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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Rohingya, Prince Harry: Your Wednesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Rohingya, Prince Harry: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Here’s what you need to know:

“The future of Myanmar need to be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each and every member of society, respect for every single ethnic group and its identity.”

That was as far as Pope Francis went in his a lot-anticipated speech in Myanmar. Standing next to the de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and prior to military officials, prelates, and diplomats, he avoided straight addressing the predicament of the persecuted Rohingya minority, or even mentioning their name.

He celebrates Mass in Yangon these days prior to an expected crowd of 200,000 and is to meet with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh later in the week. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi heads on Thursday to China, which has been offering mediation efforts.


North Korea carried out initial missile test in far more than two months, escalating tensions in a standoff with the U.S. and its allies. Within minutes, South Korea fired a missile to demonstrate its capability to strike the North’s launch internet sites.

The exchange came right after a senior South Korean official warned that the North was functioning on getting able to launch nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles as early as subsequent year.

The U.S. Pacific island state of Hawaii is bringing back its Cold War-era nuclear warning program.


In Washington, Republicans are scrambling to pass their tax code overhaul, which celebration leaders hope to bring to the Senate floor for a vote by Friday. We’re following the events in actual time.

The two leading Democrats skipped a planned meeting with President Trump to try to avert a government shutdown following he posted on Twitter this morning “I do not see a deal!”

A day earlier, Mr. Trump transformed a White Residence ceremony to honor Navajo veterans of Planet War II into a racially charged controversy. (Watch it right here.)


A senior Chinese general who was below investigation for bribery was identified dead in his residence in Beijing. State media immediately vilified him as a suicide.

Analysts said the death of Gen. Zhang Yang, shown above in 2014, was most likely to additional rattle the People’s Liberation Army, which is reeling from the arrests of dozens of leading commanders.

Separately, China convicted a Taiwanese citizen of subversion for the initial time.


Eruptions at Mount Agung left thousands of travelers stranded on the resort island of Bali.

Continuing tremors radiated from the volcano.

“Magma has been at the surface for a couple of days now,” one particular volcanologist wrote. “The risk now is the possibility of a bigger eruption.”


“There are snakes everywhere!”

That was just a single of the horrified residents of Bangkok. Local authorities have received much more than 31,800 such calls this year — much more than triple the number of just a few years ago.

The Thai capital has always been rich in reptiles, but wet weather and urban growth are multiplying snake-human encounters.


• Toray Industries echoed other Japanese industrial giants, such as Kobe Steel and Mitsubishi, in admitting that a single of its subsidiaries had altered data to meet manufacturing standards.

• SoftBank made an opening bid to buy shares of Uber at a valuation of $48 billion, far below the company’s valuation of almost $70 billion.

• Mumbai International directed 969 takeoffs and landings in 24 hours last week, breaking its own record.

• U.S. stocks had been up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader getting prosecuted in New York, a case that has drawn criticism from Turkey’s president and the consideration of the Trump administration, pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the authorities. [The New York Instances]

• Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term as president soon after two months of political upheaval that broken Kenya’s economy. [The New York Instances]

India’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to block the global release of “Padmavati,” a Bollywood romance about a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler that has prompted Hindu protests. [BBC]

A German mayor who was praised for taking in refugees was stabbed in the neck by an angry constituent, but he vowed not to alter his policy of openness. [The New York Occasions]

Zoo officials in Chiang Mai, Thailand, apologized for the “unpreventable” death of an elephant handler right after his charge, famed for appearing in nine films, attacked. [Khaosod English]

Smarter Living

Guidelines, each new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• A movie stylist offers tips for style on a price range.

• Right here are theone hundred notable books from 2017 — fiction, poetry and nonfiction — chosen by Times editors.

• Recipe of the day: Hearty split pea soup is even better with bacon.


• Jakarta finally has its 1st key contemporary and contemporary art museum, recognized as Museum Macan, thanks to the prodigious collection of a single Indonesian tycoon.

• The International Olympic Committee’s decision subsequent week on how to punish Russia for doping will be informed by the diaries of a complicit Russian chemist. We got an exclusive look.

• Our Tokyo bureau chief appears at how a no-smoking proposal may well go more than in a city where no one jaywalks and men and women do not litter.

• And we look at how Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle, a divorced, biracial American actress, might give Britain a shove into the future.

Back Story

Contact it the Trumpchi conundrum. China ultimately feels it has a car capable of following Japan, Germany and South Korea into the U.S. market place. But its largest roadblock may be its name.

The Chinese automaker GAC Motor insists that its well-liked Trumpchi automobiles, which went into mass production in 2010, have nothing to do with the U.S. president. Above, a Trumpchi electric auto.

Even so, when we reported last week on plans to sell the Trumpchi in the U.S. by 2019, GAC officials admitted that they might rethink the branding.

Automotive history, littered as it is with unfortunate auto names, suggests this is almost certainly a very good notion.

There’s been the Mazda Scrum Wagon, the Mitsubishi Lettuce, the Nissan Homy Super Lengthy and the Isuzu GIGA 20 Light Dump, not to be confused with the Honda Life Dunk.

Volkswagen supplied the Tiguan, a German mash-up of tiger and iguana, Ford shortened cougar into Kuga for some markets, and Renault famously had Le Auto.

Common Motors has extended been ridiculed for marketing and advertising the Chevy Nova in Spanish-speaking countries, where the name translates to “doesn’t go” (“no va”). The Nova really sold well in Latin America.

GAC officials told our Shanghai bureau chief that, in Chinese, Trumpchi sounds a tiny like “passing on happiness.” Any decision on altering the name, they said, would be announced in January — at an auto show in Detroit.


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Published at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:01:29 +0000

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