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Asia and Australia Edition: Hawaii, North Korea, Iran: Your Monday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Hawaii, North Korea, Iran: Your Monday Briefing


Great morning.

Here’s what you need to know:

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• For 38 minutes, many Hawaiians thought they were under attack.

The state’s emergency management office sent an alert to cellphones on Saturday urging men and women to take shelter from a ballistic missile. Thankfully, it was a false alarm.

Not surprisingly, the alert brought on widespread panic, coming at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. Security specialists called it a frightening warning of how a technical error could set off an unintended conflict.

Given that the dawn of the nuclear age, there have been no shortage of erroneous alarms. We revisited a few.


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• Iranian officials rejected President Trump’s call to revise the 2015 nuclear agreement, saying the deal was “not renegotiable.”

Mr. Trump on Friday reluctantly signed waivers to preserve the agreement in location, but he demanded that European allies agree to rewrite the nuclear deal inside 120 days or else he would kill it.

Separately, the Iranian oil tanker that burned off the coast of China for a lot more than a week sank on Sunday. “There is no hope of locating survivors,” an Iranian official mentioned.


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• “You have children watching. You have nations watching.”

That was just 1 of the several shocked reactions after President Trump mentioned he did not want immigrants from “shithole” nations. It came from Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin.

But yet another senator who attended the meeting forcefully denied that Mr. Trump had utilized that phrase, saying a Democratic colleague’s account of the session was “a gross misrepresentation.”

The president’s vulgar comments, our national immigration correspondent writes, have been a sad reminder of racist attitudes that after shaped American policy.


• South Korea proposed that North Korea join it in fielding a joint women’s hockey group at the Pyeongchang Games next month.

It would be a very first for the Games and a dramatic emblem of the recent warming of relations on the Korean Peninsula. The North’s Olympic representative said it was “under discussion.”

And in South Korea, there’s a growing push to overturn an abortion ban. Activists say it puts ladies at danger and creates a culture of shame.


From left, Ryan Locke, Robyn Sinclair and Terron Wood. Each said he had knowledgeable sexual harassment throughout his time modeling.CreditRyan Young for The New York Times Lam Yik Fei for The New York Instances Amanda Lucier for The New York Times

Male models and assistants are accusing the style photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct.

Each are large names: Mr. Weber is ideal known for his racy advertisements for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie &amp Fitch, although Mr. Testino is a favored of the British royal loved ones and Vogue.

Above from left, Ryan Locke, Robyn Sinclair and Terron Wood. Each and every mentioned he had experienced sexual harassment in the course of his time modeling.

Mark Wahlberg and his talent agency, meanwhile, will donate $2 million to a fund dedicated to fighting spend inequity and harassment of women in Hollywood. The donation comes soon after an outcry about spend discrepancy in his current film.


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• A frenzy more than cryptocurrencies has sent their value soaring and investors scrambling.

But the major player, Bitcoin, was rattled final week by word that South Korea is preparing a ban on trading in virtual currencies. But it isn’t clear whether, or how quickly, it will adhere to via.

And we went inside the newly megarich cryptocurrency community and discovered a tightknit group of pals — developers, libertarians, Redditors and cypherpunks — who speak about decentralizing power and wealth, and altering the planet order. (They also don’t forget who laughed at them.)



• Uber once paid a hacker $100,000 over a safety breach that exposed the information of 57 million riders and drivers. Our group took a close appear at its continuing fallout.

• A huge year for stocks in China and India has bargain hunters turning to emerging markets.

• One analyst estimates that exact same-sex marriage in Australia could aid the economy develop by $500 million in a year.

• Meet Mr. Amazon. Jeff Bezos, 54, is the world’s richest particular person. Now he’s shedding some of his mystery.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• A passenger plane skidded off a runway in Turkey, ending up stuck on a steep slope feet from the Black Sea. No one particular was hurt. [The New York Occasions]

• In Chile, firebombs exploded outdoors 3 churches, apparently to highlight the plight of an indigenous group and the situation of sex abuse before Pope Francis’ go to. [The New York Occasions]

• President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines rejected calls from his allies to extend his six-year term and to cancel elections next year. [VOA]

• A volcano eruption forced the evacuation of 1,500 men and women from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. [Reuters]

• Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan could miss the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as tensions with South Korea flared over Planet War II-era sex slaves. [The New York Occasions]

• A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off Peru’s coast early Sunday killed at least one particular individual and injured dozens. [AP]

• The police in China utilised explosives and heavy machinery to destroy a Christian megachurch in component of what critics named a national effort to control the country’s spiritual life. [The New York Instances]

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi for the 1st pay a visit to by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years. [Indian Express]

Smarter Living

Guidelines, both new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.

• Shield your technologies this year.

• Recipe of the day: Begin the week with a huge bowl of Thai red curry noodles.


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• “Frost boy” is what China’s state media calls him. The image of an eight-year-old with icicles in his hair trekking miles to college has underscored the plight of poor rural kids.

• From the Queen’s vault. Among the private details Elizabeth II revealed about her 1953 coronation in a BBC documentary: The crown was as well massive.

• And the Australian Open starts nowadays in Melbourne. Some tennis stars will not be on hand, so who can take advantage?

Back Story

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The headquarters for the U.S. military has always stood out.

The Pentagon constructing was already in use when it was committed 75 years ago today, at the height of Globe War II.

Constructed just across the Potomac River from Washington in significantly less than two years, the Pentagon was home to 22,000 workers by the end of 1942.

It remains one of the world’s largest office buildings, with much more than six million square feet of floor space.

The distinctive design came from the shape of the initial proposed web site, which was hemmed in by streets on 5 sides. When President Franklin Roosevelt decided on a various place, the shape stayed, but the sides were created even.

The initial architectural critiques have been not glowing, but they improved more than time.

“Called also big, also barren and also pricey when it was completed for $83-million in 1943, the Pentagon is a thriving, functional achievement in 1968,” The Times wrote in a report for the 25th anniversary of the developing, which it extolled as a spot of community:

“Everyman, or Littleman, triumphed over all. Thousands of secretaries and office workers have turned the Pentagon into a cluttered, cosy, house-away-from-home.”

Sarah Anderson contributed reporting.


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