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23:49, 15 January 2018

Donald Trump, North Korea, Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Evening Briefing

Donald Trump, North Korea, Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Evening Briefing

Donald Trump, North Korea, Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Evening Briefing


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1. “I’m not a racist.” With extraordinary directness, President Trump addressed a wave of outrage more than reports that he made vulgar remarks at a White Property meeting.

Mr. Trump has denied that he created any crude comments, which have infuriated African nations, and a few Republican lawmakers defended him. But the controversy has consumed Washington’s focus even as a vital deadline approaches to avert a government shutdown.

To hold the government funded past Saturday, lawmakers will need to pass a stopgap spending measure by the finish of the week, but some Democrats are pushing to oppose any bill that does not also incorporate a deal on DACA, the plan defending young undocumented immigrants. But Mr. Trump’s incendiary comments have dimmed the possibility of reaching such a deal.


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2. North Koreawill send a 140-piece orchestra to carry out in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, starting next month. It represents yet another step in the astonishing ratcheting down of tensions among the neighbors.

But North Korea’s nuclear system remains a concern. Whilst American officials, like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, say they are committed to finding a diplomatic resolution, they are not taking any probabilities.

The U.S. military has begun conducting workouts across the country (above, in Fort Bragg, N.C.) — preparations for a war that military leaders hope by no means comes.


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3. On Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Americans reflected on the legacy of the civil rights leader.

In interviews on Sunday, black Americans described how they’ve struggled to comprehend what is taking place in a nation that was so recently led by an African-American president. “I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement because my college days, and I’m not confident I’ve ever been a lot more confused than I am appropriate now,” stated one 94-year-old activist.

Separately, a year after the huge mobilization for the Women’s March event in Washington, the group behind it has encouraged more protests, often at the grass-roots level. But a division more than priorities and tactics has led to a split, and a new group, calling itself March On, is focused on winning elections, specifically in red states.


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4. “Clearly, practically nothing of this magnitude was imagined.”

Devastating mudslides have left at least 20 dead in Montecito, Calif., a wealthy coastal enclave near Santa Barbara that is property to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Bridges.

As search-and-rescue efforts continue, residents are beginning to reckon with their loss — and weigh the risks of staying.

Recent wildfires denuded a lot of the landscape, leaving the terrain vulnerable to erosion, and however for Montecito, California’s rainy season is just starting.



5. In Iran, individuals are not buying the official account of three protesters’ deaths. Officials say that two killed themselves in government custody, and that a third man was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces.

But in a striking show of defiance, several Iranians are pointing to what they contact glaring contradictions in the official account, and demanding additional investigation into the prison deaths.

Probably most meaningfully, President Hassan Rouhani, above center, who has defended the right of peaceful protest, appeared to offer his support to these skeptical of the government’s claims.


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6. Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish option rock group the Cranberries, has died in London at age 46.

Ms. O’Riordan’s vocal stylings, which showed a clear Celtic influence, were central to the appeal of the group, which had hits like “Zombie” and “Dreams.”

Fans offered tributes on social media. “She was portion of my DNA, the soundtrack to my life,” 1 wrote.


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7. The lengthy shadow cast by Intel has produced it difficult for computer chip start off-ups to scrounge up the investment capital needed to break into the industry.

But budding interest in artificial intelligence is supplying a foothold for 45 new companies that are dedicated to building processors exclusively for A.I.

At least 5 of them have raised a lot more than $one hundred million from investors, as venture capitalists look to have forgotten all about those forbidding roadblocks to a young company’s success.


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eight. Nine-hundred-ten carats.

That is how a lot a diamond found in Lesotho weighs. (At about six.four ounces, it is heavier than a billiard ball.) The stone, the world’s fifth-largest gem-top quality diamond to be located, is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars.

Unsurprisingly, shares of the London-primarily based company that owns a majority stake in the African mine jumped sharply on news of the discovery.


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9. American tennis fans were dealt 3 key disappointments in rapid succession, with the best U.S. players Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe all falling in the very first round of the Australian Open.

Of the 4 American women to reach the semifinals at the U.S. Open in September, only Madison Keys is nevertheless in the singles tournament. You can catch her 1st match tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.


10. Ultimately, it can sometimes feel as if the news alerts that are delivered straight to our phone have accelerated life itself.

In 1968, the globe was also in tumult and seemed at a crossroads, as well. Our interactive appears back on that fraught year, and imagines, if there had been smartphones, the flurry of notifications that would have accompanied every twist and turn.

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Published at Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:08:06 +0000

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