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19:18, 20 November 2017

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Angela Merkel, Robert Mugabe: Your Tuesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Angela Merkel, Robert Mugabe: Your Tuesday Briefing


Great morning.

Here’s what you need to know:

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• President Trump returned North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism in light of its nuclear ambitions, cyberattacks and help for assassinations, a move to be accompanied by toughened Treasury sanctions.

South Korean intelligence officials stated that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was disciplining his most effective military organization, which includes demoting the official pictured with him above left — instilling worry to deter any disruptions stemming from the pain anticipated from not too long ago imposed U.N. sanctions.


• Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, ignored an ultimatum from his own party demanding that he step down.

Parliament is now below stress to impeach him, a approach that could extend broad national frustration for weeks.

Here’s how Mr. Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has identified given that its independence in 1980, lost energy in just days. And a veteran reporter who was there when Mr. Mugabe took energy sees disturbing parallels with the existing moment of hope and joy.


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• Germany is locked in a political crisis that could change the profile of Europe.

The breakdown of talks to form a coalition government raised fresh doubts about the staying energy of Chancellor Angela Merkel, perhaps the West’s most ardent defender of democratic values and freedoms.

“This is uncharted territory considering that 1949,” one particular analyst stated. “Not only is this not going to go away quickly, there is no clear path out.”


• The Argentine authorities acknowledged that the San Juan submarine reported gear failure ahead of it went missing six days ago and that satellite signals detected Saturday were not from the craft.

An intense international search for the submarine and its 44 crew members has been hampered by foul weather.


• A lot more accusations of sexual harassment emerge by the day. A second lady says Senator Al Franken groped her even though her husband took a photo of them in 2010. Unlike the very first accusation, this episode took place when Mr. Franken was in workplace.

The New York Instances suspended a White Property correspondent, Glenn Thrush, and said it was investigating soon after a published report accused him of sexual misconduct.

Here’s our updated graphic of at least 30 guys who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the scandal of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, broke on Oct. five.



And Charles Manson, a single of the most notorious killers of the 20th century, died on Sunday. At 83, he had spent most of his life behind bars on convictions in nine murders.

Here’s what became of the members of his murderous band of young drifters, the so-referred to as Manson household, whose victims included the actress Sharon Tate. This video examines Mr. Manson’s peculiar influence on pop culture.



• Tencent’s marketplace worth hit $511 billion, making the Chinese tech firm the first Asian organization to join Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft in the $500 billion club.

• Alibaba paid $2.9 billion for a 36 percent stake in Sun Art Retail, China’s top hypermart operator, in anticipation of a battle with Walmart.

• Huawei thinks the planet is ready to spend leading dollar for a Chinese smartphone: Its new Mate ten Pro is nearly $1,000.

Mahindra, the Indian automaker, will begin manufacturing an off-road car in the U.S., at the initial new car assembly plant in vicinity of Detroit in 25 years.

• State regulators in the U.S. authorized the Keystone XL pipeline, lifting the final main obstacle for the long-delayed hyperlink to Canada’s oil-sands region.

• Uber struck a deal with Volvo to obtain as several as 24,000 of self-driving autos as soon as the technology is production-ready.

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

In the News


• Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed the world’s issues partly on illegal immigration, drawing criticism from Rohingya activists that she is “denying their existence.” [Al Jazeera]

• The U.S. military banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol following a fatal drunken driving accident involving a Marine in Okinawa. [Kyodo]

• President Trump’s claim that his intervention freed three U.C.L.A. basketball players detained in China prompted criticism that he squandered a chance to assist jailed activists. [The New York Times]

• In Australia, the decision to postpone a book about Chinese sway is noticed as evidence of Chinese sway. [The New York Occasions]

• In India, political operatives are hijacking Twitter’s trending column with hashtag campaigns. [BuzzFeed]

• Twenty Uighur Muslims from China dug their way out of a Thai prison with broken tiles and blanket ladders. [Reuters]

Smarter Living

Suggestions, both new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.

• How to use social media to increase your career.

• If you’re sick, you should remain home from work. But if you cannot, here’s what medical doctors advise.

• Recipe of the day: Roasted salmon in butter is astonishingly simple.


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• Tucked away in Taipei is a shrine to fermented tofu, above. The Dai Household Residence of Unique Stink, above, has extended cultivated a following amongst aficionados of Taiwan’s most pungent dish.

• In memoriam: Shannon Michael Cane, 43, an Australian who helped transform U.S. art book fairs Jana Novotna, 49, the Czech tennis star.

• The “luckiest man alive.” A Rohingya Muslim who escaped from Myanmar on a deathtrap ferry has, eight years later, resettled in Dallas and reunited with his loved ones.

Back Story

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Our current story about a reunion between Vietnamese refugees and their rescuers at sea prompted an Australian reader to point us to one more rescue — a single that bears on our coverage of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.

On Aug. 26, 2001, a Norwegian cargo ship received a distress call in the Indian Ocean. The engine of an Indonesian fishing boat packed with asylum seekers had failed en route to Australia’s Christmas Island. The captain, Arne Rinnan, above left, diverted course to save the 438 people aboard.

But Australian authorities were trying to deter human traffickers. They directed him to an Indonesian port 12 hours away.

Rather, the captain plunged ahead. So a navy ship intercepted, transferring the refugees to the tiny Micronesian island nation of Nauru — making Australia’s initial offshore processing center.

A year later, about half had been resettled in New Zealand. They welcomed Captain Rinnan on a go to to Auckland with flowers and letters.

But other refugees have been stuck on Nauru for years. Interviewed a decade after the rescue, the captain told of getting a haunting letter detailing conditions so poor that the writer wished the captain had let him die.

“And that is a terrible point to tell people, that you must have just let them drown,” Captain Rinnan stated.

Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.


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