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Europe Edition: Ratko Mladic, Zimbabwe, Manus Island: Your Thursday Briefing

Europe Edition: Ratko Mladic, Zimbabwe, Manus Island: Your Thursday Briefing

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Here’s what you require to know:

Europe closed what may be its most shameful chapter of bloodletting given that Planet War II.

Right after a trial that lasted years, the Bosnian Serb warlord Ratko Mladic, 75, was sentenced to life in prison by a U.N. tribunal. He was convicted of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. Above, celebrating the sentence in Srebrenica, where eight,000 men and boys were executed by Mr. Mladic’s forces.

Our reporters note that European nationalist passions are as soon as once again on the rise.

In an Op-Ed, a journalist who covered the Bosnian war says Mr. Mladic’s conviction was also lengthy in coming and sends a discouraging message to victims of conflicts in Syria, Zimbabwe, Yemen and elsewhere: “Will Mr. Mladic’s verdict, 22 years in the producing, inspire hope that justice can be delivered relatively and with no delay? I believe not.”


The U.N. Command is demanding to meet with officials of the North Korean People’s Army, accusing its troops of violating the truce that halted the Korean War when they fired on and chased a defecting comrade across the border last week. South Korean cameras recorded the escape.

And North Korea named the Trump administration’s imposition of new punishments — restoring the North to the U.S. list of terrorism sponsors and but more sanctions — a “serious provocation.”

In the U.S., the death of an American who had been held in harsh circumstances by the North in 2010 raised concerns that he had committed suicide.


• Safety forces in Papua New Guinea stormed a controversial detention center on Manus Island, in an attempt to end a standoff that has drawn international scrutiny to Australia’s refugee policy.

The authorities destroyed belongings in the men’s shelters and announced that the males had to leave for option facilities on the island. The camp was officially closed on Oct. 31, with electrical energy, food and water getting cut off as hundreds of asylum seekers refused to leave.

Left, a photo taken by a refugee on Manus Island and released by an Australian activist group.

The Occasions not too long ago sent journalists to pay a visit to the Manus Island camp as properly as the new facilities the guys are supposed to move to. Damien Cave, our Australia bureau chief, shared more images and stories from that trip.


The Trump administration formally declared that Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim minority constituted “ethnic cleansing.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the designation was created “after careful and thorough analysis of the information.” The move opens the door to sanctions against the country’s military and intensifies pressure on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, its embattled civilian leader.

The Rohingya crisis will come under further scrutiny subsequent week, when Pope Francis visits Myanmar and Bangladesh.



Reasonably priced housing featured prominently in Britain’s annual budget presentation. In his address, Philip Hammond, above, chancellor of the Exchequer, also announced decrease growth forecasts and promised three billion pounds for Brexit preparations.

The Trump Organization is exiting a luxury condominium-hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that has struggled to attract guests.

Facebook is introducing a tool to help users figure out whether pages or accounts they followed or liked had been secretly run by Russian agents.

Twitter need to scrap its anything-goes founding principle and produce a new program that rewards positive contributions, our technologies columnist writes.

• U.S. markets are closed. Here’s a snapshot of international markets.

In the News

In eastern Ukraine, armed men occupied the center of the city of Luhansk amid a showdown between rival Moscow-backed political leaders. [The New York Occasions]

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed southeast of Okinawa, Japan, the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet. Eight were rescued and 3 are missing. [The New York Occasions]

• In Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president whose allies ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday. [The New York Occasions]

Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as prime minister of Lebanon even though in Saudi Arabia, now says he will remain in his post to permit for political dialogue. [The New York Times]

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to sponsor a conference aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement of the war in Syria. [The New York Occasions]

A Pakistani court has ordered the release from house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, who is believed to have planned the 2008 attacks in Mumbai in which virtually 170 people were killed. [The New York Times]

Marine Le Pen, the French far-correct leader, accused two banks of “persecution” after they closed her personal account and the accounts of her National Front celebration. [Politico]

UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, will decide early next month no matter whether to grant A.C. Milan a waiver from so-called monetary fair play guidelines. A current Instances post raised doubts about the economic sources of the club’s Chinese owner. [The New York Instances]

Smarter Living

Ideas, each new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• Business travelers, beware cyberspies.

• Experts provide suggestions on how to assist your youngster not be an assault victim.

• Recipe of the day: Parsnips, pasta and bacon make for a scrumptious weeknight meal.


• 100 notable books: From the extraordinary novel “Pachinko,” by Min Jin Lee, to the nonfiction “Flaneuse: Ladies Stroll the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London,” by Lauren Elkin, here are this year’s leading alternatives from our Book Assessment editors.

New musicals on London’s stages consist of a merciless and compassionate “Follies,” a revitalized “Young Frankenstein” and a timely saga of an aspiring drag queen.

• In memoriam: Naim Suleymanoglu, 50, a Turkish weight lifter who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the acclaimed Siberian baritone (Right here are 11 of our favorite clips).

Back Story

“I enjoy a parade” goes a tune from 1932. Nowadays, one of the greatest in the globe — the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — makes its way by means of New York City, as it has for much more than 90 years.

Last year, more than 3.5 million spectators lined the route, and an added 22 million watched on Television. This year, there will be far more than 8,000 participants, such as many performers and clowns.

But the act of parading, a ceremony that dates to the earliest human civilizations, is not usually about exciting.

The Romans celebrated their military triumphs with parades — all chariots, plundered loot and captured slaves.

As an expression of raw imperial energy, it’s challenging to beat the Prussians, who introduced the goose step to parades in the 17th century. That very same martial precision can be located in contemporary military parades in Russia, China and North Korea.

These days, parades around the globe inspire exuberance, pride — and often eccentricity. Aside from the wild parades of Mardi Gras and Carnival, there’s the annual Pikachu parade in Yokohama, Japan, and the Vienna Really like Parade in Austria.

One particular of the oddest events of current years: a parade in the Netherlands in which enthusiasts recreate the phantasmagorical paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, the 15th-century Dutch artist.

Charles McDermid contributed reporting.


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