Las Vegas, Catalonia, North Korea: Your Tuesday Briefing

In the latest confrontation, an archbishop said that the church had been approached by police officers whose “consciences are troubling them” and who want to testify about “extrajudicial killings and summary executions.” He said the church would offer them protection.

Above, students in Manila protested the extrajudicial killings in an annual naked run.

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• The trial in Malaysia for the two women accused of killing the half brother of Kim Jong-un is being closely watched for clues about the workings of North Korea. Above, one of the suspects.

Our Tokyo bureau chief examines whether a diplomatic resolution of nuclear tensions with the North is a mission impossible for the U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who contends not only with the North’s brash young leader, but also a president prone to making impromptu threats.

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In Spain, leaders in the Catalonia region are heralding a 90 percent “yes” result in an independence referendum held on Sunday that left hundreds injured after clashes between Spanish government security forces and Catalan voters.

Pressure is increasing on the European Union to mediate, but at a time of rising nationalism and populism, the last thing that the bloc wants is to encourage regional separatism.

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General Motors

General Motors, the iconic Detroit automaker, is joining China and Britain in making moves toward an emissions-free future.

The company said it would introduce 20 new all-electric models by 2023, including two in the next 18 months. There’s no end date in sight for its production of gas-engine vehicles.

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