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Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Mount Agung: Your Wednesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Mount Agung: Your Wednesday Briefing


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Robert Mugabe — who as soon as proclaimed that “Only God will eliminate me!” — resigned as president of Zimbabwe shortly after lawmakers started impeachment proceedings.

Jubilant residents poured into the streets at what seemed to be an abrupt capitulation from the world’s longest serving head of state. Mr. Mugabe, 93, said he was stepping down for “the welfare of the men and women.”

Zimbabwe will have a new leader for the initial time in 37 years. This video looks at the mix of hope and skepticism its people have about the future.


• The U.S. authorities are holding a former Hong Kong government official and a former foreign minister of Senegal on charges of bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda to sign contracts with a sprawling private Chinese conglomerate, CEFC China Power.

The U.S. claims jurisdiction since some of the bargains linked to the two officials — Patrick Ho, 68, and Cheikh Gadio, 61 — have been produced in the United States. CEFC China Power issued a blanket denial.

Separately, the former head of China’s powerful cyberspace agency was detained in an internal Communist Celebration corruption inquiry.


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One more career ends amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

American networks acted swiftly against Charlie Rose, a longtime, influential tv journalist and interviewer, right after a number of females raised allegations of what the president of CBS named “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior.”


A range of analysts told The Times that President Trump’s re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and the addition of much more sanctions, may dash any remaining hopes that diplomacy may finish threats from Pyongyang.

Such prospects do not bode properly for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, who has sought to ease tensions as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.

North Korea has yet to respond to Mr. Trump’s move.


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• President Bashar al-Assad produced a rare trip out of war-ravaged Syria, visiting Russia and thanking President Vladimir Putin for military intervention he credited with “saving” the country.

Each take element in a summit meeting today with Iran, Turkey and Russia aimed at ending Syria’s six-year civil war. The Islamic State has lost much of its territory there, but its fighters remain a threat, and armed opposition groups nevertheless hold wide sections of the country.

In Damascus, the capital, our correspondent found those who had not fled mourning and lonely. Some fell silent or just shook their heads at her queries, unable to explain to themselves or anyone else what has occurred.


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• China’s state media points to bike-sharing as 1 of the country’s “four excellent new inventions.” (The other people: mobile payments, e-commerce and high-speed rail.) Our Magazine looks at the importance Beijing assigns to the sharing economy.

• Skype’s future in China is unclear after it was pulled from main app stores there, like Apple’s, as Beijing moves against foreign messaging solutions and social networks.

• In the U.S., regulators plan to dismantle Internet regulations that guarantee equal access, permitting telecom giants to charge a lot more and block access to some websites.

• Takata, the troubled Japanese airbag maker, will sell most of its assets to a Chinese-owned rival for $1.6 billion.

• The fate of an Indian billionaire’s $12.4 billion coal mine in Australia hinges on Saturday’s elections in Queensland, when voters will determine no matter whether adding jobs is worth the risk of harm to the Wonderful Barrier Reef.

• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

In the News

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• A crowded mosque in Nigeria was attacked by a suicide bomber. A police official stated at least 50 men and women had been killed. [The New York Instances]

• Amnesty International described Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State as “apartheid.” [Al Jazeera]

• A Chinese rights lawyer who has lengthy defended the households of activists was declared guilty of inciting subversion and sentenced to two years in prison. [The New York Instances]

• China praised Cambodia’s “efforts to defend political stability” soon after the principal opposition celebration was dismantled by the nation’s top court. [Reuters]

• Mount Agung, the rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali, lastly erupted with steam, smoke and ash, but no lava. The alert level has so far remained unchanged. [ABC]

• Russia confirmed that it had detected a radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant. But it rejected ideas that it was the supply of a radioactive cloud that had hovered more than Europe recently. [The New York Times]

• Male dolphins off the coast of West Australia have been observed providing gifts (sea sponges) to females, and enlisting male “wing men” to aid uncover mates. [ABC]

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• President Trump likes elephants. That’s how aides explained his surprise intervention to try to preserve the elephants of Zimbabwe and Zambia from becoming hunt trophies in the U.S.

• “No concept how to inform this horror story”: The father of a expert ice hockey player allowed us to print the emails he sent our reporter more than 18 months, tracking his son’s deterioration caused by what he believes to be brain trauma sustained in the sport’s violent function of “enforcer.”

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Back Story

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Last week, President Trump reversed the government’s decision to start allowing hunters to import trophies of elephants that had been killed in two African nations.

Much more than a century ago, one more president took the opposite strategy.

Shortly right after leaving office in 1909, Theodore Roosevelt led a safari to Africa, organized by the Smithsonian Institution and partly financed by Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist and philanthropist. The group gathered specimens for what is now the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

Then, as now, hunting was not without controversy.

When Roosevelt wrote to the Smithsonian in 1908, outlining his safari plans, he insisted he was “not in the least a game butcher” but rather “a faunal naturalist.”

The expedition lasted almost a year — stretching from what is now Kenya to Sudan — and included Roosevelt’s son Kermit and numerous naturalists from the Smithsonian.

The group in the end collected far more than 11,000 specimens, a lot of of them bugs, plants and little mammals. But about 500 were large game animals shot by Roosevelt or his son.

The former president later wrote about the trip in a book, “African Game Trails.” He was highly sensitive to charges of cruelty but noted “to protest against all hunting of game is a sign of softness of head, not of soundness of heart.”

Chris Stanford contributed reporting.


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