Narendra Modi, Eid al-Fitr, China: Your Morning Briefing

The victims had been collecting the fuel spilling from the tanker for about 45 minutes when something — a spark or tossed cigarette — set it off. “We kept on telling people to leave the crash site,” a police official said, “but people wouldn’t listen and more kept coming.”

And in London, regulatory failures appear to have allowed the use of flammable cladding that channeled the lethal blaze at Grenfell Tower last week, which killed at least 79 people.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India visits the White House for his first meeting with President Trump. One likely topic: Mr. Trump’s plan to change the H1-B visa program, which has left thousands of skilled foreign workers in limbo, most of them Indian.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, partly hampered by priorities that differ from those of Mr. Trump, still has no one lined up to cover Asia policy and has been stymied on North Korea and the Middle East.

Washington will spend the week gripped in debate over a Republican health care bill.

Above, Mr. Modi with Prime Minister Antonio Costa of Portugal on Saturday in Lisbon.

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Millions of Chinese citizens are joining faith organizations, aiming to fill what they see as a moral vacuum.

But the groups operate carefully, to avoid antagonizing the authorities.

The calculations were clear in our interview with Master Hsing Yun, the founder of a group from Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan, or Buddha’s Light Mountain. “Buddhists don’t get involved in politics,” he said.

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