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7:09, 22 December 2017

Europe Edition: Catalonia, Jerusalem, Christmas: Your Friday Briefing

Europe Edition: Catalonia, Jerusalem, Christmas: Your Friday Briefing


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Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• In Catalonia, parties in search of to secede from Spain narrowly won an election called by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who hoped to calm the country’s constitutional crisis.

The separatists won about 47 percent of the votes but secured 70 of the 135 seats in the regional Parliament, a narrow majority. Mr. Rajoy’s Well-known Celebration lost most of its seats, with many unionist votes going to Ciudadanos, a rival celebration.

Our correspondent in Barcelona writes that the separatists now find themselves facing the difficult job of forming a new government.

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• Defying President Trump,the U.N. Basic Assembly condemned the U.S. selection to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Despite Mr. Trump’s threat to cut aid to the resolution’s supporters, the largely symbolic measure was approved by a vote of 128 to 9. No European nations voted with the U.S., but some Central and Eastern European countries abstained.

Separately, the U.S. has circulated a draft Security Council resolution that would additional choke North Korea’s economy. The 15-member Council is likely to vote on it today.


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• In Washington, Congress approved a plan to maintain the U.S. government funded into January — while kicking fights over problems like immigration and surveillance into the new year.

And Republicans are gearing up for what could become bruising midterm elections in November.

The party’s candidates will have to contend with President Trump’s historically low approval ratings and Democrats gaining in the polls.


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Chaplains are an integral component of several skilled soccer teams in England, counseling players. Our correspondents met some of them.

Their jobs are not a glamorous but can be vital to young men and females under intense pressure on and off the field.

“We can all be chaplains to somebody,” wrote a rabbi who shared the story on Twitter.


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• Our correspondent joined some of the hundreds of thousands of vacationers who flock to Finland every year to see Santa Claus Village, in Lapland near the Arctic Circle.

He located that no amount of commercialization could wipe the Christmas wonder from a child’s eyes. The village consists of a self-anointed “official Santa,” actual igloos and ice furniture.

Chinese adults make up the largest single group of guests. (Their young children do not get a school holiday at this time of year.)


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• For the 1st time given that their city’s liberation from the Islamic State, Christians in Qaraqosh, Iraq, will openly celebrate Christmas.

Right here are some images from the country’s largest Christian enclave as it’s slowly rebuilding.

Your briefing group is off for the holidays. The next briefing will publish on Tuesday, Dec. 26.


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• Dozens of main U.S. employers — such as Amazon and Goldman Sachs — placed recruitment ads on Facebook that had been restricted to certain age groups, an investigation by ProPublica and The Times discovered.

The practice raises issues about discrimination against older workers.

• Shell, Europe’s biggest fossil fuel firm, purchased a British electricity provider to hedge against demand for oil ultimately peaking.

• Eric Schmidt, who helped develop Google into a colossus, is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, its parent company.

• Some organizations have rushed to rebrand themselves to benefit from the Bitcoin boom. (But not without risk: The digital currency’s worth fell overnight.)

• Is Apple slowing down some old iPhones? Yes, but it is complex.

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

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• Many a lot more folks will seek asylum in Europe as temperatures in their home nations rise, new research suggests. [The New York Instances]

• The prime ministers of Poland and Britain met in Warsaw, addressing their respective woes with Brussels, but there is tiny they can do to assist each and every other. [Politico]

• The Kremlin is searching for to block U.S. trials of cybercriminals detained across Europe by attempting to get them extradited to Russia alternatively. [The New York Instances]

• Australian officials said that the driver of an S.U.V. who plowed into a crowd in Melbourne, injuring 19 men and women, was mentally ill. They said it was an “act of evil” but not terrorism. [The New York Occasions]

• South Sudan’s warring factions agreed to a cease-fire that is set to begin on Sunday morning. [Related Press]

• A Burmese common and a former president of Gambia are amongst the first individuals hit with U.S. sanctions below the Worldwide Magnitsky Act. [The New York Instances]

• Cuba’s leader, Raúl Castro, will step down as president in April, later than anticipated. [The New York Instances]

• Several orchestras distanced themselves from the conductor Charles Dutoit after 4 girls accused him of assault. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

Guidelines, each new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

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• You truly do want to know how the sausage (salami) gets created.

• Recipe of the day: Samin Nosrat’s recipe for Russian honey cake is worth the time.

If you are not completed with your vacation buying, here are some final-minute ideas.


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• Cybersecurity researchers warn that some new toys are vulnerable to hacking threats. (Hackers had been capable to hijack Furby Connect dolls like the one above to speak to young children.)

• Starwars, what ever, letmein: This year’s list of worst passwords says a lot — such as how undesirable we are at on the web security.

We have new guides to two proud cities that don’t let visitors ignore their glory or their grit: Manchester, England, and Alexandria, Egypt.

• Deborah Feldman, an American Jewish author, describes how she discovered her voice and goal in Berlin. (Yiddish helped.)

• To counter the seemingly constant barrage of heavy news, right here are seven wonderful factors we discovered this week.

Back Story

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President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought to mind a similarly momentous announcement more than a century ago.

In December of 1911, King George V of Britain announced that India’s capital would be moved from the city then recognized as Calcutta to Delhi.

For 24 hours, The Instances reported, the British news media “was so astonished as to be unable to comment.” The British officials then ruling in India had proposed the move because Delhi was far more centrally located and because of developing opposition in Calcutta to the Crown’s rule, or Raj.

Nations change their capitals to signal a fresh start off or to move government away from economic hubs — with varying achievement.

Myanmar, for instance, built a new capital that replaced Yangon in 2005. But the city, Naypyidaw, is eerily quiet, and most embassies have stayed put.

Similarly, Dodoma has been Tanzania’s seat of Parliament since 1996, but the rest of the government has been slow to move there from Dar es Salaam.

Other countries whose capital relocations can trip up even the biggest geography buffs consist of Brazil (Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro, considering that 1960), Kazakhstan (Astana, not Almaty, since 1997), Nigeria (Abuja, not Lagos, considering that 1991) and Turkey (Ankara, not Istanbul, given that 1923).

Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.


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