Europe Edition: Aretha Franklin, Genoa, Trump: Your Friday Briefing
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Very good morning. Honoring a soul music legend, recovering from a bridge collapse, and protesting at Google.
Right here&rsquos the most current:
&bull A single word: respect.
Tributes are pouring in for Aretha Franklin, the universally acclaimed &ldquoQueen of Soul&rdquo and 1 of the greatest vocalists ever, who died at her house in Detroit. She was 76.
In her classic late-1960s hits, which includes &ldquoRespect,&rdquo &ldquoThink&rdquo and &ldquo(You Make Me Feel Like) A All-natural Lady,&rdquo Ms. Franklin defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, extended-suffering but eventually indomitable. Read our complete obituary, and our critic&rsquos appraisal.
&ldquoAretha is a gift from God,&rdquo the singer Mary J. Blige when said. &ldquoWhen it comes to expressing your self by way of song, there is no a single who can touch her. She is the reason why girls want to sing.&rdquo
Here&rsquos a playlist of 20 vital songs.
&bull &ldquoInfrastructure Emergency&rdquo
A banner headline in an Italian newspaper conveys the widespread alarm about aging infrastructure in Italy following the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, above, which killed at least 38 people. More could nevertheless be missing, and Genoa has located itself split in two.
Experts say that both design and upkeep may possibly have been culpable in the collapse, and some warned for years that the bridge was troubled.
But Italy&rsquos highways, bridges, viaducts and tunnels are looked soon after by a jumble of agencies with small central oversight.
The country&rsquos populist government is moving to punish the bridge&rsquos operator, Autostrade per l&rsquoItalia, but the organization says the government is generating baseless accusations.
&bull A raucous day in American politics.
John Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, struck back at Mr. Trump for revoking his security clearance, saying the president was trying to &ldquoscare into silence other people who may dare to challenge him.&rdquo Several officials echo that view.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, when a confidante to Mr. Trump, released a secret recording to help her claim that the president&rsquos circle attempted to get her silence.
And jurors deliberated in the fraud trial of Mr. Trump&rsquos former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Here are some of the variables they&rsquoll be weighing.
The trial has provided the very first extended glimpse of the lawyers led by the unique counsel, Robert Mueller, who are famously discreet.
&bull &ldquoDon&rsquot homosexuals tend to be rather sociable?&rdquo
An 18-year-old gay man from Afghanistan, exactly where very same-sex relations are banned, was denied an asylum request in Austria in early Could due to the fact the authorities decided he wasn&rsquot genuinely gay. Their basis? Stereotyping observations like the one particular above. (He was said to have few buddies.)
&ldquoNeither your walk, nor your behavior nor your clothing give the slightest indication that you could be gay,&rdquo the decision says. &ldquoScandalous misconduct&rdquo is how 1 expert described the ruling.
Asylum seekers seldom lie about their sexuality to gain favor and sometimes, instead, conceal it out of shame, professionals say. Above, migrants streaming into Austria from Hungary in 2015.
Nevertheless in Austria, the teenager is appealing.
&bull The previous is present once more on a Swiss glacier.
The 12 Americans onboard all survived the crash. Marooned at 11,000 feet, they lived off chocolate bars and melted snow for 5 days ahead of being rescued &mdash by planes on skis. The Swiss government says it intends to retrieve fragments for show.
Sweltering heat has also played archeologist in Ireland, with dry conditions not too long ago revealing indicators of an ancient henge.
&bull Revolt at Google: A lot more than 1,000 staff signed a letter protesting the firm&rsquos secret perform to develop a censored version of its search engine for China.
&bull Elon Musk, chief of the electric-automobile maker Tesla, sat down with us for an emotional interview in the wake of the reaction to a tweet in which he announced the organization would go private, and which the government is investigating. He told us perform is taking a steep toll: &ldquoFrom a private discomfort standpoint, the worst is but to come.&rdquo
&bull A flood of cash from the planet&rsquos central banks has fueled fast development in emerging markets. Now, that borrowing binge looks like a issue.
&bull Europe was an early backer of solar power technologies. But its panel manufacturing has fallen off, and China has emerged as the dominant force.
&bull Here&rsquos a snapshot of worldwide markets.
In the News
&bull &ldquoThere are no girls left&rdquo: Christian communities in Syria have been devastated by ISIS, which has left behind ghost towns and potentially permanent holes in the country&rsquos social fabric. [The New York Instances]
&bull 32,714 percent: That&rsquos the inflation price in Venezuela, exactly where the government is now taking five zeros off the currency in a desperate bid for control. [The New York Times]
&bull A Muslim lady in Sweden won compensation from a labor board following claiming discrimination: She had been rejected at a job interview for declining to shake hands with a man. The firm argued that it was searching out for gender equality. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Chile is demanding the return of a 1,000-year-old stone statue taken from Easter Island that is 1 of the British Museum&rsquos most well-known exhibits. [The New York Times]
&bull The quantity of Russian females reporting domestic violence has plunged by nearly half, and activists say ladies are staying silent because of a 2017 law that decriminalized certain types of domestic violence. [The Guardian]
&bull An 11-year-old bride to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior has returned to her native Thailand to be cared for by the government. The case highlighted the prevalence of youngster brides in Malaysia, which belies the nation&rsquos modern day outlook. [The New York Occasions]
Suggestions for a far more fulfilling life.
&bull Block and report spam text messages and emails.
&bull Authorities say consuming quality meals beats going for range.
&bull Recipe of the day: Make this the year you hit up the farmers&rsquo marketplace and make lots of summer season fruit jam.
&bull The Super Bowl of beekeeping: California&rsquos $7.six billion almond sector wouldn&rsquot be attainable without having 30 billion bees (and hundreds of human beekeepers). But the bees&rsquo existence is in peril. The Instances Magazine explores their future.
&bull Far-flung Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, with a population of 16,000, has a walkable downtown and an arts, food and style scene. Here are five areas to go in town. And was your last vacation full of tension and bickering? If so, you possibly won&rsquot remember it that way.
&bull Let slip the wolves of war: The four-legged predators have proliferated in the war zone in eastern Ukraine simply because of a ban on hunting inside 40 miles of the front, intended to stop hunters from being mistaken for soldiers.
On Aug. 18, 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward, a Chicago businessman, set in motion an idea that seemed humble at the time but would go on to shape the complete retail market.
On a sheet of paper, he listed about 150 products for sale. That one particular web page turned into hundreds, and by 1888 annual sales from the catalog reached $1 million.
The catalog was popular with the largely rural population of the U.S., which suddenly gained access to every little thing from fur coats to washing machines. The accomplishment of Ward&rsquos creation was driven, in element, by a a lot more efficient postal service that had began delivering packages door to door.
The earliest reported catalogs appeared in Venice in the 1400s. In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin utilized the mail order idea to sell books.
Catalogs from Montgomery Ward and yet another mail order pioneer, Sears, Roebuck, started an business that vied for a spot in mailboxes for decades to come.
The rise of buying malls and the internet at some point spelled the demise of the mail order catalog. In 1985, Montgomery Ward discontinued its catalog simply because of persistent losses.
But what&rsquos old is new again: Amazon is reportedly functioning on its personal holiday catalog this year.
Alisha Haridasani Gupta wrote right now&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:36:06 +0000