Asia and Australia Edition: Chris Collins, Tesla, Trade War: Your Thursday Briefing
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Very good morning. Voting in the U.S., deepening tensions among Saudi Arabia and Canada and what to make of Elon Musk&rsquos large thought. Right here&rsquos what you require to know:
&bull President Trump&rsquos lawyers rejected the unique counsel&rsquos latest terms for an interview in the Russia investigation, but created a narrow counteroffer that skipped any inquiries about obstructing justice.
And here&rsquos the most current in the increasingly seamy trial of Paul Manafort, where defense lawyers accused a longtime Manafort deputy, Rick Gates, of obtaining four extramarital affairs and lying about them.
And all of this as the outcomes of voting in five states showed an rising challenge for Republicans and the elevation of Rashida Tlaib, who is poised to become the very first Muslim woman in Congress.
Separately, Chris Collins, a New York lawmaker, above, was charged with insider trading. He was accused of tipping off his son and other folks to sell stock in an Australian pharmaceutical firm prior to the benefits of 1 of its failed drug tests became public.
&bull Far more from the trade war.
Chinese exports continue to surge, trade figures show, and that&rsquos providing Beijing confidence in the financial dispute with Washington.
&bull India. Indonesia. Myanmar. Sri Lanka.
In these nations and other establishing nations, Facebook&rsquos issue with Alex Jones, the notorious American conspiracy theorist, is old news.
Our Interpreter columnist explains that the platform has grown so effective, so quickly, that we are still struggling to understand its influence. Researchers point to new ways that Facebook alters societies: a link to hate crimes, a rise in extremism, a distortion of social norms.
&ldquoFacebook doesn&rsquot look to get that they&rsquore the largest news agency in the planet,&rdquo a Sri Lankan official mentioned.
&bull The American wars.
The conflict in Afghanistan has endured across three U.S. presidencies &mdash 17 years with out a clear exit method. There is also the war in Iraq, which started with the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and continues in a distinct kind over the Syrian border.
The Times has extensively covered the deaths and the harm in these nations. Now, The Instances Magazine requires a extended look at the damage to America&rsquos own.
Far more than 3 million Americans have served in uniform in these wars, and practically 7,000 of them have died. Our veteran war correspondent writes that the failure of American military campaigns has left a generation of soldiers with small to fight for but a single another.
&bull Saudi Arabia escalated its feud with Canada more than rights criticism.
The Kingdom announced that it would no longer send its citizens to Canadian hospitals and would withdraw resident physicians from Canadian hospitals.
It has also mentioned that it would suspend flights by the national carrier to Canadian airports and that it would no longer acquire Canadian barley or wheat.
The measures add to the Saudi&rsquos retaliation right after two tweets by Canada&rsquos Foreign Ministry final week calling on the kingdom to release imprisoned rights activists, including two who have family members in Canada.
&bull Elon Musk shocked investors on Tuesday by tweeting that he may take Tesla private. We appear at two huge concerns: Where is the money coming from and would Tesla really be much better off?
And Mr. Musk&rsquos statement that he had &ldquofunding secured&rdquo for a achievable $70 billion buyout could get a difficult look from securities regulators.
&bull The New York City Council voted to cap Uber cars and other ride-hail services, offering a model for other cities that are trying discover techniques to rein in the organization.
&bull The Times added 109,000 digital-only subscribers in the second quarter. It now has two.9 million digital-only subscribers, out of three.8 million total.
&bull U.S. stocks have been flat. Here&rsquos a snapshot of international markets.
In the News
&bull In California, fires are moving faster than ever, and barriers that in years past contained them &mdash bulldozer lines, highways, rivers &mdash are no match. [The New York Instances]
&bull The U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Moscow more than the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in England utilizing nerve gas. [The New York Occasions]
&bull In Indonesia, survivors of this week&rsquos earthquake, their towns and workplaces destroyed, are blocking roads and flagging down motorists as they wait for government help. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Bangladesh&rsquos greatest-recognized photojournalist, Shahidul Alam, was arrested right after posting Facebook video in which he appeared to criticize the government&rsquos handling of recent student-led protests. [The New York Instances]
&bull Malaysia charged Najib Razak, the former prime minister, with three counts of income laundering. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Typhoon No. 13 is bringing howling winds and heavy rain to Japan. The strong, slow-moving storm&rsquos trajectory could take it to the Kanto or Tohoku regions. [The Asahi Shimbun]
&bull 1 of Japan&rsquos most prestigious healthcare schools apologized for tampering with entrance scores to limit its intake of girls. [BBC]
Suggestions for a a lot more fulfilling life.
&bull Can you cease wanting to cheat on your companion?
&bull Dealing with the routine strangeness of a desk job.
&bull Recipe of the day: For a basic dinner, fill a pita with an omelet complete of herbs, vegetables and a tahini-yogurt sauce.
&bull &ldquoWelcome to Mawlynnong (God&rsquos own Garden).&rdquo At a time when India&rsquos large cities are facing a waste crisis, a village in the northeast attracts visitors with its lush gardens and a tradition of cleanliness.
&bull This dispatch from Lebanon looks at the town of Arsal, which had 4 occasions as many Syrians as neighborhood residents. In spite of the uncertainty in Syria, some are going back. &ldquoMy life there would be far better than it is now,&rdquo mentioned one particular. &ldquoI have a tent right here. I&rsquoll place a tent there if I have to.&rdquo
&bull And the last time a significant Hollywood film set in the present featured a predominantly Asian cast was 1993, with &ldquoThe Joy Luck Club.&rdquo Here&rsquos why it took so long to cast &ldquoCrazy Wealthy Asians,&rdquo a film based on a ideal-selling novel by Kevin Kwan.
In the song &ldquoImagine,&rdquo John Lennon sang about a globe with no religion.
But religion was at the center of a controversy involving the Beatles guitarist, who apologized on Aug. 11, 1966, for favorably comparing his band&rsquos popularity to that of Jesus.
&ldquoChristianity will go,&rdquo Mr. Lennon had stated in an interview published 5 months earlier. &ldquoIt will vanish and shrink. I needn&rsquot argue about that I know I&rsquom appropriate and I will be proved appropriate. We&rsquore much more popular than Jesus now. I don&rsquot know which will go first &mdash rock & roll or Christianity.&rdquo
The profile ran in a British newspaper with out controversy. But when a teen magazine in the U.S. reprinted the quote in late July &mdash just ahead of the Beatles embarked on a U.S. tour &mdash Americans took the slight to heart.
Radio stations, especially in the South, refused to play the Fab 4&rsquos music. Members of the Ku Klux Klan picketed the tour, and conservative groups burned their records.
Mr. Lennon apologized at the start off of the tour &mdash which ended up getting the Beatles&rsquo last &mdash but it was clear he was frustrated by the outrage:
&ldquoI suppose if I had mentioned tv was more well-liked than Jesus, I would have got away with it. I am sorry I opened my mouth.&rdquo
Matthew Sedacca wrote these days&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:31:27 +0000