Asia and Australia Edition: Donald Trump, Kerala, Australia: Your Thursday Briefing
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Good morning. A a single-two punch in Washington, political anxiousness in Australia and Facebook&rsquos discovery of influence campaigns around the world. Here&rsquos what you need to have to know:
&bull A grim focus inside the White Property.
Following the conviction of his former campaign chairman and a plea deal by his former individual lawyer and fixer, President Trump mostly avoided the topic at a rally in West Virginia, above. The subsequent morning, he monitored the headlines, sat for an interview with Fox News and discussed approaches to attempt to seize the news cycle again.
But the legal setbacks &mdash and the possibility that each defendants might cooperate with the unique counsel &mdash have all but collapsed his attempts to dismiss the criminal investigations engulfing his tenure. Even Mr. Trump&rsquos staunchest defenders acknowledge that he could be exposed to the possibility of impeachment.
We know it&rsquos a confusing story. Here&rsquos an overview of all the moving parts.
&bull Malcolm Turnbull fights for his job.
If the Australian prime minister survives right now&rsquos political jockeying in Canberra, he&rsquoll have the two weeks of lawmakers&rsquo recess to regroup. According to this report, he may possibly not make it.
Peter Dutton, the appropriate-wing populist who narrowly lost a leadership challenge on Tuesday, could mount yet another attempt today. Mr. Turnbull has rejected most of the flurry of resignations from ministers, but the Liberal Party is in obvious crisis.
Right here, Crikey appears at how extended Australia&rsquos modern prime ministers have lasted right after they have been first challenged. (The write-up is paywall-cost-free for Instances readers.)
&bull Facebook&rsquos use as a vessel for disinformation is spreading.
The social media influence techniques utilized in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and that surfaced once again in the U.S. final month, appear to have been adopted by operatives in other nations as nicely.
The firm said it had located and removed hundreds of fake accounts, pages and groups that have been trying to sow misinformation in Latin America, Britain and the Middle East.
&ldquoWe believe these pages, groups and accounts were portion of two sets of campaigns,&rdquo Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook&rsquos chief executive (pictured above earlier this year), said in a conference call. &ldquoOne from Iran, with ties to state-owned media. The other came from a set of men and women the U.S. government and other people have linked to Russia.&rdquo
&bull Air pollution is shortening your life.
Months, and sometimes years, are getting shaved off life expectancy, according to a new study.
Outside air pollution &mdash fine particulate matter from sources like coal-fired power plants, truck tailpipes, wildfires and dust storms &mdash reduces the worldwide average life expectancy at birth by one particular year, researchers discovered. The average Egyptian loses 1.9 years the average Indian, 1.five years. Above, the outskirts of New Delhi last year.
Several of the sources of outdoor air pollution are tightly linked to greenhouse gas emissions, suggesting that moving to cleaner sources of power may provide public well being dividends.
Indoor air pollution &mdash for instance, from cooking with wood, charcoal or animal dung &mdash can also be devastating. In South Asia, the researchers identified, it decreased life expectancy by an additional 1.2 years.
&bull It&rsquos time for Filipinos to &ldquomove on.&rdquo
Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, employed an appearance with President Rodrigo Duterte, a Marcos admirer, to inform her men and women to get more than her father&rsquos misdeeds.
&ldquoThe millennials have moved on and I feel people at my age must also move on as well,&rdquo the 62-year-old stated.
The remark came on the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Benigno S. Aquino Jr., which fueled the protests that ended Marcos&rsquos brutal 20-year rule, throughout which thousands of folks have been killed and tortured. The Marcos loved ones was accused of stealing roughly $10 billion in government treasure to enrich itself.
&ldquoIt is so simple to say that we should all move on,&rdquo mentioned a single of Aquino&rsquos nephews, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, &ldquobut for those who suffered during martial law, it would not be so effortless.&rdquo
&bull Is China altering Google? The tech business founded 20 years ago in a Silicon Valley garage was when proudly nonconformist. But our tech columnist writes that, if it does make a decision to abide by Chinese censors, it would mark a new era for Google &mdash 1 of conventionality.
