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5:27, 15 January 2018

Europe Edition: Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Tunisia: Your Monday Briefing

Europe Edition: Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Tunisia: Your Monday Briefing


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Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• President Mahmoud Abbas, above center, of the Palestinian Authority said that Israel had killed the 1990s Oslo peace accords. But he reserved his most scathing words for the United States. “Damn your money!” Mr. Abbas stated of President Trump.

Mr. Abbas also confirmed a current New York Occasions report that the Palestinians had been told they would be provided the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, which they already manage, as the capital of a future state.


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• “I’m not a racist.”

That was President Trump, also insisting that he had not created the derogatory comment that was attributed to him during a meeting on immigration final week.

The vulgar remark had been met with outrage from lawmakers in the U.S., leaders in Africa and elsewhere, but there was also ringing silence across broad parts of Europe, specially in the east.

The president’s words, our national immigration correspondent writes, had been a sad reminder of racist attitudes that as soon as shaped American policy.


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• In the Czech Republic, President Milos Zeman came 1st in the first round of presidential elections but failed to pass the 50-percent threshold that would have saved him from possessing to compete in a runoff.

That vote, in two weeks, will decide no matter whether the nation continues to be drawn toward Russia and China beneath Mr. Zeman’s leadership or moves back a lot more totally into the embrace of the E.U. below Jiri Drahos, above left, Mr. Zeman’s challenger.

Analysts predict a tight race.


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• The United States and the E.U. have warned Kosovo against attempts by former guerrillas turned politicians to halt a particular war crimes court just before it has even begun function.

The court is viewed by several as a important prerequisite for reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s.

But critics anticipate that when Parliament reconvenes this week, some lawmakers will attempt to undermine it to defend prominent war veterans.


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• Male models and assistants are accusing the style photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct. Condé Nast mentioned it would cease operating with the two guys, at least for now.

The 3 guys above are among those who told us that they had endured sexual harassment on the job.

Right after fierce criticism from French feminists, Catherine Deneuve, the French actress, apologized to victims of sexual assault for the letter she and other ladies lately signed denouncing the #metoo movement.


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• “There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they’re very critical issues.”

Queen Elizabeth II, who has in no way granted an interview, relaxed her longstanding reticence to reminisce on camera about her 1953 coronation in a new documentary.


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• At 54, Jeff Bezos of Amazon is the world’s richest particular person, with a net worth of a lot more than $100 billion. He had stayed out of the limelight for years, but he has not too long ago began to construct a public persona.

• Uber’s $one hundred,000 payment to a hacker has cast a chill over how firms deal with security threats.

• We went inside the newly megarich cryptocurrency neighborhood and identified a tightknit group of pals debating altering the world order.

• Automakers have cause to celebrate as they gather this week at the Detroit auto show, but less rosy instances could lie ahead.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets and a look at what could move them this week.

In the News

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• A passenger plane trying to land in Turkey this weekend created a heart-stopping skid off a runway, ending up stuck on a steep slope facing the Black Sea. No a single was injured. [The New York Instances]

• Safety specialists called a false alarm in Hawaii this weekend a warning of how a technical error could set off an unintended conflict among the United States and North Korea. [The New York Instances]

• On the seventh anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, thousands of demonstrators rallied against austerity measures and economic malaise. Officials are beginning to address the growing discontent. [The New York Occasions]

• Syria’s civil war: The Turkish government condemned reported plans for a new Kurdish-dominated border force allied with the U.S.-led coalition. [Reuters]

• Facebook’s current fiddling with its algorithms has magnified fake news in some countries, such as Slovakia. [The New York Instances]

• In the U.S., Chelsea Manning, the former Army private convicted of disclosing classified data to WikiLeaks in 2013, has filed to run for the Senate. [The New York Times]

Officials in Ireland are facing agonizing alternatives about what to do with the remains of young children discovered buried at a former property for unwed mothers and their babies in the town of Tuam. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

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• Defend your technologies this year.

• Where to get healthier in 2018.

• Recipe of the day: Start the week with a massive bowl of Thai red curry noodles.



• If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad. Hops grows nicely in Martial soil, an experiment by college students suggests.

• We appear at the science behind the Swiss government’s current choice to ban tossing lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water.

• A new novel by the Austrian author Robert Menasse lays bare the oddities of the E.U. bureaucracy in Brussels with satire and sympathy.

• The discovery of a secret tunnel below the Berlin Wall that was intended to assist reunite a family members in the 1960s has fueled memories of a dark chapter in Berlin’s history.

• Toronto has welcomed thousands of Syrians and their cooking, supporting a little boom in food organizations.

In soccer news, Liverpool ensured that Manchester City would not go unbeaten via its Premier League schedule, but its 4-three victory barely dented City’s invincible aura.

• And in tennis news, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland prevailed over Venus Williams. Right here are profiles of Ms. Bencic and other players to watch.

Back Story

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The headquarters for the U.S. military has often stood out.

The Pentagon developing was already in use when it was dedicated 75 years ago today, at the height of World War II.

Built just across the Potomac River from Washington in significantly less than two years, the Pentagon was property to 22,000 workers by the end of 1942.

It remains 1 of the world’s largest office buildings, with far more than six million square feet of floor space.

The distinctive design and style came from the shape of the initial proposed internet site, which was hemmed in by streets on five sides. When President Franklin Roosevelt decided on a various location, the shape stayed, but the sides have been created even.

The very first architectural reviews have been not glowing, but they enhanced over time.

“Called also massive, too barren and too costly when it was completed for $83 million in 1943, the Pentagon is a thriving, functional good results in 1968,” The Times wrote in a report for the 25th anniversary of the developing, which it extolled as a place of community:

“Everyman, or Littleman, triumphed more than all. Thousands of secretaries and workplace workers have turned the Pentagon into a cluttered, cosy, house-away-from-house.”

Sarah Anderson contributed reporting.


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