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• President Trumpcalled the F.B.I. a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters,” soon after his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the law enforcement agency.
Mr. Flynn stated he would cooperate with the Justice Department investigation into feasible collusion amongst Russia and Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Emails recommend that a number of campaign officials knew of Mr. Flynn’s pre-inauguration contacts with Russian officials.
Separately, Mr. Trump scored his initial main legislative victory with the Senate passage of the biggest tax overhaul in years. All Democrats could do was perform up a frenzy on social media over last-minute amendments. Republican lawmakers appear ready to send it forward quickly for the president’s signature.
• Palestinians and European officials reacted with alarm to accounts of a Saudi peace program said to be strongly tilted toward Israeli positions.
Analysts mentioned they think that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, may be willing to attempt to force a settlement in order to cement Israeli cooperation against Iran.
• In Syria, our correspondent visited ravaged components of the city of Homs, now below government handle, to discover the huge expenses and politics of reconstruction.
Western governments have a stake in the outcome because reversing the flow of refugees rests partly on their capacity to assist Syria rebuild.
But the U.S. left talks on a proposed U.N. agreement to boost techniques of handling global flows of migrants, describing it as a subversion of American sovereignty.
• Corsican nationalistswon about 45 % of the votes in an election for a newly designed local assembly on the French Mediterranean island. A second round of voting will be held Sunday.
Whether or not or not the French government is ignoring the Corsican movement at its personal peril, our correspondent writes, the reaction from Paris has been practically uniform: practically nothing.
Meanwhile in Spain, a judge could rule today on regardless of whether to release on bail separatist leaders facing charges of rebellion over their efforts to secede.
• In Egypt,our most recent documentary profiles Esraa, a young lady who, like a lot of in her generation, wants to make selections about her apartment, her religion and her relationships. That makes her a rebel.
And in Iceland, our correspondent shadowed a single of the few guys, a Spanish E.U. official, at a summit meeting in Iceland that what was billed as the biggest ever gathering of female political leaders.
“The risk of mansplaining is very high,” he stated.
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• Norilsk, the world’s largest producer of palladium, a rare mineral used in cellphones, is Russia’s coldest and most heavily polluted industrial city. Our reporters visited.
• Across the U.S., cities are increasingly facing a brutal shortage of reasonably priced places to reside, leading to gentrification and homelessness.
•A deal that could reshape U.S. overall health care: CVS Overall health, the drugstore giant, said it had agreed to purchase Aetna, one of the country’s most significant well being insurers, for about $69 billion.
• Disneyresumed talks to acquire at least part of 21st Century Fox. The Murdochs, who control Fox, are expected to choose by the finish of the year.
•International vehicle brands and the Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek’s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technologies.
In the News
•Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain is in Brussels these days trying to unlock Brexit negotiations ahead of a mid-December summit meeting. [Bloomberg]
•TheGerman authorities mentioned that an explosive package identified in the city of Potsdam was element of an effort to extort DHL, the logistics firm, and not an attempted act of terrorism. [Reuters]
• In an Op-Ed, the former television host Billy Bush said that the famed 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump making vulgar comments was true. (Mr. Trump had cast doubt on the recording’s authenticity.) [The New York Times]
•The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its famed conductor, right after three males accused him of sexually abusing them when they have been teenagers. [The New York Instances]
•A important whistle-blower said that Russian athletes who can establish their innocence ought to be allowed to compete under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [The New York Times]
• Prior to his suicide at the International Criminal Court, the Croatian war criminal Slobodan Praljak forbade his family members to attend the fatal court session. [The New York Times]
•In Turkey, prosecutors ordered the seizure of assets of Reza Zarrab, a U.S. prosecution witness in a Manhattan trial, soon after his testimony linked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to a scheme to evade Iran sanctions. [The New York Times]
Ideas, both new and old, for a much more fulfilling life.
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• A bonding activity for parents and young children that builds joy and character: baking.
• Recipe of the day: Start off the week with a stellar farro salad.
•Holiday decorationsare a universal language. We explored them in London, Paris, Berlin (above) and New York City.
• What’s behind fashion’s — and a lot of women’s — enjoy of concealing clothes? We took a look.
•A nut so particular it is been granted government protection: Sicily’s Bronte pistachiosare also tasty for their own good.
• Our reportingwon a significant German award and the country’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, praised us as “a beacon of explanation in an age of rampant unreason.”
Voting ends right now for the readers’ selection of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” with the final winner announced on Wednesday.
While the choice has been criticized as non-news, it is currently obtaining interest from final year’s recipient, Donald Trump, who was then the U.S. president-elect.
Mr. Trump lately stated that Time editors had named to tell him he would “probably” be named again, but that he “took a pass” due to the fact “probably” wasn’t excellent enough. (The magazine stated the president was mistaken.)
If it is Mr. Trump, he will be the second individual to be named for two consecutive years. The other was Richard Nixon, who was named in 1971 and 1972, when he shared the honor with Henry Kissinger.
The decision is primarily based on impact, rather than very good deeds. Preceding selections have included Hitler and Stalin.
Most recipients have been white guys, starting with the very first, the American aviator Charles Lindbergh, in 1927. In 2015, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, became only the fourth woman to be named on her own.
In 2006, the classic cover photo of the winner was replaced by a reflective panel, honoring “You” and the on the internet contributions of millions of internet users.
Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.
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Published at Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:49:07 +0000