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5:56, 29 November 2017

Europe Edition: Ireland, North Korea, Myanmar: Your Wednesday Briefing

Europe Edition: Ireland, North Korea, Myanmar: Your Wednesday Briefing


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• The International Olympic Committee’s choice next week on how to punish Russia for doping will be informed by the diaries of a complicit Russian chemist.

The previously unreported journals speak to a important concern for Olympic officials: the state’s involvement in the widespread sports fraud. We got an exclusive appear.

Consequences are anticipated to extend beyond the next Winter Games, as the cheating that investigators confirmed stretched across seasons, sports and years. (Above, Group Russia at the Games in Sochi in 2014.)


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• Ireland’s deputy prime ministerresigned hours ahead of a no-self-assurance vote was due in Parliament, averting a snap election.

The crisis left Dublin vulnerable prior to talks on the future of its border with Britain soon after Brexit. Dublin fears that the reintroduction of any type of border controls would revive political and sectarian tensions. (Above, a former border post to Northern Ireland.)

Meanwhile in Britain, Facebook and Twitter promised to help a parliamentary inquiry on Russian meddling in the Brexit vote.


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• Our chief diplomatic correspondent in Brussels looked at wider trends behind the rise of populists in Central and Eastern Europe. (Above, a nationalist march in Warsaw on Poland’s Independence Day this month.)

What ties them collectively, a Czech scholar stated, is that populists “ride the wave of anxiety — about globalization, migration and new phenomena — and appeal to these searching for some protection.”

But the range of the populists’ targets implies that there is no united movement that will spread, a British historian mentioned. “There is no single virus,” he mentioned, “and I don’t think there is a lot of staying power.”



• In Washington, Senate Republicans took a substantial step toward passing a tax overhaul, with a key panel giving its approval and a number of wavering senators indicating their support. Above, and here in much more detailed form, is a look at the bill’s most likely influence on middle-class families.

Meanwhile, allegations of sexual improprieties that have entangled John Conyers, the longest serving member of the Residence, have led to calls for a reckoning more than the Democratic Party’s rules of seniority.

And our White Home correspondents retraced President Trump’s altering story on the “Access Hollywood” tape, which has stunned advisers.


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• A new study, drawing on the cellphone call records of far more than a million city dwellers in southern Europe, recommended that peak telephone contact times moved in tandem with the lengthening of days for the duration of summer and shorter days of winter.

It could be further proof that the chemical compounds that govern our body clocks are linked to events in the sky.


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• The political deadlock in Berlin has not been adequate to shake investors’ faith that the Germans will operate it out. But the twin pillars of their business, precision machinery and automobiles, danger getting overtaken by competitors from China and Silicon Valley.

• The world’s biggest oil producers can cheer about a price surge but, as they gather in Vienna, they face a conundrum on whether or not to extend production cuts.

• WeWork has collected billions of dollars from investors by supplying areas for men and women to perform. Now, it is getting Meetup, a social network meant to bring folks collectively in their off time.

• A U.S. judge delayed a trade-secrets trial among Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving vehicle unit right after the emergence of a letter that described Uber’s efforts to monitor competitors and hide data.

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News

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• North Korea fired an improved intercontinental ballistic missile, its first missile test in practically 3 months. (Above, a test in September.) President Trump reacted cautiously. [The New York Occasions]

• European and African leaders are gathering in Ivory Coast for a summit meeting centered on migration. [Bloomberg]

• A court in Pamplona, Spain, heard final arguments in a gang-rape trial that prompted a nationwide debate about how instances involving abuse of girls are handled. [Linked Press]

• A German mayor who was praised for taking in refugees was stabbed in the neck by an angry resident, but he vowed not to alter his policy of openness. [The New York Times]

• A Turkish-Iranian gold trader is anticipated to testify these days in a New York trial on a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle gold for oil in violation of Iran sanctions that dangers straining U.S. ties to Turkey. [The New York Times]

• A federal court in Washington located Ahmed Abu Khattala guilty on terrorism charges arising from the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but acquitted him of murdering the American ambassador and others. [The New York Instances]

• In Myanmar, Pope Francis avoided employing the name of the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority in a much-anticipated speech, heeding guidance by church leaders not to put the country’s tiny Catholic population at threat of retaliation. [The New York Occasions]

Smarter Living

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

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• The film stylist Miyako Bellizzi provides guidelines for style on a price range.

• Gardening proper now may not sound like much fun. But next year you’ll regret all the items you didn’t do.

• Recipe of the day: Hearty split pea soup is even greater with bacon. (Numerous, but not all, readers agreed.)


Lucio Fontana, who died in 1968, was best recognized for his slashes on canvas. An exhibition in Milan is casting a new light on a less recognized component of his operate that sets him at the forefront of art installation.Published OnCreditImage by Guglielmo Mattioli/New York Instances. Technology by Samsung.

• An exhibition in Milan is casting a new light on the perform of the artist Lucio Fontana. Experience his groundbreaking installations in our most recent 360 video.

• Meghan Markle will become a symbol amongst symbols in the British royal loved ones, our style critic writes. But some commentators warned that the effective symbolism did not diminish structural racism across Britain.

• Our travel writer went to Nicaragua to explore the legacy of one particular of the great heroes of the Spanish language: Rubén Darío.

• In Bangkok, firefighters spend much more time removing snakes from residences than fighting fires. Some cobras have even entered houses by means of toilets.

Back Story

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Contact it the Trumpchi conundrum. China lastly feels it has a car capable of following Japan, Germany and South Korea into the U.S. marketplace. But its greatest roadblock might be its name.

The Chinese automaker GAC Motor insists that its common Trumpchi cars, which went into mass production in 2010, have practically nothing to do with the U.S. president. Above, a Trumpchi electric car.

Even so, when we reported final week on plans to sell the Trumpchi in the U.S. by 2019, GAC officials admitted that they may well rethink the branding.

Automotive history, littered as it is with unfortunate auto names, suggests this is most likely a great thought.

There’s been the Mazda Scrum Wagon, the Mitsubishi Lettuce, the Nissan Homy Super Long and the Isuzu GIGA 20 Light Dump, not to be confused with the Honda Life Dunk.

Volkswagen supplied the Tiguan, a German mash-up of tiger and iguana, Ford shortened cougar into Kuga for some markets, and Renault famously had Le Auto.

Basic Motors has long been ridiculed for advertising and marketing the Chevy Nova in Spanish-speaking countries, exactly where the name translates to “doesn’t go” (“no va”). The Nova actually sold well in Latin America.

GAC officials told our Shanghai bureau chief that, in Chinese, Trumpchi sounds a small like “passing on happiness.” Any decision on changing the name, they mentioned, would be announced in January — at an auto show in Detroit.

Charles McDermid contributed reporting.


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