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Europe Edition: Davos, Russia, Theresa Could: Your Friday Briefing

Europe Edition: Davos, Russia, Theresa May possibly: Your Friday Briefing


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President Trump’s remarks at the Globe Financial Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have been conciliatory. He even broached the possibility, however remote, that he would re-enter a Pacific trade agreement, which he scrapped final year.

Calling reports of a rift with Prime Minister Theresa May possibly of Britain “a false rumor,” Mr. Trump suggested he may still visit London.

Mrs. May’s speech, and its reception, underlined Britain’s diminished stature on the globe stage.

Also at Davos, a lot of officials and executives told us they have been looking to China as a globe leader in fighting climate modify — even as the country’s carbon emissions appeared to once again be increasing. Here’s our complete coverage of the forum.


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• The White Property is providing Democrats a deal on immigration: In exchange for eventual citizenship for so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors — Democrats would have to accept a border wall and stricter immigration policies.

Most Americans want legal status for Dreamers. We talked to some who don’t.

Separately, our correspondents in Washington discovered that President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, in June. Mr. Trump backed off right after a top lawyer threatened to quit.


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• The two-day runoff in the Czech Republic’s presidential elections begins these days.

The outcome of the vote will assist choose whether the country continues to be drawn toward Russia and China under Milos Zeman, the incumbent, or much more totally returns to the embrace of the European Union beneath his challenger, Jiri Drahos. Polls recommend a narrow race.

Victory is virtually assured, even so, for Vladimir Putin for the duration of Russia’s presidential election in March. With no genuine opposition, Mr. Putin’s greatest threat is voter indifference, our Moscow correspondent writes.


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• The arrival of voice-controlled assistants in vehicles has raised new issues about security and privacy. Hacks could consist of annoying pranks like a honking horn, or much more severe breaches such as remotely unlocking a home’s doors for a robbery.

In other auto news, our correspondent in Frankfurt illustrates how far German carmakers went to skew analysis on the damaging effects of diesel emissions.

The automakers financed an experiment in which ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a rigged diesel Volkswagen Beetle.


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• Some kinds of song are universally recognizable by folks across all cultures, a new study by scientists at Harvard suggests. But can you inform a lullaby from a really like song? Take a quiz based on the study and uncover out.

(Above, Aborigines of northern Australia performed a corroboree dance for guests in 1978. Music for the corroboree was portion of the study.)

One more new study suggests that we are not only shaped by the genes that we inherit, but also by those we do not. (It compared thousands of Icelanders to their parents.)

And the discovery of a fossilized jawbone in a cave in Israel could rewrite the story of human migration, proving that Homo sapiens ventured out of Africa about 50,000 years earlier than previously believed.


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• In Davos, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed surprise over the market turmoil he unleashed with an apparently offhand comment about the U.S. dollar. The currency plunged to a 3-year low.

• Jim Yong Kim, the Globe Bank’s president, is attempting to make the onetime powerhouse of worldwide finance relevant again. But his embrace of Wall Street is controversial.

• The U.S. is the only industrialized country not to mandate paid parental leave, but far more American organizations are starting to supply benefits in order to retain talent.

• Huawei’s flagship smartphone is impressive, but users have to determine for themselves regardless of whether they trust the Chinese manufacturer.

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

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• Our Beirut Bureau tried to support unpack the developments in northern Syria, where Turkey, a U.S. ally, is attacking Kurdish militias backed by Washington. [The New York Instances]

• Germany suspended plans to upgrade Turkish tanks as Turkey’s offensive in Syria progresses. [Reuters]

• In Italy, commuters took to social media to denounce a government-owned rail firm after a train derailed near Milan, leaving 3 men and women dead and dozens injured. [The New York Occasions]

• The Dutch government is said to have warned American officials about efforts by Russian hackers to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. [Volkskrant]

• Officials in Ivory Coast mentioned that they had broken up an international ivory-smuggling network, the second such bust in Africa this month. [The New York Occasions]

• In an uncommon e mail exchange, a museum curator rebuffed a request for a Vincent van Gogh painting to be hung in President Trump’s private living quarters. She provided a solid gold toilet rather. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.

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• Recipe of the day: Invest some time this weekend cooking an exceptional risotto with sausage and parsley.

• What takes place inside our bodies when we workout?

• To combat “text neck,” put your telephone down and keep your head up.


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• Scandinavia is known for its innovative craft brews, but in Stockholm, the trend is significantly less is a lot more: new bars and bottle shops that exclusively stock low-alcohol beers.

• A museum in the Netherlands has taken all the art off the walls and instead will present music and sounds. (One of the performs is a musical séance, which conjures memories of Amy Winehouse.)

• Researchers in Germany have designed a tiny robot that 1 day might be used to deliver drugs inside the human physique.

• A writer reflects on the function of Ursula K. Le Guin: “She reserved the correct to think, and create, and react as she saw fit.”

• Ultimately, a reminder to cherish our time on this planet: The Doomsday Clock, a symbol of concerns about humanity’s annihilation, was advanced the closest to midnight since the 1950s.

Back Story

She wanted to fly, but no U.S. aviation school would admit her. So she taught herself French, moved to France and became the very first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license, in 1921.

Bessie Coleman was born on this day in 1892 in Atlanta, Tex. The daughter of sharecroppers, who have been also of Native American descent, she was inspired by stories of the Wright brothers and Planet War I pilots.

Ms. Coleman’s brother told her of seeing Frenchwomen fly when he served in Globe War I, so she headed across the Atlantic. She earned her international pilot’s license in seven months.

She returned to the U.S. and performed as a stunt pilot, dazzling audiences at air shows — but only those that had been open to viewers of her race. “The air is the only spot free from prejudice,” she stated.

On April 30, 1926, Ms. Coleman was airborne when her biplane flipped over during a test flight. She plummeted to her death from the open cockpit. She was 34.

“Before she died, even so, Miss Coleman became a function model for many young black women and, as a consequence, flying became popular amongst them,” The Occasions noted in 1985.

Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.


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Published at Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:23:40 +0000

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