Hurricane Irma, Apple, Pope Francis: Your Monday Briefing

Our chief White House correspondent, reflecting on the president’s short-term fiscal deal with Democrats, argues that Mr. Trump is “the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War.”

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Pope Francis amended Vatican law on Saturday to grant bishops greater power to translate prayers into their local languages.

The change signals a shift in Vatican power away from Rome. It also reverses policies enacted by Francis’ more conservative predecessors.

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• Hourslong statements, a panel of three judges and a courtroom the size of a gymnasium.

Our correspondent offers a glimpse into a mass trial in Turkey, where nearly 500 service members and civilians stand accused of planning last year’s bloody coup attempt.

The accused face a wealth of incriminating evidence (the indictment runs to 4,000 pages); the charges include treason, murder and attempted murder.

The attempted coup left 249 people dead and more than 2,000 wounded.

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• Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson in straight sets on Sunday to capture the men’s U.S. Open singles title.

On Saturday, Sloane Stephens, ranked 957th early last month, defeated her good friend Madison Keys for the women’s title.

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China, through a $900 billion infrastructure initiative called One Belt, One Road, has promised Serbia jobs, cash and investments. But the initiative comes with at least a few strings attached.

Apple is set to unveil its latest lineup of iPhones on Tuesday. The top-of-the-line model is expected to showcase new features like infrared facial recognition, wireless charging and augmented reality software — along with a $1,000 price tag. You can ask our consumer technology reporter questions about the new iPhones.

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