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20:40, 11 February 2018

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Moscow, Rob Porter: Your Monday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Moscow, Rob Porter: Your Monday Briefing


Excellent morning.

Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• The biggest Winter Olympics of all time, with 92 nations participating, are in complete swing in South Korea amid political drama, heated competition and at least one particular hometown hero.

South Korea is celebrating Hyojun Lim, who won the country’s 1st gold, in men’s 1,500-meter brief-track. (Speedskating is some thing of a national obsession in the South.)

Our favored quotation so far: “I am from Tonga. We sailed across the Pacific. This is absolutely nothing.” That was Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless Australian-born athlete who carried Tonga’s flag in the opening ceremony regardless of frigid temperatures.

Full coverage from our team in Pyeongchang is here. And you can sign up for our Sports newsletter to get the most current more than the subsequent 19 days.


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• The charm competition.

Score a win for Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader, who, our correspondent writes, “managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the game of diplomatic image-producing.”

Other stories we’re following: NBC apologized right after a commentator stated that “every South Korean” saw Japan as a model for their nation’s fast improvement.

And an opinion writer takes situation with the world’s embrace of the North’s tactic of turning fairly young girls into aesthetic ambassadors.


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• President Trump’s habit of creating insensitive remarks is galvanizing opposition against him — particularly from women — that could smother Republican momentum, our columnist writes.

In a Twitter post, Mr. Trump appeared to raise doubts about the whole #MeToo movement, writing that lives are getting “destroyed by a mere allegation.”

That came a day after Mr. Trump had presented sympathy for Rob Porter, the White Property staff secretary pictured with him above, who resigned over spousal abuse accusations.


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• A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed shortly soon after takeoff from Moscow on Sunday, killing all on board.

An on the internet website that tracks true-time flight info shows the plane lost altitude six minutes following takeoff. It reached 6,400 feet just before dropping to five,800 feet, increasing again briefly and falling sharply — all within 1 minute.


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• On the climate front: A Vietnamese energy company pulled an application for U.S. financing for the coal-fired energy plant above. That means there’s nonetheless no signal of whether or not the Trump administration will fund projects that could contribute to climate alter.

And China’s try to reduce coal use in houses and companies is working — but unintended consequences contain heating failures and the rise of a black industry for coal.

This week’s edition of our “Climate Fwd:” newsletter has an Olympic skier’s observations on how even snow is changing, and appears at how uncontrolled agricultural development in Indonesia adds old carbon back into the atmosphere. (Sign up here.)


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Weed woes.

Australia legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but only about 350 Australian individuals have been authorized to use the drug legally. Activists say the procedure is needlessly slow, pricey and difficult.

We vistited the reluctant poster youngster for the health-related use of the drug: Lindsay Carter, a teenager close to Brisbane who has epilepsy and a brain tumor — and whose supply is operating out.


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• Far more volatility is expected in the Australian stock marketplace this week, particularly in the mining and energy sectors. The benchmark S&ampP/ASX200 index ended final week down four.6 percent.

• Specifics are expected on bids to carry English Premier League soccer matches. One particular massive query: how far will Amazon go against pay-Tv broadcasters? (In China, Wuhan DDMC Culture Co. owns the rights till the end of the 2018-19 season.)

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• President Trump nominated Admiral Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, who is identified for his hawkish views on China, to be the U.S. ambassador to Australia. [ABC]

• National Party lawmakers are meeting these days in Canberra as questions swirl over no matter whether Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, awash in scandal, can stay in power. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

• In Hong Kong, a double-decker bus crashed in a rural area, killing at least 18 and injuring much more than 60 in the territory’s deadliest such accident in 15 years. Survivors mentioned the driver was behind schedule and speeding. [The New York Occasions]

• Reuters published an account of the massacre of ten Rohingya men in Myanmar. The agency stated that work on the write-up led the Myanmar authorities to arrest two of its reporters, who have been charged beneath the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and face up to 14 years in prison. [The New York Occasions]

• Some Catholics be concerned that the Vatican’s rapprochement with China could betray these who have illicitly practiced their faith for decades in the country’s so-called underground churches. [The New York Instances]

• A professor in the U.S. failed a student on a project outline involving Australia, insisting that it was “a continent, not a country.” (The professor was later fired.) [BuzzFeed]

Smarter Living

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

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• Invest Valentine’s Day at residence with these recipes.

• Here’s what to doif you have a poor iPhone battery.

• Go meatless with creamy polenta and mushrooms cooked in soy sauce and butter.


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• Our film critic wasn’t wildly impressed by “The Greatest Showman,” the film about P.T. Barnum that stars Hugh Jackman. But moviegoers seem to really like it, and its album is No. 1 on the Billboard chart. What did we miss?

• A real-to-life fight club in Chengdu, China — the “Monster Private War Club” — offers bored Chinese millennials a punchy alternative to karaoke nights and the bar scene.

• And should mothers and daughters speak more openly about sexual harassment? Our reporter pondered the question in the most current installment of “The #MeToo Moment,” our weekly newsletter.

Back Story

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens in New York these days, an occasion that bills itself as the World’s Greatest Dog Show. The competition has cultivated a robust following because it opened in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, a venue that later became recognized as Madison Square Garden.

So exactly where did the “Westminster” come from?

In the 1870s, a group of men met frequently at the Westminster Hotel near Union Square. They had an extraordinary affinity for the bar, as well as for dogs, and they decided to put on a dog show.

William F. Stifel’s book “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” information what occurred next.

… They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But lastly somebody recommended that they name it after their preferred bar. The idea was unanimously chosen, we think about, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.

Soon after the Kentucky Derby, the Westminster Dog Show is the second-oldest continuously run sporting event in American history.

The very first show had over 1,200 entries, and the judging took a number of days to select a winner. (Here’s our 1877 report on the preparations.)

Final year, the show had close to 3,000 dogs from all 50 states. Judges hold themselves to two days.

Here’s our collection of stories on the show, and we’ll be adding live coverage beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. (For Australian insomniacs, that is 2 a.m. Tuesday in Sydney.)

Claudio E. Cabrera contributed reporting.


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Published at Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:48:22 +0000

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