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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, South Korea, Melbourne: Your Friday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, South Korea, Melbourne: Your Friday Briefing


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Here’s what you want to know:

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• A fire that appeared to have started in a parking garage consumed an eight-story creating in Jecheon, South Korea, killing at least 29 men and women.

Most of the dead had been trapped in a public sauna on the second floor, and officials warned that the toll could rise.

Videos from the city, 75 miles southeast of Seoul, showed smoke billowing from the creating as flames engulfed several floors.


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• In a collective act of defiance against the Trump administration, the U.N. General Assembly condemned the U.S. selection to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In spite of President Trump’s threat to reduce aid to the resolution’s supporters, the largely symbolic vote was 128 to 9. Australia was amongst the 35 abstentions.


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Huge multinational firms are hoping for matching tax cuts about the planet. Chinese officials are concerned American organizations will try to take their income out of the nation. European officials are worried about an uneven playing field.

The sweeping tax overhaul awaiting President Trump’s signature is fueling trade tensions abroad, even as, domestically, it defies the financial odds on creating jobs and raising wages.

If you pay U.S. taxes, our calculator can assist you see if your bill will go up or down.


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• Could a metropolis of 30 million individuals end up underwater?

Authorities say it’s only a matter of time for Jakarta, Indonesia’s quick-sinking capital, which must contend with man-created troubles and mounting threats from climate adjust.


• In this year’s final Australia letter, our bureau chief looked back on the readers who helped inform his post on the country’s developing tensions with China.

“I honestly marvel every single week at all the comments that come in from readers,” he wrote, adding: “I discover from all of you, and I hope you all learn a bit from one particular another other as well.”


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• Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Finland every year to see Santa Claus Village, close to the Arctic Circle, particularly those from countries with handful of of their own Christmas traditions.

The town of Rovaniemi is home to a self-anointed “official Santa,” his “evil” counterpart and a convincing recreation of the North Pole.

The biggest single group of guests are Chinese adults — their children have no college break at this time of year.


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• Didi Chuxing, Uber’s rival in China, raised $four billion from SoftBank of Japan and the Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala, pushing its total valuation to $56 billion.

• Japan Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, was cheated out of 380 million yen ($3.36 million) in a bank transfer scam.

• Stiff narrative competitors from prestige television and high-quality streaming solutions has led some video game creators to turn to Hollywood to seek out story lines.

• Dozens of key U.S. employers — such as Amazon and Goldman Sachs — placed recruitment advertisements on Facebook that were restricted to certain age groups, an investigation by ProPublica and The Occasions identified. The practice raises concerns about discrimination against older workers.

• Starwars, what ever, letmein: This year’s list of worst passwords (drawn mainly from North America and Western Europe) says a lot — including how negative we are at on the internet safety.

• U.S. stocks had been up. Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

In the News

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• Australian officials are trying to decide a motive in the case of the man who drove an S.U.V. into a huge crowd in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon, injuring 19. [The New York Instances]

• Outcomes of Catalan elections for a new regional parliament are expected within hours. The outcome could decide whether or not Catalonia persists in its push for independence from Spain. [The New York Times]

• A North Koreansoldier defected to the South by way of the heavily guarded demilitarized zone, leading to gunfire on both sides and likely dashing any hopes for a thaw in relations. [The New York Instances]

• The U.S. imposed sanctions on 52 men and women and entities for human rights violations and corruption. Maung Maung Soe was the initial higher-level Burmese common to be cited for an ongoing deadly crackdown on the Rohingya. [The New York Occasions]

• The wreckage of Australia’s initial-ever submarine has been identified, much more than 103 years right after it disappeared in the course of Planet War I. [The New York Times]

• The former treasurer of Mexico’s governing party was arrested as component of a corruption inquiry threatening the government’s highest ranks. [The New York Occasions]

• A Philippine ferry capsized, but the majority of the 251 folks aboard have been rescued. [The New York Instances]

• The police in Delhi produced a startling discovery when they raided a so-known as “spiritual university”: at least 200 dazed and drugged girls and girls behind a series of locked doors. [The Guardian]

• The host of “India’s Most Wanted” was convicted of murdering his wife and trying to frame it as a suicide. [Hindustan Occasions]

• A Chinese man was sentenced to 5 and a half years in prison for promoting a VPN as Beijing pressed a crackdown on tools that circumvent web censorship. [South China Morning Post]

Smarter Living

Ideas, both new and old, for a far more fulfilling life.

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Loneliness can have an effect on your health.

You really do want to know how the sausage (salami) gets made.

• Recipe of the day: Samin Nosrat’s recipe for Russian honey cake is worth the time investment.


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• Rome’s official Christmas tree — drooping, wilting and dying — is being lamented as a symbol of the city’s decline.

• We bear in mind Yu Guangzhong,the exiled poet who died in Taiwan final week at 89. His work expressed the displacement and longing for cultural unity of the Chinese diaspora.

• To counter the seemingly continual barrage of heavy news, here are seven wonderful factors we wrote about this week.

Back Story

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President Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought to mind a similarly momentous announcement far more than a century ago.

In December of 1911, King George V of Britain, left, announced that India’s capital would be moved from the city then identified as Calcutta to Delhi.

For 24 hours, The Times reported, the British news media “was so astonished as to be unable to comment.” The British officials then ruling in India had proposed the move partly since Delhi was a lot more centrally positioned, and partly since of growing opposition in Calcutta to the Crown’s rule, or Raj.

Nations change their capitals to signal a fresh start off or to move government away from economic hubs — with varying achievement.

Myanmar, for instance, built a new capital that replaced Yangon in 2005. But the city, Naypyidaw, is eerily quiet, and most embassies have stayed put.

Similarly, Dodoma has been Tanzania’s seat of Parliament because 1996, but the rest of the government has been slow to move there from Dar es Salaam.

Other countries whose capital relocations can trip up even the greatest geography buffs include Brazil (Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro, since 1960), Kazakhstan (Astana, not Almaty, since 1997), Nigeria (Abuja, not Lagos, considering that 1991) and Turkey (Ankara, not Istanbul, since 1923).

Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.


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