Asia and Australia Edition: Laos Dam, Greece, North Korea: Your Wednesday Briefing
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Very good morning. Two disasters, Pakistan&rsquos critical election and an encouraging sign from North Korea. Here&rsquos what you require to know:
&bull Missing in Laos.
Rescue operations are underway in the southern province of Attapeu, exactly where hundreds of men and women are unaccounted for following a billion-dollar hydropower dam that was below construction collapsed.
Houses had been swept away, and the death toll is unknown.
The country&rsquos news agency stated a lot more than six,600 men and women have been displaced from the affected area, which lies along the border with Vietnam and Cambodia.
The country deployed its whole fleet of water-dropping aircraft and named on the E.U. for aid as gale-force winds fanned the fires. Thousands of individuals had been forced to flee, leaving behind charred resorts and smoldering farms. Some people tried to swim to safety.
Europe&rsquos unusually hot, dry summer time has fueled considerable fires in numerous nations, but arson was also suspected.
&ldquoUnfortunately, at this stage we do not anticipate to find much more people injured, only much more dead,&rdquo said an ambulance service official.
&bull Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has began to dismantle a crucial missile-engine test internet site.
The extent of the disassembly is unclear: Other important facilities including fuel bunkers, a primary assembly developing and the gantry tower remain untouched.
Even so, it could be an encouraging sign for the Trump administration. President Trump said the North&rsquos leader, Kim Jong-un, had promised the move throughout their meeting in Singapore last month.
&bull No a lot more anonymity.
We&rsquore tracking the case of Richard Liu, the Chinese billionaire who founded the e-commerce giant JD.com, who was unable to hold his name out of a sexual assault case in Sydney that has gripped Australia for weeks.
Mr. Liu isn&rsquot accused of any wrongdoing, but the assault was alleged to have taken location soon after a party that he hosted in Sydney in 2015. The details &mdash and the media&rsquos capability to name him &mdash emerged out of the courts.
The episode delivers a uncommon glimpse of the higher-flying way of life some Chinese business leaders sustain outside China, and which they seek to preserve private, to steer clear of drawing Beijing&rsquos eye.
&bull Cricket star. Sex symbol. Prime minister?
Pakistan holds essential nationwide elections right now, and Imran Khan is extensively noticed as the most likely celebration leader to emerge with a shot at forming a government.
Mr. Khan enjoys genuine reputation across Pakistan and a cordial connection with the military, our correspondents report. He has used his celebrity, his charisma and his funds to campaign against corruption, 1 of the most unifying concerns in the fractured nation. Here&rsquos their appear at Mr. Khan&rsquos transformation from sports hero to populist.
And here&rsquos a reminder of what&rsquos at stake in Pakistan&rsquos election.
&bull A new beginning.
Three weeks soon after the world watched them emerge from a flooded cave complicated, all but a single of the Thai boys recognized as the Wild Boars began a ceremony to become novice Buddhist monks. (Not undergoing the ordination is Adul Sam-on, 14, a stateless Christian from Myanmar.)
Such a ceremony can signify the repayment of a debt. The boys will spend nine days in the temple to honor the retired Thai Navy SEAL who died while stocking air tanks along the underwater escape route.
&bull Matt Lauer, the former &ldquoToday&rdquo show co-host, wants New Zealand&rsquos government to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he is forced to permit more public access through his 16,000-acre, $9 million ranch to a nearby conservation park.
&bull The value of China&rsquos renminbi has dropped more than 7 percent because April, an unusually massive move. Beijing may possibly be letting the tightly controlled currency slide as a response to American tariffs, but such a move comes with fees.
&bull Facebook ultimately has official status in China: a $30 million subsidiary registered in Hangzhou. But indicators of feasible complications have currently emerged.
&bull U.S. stocks were mixed. Right here&rsquos a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
&bull The loved ones of Justine Ruszczyk, an unarmed Australian lady who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, is suing the officer, his partner, prime police officials and the city. The lawsuit seeks $50 million. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that crossed into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan Heights. The uncommon incursion underscored the risk of confrontation in the region. [The New York Times]
&bull Japan&rsquos heat wave: 65 men and women died of heatstroke and far more than 22,600 had been hospitalized in just one week. [The Asahi Shimbun]
&bull New South Wales issued a health warning when three youngsters became ill after utilizing an imported eyeliner from Pakistan that was located to be 84 percent lead. It also contained higher levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury. [SBS]
&bull Immigrants in the U.S. fear the Trump administration is becoming more aggressive in pursuing denaturalization cases. The government says it&rsquos merely searching out for fraud. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Grappling with stereotypes: Yuko Fujii of Japan has created history as the 1st female head coach of Brazil&rsquos renowned guys&rsquos judo group. [BBC]
Tips for a much more fulfilling life.
&bull When we consume, or don&rsquot eat, may be crucial for well being.
&bull The positive aspects (and limits) of making use of tech to strategy a wedding.
&bull Recipe of the day: Chicken braised in vinegar more than polenta is the kind of weeknight meal that feels luxurious.
&bull Hannah Gadsby is angry. &ldquoNanette,&rdquo the Australian star&rsquos stand-up particular is &ldquolacerating in its fury&rdquo about how women and queer men and women like her get treated, dismissed and silenced. Her act of self-preservation has turn out to be a sensation.
&bull A graphic novel is in the running for the Man Booker Prize for the 1st time. The nomination of Nick Drnaso&rsquos &ldquoSabrina,&rdquo a function that Zadie Smith called &ldquothe very best book &mdash in any medium &mdash I have read about our existing moment,&rdquo is a breakthrough for the format.
&bull And how properly do you know the planet? We&rsquove compiled photographs from our Travel section&rsquos choice of 52 Areas to Go this year. How many can you identify?
Effectively, I try my greatest
To be just like I am
But everyone wants you
To be just like them &hellip
Dylan had been anticipated to play acoustic folk. But soon after a Rhode Island M.C. belittled the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for playing electronically, he rebelliously decided to go electric himself, backed by several Butterfield Blues members.
He opened Sunday evening with an amped-up &ldquoMaggie&rsquos Farm.&rdquo Pandemonium ensued. It was (apocryphally) reported that Pete Seeger tried chopping through the sound cables with an ax, in a folk purist rage Seeger later stated he was basically upset by amplifier distortion. Some audience members booed, though whether or not since of poor sound, Dylan&rsquos &ldquobetrayal,&rdquo his truncated set or the flustered M.C. Peter Yarrow was unclear. Dylan may possibly or might not have cried onstage.
He after characterized Seeger&rsquos reaction as a &ldquodagger&rdquo to his heart.
Dylan (to a single of whose songs this writer would stroll down the aisle) took his spot among the globe&rsquos most influential musicians. He won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature &ldquofor possessing produced new poetic expressions&rdquo in the American song tradition.
How does it really feel to be on your own? At Newport, Dylan had begun to answer his own question.
Nancy Wartik wrote nowadays&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:26:17 +0000