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Here’s what you require to know:
• “America is in the game, and America is going to win.”
That was President Trump, laying out his national security approach in a campaign-style speech in Washington. He criticized his predecessors, promised enhanced military spending and vowed to take on China and Russia.
He misleadingly recommended that NATO members are increasing defense contributions at his urging.
• In South Africa, the African National Congress chose Cyril Ramaphosa, center-right above, an anti-apartheid hero and company tycoon, as its new leader, positioning him to turn into the country’s next president in 2019.
It was a humbling rebuke to President Jacob Zuma, who had backed the other major contender, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, center-left above, a veteran politician and Mr. Zuma’s former wife.
It is not but clear how an insider like Mr. Ramaphosa can dismantle the A.N.C.’s method of patronage and address the several woes of a deeply unequal society.
• Austria’s new government, sworn in on Monday, for the very first time in far more than 10 years contains the far-appropriate Freedom Party.
Addressing issues more than the Freedom Party’s neo-Nazi roots and its pro-Russia stance, Austria’s president elicited a number of demands, which includes a commitment to the European Union, before he would administer the oath of office.
At 31, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (front correct in the photo above) is now Europe’s youngest leader.
• In the U.S., a train on a newly opened high-speed route between Seattle and Portland derailed on an overpass, slamming rail vehicles into a busy highway. Several folks had been killed and far more than 100 other individuals injured.
Separately, the Home and Senate could vote on their $1.five trillion tax reduce, the largest adjust to tax laws in decades, as early as right now.
And Vice President Mike Pence postponed a long-planned trip to the Middle East. Republicans may well require his vote to break a tie on the tax bill.
• At the end of the year, our reporters appear back to the most memorable interviews they carried out in 2017.
They recall meeting a volunteer soldier in the war against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine (she was later assassinated), a young Syrian refugee in Beirut and a Spanish nonagenarian, above, who has been developing a cathedral almost single-handedly since the 1960s.
And in a year in which women’s issues have gained specific prominence, here’s a list of outstanding women we profiled around the planet. (They incorporate a warlord, a novelist and a centenarian.)
• Electric cars nonetheless have only a tiny industry share, but the auto business is betting billions that they will turn into mainstream. Here’s a look at what still demands to come about prior to they can relegate the internal combustion engine to the previous.
• European regulators opened an investigation into the tax structure of the furniture retailer Ikea, the newest inquiry in a crackdown on potential tax evasion by multinational corporations.
• As 2018 looms, the dawn of a cashless society feels at hand. That is bad news for any worker not participating in the digital economy.
•Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Hundreds have died attempting to scale Mount Everest. This is the story of the desperate and hazardous quest to recover the remains of two climbers. [The New York Times]
• The Trump administration accused North Korea of making the WannaCry cyberattack that hit hundreds of thousands of computer systems in May. Officials promised to supply far more details right now. [The New York Times]
• The U.S. vetoed a Safety Council resolution condemning its choice to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But the lopsided vote — 14-1 — underscored U.S. isolation on the situation. [The New York Times]
• Puerto Rico’s governor has ordered a recount of deaths from Hurricane Maria. The official toll is 64, but a Times evaluation place it about 1,000. Parts of the island remain with out power. [The New York Instances]
• A driver for Uber in Lebanon has been arrested in connection with the killing of a British diplomat in Beirut more than the weekend. [The New York Occasions]
• Turkey has released Mesale Tolu, a German journalist, on bail. Ms. Tolu is one particular of several German citizens facing charges in Turkey which Berlin considers to be politically motivated. [Related Press]
• Sunday’s election in Chile consolidated Latin America’s rightward shift in an era of slow financial development and deeply polarized societies. [The New York Times]
• A new study casts doubt on speculation that Russia may have exploited social media to attempt to influence Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. [The New York Times]
• France declared an 18th-century manuscript by the Marquis de Sade a national treasure, halting its planned auction on Wednesday. [Agence France-Presse]
Guidelines, each new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.
• Do not waste your time with undesirable resolutions. This is how to do them proper.
• Neglect hygge. The words to know now when it comes to Scandinavian refinement, we’re reliably told, are now lykke, lagom and janteloven.
•Critics loved the “The Final Jedi,” the newest Star Wars film. Fans? Much less so.
• An extinct elephant and Persian peach pits are among the historical artifacts uncovered by engineers in Rome creating a new subway line to the city’s eastern suburbs.
• Orangutans raised around folks in safe environments are far more curious than their wild cousins, which makes them better problem solvers.
• If you’re nonetheless on the fence about a final-minute Christmas trip, think about Cork, Ireland’s second city. And if you’re not into mulled wine and caroling, Cairo is as soon as once again a fantastic location for frugal travelers.)
The National Hockey League wrapped up a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary on Saturday with an outdoor game, above, among the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.
It commemorated a matchup among the teams on this day in 1917, when the 1st games in the league’s history had been played. On the exact same evening that the Canadiens beat the Senators, 7-4, the Montreal Wanderers defeated the Toronto Arenas, ten-9.
Now with 31 teams from South Florida to Vancouver, the N.H.L. began with four Canadian teams spread more than less than 350 miles. The league was founded in a Montreal hotel in late November 1917, in the thick of Planet War I, when expert hockey was still a relatively new concept.
The Canadiens are now one particular of North America’s oldest expert sports franchises. The Arenas sooner or later became the Maple Leafs. And though the original Senators folded in 1934, the franchise returned as an expansion team in 1992.
But the Wanderers are a blip in N.H.L. history. Their victory on opening evening was their only win in the league. They lost their subsequent 5 games and then quit the league soon after their arena burned down on Jan. 2, 1918.
Naila-Jean Meyers contributed reporting.
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Published at Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:40:31 +0000