&bull The U.S. will impose a ten percent tariff this week on an added $16 billion worth of Chinese items. Right here are eight approaches that could rebound on American customers.
&bull Apple purchased the rights to a television series primarily based on &ldquoLosing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Alter,&rdquo a novelistic write-up that stretched far more than 30,000 words and took up an entire problem of The Times Magazine this month.
&bull U.S. marketplace milestone: American stocks crossed a major threshold on Wednesday, and the 10-year-old bull marketplace arguably became the longest on record. But the gains have been concentrated amongst the wealthy.
&bull U.S. stocks were mixed. Here&rsquos a snapshot of international markets.
In the News
&bull South Korea mentioned it would press ahead with its strategy to open a diplomatic &ldquoliaison workplace&rdquo in North Korea this year. [The New York Times]
&bull Scenes of valor in India: This video report looks at heroic rescuers &mdash from commandos to fishermen &mdash in the southern state of Kerala, exactly where hundreds have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the heaviest rainfall in practically a century. [The New York Times]
&bull Hurricane Lane, a rare Category 4 storm in the Pacific, is bearing down on Hawaii with 160-mile-per-hour winds. The National Weather Service warned that some areas &ldquomay be uninhabitable for weeks.&rdquo [The New York Occasions]
&bull Saudi Arabia is seeking the death penalty for a 29-year-old lady who advocates equal rights for the country&rsquos Shiite minority. [The New York Occasions]
&bull A Vietnamese court discovered two Vietnamese-Americans guilty of terrorism and sentenced them to 14 years in prison for masterminding a series of bomb plots earlier this year. [Reuters]
Guidelines for a more fulfilling life.
&bull Recipe of the day: Tasty BLT tacos function for brunch, lunch or a light, quick dinner.
&bull Women and males peak at distinct ages on dating sites.
&bull How to ask for support (and in fact get it).
&bull New York, Melbourne or each? As a MoMA exhibition continues in Melbourne, Australia, we tested how properly the two cities genuinely know every single other. Feel you&rsquore fairly worldwide? Take the quiz and see.
&bull Hong Kong&rsquos changing classrooms: A lot more white students are enrolling in public schools than at any time in the city&rsquos history, as wealthy Chinese gravitate to its prestigious international schools.
&bull And in Japan, a meeting of mayhem and sport. Botaoshi, a century-old game combining elements of rugby, sumo and martial arts, is hanging on regardless of being so dangerous that several Japanese schools have abandoned it.
Forty-5 years right now ago nowadays, an escaped convict burst into a busy bank in Stockholm, fired at the ceiling and shouted in English, &ldquoThe celebration has just begun!&rdquo
The man, Jan-Erik Olsson, took four workers hostage, and a tense, six-day standoff followed.
But the police have been stumped by the terrorized hostages&rsquo apparent sympathy for their captor, behavior that is now widely recognized as Stockholm syndrome.
In a phone contact set up with Sweden&rsquos prime minister, a single hostage mentioned she felt safe with Mr. Olsson but worried that &ldquothe police will attack and result in us to die.&rdquo
The authorities agreed to some of Mr. Olsson&rsquos demands: a getaway vehicle, hundreds of thousands of dollars and the release of yet another convict, who joined Mr. Olsson at the bank.
Following 130 hours, the police pumped tear gas into the vault and the captors surrendered. The hostages pleaded with the authorities: &ldquoDon&rsquot hurt them &mdash they didn&rsquot harm us.&rdquo
Evaluating the hostages right after their release, psychologists compared the knowledge to wartime shell shock, and they soon coined the term Stockholm syndrome. It wasn&rsquot until the subsequent year, with the abduction of the American heiress Patty Hearst, that the term went into wide use.
Joumana Khatib wrote these days&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:28:59 +0000