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6:05, 16 January 2018

Europe Edition: Dolores O’Riordan, Baghdad, Romania: Your Tuesday Briefing

Europe Edition: Dolores O’Riordan, Baghdad, Romania: Your Tuesday Briefing


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Here’s what you need to know:

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• Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish option rock group the Cranberries, has died in London at age 46. Her death is being treated as “unexplained,” the police said.

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

Ms. O’Riordan’s vocal stylings, which showed a Celtic influence, had been central to the group’s appeal. She was the sole writer of the noisy, angry “Zombie,” a response to an Irish Republican Army terrorist bombing in 1993.


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• There was no immediate claim of duty for two suicide bombings in Baghdad on Monday morning that shattered Iraq’s developing sense of security and hope.

A lot more than two dozen individuals were killed. Security officials have cast suspicion on Islamic State sleeper cells.

Separately in neighboring Syria, Turkey’s president vowed to “strangle” a proposed American-trained force that could put thousands of Kurdish militia fighters near its southern border.


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

In interviews, black Americans, which includes two of Dr. King’s youngsters, expressed aggravation and disappointment about the direction of the United States in President Trump’s 1st year in workplace.

“I’ve been involved in the civil rights movement because my college days, and I’m not confident I’ve ever been far more confused than I am right now,” one 94-year-old activist stated.


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• In Riyadh, the Saudi capital, the planned reopening next month of a luxury hotel is signaling that mass arrests tied to what the authorities have called a crackdown on corruption are winding down.

The hotel had served as a posh prison for princes and enterprise executives.

A film on emoji (our critic’s review was harsh) was amongst the initial to be screened publicly in the ultraconservative Islamic kingdom soon after the government ended a decades-old ban on cinemas final month.


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• Meet Nice Leng’ete.

She began a system in Kenya that is making a new rite of passage to replace female genital cutting.

In seven years, she has helped 50,000 girls steer clear of the agonizing and controversial ritual.

Her work mirrors national and worldwide trends. Prices of female genital cutting worldwide have fallen 14 % in the final 30 years.


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• Alexa, Google Assistant and other voice-based virtual assistants are everywhere. But what are we carrying out with them?

A lot of men and women use assistants for just simple tasks, like receiving the weather forecast or music.

It is nonetheless a long way from the digital property envisioned by their makers.


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• The Airbus A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, could no longer be manufactured if its only key buyer, Emirates, does not order any much more.

• Greek lawmakers authorized new austerity measures demanded by international creditors, including cuts to some household positive aspects and restrictions on trade unions.

• The collapse of Carillion, Britain’s second-largest building firm, has raised questions about the outsourcing of public services to private firms.

• 2019 may well become the year a Chinese carmaker will enter the U.S. industry, possibly in partnership with Fiat Chrysler.

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

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• Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain, above, has threatened to prolong his government’s direct rule more than Catalonia if separatist lawmakers try to allow Carles Puigdemont to run the area from exile. [The New York Occasions]

• Mihai Tudose is Romania’s second prime minister to resign in significantly less than seven months more than a dispute with Liviu Dragnea, the potent leader of the governing Social Democrats. [The New York Occasions]

• Russia’s Justice Ministry has filed a lawsuit to shut down a business that Aleksei Navalny, the Kremlin’s top critic, uses to finance his political campaigning. [Related Press]

• In central Russia, two masked teenagers armed with knives stormed a school, wounding at least 12 people. The motive was not quickly clear. [The New York Times]

• A lot of Iranians are suspicious of official accounts of “suicides” by some young males who had been imprisoned soon after current protests. [The New York Instances]

• In a deadly shootout that transfixed Venezuela, safety forces surrounded the hide-out of a rebel band led by a rogue helicopter pilot who was as soon as an action movie actor. [The New York Instances]

• A California couple is accused of holding 13 of their youngsters captive, some shackled to beds. A 17-year-old girl escaped and alerted the police. [The New York Instances]

• In Denmark, about 1,000 adults and adolescents may possibly face prosecution on kid pornography charges for sharing video via Facebook of teenagers obtaining sex. [The New York Instances]

• Our most-study Op-Ed today debates the actor Aziz Ansari’s behavior, the #MeToo movement and the distinction in between “bad sex” and sexual assault. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

Tips, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.

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• Magnesium, discovered in leafy green vegetables, may possibly support you sleep.

• Right here are four easy guidelines for functioning from property.

• Recipe of the day: If you’re a fan of French cooking, you will love Mark Bittman’s chicken with vinegar.


• Our newest interactive looks back on the fraught events of 1968 and imagines, if there had been smartphones, the flurry of notifications that may possibly have accompanied each and every twist and turn.

• A 910-carat diamond was discovered in Lesotho. Worth tens of millions of dollars, it is the fifth-largest gem-top quality diamond ever discovered.

Maria Sharapovacruised via the very first round of the Australian Open.

• A switch from the Cyrillic to Roman script is wildly popular in Kazakhstan, except for all these pesky apostrophes.

• Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is a proud city, with an energetic art scene and fantastic dining and coffee. Here’s our guide.

• And Besançon, the French capital of watch manufacturing, is creating a comeback.

Back Story

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The occasion 80 years ago nowadays would be historic, The Times announced: The very first swing concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Benny Goodman, the jazz clarinetist, would carry out.

“The occasion will be decisive in the history of swing,” a Occasions writer declared later in 1938. “What will it sound like in this strange milieu of righteousness and uplift, and what will be its effect on swing?”

Fans of swing have been concerned that exposure to New York’s elite would ultimately rob the grass-roots genre of its “elusiveness, its absolute freedom from method or rules.”

Those fears had been dispelled by Mr. Goodman’s good results in captivating the audience.

Carnegie Hall “had by no means noticed an audience that behaved this way: listeners who not only listened but swayed to the music, made sounds and seemed ready to break into some sort of hysterical dance,” The Occasions reported. Above, Mr. Goodman at Carnegie Hall in 1982.

Our critic identified the music liberating in a dark era of totalitarian ideologies. “It is not so significantly a doctrine set to music as it is a revolt against doctrine.”

“If the individual has his unhampered say in music, he might manage to have it in other fields,” he wrote. “Dictators must be suspicious of swing.”


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