North Korea, Mumbai, Texas: Your Friday Briefing

Mr. Xi may even defy the standard script and lay the groundwork for extending his tenure by delaying the designation of a successor.

Above, Mr. Xi and the president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, who was in Beijing for official meetings ahead of the BRICS summit that begins on Sunday in the coastal city of Xiaomen.

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• New dangers are emerging in the aftermath of Harvey, once a Category 4 hurricane, as floodwaters receded and the storm moved through Louisiana and into Mississippi, with its end forecast for Saturday.

Explosions were reported overnight at a damaged chemical plant near Houston — a hub for chemical and petrochemical plants. More blasts are feared. And much of the city is still covered in a toxic stew of chemicals, sewage, debris and waste.

Here’s a quick guide to our full coverage — access is free. Check here for the latest, and here for how to help victims.

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• Pakistan’s most controversial murder trial ended in a verdict that stunned many.

A terrorism court acquitted five suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in the 2007 assassination of the former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and declared the former ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is living in Abu Dhabi, a fugitive in the case.

He rejects any involvement in her death, and her party intends to appeal. The long-running case has been dogged by intimidation and threats to the judiciary from militants.

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• You’ve heard of Brexit. What about “WAxit”?

That’s what some are calling a proposal for the state of Western Australia to secede over a long-running grievance about tax revenues.

The idea might sound far-fetched, but it’s not…

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