are quietly pursuing what amounts to an anti-Trump foreign policy, strengthening sanctions…

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