Asia and Australia Edition: Khashoggi, India’s #MeToo, Marijuana: Your Thursday Briefing
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Good morning. Much more proof of a Saudi journalist&rsquos killing, a prominent improvement for India&rsquos #MeToo movement, a green rush in Canada. Here&rsquos what you need to have to know:
&bull Gruesome specifics in the Khashoggi case.
A senior Turkish official described audio recordings of Jamal Khashoggi&rsquos death. Brace oneself.
According to the official&rsquos account, killers have been waiting for the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They severed his fingers during an interrogation. Then they beheaded and dismembered him.
Turkey&rsquos strategy: The new leaks came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was going to Turkey and boost pressure on Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for answers. Above, Turkish police search the rooftop of the Saudi consulate.
Saudi Arabia&rsquos response: Fifteen days right after Mr. Khashoggi disappeared, it has failed to offer an explanation alternatively, Saudi leaders have repeatedly denied involvement.
A Instances investigation: Our reporting shows that numerous of the males Turkey said were in the consulate have direct hyperlinks to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, undermining the suggestion that it was a rogue operation.
The U.S. position: President Trump has shown support for Saudi Arabia so far, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo&rsquos meetings there seemed friendly. In the U.S. nevertheless, bipartisan criticism of the Saudis has intensified.
&bull India&rsquos #MeToo movement reaches the leading.
An Indian cabinet minister, M.J. Akbar, above, quit his post amid developing sexual harassment allegations against him.
These days a court will hear a defamation case that he and his 97 lawyers &mdash yes, 97 &mdash have brought against Priya Ramani, his initial accuser. Because Ms. Ramani stepped forward, 20 much more ladies have accused the minister of sexual harassment.
Mr. Akbar is the most prominent figure to be felled by India&rsquos #MeToo movement, which gathered pace last week after a year of fits and begins.
So far, females have accused a diverse group of journalists, authors and Bollywood actors, singers and directors.
&bull A conservative Australian state decriminalizes abortion.
After decades of activism, the state of Queensland scrapped a century-old law that produced abortion an offense punishable with prison time.
The new law will enable women to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks, or beyond with approval from physicians. New South Wales, which involves the city of Sydney, is now the only Australian state where abortion is nonetheless a crime.
Queensland is deeply conservative, and an effort to change the abortion law failed just final year. But since then, a quantity of girls have joined the Queensland Parliament. And for this vote, the leader of the opposition permitted lawmakers to vote their conscience rather than along party lines.
&bull Canada lights up.
Pot enthusiasts from Winnipeg to Montreal had &ldquoEnd of Prohibition&rdquo parties. Government-run dispensaries greeted a rush of consumers. There was a &ldquobud drop&rdquo at the stroke of midnight.
It&rsquos been a single day given that Canada legalized recreational marijuana use, only the second nation in the globe to do so, reflecting the nation&rsquos progressive politics.
But critics be concerned about public wellness. And cannabis stocks didn&rsquot see a lift.
&bull China imposed a $1.3 billion fine on a nearby pharmaceutical firm accountable for hundreds of thousands of faulty vaccines provided mainly to babies, sending its strongest signal however of a stricter legal environment for the scandal-prone market.
&bull A new front in the trade war: President Trump plans to pull out of a worldwide 144-year-old postal treaty that lets China ship little packages to the U.S. at a discounted price, undercutting American companies.
&bull U.S. stocks had been down. Right here&rsquos a snapshot of international markets. India&rsquos stock exchange is closed.
In the News
&bull A prominent Vietnamese political activist and blogger known as Mother Mushroom, above, who was arrested in 2016 and jailed for &ldquopropaganda against the state,&rdquo was released and sent to the U.S., human rights groups stated. [The New York Times]
&bull South Korea refused to grant refugee status to hundreds of Yemenis who fled the war in their home nation and prompted an anti-asylum backlash. They will be permitted to remain in South Korea with restricted rights on temporary visas. [The New York Instances]
&bull In Crimea, a student gunman killed at least 19 men and women and wounded dozens more at his college. He then detonated an explosive device and was identified dead. His friend stated he had expressed interest in the 1999 Columbine school shooting. [The New York Instances]
&bull President Xi Jinping is expected to attend the opening of a bridge linking the semiautonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau with the Chinese city of Zhuhai later this month, but won&rsquot cross more than into Hong Kong. [The South China Morning Post]
&bull Religious hate crimes in Britain rose by 40 percent in the final year, according to the government. The majority have been aimed at Muslims. [BBC]
&bull In memoriam: Ian Kiernan, the record-breaking sailor and environmental activist who founded Clean Up Australia. He was 78. [The New York Times]
Guidelines for a much more fulfilling life.
&bull Recipe of the day: Spiced lamb chops are lean and cook in just 30 minutes.
&bull Let&rsquos talk about crying at function.
&bull Traveling soon? Here are 5 items you ought to leave behind.
&bull Caroll Spinney might not be a name you recognize. But you&rsquove possibly seen his function. For nearly 50 years, Mr. Spinney, above, played the gentle Large Bird and grumpy Oscar the Grouch characters on &ldquoSesame Street.&rdquo These days, his half-century run comes to an end.
&bull Pets in tuxedos and chiffon are becoming increasingly widespread at weddings, as couples look to include their furry close friends in the ceremony.
&bull Melissa McCarthy has worked so challenging all through her profession to make individuals laugh. Now as the lead in &ldquoCan You Ever Forgive Me?,&rdquo her new film, she will make individuals cry.
Fall foliage is peaking about New York, residence to several of your Briefings writers and editors. The yearly marvel by no means ceases to amaze us, so we wanted to share an explanation we very first published a couple years ago.
The leaves of deciduous trees change colors as nights lengthen and cooler weather prevails, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The structures of photosynthesis have to be dismantled, and all the energy possible has to be packed up and delivered to the trunk for its winter reserve.
That benefits in the exhilarating array of colors of the fall forests. The green of the leaf, from chlorophyll, breaks down, allowing the emergence of previously hidden yellow-orange pigments.
All the modifications render the leaf unstable and more vulnerable to solar rays than in the height of the summer season.
The auburn, scarlet and ruby hues are brought on by a chemical the leaf manufactures to support defend it from the sun. The very same compound colors beets, raspberries and apples.
Halfway around the globe, Japan&rsquos leaf season is also peaking. Theirs, called momijigari, delivers a fall parallel to spring&rsquos cherry blossom festivals.
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Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:26:21 +0000