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Asia and Australia Edition: Republican Party, European Union, Solstice: Your Thursday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Republican Party, European Union, Solstice: Your Thursday Briefing


Very good morning.

Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• President Trump is celebrating his first major legislative victory. The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in a generation is headed to his desk right after the Senate’s passage on celebration lines (and a revote in the Property on technicalities).

Our columnist looked at how the tech market was left largely unscathed by the bill, and we’ll be analyzing the measure’s broader effect.

At a cabinet meeting in which he praised the tax bill, Mr. Trump also threatened to cut aid to any country that votes in favor of a resolution at the United Nations Basic Assembly these days denouncing his current choice to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


• Taiwan is investigating members of a pro-China party on suspicion that they had passed information to Beijing about an espionage case.

China has been rising stress on President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan considering that she took workplace last year, insisting that she accept that Taiwan is element of “one China,” which she has refused to do. Independent in all but name, Taiwan is considered by China to be part of its territory.


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• Myanmar denied access to a U.N. human rights specialist, who was due to assess the abuses that brought on Rohingya Muslims to flee the country this year in a stunningly rapid mass exodus.

The image above, of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, is component of our collection of the most iconic images from 2017.


• “Things are worse now than they have ever been in Indonesian history.”

That is an anthropologist on the plight of gay males in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, where a crackdown on homosexuality has been underway since November 2016.

The Indonesian authorities have detained hundreds of individuals, raiding not just bars but also hotel rooms and private apartments.


• The Trump administration has pursued its immigration agenda with high-profile measures such as barring travel from Muslim countries and pressing for a border wall with Mexico.

But it has also quietly slowed several types of legal immigration that attain even further, cutting the number of people entering the United States each and every year as temporary workers or permanent residents.


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• In Nepal, two baby chimpanzeesrescued from an animal trafficking operation face an uncertain future.

The nation has emerged as a significant hub for criminal gangs moving wildlife and animal components about the globe.

For seized animals, problems continue soon after they are intercepted. In this case, the Nigerian government is calling for the chimps’ return, but local officials want to keep them at Nepal’s Central Zoo.



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• China signaled its financial priorities in a statement, “Xi Jinping Thought on Social Economy With Chinese Characteristics,” that calls for staples like trimming industrial overcapacity and controlling the funds provide. The minimal mention of the country’s surging debt suggests a new tolerance for general debt — so extended as it is primarily from customer spending rather than leveraged corporations.

• Uber suffered a main setback when the E.U.’s highest court ruled that it need to comply with the very same hard regulations as other taxi organizations. The ruling is probably to restrict the business from expanding its services.

• When the Winklevoss twins invested their Facebook settlement in Bitcoin, several snickered. But the soaring worth of Bitcoin is giving the brothers a moment of vindication: Their stockpile is now worth $1.3 billion.

• An air high quality app named Haze Nowadays and a mini-Geiger counter are some of the tech tools our climate reporter — formerly in our Tokyo bureau — has utilised on the job.

• The lady who wrote the short story “Cat Particular person,” a viral phenomenon considering that its publication last month, received a seven-figure book deal.

• U.S. stocks have been mixed. Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

In the News

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• Catalonia heads to the polls once more nowadays, this time in a gamble by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain, above, that voters will punish the separatists who propelled the nation’s worst constitutional crisis in decades. [The New York Instances]

• South Korea asked the U.S. to postpone joint military exercises until soon after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. [JoongAng Daily]

• In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s reshuffled cabinet was sworn in with new leaders for house affairs and infrastructure and a new attorney common. [SBS News]

• A lady was killed when anti-India protests erupted in Kashmir on Tuesday. Two rebels also died in a gun battle. [The New York Instances]

• An unlikely culprit has emerged in the climate-induced destruction of the Arctic: beavers. [The New York Occasions]

• Waistlines in India are growing, and the country’s largest fitness center chain sees an opening to sell a Western model of operating out. [Bloomberg]

• A new luxury solution is set to hit Chinese markets: facial tissues made out of recycled panda excrement. [Newsweek]

• NASA is selecting finalists for its New Frontiers program, an upcoming robotic planetary mission. Right here are some of the proposals. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

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

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• Sexual harassment coaching is not adequate — but right here are some items you can do.

• Discoverhow to resolve The New York Occasions Crossword. (Newcomers welcome.)

• Recipe of the day: Tonight, roast salmon with a glaze of brown sugar and mustard.



• Decades of video footage from underwater robots has offered researchers in California with greater insight into food webs: They now have anything of a guide to deep sea dining.

• Read the obituary of Cardinal Bernard Law, 86, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid the pedophile priest scandal seen in the film “Spotlight.”

• The race to publish the Pentagon Papers, the trove of best-secret documents detailing the decision-producing behind the Vietnam War, had major ramifications for the press and the Nixon presidency. We look back at how the leak unfolded.

• The Times Magazine’s recent Great Performers Concern was inspired by horror movies. Readers sent in a couple of of their favorites.

• Nowadays is the solstice, the shortest day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of summer time in the Southern. We may not be here if the earth did a diverse dance about the sun.

Back Story

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This is the time of year when the Krampus, a mythical, furry horned beast, prowls cities and towns in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, scaring away evil spirits and warning naughty children that Christmas is just about the corner.

The tradition of the Krampus, a mountain goblin who is an evil counterpart to the excellent St. Nicholas, has not too long ago enjoyed a revival. Even just before the 2015 Hollywood horror version brought the tradition to millions of Americans, a new generation of Germans and Austrians were reviving a tradition they cherished from childhood.

Dozens of “runs” or parades of individuals — dressed in horned masks and carrying whips or bells — take more than towns in southern Germany and Austria amongst late November and Dec. 23.

In a 2014 appearance on “The Tonight Show,” the actor Christoph Waltz explained Krampus to a U.S. audience as the Austrian answer to Elf on the Shelf.

The Krampus, he stated, does not just spy on kids and report back to Santa, but arrives “with a stick, a bag and he threatens you. If you weren’t great, you get stuck in the bag and hit and shipped off.”

The contemporary Krampus parades, even so, are bound by strictly enforced rules, such as no drinking and no hitting. Scaring kids and tourists is allowed, but not sticking any person in a bag.

Melissa Eddy contributed reporting.


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