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6:06, 18 December 2017

Europe Edition: Putin, Atlanta, U.F.O.s: Your Monday Briefing

Europe Edition: Putin, Atlanta, U.F.O.s: Your Monday Briefing

Europe Edition: Putin, Atlanta, U.F.O.s: Your Monday Briefing


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Very good morning.

Here’s what you need to have to know:

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• Britain faces an agonizing choice: How ought to it model its future ties with the European Union?

Some think the country should be like Norway, outdoors the E.U. but tightly bound to the bloc’s higher social and economic standards. Other folks want the nation to break cost-free, cut taxes and regulations and transform itself into a European version of Singapore.

The stakes are high for Britain’s economy. Brexit plans have already prompted thousands of Europeans to return to the Continent, forcing British employers to compete for a diminishing pool of workers.

Theresa Could, above, is anticipated to address the Home of Commons on Monday over new trade deals.


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• Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, known as President Trump on Sunday to thank him for the C.I.A.’s support in disrupting an Islamic State attack in St. Petersburg.

In rare words of praise for the C.I.A., Mr. Putin said the agency had supplied info that “helped detain terrorists preparing explosions.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, a lawyer for Mr. Trump accused Robert Mueller, the specific counsel hunting into Russian interference in U.S. elections, of illegally obtaining Trump transition emails, the most recent in the mounting attacks on the investigation into Russian election meddling.

Above, Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump at a summit in Vietnam, in November.


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• The lights went out at the world’s busiest airport.

Passengers from about the world have been stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a energy failure on Sunday. Numerous were held on the tarmac for hours with no explanation.

Count on snarls to ripple via the air site visitors technique.


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A Instances investigation has brought to light a shadowy Pentagon system — components of it remain classified — that given that 2007 has investigated reports of unidentified flying objects.

A single fighter pilot told us about a strange encounter in 2004 with a whitish, oval U.F.O. that “accelerated like nothing at all I’ve ever observed,” and left him “pretty weirded out.”

In much less surprising political news, President Trump expects to sign the Republican tax bill this week. He has named it a Christmas present for the complete nation, but the fine print reveals some will get nicer gifts than other people.


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“An financial agent on behalf of North Korea.”

The Australian federal police said Chan Han Choi, a naturalized citizen living in Sydney, had been arrested on charges of attempting to help North Korea sell its missile parts and other military technology to “international entities.

North Korea has been accelerating its nuclear and missile tests. Here’s what we know about the scientists, above, who serve the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered tantalizing information about how the U.S. would race inside North Korea to seize its nuclear weapons in the event of a collapse.


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• A $500 million yacht, a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting and the $300 million chateau above.

These are among the impulse buys of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, who occurs to be preaching fiscal austerity and major a crackdown on corruption.

The purchase of Chateau Louis XIV “is a serious blow to that image,” one analyst mentioned. [Lire en français.]


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• “The Last Jedi” created the jump to box office hyperspace, promoting $450 million in tickets worldwide on its opening weekend.

The film’s stars — such as, above, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Mark Hamill — lately discussed new relationships, the joys of villainy and these porgs with our reporter.

• Uber secretly spied on crucial executives, drivers and workers at rival ride-hailing firms in multiple countries, according to a letter made public in a U.S. federal court.

• The computer chip business is being shaken up by an aggressive set of chief executives who are pushing big acquisitions, slashing fees and driving up earnings.

Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

In the News

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• In South Africa, disputes are delaying the vote to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been plagued with scandals. [The New York Times]

• In Italy, as opposed to in the United States, accusations of sexual harassment and assault have been met with a collective “meh.” [The New York Occasions]

• Protesters booed and shouted “Shame” as European far-right leaders gathered at a weekend meeting in Prague to unify their stance on immigration and other concerns. [The New York Instances]

• In Pakistan, the Islamic State claimed duty for an assault on a church in Quetta that left at least eight dead and 30 injured, raising issues about the security of the country’s Christians. [The New York Times]

• A French sailor circumnavigated the globe in 42 days and 16 hours, beating the earlier planet record by a lot more than six days. [BBC]

Smarter Living

Guidelines, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

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• Interest vacation travelers: Here are ten locations around the world that actually know how to celebrate Christmas, which includes Prague, Zurich and Copenhagen.

• What to cook this week: Our food editor, Sam Sifton, suggests chicken adobo, Russian honey cake and much more.


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• For 5 months, The New York Occasions tracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela, where physicians are seeing record numbers of young children with serious malnutrition. Hundreds have died.

John Rutter’s carols are sung across the English-speaking world, but their tuneful accessibility has kept him from a location in the pantheon of critical composers.

• In memoriam: Marina Popovich, a test pilot who broke far more than 100 flying records and was the first Soviet lady to break the sound barrier and Aline Griffith, a former model from New York who transformed herself into a dressed-to-kill, self-proclaimed spy and Spanish countess.

• And our pop critics collected notable new music, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s collaboration with the Decemberists and a Thelonious Monk reissue.

Back Story

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On Dec. 18, 1941, significantly less than two weeks soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Sunday editor for The Instances sent a memo to the publisher, Arthur Hays Sulzberger.

It stated: “We ought to proceed with the puzzle, especially in view of the fact it is achievable there will now be bleak blackout hours — or if not that then undoubtedly a require for relaxation of some sort or other.”

That’s how a time of national grief helped lead to 1 of The Times’s most joyful and beloved characteristics. The crossword puzzle debuted some two months later as a weekly function in the Sunday magazine.

The editor at the time, Margaret Farrar, followed a basic rule: excellent manners. She refused to enable unpleasant or impolite language — a rule that is nevertheless followed by The Times’s present crossword editor, Will Shortz.

These days, we like to believe of our crossword puzzle as the form’s gold regular.

But The Times didn’t often hold crosswords in high regard. In 1924, a Times opinion column known as the completion of crosswords a “sinful waste.”

Crossword solvers, the column claimed, “get nothing at all out of it except a primitive sort of mental physical exercise.”

Many of us would disagree.


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Published at Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:41:39 +0000

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