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23:58, 24 November 2017

Egypt, Michael Flynn, Argentina: Your Evening Briefing

Egypt, Michael Flynn, Argentina: Your Evening Briefing

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Great evening. Here’s the most recent.

1. Egypt suffered a single of the worst civilian massacres in its modern day history.

Islamist militants detonated bombs and unleashed torrents of bullets at a mosque on the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 235 individuals and wounding a lot more than one hundred other individuals. Even ambulances had been targeted. “We do not know what to say. This is insane,” a healthcare official said.

There have been no immediate claims of responsibility, but the worshipers were Sufis, whose mystical kind of Islam is regarded as heretical by Sunni extremists, and the Egyptian military has been battling an affiliate of the Islamic State in the Sinai for years.


2. Lawyers for Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information with lawyers for President Trump, 4 folks involved in the case told us.

Our Washington correspondents say the split seems to be a sign that Mr. Flynn, the brief-lived national safety adviser, is moving to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Cries of “Enough already” on Russian meddling aren’t coming from just Mr. Trump’s supporters. In Russia, beleaguered liberals complain that the American focus feeds propaganda portraying President Vladimir Putin as a master strategist.


three. “AfterTurkey get in touch with I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (rapidly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.”

That was President Trump tweeting about his post-Thanksgiving plans (the “Turkey call” had practically nothing to do with the bird).

In the morning, Mr. Trump phoned the Turkish president, telling him that the U.S. would no longer arm the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia fighting in Syria against the Islamic State that Turkey sees as a threat. Then he hit the links with Mr. Woods and Mr. Johnson, the world’s No. 1 golfer, but evaded most photographers, above.


four. Black Friday unfolded across the nation with the usual scramble for discounts, while on the web, the day logged extraordinary sales. Our correspondents tracked the action, from crashed internet sites to long lines for sneakers in Los Angeles, and Wirecutter, a Instances firm that evaluations products, has a rundown on offers.

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been battered by consumers’ shift to on the web purchasing, but Macy’s, for a single, has something to fall back on: a collection of real estate worth an estimated $16 billion, significantly of it old and grand. Above, crowds outside its flagship retailer in New York.


five. “Let bygones be bygones.” That was Emmerson Mnangagwa, also known as the Crocodile, as he was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new president.

The 75-year-old extolled the leader he helped oust, Robert Mugabe, 93, as “a father, mentor, comrade in arms and my leader.” Mr. Mugabe, under property arrest, did not attend.

For several Zimbabweans, elation over the fall of Mr. Mugabe has turned to cynicism more than regardless of whether the rise of a member of the old guard amounts to much more of the very same misrule. “Now Mnangagwa’s bootlickers will have their complete turn to loot from the state coffers,” one particular mentioned.


six. Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2013, had his sentence elevated to 15 years by a South African court, with prosecutors calling the original six-year term “shockingly lenient.”

Mr. Pistorius, pictured above in court last year, maintains that he shot Reeva Steenkamp, 29, by accident, unloading bullets via a bathroom door at what he believed was an intruder. The ruling extending his sentence said that Mr. Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions.”


7. Hope is fading for the 44 sailors on an Argentine Navy submarine missing since Nov. 15, in what could be the most deadly accident involving a submarine because Russia’s Kursk sank in 2000.

President Mauricio Macri, above, have to now confront mounting anger more than the antiquated condition of Argentina’s armed forces, false reports of satellite calls from the ship, and the weeklong delay in discovering that an explosion had been recorded in the vicinity of the craft’s disappearance.

The wife of a crew member mentioned of her husband, “If he can somehow hear me out there, all I can say is I enjoy him.”


8.It is 1 of America’s most diverse ZIP codes: 94591. A Bay Region suburb, it’s a tapestry of races and ethnicities, like the Johnson household, above.

But Vallejo, Calif., is still no promised land, our correspondent writes. Groups tend to cluster collectively, providing rise to friction and stereotyping. Stubborn disparities endure.

The correspondent, John Eligon, who is black, came face-to-face with the bias there. He observes: “Diversity, it seemed, tends to make folks feel comfy making use of stereotypes and expressing biases.”


9. The trials of peace activists in Australia place a spotlight on a U.S. intelligence facility hidden in the outback. The activists could serve seven years for trespassing.

Identified as Pine Gap, the base was presented to the Australian public in 1966 as a space analysis facility. But in reality, it controls U.S. satellites that guide airstrikes and nuclear weapons. “TURN About NOW,” a road sign close to the base warns.

A tiny town nearby has turn out to be a haven of sorts for American spies, engineers and cryptologists, full with a baseball diamond and beef brisket at the grocery.


ten. Thanksgiving is over (hopefully with out also much political strife at the table), but possibilities abound in the leftovers piled high in refrigerators.

All that uneaten turkey can go into salad, soup, noodles, above, or even pav bhaji, an Indian dish served with buttered, toasted buns.

Have a excellent weekend.


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Published at Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:37:39 +0000

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