Europe Edition: Pope Francis, Trade War, Apple: Your Friday Briefing
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Great morning. A policy adjust for the pope, the prospect of dirtier cars in the U.S., and economic uncertainty in Europe.
Right here&rsquos the most recent:
&bull In a monumental shift in Roman Catholic teaching, Pope Francis declared the death penalty wrong in all situations, calling it &ldquoan attack on the inviolability and dignity of the particular person.&rdquo
A theology professor stated it was &ldquopart of the typical teaching of the church&rdquo and &ldquobinding.&rdquo But, he added, Catholics who believe differently won&rsquot face penalties or be denied the sacraments.
&bull The Trump administration revealed a plan to ease guidelines on auto fuel efficiency, which would unravel one particular of President Barack Obama&rsquos signature policies to fight greenhouse gas emissions.
What happens next? Opponents &mdash an uncommon mix of environmentalists, automakers, customer groups and state governments &mdash are racing to temper the strategy just before it is finalized this year.
Also out of Washington: Leading national safety officials pledged to aid ward off Russia&rsquos attempts to influence U.S. elections. &ldquoWe acknowledge the threat. It is genuine. It is continuing,&rdquo said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.
&bull &ldquoA cloud of uncertainty&rdquo hangs over Europe&rsquos economy.
That&rsquos the mood amongst European firms as firms really feel the influence of President Trump&rsquos trade war. High costs, disrupted supply chains and wavering exports provide a preview of how worldwide tensions could ripple by way of the European economy.
Beyond its own problems with the U.S., the E.U. is caught in the crossfire of a worsening trade dispute in between the U.S. and China. European organizations like BMW and Volkswagen, above, say that international trade tensions could act as a drag on development.
&ldquoThe global provide chains are deeply interconnected,&rdquo said Ralf P. Thomas, the chief monetary officer of Siemens. Steady situations are &ldquoof utmost value.&rdquo
&bull &ldquoMy buddy is gone forever.&rdquo
On a uncommon trip to Rakhine State in Myanmar, our reporters gathered proof that the Myanmar government&rsquos claim that it is repatriating Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh doesn&rsquot match the reality on the ground. A sanctioned narrative on a government-led tour of repatriation centers grew sticky with contradictions as witnesses spoke up.
A single girl told our reporters that she missed a Muslim friend who had lived a handful of houses down. &ldquoThe Rakhine burned their homes down,&rdquo she mentioned, referring to civilians from the Buddhist ethnic group that gives the state its name.
A man corrected her quickly. &ldquoYou&rsquore supposed to say the reverse,&rdquo he admonished. &ldquoYou should say they burned their personal houses down.&rdquo
&bull Apple became the 1st publicly traded American firm to surpass $1 trillion in value, the result of an extraordinary corporate success story. We looked at how Apple stacks up against other businesses and whole industries.
&bull As Facebook functions to delete fake accounts it says are element of a political influence campaign, many activists are feeling the pinch.
&bull Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia announced a $270 million transaction with the French music-streaming company Deezer. The investment is the prince&rsquos initial major deal considering that becoming released from a three-month detention at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel.
&bull Right here&rsquos a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
&bull Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen in the poster above, who seized energy from Robert Mugabe in a coup last year, has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe&rsquos disputed presidential election. [The New York Instances]
&bull A Muslim woman can have a British court dissolve her religious marriage even if the union was not registered with the civil authorities, a judge mentioned, in a ruling with prospective implications for the rights of thousands of females. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Sweden&rsquos highest peak lost its title soon after a week of record heat. A month ago, the southern peak on the Kebnekaise mountain soared to 2,101 meters, or six,893 feet, above sea level. By Tuesday, it had dropped to 2,097 meters. [The New York Instances]
&bull An Ernest Hemingway story is in print for the 1st time. In 1956, Hemingway wrote 5 brief stories about Planet War II, only a single of which had been published &mdash till now. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Intense heat is expected for huge parts of Southern and Western Europe this weekend, with temperatures in Spain expected to attain up to 48 degrees Celsius, or 118 Fahrenheit. [The Guardian]
&bull Archaeologists in Cologne, Germany, have discovered the foundations of the oldest identified library in the nation, dating to A.D. two. It possibly housed as numerous as 20,000 scrolls. [BBC]
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
&bull Here&rsquos how to stand up for yourself.
&bull You genuinely need to send that thank you note.
&bull Recipe of the day: Cap the week with a dessert that doesn&rsquot need an oven: strawberry fool.
&bull Every year, bulls charge through Pamplona, Spain, and wrestle with the country&rsquos toughest fighters for the duration of the festival of San Fermín. When they die, the festival&rsquos taxidermist, above, turns them into trophies.
&bull Matti, a socially awkward Finnish cartoon character who hates little speak, is gaining popularity amongst young folks in China. &ldquoEssentially the Chinese do have a shy, introverted and bashful side, like the Finnish,&rdquo said 1 professor, explaining Matti&rsquos fame.
&bull In memoriam: Jacques Wirtz, 93, an acclaimed Belgian landscape architect who believed a garden was for all seasons. &ldquoA garden that is not lovely in winter is not a beautiful garden,&rdquo he frequently mentioned.
If anybody could prove that age is nothing at all but a number, it was Maggie Kuhn.
The activist and founder of the Gray Panthers, an American advocacy organization for the elderly, was born on this day in Buffalo in 1905.
In 1970, soon after functioning for the Presbyterian Church in New York for a quarter of a century, Miss Kuhn retired, getting reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.
As a result, she worked with fellow retirees to start off a group that would be named the Gray Panthers (a reference to the Black Panthers), which worked to bridge the gap among the young and the old and addressed other social troubles.
Miss Kuhn remained involved with the organization till her death at age 89 in 1995.
&ldquoI&rsquom an old lady,&rdquo she told The Instances in 1972. &ldquoI have gray hair, numerous wrinkles and arthritis in each hands. And I celebrate my freedom from bureaucratic restraints that once held me.&rdquo
She embraced her age and was unapologetic about it.
On her 85th birthday in 1991, she told a group of seniors in Vermont: &ldquoI made a sacred vow that I would do some thing outrageous, at least as soon as a week.&rdquo
Claire Moses wrote right now&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Fri, 03 Aug 2018 04:09:08 +0000