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Asia and Australia Edition: Pope Francis, Sinai Attack, Pakistan: Your Monday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Pope Francis, Sinai Attack, Pakistan: Your Monday Briefing

Great morning.

Here’s what you require to know:

Pope Francisarrives in Myanmar right now on his 21st, and maybe most politically perilous, foreign trip.

His challenge: how to address the leadership’s denial of what the U.N., the U.S. and a lot of the global community see as a campaign of ethnic cleansing, mass murder and systematic rape of Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar military and extremist monks.

Even utilizing the term “Rohingya” is contested in the nation, and its highest Catholic official has begged Francis not to utter it.


Pakistan’s army is securing parts of Islamabad, which includes Parliament, the prime minister’s residence and the city’s diplomatic enclave, right after intense weekend clashes among supporters of a firebrand cleric and the police left at least six individuals dead and 200 other folks injured.

But the stability of the government is in question. Army officials told the governing celebration they would not authorize lethal force against the protesters, who have paralyzed the capital for weeks in a blasphemy dispute with the country’s law minister.


In Washington, the once-vast duties of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, seem to be shrinking as the new White Residence chief of employees, John Kelly, enforces a strict chain of command.

And lawmakers from each parties expressed concerned about the exodus of much more than one hundred senior Foreign Service officers from the State Division given that January. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has frozen most hiring and lately provided a buyout in hopes of pushing out nearly two,000 career diplomats and civil servants.


“For the 1st time in my life, I do not feel safe in Australia.”

That was Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, a fourth-generation citizen. An annual report found that racially motivated incidents against Jews had enhanced by virtually ten percent in the previous year, and by nearly 20 percent more than the past two years.

Separately, the trials of six Christian antiwar protesters have place a spotlight on a secret U.S. spy base in the Outback that Washington would rather keep in the shadows.


Ultimately, our climate group takes a appear at Peru, exactly where the desert is blooming thanks to accelerating Andean glacial melt.

But when the ice vanishes, the vast farms that have sprung up below may possibly do the very same.

“If the water disappears, we’d have to go back to how it was just before,” mentioned a nearby farmer. “The land was empty and people went hungry.”


• China’s harsh crackdown on imported foreign waste to be recycled has had international effect, from large waste companies in Texas to the “cardboard grannies” in Hong Kong.

• In Nepal, a state-owned firm will develop a $two.five billion hydropower dam, the country’s greatest, after a deal with a Chinese firm was terminated.

• The Atari gaming console recognized as the Flashback is capitalizing on nostalgia to make the retro solution a hot seller.

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

• Mount Agung erupted for the second time in a week, spewing ash and steam more than 14,000 feet into the skies above the Indonesian resort island of Bali and stranding thousands of airline passengers. [The New York Instances]

• Higher turnout was reported in Nepal for the first phase of a landmark vote in the transition from monarchy and years of civil war. The second phase of elections for Parliament and provincial assemblies comes Dec. 7. [BBC]

• In China, an explosion in the port city of Ningbo killed two people and injured at least 30 others. News reports said it occurred at a factory. [A.P.]

• A trove of John Lennon’s diaries and individual effects have been stolen from Yoko Ono years ago by her driver, the police say. The driver says otherwise. [The New York Times]

• South Korea’s government promised to consider growing public demand to decriminalize abortion. [Yonhap]

• The mayor of Osaka, Japan, said he was cutting ties with San Francisco more than a new monument to “comfort females,” who had been held as sex slaves by the Japanese for the duration of Planet War II. [The New York Times]

• The Golden Horse Awards: Big winners integrated two Taiwanese films, the “The Excellent Buddha+,” shot primarily on iPhone, and the thriller “The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Lovely.” [Assortment]

Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical physicist, employed Weibo to praise Wang Junkai, the lead singer of China’s most common boy band, for asking about interstellar migration. [Reuters]

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• “We are going to win.” Indian gay rights activists are seizing momentum, hoping that a critical choice in favor of privacy rights by India’s Supreme Court will imply the repeal of repressive laws, such as a single from the colonial era that criminalizes sex in between males.

• Who owns the moon? Ambiguities in the 50-year-old Outer Space Treaty could be keeping entrepreneurs from looking for out opportunities in our solar method.

• And a Vietnamese scholar has scoured the planet for documents and maps to assistance territorial claims in the South China Sea, but finds his government reluctant to challenge Beijing.

Back Story

“We’ll usually have Paris.”

Seventy-5 years ago nowadays, The Times published its evaluation of “Casablanca,” the romance filmed throughout World War II that became one particular of the most beloved — and oft-quoted — Hollywood motion pictures of all time.

The film is set in Rick’s Café Américain, a swinging bar “through which swirls a backwash of connivers, crooks and fleeing European refugees,” as the Nazis take over Europe. Vichy France controls the port city — and the exit visas essential to leave it. The price tag is high, and refugees are desperate to snag one particular on the black marketplace.

The stars had been Hollywood A-listers: Humphrey Bogart as Rick Ingrid Bergman as his long-lost adore, Ilsa and Paul Henreid as her husband, the heroic resistance leader Victor Laszlo.

Mr. Henreid was, in truth, a staunchly anti-Nazi European. Critics have written that the film was strengthened by the a lot of refugees and exiles in the supporting cast, including Madeleine Lebeau, who belts out “La Marseillaise” through tears in one of the most renowned scenes.

Noah Isenberg, the author of a current book on the film, stated it nonetheless retains its magic, in portion due to the fact it confronts a deep moral question: “Do you stick your neck out?”

Karen Zraick contributed reporting.


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