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Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Toshiba, Zimbabwe: Your Monday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Toshiba, Zimbabwe: Your Monday Briefing


Excellent morning.

Here’s what you want to know:

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• Two Occasions journalists made it into the contested, and now closed, Australian detention camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, exactly where hundreds of asylum seekers have refused to leave.

They fear hostile island residents, and mourn their years of hopeless detention as the cost of Australia’s rejection of refugees who come by boat.

Our Sydney bureau chief writes that they have “turned their prison into a protest, braving a lack of water, electricity and meals to try to jog loose a small compassion from the planet.”


• President Robert Mugabe has till noon nowadays in Zimbabwe to resign or face impeachment.

His party ousted him in a spectacular rebuke that came as Mr. Mugabe, 93, was locked in negotiations with the country’s army generals, and following thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets over the weekend to celebrate his fall.

We asked readers in or from the nation about life for the duration of Mr. Mugabe’s tenure. “We are prepared for change,” a single said.


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• A turning point at Fukushima? Japanese officials are hoping to persuade a skeptical globe that the vast nuclear site has moved out of crisis mode and into cleanup.

The signal shift came in the form of the Mini-Manbo, or “little sunfish,” above, an armored underwater robot that was in a position to maneuver around debris and withstand radioactive hot spots, finally locating 1 reactor’s melted uranium core. Related discoveries had been created at the complex’s two other ruined reactors this year.


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• Satellite signals that appeared to be from a missing Argentine submarine added urgency to rescue efforts.

Australia, Britain, the U.S. and other countries are assisting searchers. The craft, with 44 aboard, has been missing since Wednesday. Above, the submarine ARA San Juan in an undated photo.


New Delhi’s air high quality worsens each winter. Jeffrey Gettleman, Occasions South Asia bureau chief, talks to residents who are suffering from the pollution and some who contact it a “slow poison.”Published OnCreditImage by Vikramaditya Ravat for The New York Occasions

• The air top quality in Delhi gets worse each and every year. In the video above, our South Asia bureau chief talks to residents who get in touch with it a “slow poison.”

The U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, meanwhile, hammered out the beginnings of a “rule book” to chart progress in scaling back carbon emissions.

It didn’t appear to square with the urgency expressed by the German chancellor, who known as climate adjust “an problem figuring out our destiny as mankind.”


• And single guys in China are turning to a distinctly 21st-century coach for a leg up in the dating scene. In a nation where men outnumber women by tens of millions, the “Fall in Really like Emotional Education” college gives instruction in grooming, dressing and, critically, creating an strategy.

The school’s founder says 90 % of its graduates, who are trained in personal style (“sleeves need to be folded up above the elbow”) and the art of the pensive profile picture, finish up with girlfriends.



• Toshiba, fearing the $18 billion sale of its chip unit would be delayed by regulatory evaluations, will sell shares to raise $five.4 billion and steer clear of becoming removed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in March.

• The Trumpchi automobile brand has a devoted following in China, and the maker hopes it will be the 1st Chinese auto brand to take off in the U.S. Best executives are agonizing, nevertheless, more than whether to change the name — which they insist is a coincidence.

Radhika Jones, the editorial director of The Times’s books coverage, will be the next editor in chief of Vanity Fair, and the initial Indian-American to lead a major U.S. glossy.

• Take a step inside an old missile silo that has been converted into a $1.five million bunker condo for wealthy survivalists.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• An apartment-creating fire in Beijing’s scrappy outskirts killed at least 19 people, many of them migrant workers trapped in thick smoke that witnesses said smelled of chemical substances. [The New York Instances]

• China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, visited Myanmar and outlined a “three-stage plan” to support resolve the Rohingya crisis. [South China Morning Post]

• A Japanese driver was killed in a collision with a U.S. military truck driven by a Marine stationed in Okinawa. The Marine was 3 times more than blood-alcohol limit, nearby news media mentioned. [The New York Occasions]

• Two former South Korean spy chiefs were arrested and a third was questioned a second time about illegally channeling income to Park Geun-hye just before her presidency ended in disgraced. [Korea Times]

• Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, challenged the U.S. to cut all aid to his country soon after Washington responded to the dissolution of the opposition celebration by halting funds for next year’s election. [Reuters]

• Worldwide well being agencies warn that bird viruses that can infect humans — and not only those of the H7N9 strain — have been spreading in Asia and Australia. [The New York Times]

• A North Korean soldier who was shot even though defecting across the demilitarized zone was identified by South Korean surgeons to have dozens of parasitic worms, a reminder of dire circumstances in the North. [The New York Instances]

• In Japan, a dairy farmer spent a decade planting an expanse of the sweet-scented shibazakura, the moss phlox, as a present to his wife following she went blind. [Japan Inside]

Smarter Living

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

Liberal arts are not doomed. We challenged other myths, too, about deciding on a college significant.

• How to give your fridge a great, deep cleaning.

• Recipe of the day: Start off the week with basic, takeout-style sesame noodles.


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• Who truly owns A.C. Milan? Li Yonghong, above, who purchased Italy’s planet-famous soccer club for $860 million in April, does not look to manage the Chinese mining empire he claimed. Our reporters re-examine the deal in light of China’s pronounced tastes for brand names and concealed foreign holdings.

• In memoriam. Malcolm Young, 64, the guitarist and songwriter who helped discovered the Australian rock band AC/DC and Girish Bhargava, 78, a master of editing dance films, notably for the film “Dirty Dancing.”

• In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday coming on Thursday implies anything various to every person. Nine prominent writers, including Viet Thanh Nguyen, Parul Seghal and A. O. Scott, shared their Thanksgiving stories.

Back Story

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“London is not going to sleep tonight. At least that is the impression given by the numerous, many thousands who thronged around Buckingham Palace.”

That was a dispatch in The Times in 1947 on the day ahead of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth of Britain and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh. Right now, as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, they celebrate their 70th anniversary.

This year’s celebration will be muted, the British news media reported. Elizabeth, 91, and her consort, 96, have scaled back public events in current months.

In August, Prince Philip produced his final solo public look just before retiring from his official duties. This month, the queen delegated a Remembrance Sunday ceremony to Prince Charles in what was observed as a step in the monarchy’s transition to its next generation.

But 70 years ago, the wedding celebrations had been anything but muted. Our report at the time recounted that the day “must have set a record in decibels.”

Drew Middleton, who covered Europe for The Instances during and following Globe War II, was in the crowd outside Buckingham Palace. “Through field glasses you saw a healthful, pleased girl and a grinning young naval officer,” he wrote.

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:58:14 +0000

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