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19:29, 19 December 2017

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Derailment: Your Wednesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Derailment: Your Wednesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Derailment: Your Wednesday Briefing


Very good morning.

Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• The U.S. Congress started debate on the Republicans’ final $1.5 trillion tax bill. Passage seems a certainty in the Residence, where we’ll be tracking the vote as it takes place.

Here’s a look at what’s in the final bill, like provisions to tax corporations that operate internationally only on domestic earnings. Businesses and governments about the world are attempting to come to grips with the modifications, which could rewrite the guidelines of international commerce.

President Trump took to Twitter to laud the rising stock marketplace, saying that it would have more room to roar as soon as the tax legislation becomes law.


• Australia has been thrown into turmoil over allegations that China is trying to purchase its politicians and sway its elections.

Enhanced scrutiny of Chinese influence — along with moves to strengthen espionage laws, outlaw foreign political donations and criminalize political interference — are raising fears of a backlash that would squash reputable debate and unfairly target the country’s increasing Chinese population.


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• The 27-year-old Bangladeshi-born immigrant who fumblingly detonated a crude pipe bomb in a New York City subway corridor final week has been charged with a number of terrorism-related offenses. He may never leave jail.

But interviews with much more than dozen close friends, relatives and acquaintances, in Bangladesh and the U.S., paint a picture of a young man who is impulsive, angry, riveted to militant social media and outraged by injustices inflicted upon Muslims — especially the Rohingya.

Above, his neighborhood in Brooklyn.


• The sexual harassment that is been uncovered in the world of entertainment, media, government and corporations strikes at blue-collar females, also.

The Occasions spoke with female workers at two Ford plants in Chicago, exactly where a culture of harassment persisted decades soon after the firm tried to tackle sexual misconduct.

In a bellwether modify, Microsoft is eliminating forced arbitration agreements to finish secrecy over harassment claims.


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• It was a big year in news — typically huge adequate to be seen from the sky.

Satellite photos and drone photography captured the eclipse, the Women’s March, hurricanes, fires and other pivotal events that marked a tumultuous year.

And we looked back at the remarkable girls we profiled around the globe this year, including Yu Xiuhua, a single of China’s most-study poets.



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• China unveiled an ambitious plan to curb climate adjust by beginning a market place for emissions credits. The extended-awaited move puts the world’s No. 1 polluter in a major position on the concern as the U.S. retreats.

B.H.P. Billiton, the mining business headquartered in Melbourne, is withdrawing from the World Coal Association and reviewing its connection with the Minerals Council of Australia. The company’s statement confirmed its “unequivocal” acceptance of human-caused climate alter.

• Electric automobiles have a tiny share of the marketplace, but the auto sector is betting billions that they will quickly be as low-cost as conventional automobiles.

• As Bitcoin costs surge, one hedge fund reported its return: 25,004 %. The average price tag is now $18,221.

• U.S. stocks were down. Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

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• The U.S. formally accused North Korea of getting behind the cyberattack that placed ransomware on computers around the globe and briefly paralyzed the British health care system. [The New York Occasions]

• Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile on Riyadh for the second time in two months, possibly to divert attention from King Salman’s planned announcement of Saudi Arabia’s 2018 price range. [The New York Occasions]

• The passenger train that derailed in Washington State on Monday was traveling 50 miles per hour above the speed limit. At least 3 folks have been killed and about one hundred injured. [The New York Times]

• Karachi, Pakistan, one of the biggest cities in the planet, is plagued by a “mafia” that steals and controls the city’s water provide. [Al Jazeera]

• Shahwalikot, in southern Afghanistan, has the sad distinction of being the world’s polio capital. Vaccinators have struggled for access to the district, which is largely controlled by the Taliban. [The New York Times]

• A trio of Japanese, Russian and U.S. astronauts has arrived at the International Space Station right after a two-day journey. [Asahi Shimbun]

• U.S. officials have lifted a ban on making lethal viruses, which would permit funding for controversial investigation into generating pathogens that can easily infect humans. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

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

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• How tobe a far better traveler: Ideas from 2017.

• The ideal toys and games that teach kids how to code.

• Recipe of the day: Go retro with stuffed mushrooms.


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• In Tokyo, dancers clad in leather and denim gather each Sunday to publicly celebrate their devotion to rock ’n’ roll. Our Dancing in the Planet series also visits Chicago, the Caribbean and other locales.

• In memoriam: Song Shin-do, 95, a Korean “comfort woman” who moved to Japan following the war and lost a high-profile case for government compensation.

• Our reporter explains how he and a photographer covered the story behind two bodies getting retrieved from Mount Everest — with out climbing the peak themselves.

• Critics loved the “The Last Jedi,” the latest Star Wars film. Fans? Less so.

Back Story

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Eighteen years ago today, Portugal handed Macau back to China following ruling it as a colony for 442 years. The move came two years after Britain handed back Hong Kong, creating Macau the final European colony in Asia.

Portugal had initially provided to return the territory in the 1970s, but China’s leaders demurred since they feared losing a trading link to the outside globe, The Instances reported on the eve of the 1999 handover.

“Since then, the Portuguese administration has presided over Macau’s steady deterioration into a disreputable, vaguely sinister gambling destination for weekend wagerers from Hong Kong,” the Times story said.

The territory, which is about 40 miles west of Hong Kong, has a population of about 650,000.

A diverse kind of milestone was reached significantly less than a decade later, when Macau overtook Las Vegas to turn into the world’s most significant gambling center, with $6.95 billion in annual income.

“Where Macau was when derided for its seedy gambling dens and endemic organized crime, it is now getting referred to as Asia’s Las Vegas, and not just by the locals,” The Occasions reported.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.


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