His family doubts the official account of his death, which has become something of a rallying cry as a growing number of prominent Iranians and Westerners have been imprisoned.
• The arrests, analysts say, are part of a struggle between conservatives clinging to the revolution and those trying to respond to widespread calls for change.
Gold for a Russian, if not for Russia
The figure skater Alina Zagitova today became the first Russian athlete to win a gold medal at this year’s Winter Olympics. Her home country has been barred from the Games because of a doping scheme.
Ivanka Trump has arrived in South Korea, and will meet with President Moon Jae-in before attending the closing ceremony.
A miracle on ice? Maybe not, but the U.S. men’s curling team had never defeated Canada in Olympic competition before doing it twice in four days. “I think it was heroic,” one curler said.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Mental Health and Mass Shootings
President Trump has focused on mental health, rather than weapons, after the mass shooting in Florida. But mental illness is rarely the cause of gun violence.
• The Chinese government said today that it had seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, the troubled company that owns the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York and other marquee properties.
• Donald Trump Jr. is in India on behalf of the family business, again raising concerns about the lines between the Trump White House and the Trump Organization.
Word that he planned a speech on foreign policy has taken the controversy to a new level.
• Gathering complaints about nursing home evictions have caught the attention of regulators. Discharges often coincide with the end of Medicare coverage.
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• Is America “a nation of immigrants”?
No longer, according to the federal agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has dropped the phrase from its mission statement.
• The week in good news
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• Ready for the weekend
Our critic also rewatched Woody Allen films to see if they held up in the #MeToo moment.
It is, perhaps, a production for our times. “Jerry Springer — The Opera” has returned to New York; our theater critic calls it “a hilarious and unexpectedly touching origin portrait of how we became who we are today.”
Finally, for Gen Xers like your briefing writer, the Breeders were part of the soundtrack of the ’90s. The band has re-formed, and they spoke to us about their fights, addictions and newfound sobriety.
• Best of late-night TV
Trevor Noah summed up Senator Marco Rubio’s response about contributions from the National Rifle Association: “He looked like a dad trying to explain to his son why he cheated on his mom.”
• Quotation of the day
“There’s an unacceptably large number of younger miners who have end-stage disease, and the only choice is to get a lung transplant or wait it out and die.”
— David Blackley, an epidemiologist who led research that identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded.
• The Times, in other words
Many hockey goaltenders wear artfully decorated masks as expressions of identity.
The mask of Matt Dalton, the Canadian-born goalie for South Korea’s national team, includes the flag of his naturalized country. It also features an image of Adm. Yi Sun-shin, a Korean naval commander who is celebrated for 23 victories against Japanese invaders in the 16th century.
Korean schoolchildren are taught of Admiral Yi’s military prowess and ingenuity.
Admiral Yi invented the geobukseon, or “turtle ship” — the world’s first armored maritime craft. The ships were covered in protective metal and spikes, and the front had a cannon shaped like a dragon’s head.
In the Battle of Myeongnyang in 1597, he defeated a Japanese fleet of hundreds with just 13 ships.
Unfortunately for Mr. Dalton, the goalie, the International Olympic Committee deemed his mask political and didn’t allow him to wear it during the Winter Games. I.O.C. guidelines state that “no item may feature the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words, public/political messaging or slogans related to national identity.”
The South Korean hockey team was eliminated this week, but Mr. Dalton — and his Yi mask — have gained a loyal fan base.
Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.
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