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5:55, 21 November 2017

Europe Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Angela Merkel: Your Tuesday Briefing

Europe Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Angela Merkel: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Here’s what you require to know:

Germany is facing the prospect of new elections right after negotiations to type a new government collapsed.

The breakdown comes significantly less than two months after the last elections seemed to assure that Angela Merkel, above, an icon of Western democracy and values, would stay Germany’s leader for a fourth term.

If the deadlock is not broken, Ms. Merkel stated, she would favor to go through new elections rather than try to lead a minority government.


Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, ignored an ultimatum from his own celebration demanding that he step down.

Parliament is now below pressure to impeach him, a method that could extend broad national frustration for weeks.

Here’s how Mr. Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has identified since its independence in 1980, lost energy in just days. And a veteran reporter who was there when Mr. Mugabe took power sees disturbing parallels with the existing moment of hope and joy.


President Trump returned North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism in light of its nuclear ambitions, cyberattacks and assistance for assassinations, a move to be accompanied by toughened Treasury sanctions.

South Korean intelligence officials said that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, above, was disciplining his most potent military organization. He may possibly be attempting to instill fear in the elites in order to strengthen his handle as the nation braces for recently imposed U.N. sanctions.


A lot more accusations of sexual harassment emerge by the day. A second woman says Senator Al Franken groped her while her husband was taking a photo of them in 2010. Unlike the initial accusation, this episode took location when Mr. Franken was in office.

A number of girls who worked for the longtime television host Charlie Rose, above, have also alleged that he created crude sexual advances toward them.

And The New York Instances suspended a White Home correspondent, Glenn Thrush, and mentioned it was investigating soon after a published report accused him of sexual misconduct.

Here’s our updated graphic of much more than 30 males who have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.


Northern Ireland is sinking into a “profound crisis” nearly a year after the collapse of the governing coalition left a energy vacuum.

The departure of Gerry Adams as president of Sinn Fein, a single of the coalition partners, could give the political parties in Belfast much more room to maneuver, but it also deprives the government of an additional established leader.

Above, the Northern Irish Parliament buildings, frequently known as Stormont.



Two E.U. agencies are moving from London to cities on the Continent as a result of Britain’s impending exit from the union. The European Medicines Agency will move to Amsterdam, while the European Banking Authority is to relocate to Paris. Above, the European Medicines Agency headquarters in London.

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, told the European Parliament that falling unemployment would sooner or later drive inflation in the eurozone.

Janet Yellen stated that she would step down from the board of the U.S. Federal Reserve when she ends her term as chairwoman.

• The U.S. Justice Department, in a significant shift on antitrust concerns, will sue to block a significant acquisition, AT&ampT’s $85.four billion bid for Time Warner.

• The euro had a volatile day right after the collapse of German coalition talks but later stabilized. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

In an work to curb exhaust fumes, London is adding oil made from coffee grounds to the fuel for its double-decker buses. [The New York Times]

The Argentine authorities acknowledged that a missing submarine had reported equipment failure and that satellite signals detected Saturday have been not from the craft. [The New York Occasions]

Kenya’s Supreme Court dismissed two petitions looking for to overturn final month’s presidential vote, paving the way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term. [The New York Instances]

• The Trump administration is ending a system that allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live legally in the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake. [The New York Occasions]

Two former members of the Catalan government who were detained following Catalonia declared independence from Spain stated they accepted Madrid’s control of the area. [Reuters]

The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court is requesting permission to investigate torture, rape and other atrocities in Afghanistan, which includes those possibly committed by Americans. [The New York Times]

The pro-Brexit campaigngroup is becoming investigated by the Electoral Commission over whether or not it violated spending limits. [The Guardian]

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th anniversary, becoming the longest-married couple of the royal household. [The New York Instances]

Smarter Living

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

How to use social media to give your career a lift.

• If you’re sick, you need to stay property from operate. But if you can’t, here’s what physicians advise.

• Recipe of the day: Roasted salmon in butter is astonishingly simple.


In Mexico, where the drug war’s “disappeared” quantity in the tens of thousands, some families are taking up the search for loved ones on their own.

Jana Novotna, the Czech tennis star, has died at 49. A Wimbledon champion in 1998, she was also recognized for getting consoled by the Duchess of Kent soon after an earlier loss. Our columnist remembers her as “a perfectionist in a sport where perfection is unfortunately not an selection.”

A restored ceramic frieze at a former brothel in Paris tells a story of the city’s once-thriving sex business.

Back Story

Our recent story about a reunion among Vietnamese refugees and their rescuers at sea prompted an Australian reader to point us to one more rescue — 1 that bears on our coverage of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.

On Aug. 26, 2001, a Norwegian cargo ship received a distress get in touch with in the Indian Ocean. The engine of an Indonesian fishing boat packed with asylum seekers had failed en route to Australia’s Christmas Island. The captain, Arne Rinnan, diverted course to save the 438 men and women aboard.

But the Australian authorities had been trying to deter human traffickers. They directed him to an Indonesian port 12 hours away.

Alternatively, the captain plunged ahead. So a navy ship intercepted, transferring the refugees to the tiny Micronesian island nation of Nauru — generating Australia’s initial offshore processing center.

A year later, about half had been resettled in New Zealand. They welcomed Captain Rinnan on a check out to Auckland with flowers and letters, above.

But other refugees were stuck on Nauru for years. Interviewed a decade following the rescue, the captain told of receiving a haunting letter detailing situations so negative that the writer wished the captain had let him die.

“And that is a terrible factor to tell individuals, that you need to have just let them drown,” Captain Rinnan said.

Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.


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