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19:46, 27 November 2017

Asia and Australia Edition: Prince Harry, Bali, Myanmar: Your Tuesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Prince Harry, Bali, Myanmar: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Here’s what you need to know:

Pope Francismeets today with Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar’s government, on a trip that is forcing him to balance his moral authority with the country’s path to democracy, as effectively as the safety of the country’s tiny Catholic population.

Regardless of international criticism that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi she has not carried out enough to halt the military’s campaign of violence against Rohingya Muslims, the pope’s allies have urged him to lend her his support. Several see her as the country’s very best possibility to avoid a backslide into absolute military rule.

The pope met with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of Myanmar’s military, on Monday.


In Washington, lawmakers are back from a break to try to hurtle a sweeping tax program by way of Congress. A provision in the House’s version would repeal a 1954 law banning churches and other nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity.

Congress is also below developing stress to end Capitol Hill’s culture of secrecy more than sexual harassment.


Indonesia raised its alert for Mount Agung to the highest level, and said one hundred,000 folks necessary to be evacuated from a danger zone extending to six miles about the Bali volcano.

Officials warned that Agung could project hot gases, lava fragments and blanketing ash up to six miles away in minutes.


In Pakistan, the government struck a deal with leaders of an Islamist protest movement to finish weeks of paralyzing protests in the capital that became the focus of violent clashes more than the weekend.

The country’s embattled law minister will step down to satisfy the protesters’ accusations that his rewording of an oath of office constituted blasphemy. Several Pakistanis saw the agreement as however another government capitulation to extremists.


Australia’s Parliament was supposed to be in session this week, focused on exact same-sex marriage legislation. Alternatively, the government of has been paralyzed by the quantity of parliamentarians who’ve had to resign over dual citizenship, including the deputy prime minister.

Representatives now have until Dec. 5 to turn in documentation to prove their citizenship status.

Numerous Australians have responded to the political turmoil with anger and loss of faith in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. We asked legal scholars how this mess may well have been avoided, and how it may be fixed.


• It is official:Prince Harry is engaged to his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. Their wedding is set for next spring.

The warmth with which the royal household announced the marriage underscores just how considerably the British royal family has changed: Ms. Markle, an American actress, is biracial and divorced.



• Amazon is aggressively recruiting Indian vendors to sell their goods straight on the e-commerce giant’s U.S. web site. At least 27,000 Indian sellers have signed up.

• Bitcoin surged past $9,700 in worth as it continued to defy bubble warnings.

Time Inc., the publisher of magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated and Folks, was purchased by the Iowa-primarily based Meredith Corporation in a nearly $3 billion cash transaction made attainable by the Koch brothers, conservative fossil-fuel billionaires.

• U.S. stocks were mixed. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

• Vietnam sentenced a 22-year-old blogger to seven years in prison for posting reports about a chemical spill final year that devastated the central coastline. [The New York Times]

A group of Australian doctors urged their government to let them conduct an quick evaluation of the wellness of hundreds of asylum seekers who have been cleared out of a detention center on Manus Island on Friday, ending their 3-week protest. [Reuters]

• Vote counting is underway in Queensland. Australia’s Labor Party seems to be ahead, raising doubts about plans for a huge new coal mine. [National Herald of India]

• Don Burke, an Australian celebrity known for a Television gardening show, admitted “he may well have terrified a handful of people” but denied accusations of sexual harassment. [ABC]

Our correspondent in Tehran reports: “After years of cynicism, sneering or merely tuning out all issues political, Iran’s urban middle classes have been swept up in a wave of nationalist fervor.” [The New York Instances]

Ivanka Trump arrives in India for the annual International Entrepreneurship Summit, possibly her most high-profile international look to date. [Quartz]

Our article on an American Nazi sympathizer has drawn much feedback, most of it sharply essential. [The New York Instances]

• Chinese scientists are working on a new variety of spy satellite that could foil higher-tech radar absorption supplies on a stealth aircraft or warship with so-named ghost imaging. [South China Morning Post]

Smarter Living

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

• Go about painting your apartment like a pro.

• Do not, repeat, do not consume raw cookie dough.

• Recipe of the day: Orange beef with a side of baby bok choy is a swift dinner.


• A superstar of Japanese baseball, Shohei Ohtani, 23, is coming to Major League Baseball with a aim worthy of Babe Ruth: to play two methods, as a starting pitcher and an everyday batter.

Roya Sadat, an Afghan filmmaker, sold her apartment, automobile and jewelry to make a film that deepens the conversation on women’s rights. Now it is up for an Oscar.

• Finally, meet Fiona. Videos of the baby hippo twirling around in the water, Rubenesque and graceful, are racking up millions of views on-line. “I feel like I represent Beyoncé,” mentioned an official at her zoo in the central U.S.

Back Story

Although no longer an official vacation in Hawaii, Nov. 28 was after celebrated as Hawaiian Independence Day, or Lā Kūʻokoʻa in the Hawaiian language. It marked the day in 1843 that Britain and France recognized Hawaii as an independent kingdom.

The 1st European to reach the Hawaiian islands was James Cook in 1778, and he was soon followed by missionaries and sugar cane growers. In 1842, King Kamehameha III, concerned that foreign powers may well seize Hawaiian territory, attempted to negotiate independence treaties with the U.S., Britain and France.

The king had great cause to be worried. The following year, a British naval captain occupied the Hawaiian kingdom for 5 months prior to his superiors arrived to overrule him. The kingdom’s return to Kamehameha’s rule on July 31, 1843, became known as Sovereignty Restoration Day.

A handful of months later, Britain and France recognized Hawaiian independence.

It was, however, quick-lived. A group of Americans and Europeans overthrew Queen Liliuokalani in 1893 when she attempted to rewrite the kingdom’s constitution, and Hawaii was annexed by the U.S. in 1898. In 1959, it became the 50th state.

Hawaiian Independence Day and Sovereignty Restoration Day continue to be observed by sovereignty activists who say the islands are nonetheless being occupied, only now by the U.S.

Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.


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