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Britain responds to a spy’s poisoning, U.S. students demand gun handle and a French baker is fined for functioning also a lot. Here’s the news:
• Prime Minister Theresa Might of Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil.
She vowed to rein in the Kremlin’s spies and mentioned there was no spot for “serious criminals and corrupt elites” in Britain.
There was also a symbolic dig: No members of the royal loved ones will attend the Planet Cup in Russia this summer.
At the U.N. Security Council, above, Britain took the uncommon step of accusing Russia of attempted murder. Our correspondent explains why Moscow will by no means apologize for the attack.
• “Make trade, not war.”
That was Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, asking President Trump to stay away from provoking a trade war. (Above, Mr. Trump meeting European leaders at the new NATO headquarters final Might.)
There’s angst among European leaders over the direction of U.S. foreign policy soon after the departures of the leading American diplomat, Rex Tillerson, and the White House’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, our diplomatic correspondent reports from Brussels.
A significant concern is that the White Property could move to repudiate the Iran nuclear deal, which Mr. Tillerson’s designated successor, Mike Pompeo, vehemently opposed.
• Across the U.S., thousands of higher college students walked out of class as element of a nationwide protest meant to stress Congress to pass gun-manage laws.
A Democrat scored a razor-thin upset in a special Property election in what had been a Trump stronghold in Pennsylvania.
President Trump named Larry Kudlow, a tv commentator, his prime economic adviser. He could fire the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew McCabe, just days before he’s scheduled to retire.
• Norway is confronting a now painfully common query: How quickly is too quickly for a movie rendition of a real tragedy?
There is consternation over “U — July 22,” a new film dramatizing the deaths of 77 men and women in attacks by a proper-wing terrorist in 2011. (Above, the director and an actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.)
Meanwhile, Turkey’s choice to quit funding a Turkish-German film festival is seen as a sign of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to uncouple Turkish culture from Europe.
And in other entertainment news, Netflix producers acknowledged that Claire Foy, the queen on “The Crown,” was paid significantly less than her onscreen husband.
• Stephen Hawking “taught us a lot about how to live,” our science reporter wrote in an appraisal of the extraordinary life of the British cosmologist, who died Wednesday at 76.
Here’s a short history of Dr. Hawking’s perform, six cultural moments he inspired and some of his most memorable quotations.
• Tech industry leaders are increasingly attuned to the power they wield over our lives, our columnist writes.
•Elizabeth Holmes, as soon as a Silicon Valley wunderkind, is facing fraud charges. She had captivated investors and the public with her blood-testing organization, Theranos.
• An upstart Chinese oil firm mingled with European politicians and struck key offers. It now appears to be in trouble.
•Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.
In the News
• Rescuing Qatari royals who had been taken hostage in Iraq price the tiny emirate $360 million, our reporter found. And the payments fueled the Middle East’s spiraling civil wars. [The New York Instances Magazine]
• Heavy monsoon rains could soon bring misery to the a lot more than half a million Rohingya living in the world’s biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh. [The New York Times]
• Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, is mentioned to have supplied his resignation in an work to avert early elections. [Politico]
•InGermany, the Bundestag endorsed Angela Merkel’s fourth term as chancellor, but the narrow vote suggests simmering dissent inside her coalition’s ranks. [Deutsche Welle]
• The U.S. military acknowledged another deadly firefight in Niger, offering a lot more proof of a shadowy war against Islamic State militants. [The New York Times]
•A rapprochement in between Kenya’s political archrivals has drawn international praise but provides small comfort to victims of political violence. [The New York Instances]
•“A celebration of indecency” is how a semiofficial Iranian news agency described a current girls’ dance recital in Tehran. It may possibly have expense the city’s mayor his job. [The New York Occasions]
•Facebook said it had taken down a number of pages with huge followings related with Britain Very first, a far-correct group. [The New York Times]
• A baker in France was fined 3,000 euros. His crime? Failing to close when a week, as neighborhood laws call for. [The Guardian]
Tips, each new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Recipe of the day: Hold dinner comforting with a recipe for chicken and rice.
• Here’s how to defend a laptop soon after it’s been stolen.
• For heart illness individuals, think physical exercise, not weight loss.
• “The truth can be challenging to look at,” reads the introduction to an exhibit in London of photos from the world’s hot spots by five New York Instances freelance photographers. “But we ignore our neighbors’ misery at our personal peril.”
(Above, residents of Mosul, Iraq, lining up for food and water.)
•Our lone reporter at the Winter Paralympics reflected on his assignment: Concentrate on athletes, not impairments.
• Portrait artists after played the role of today’s leading Instagram stylists: providing the priciest form of self-promotion that income could get.
• In the Champions League, Barcelona sophisticated to the quarterfinals, placing it on track to once more win three significant titles in a season. Bayern also certified.
• Seven of the world’s ten happiest countries are in Europe, and Finland tops the list, a new survey says. And national happiness appears to be strongly linked to that of a country’s immigrant population.
It was an provide that the Instances film critic Vincent Canby couldn’t refuse.
“The Godfather,” which opened in New York on this day in 1972, was “one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever developed inside the limits of well-known entertainment,” he wrote in his review.
The adaptation of Mario Puzo’s very best-promoting 1969 novel was directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola. He was selected following numerous other directors turned down the job, and in element for his Italian heritage.
The saga of the Corleones, an organized crime loved ones in New York in the 1940s and ’50s, “The Godfather” became an virtually instant classic. It was the leading-earning film of 1972 and remains one of the highest-grossing (and most critically acclaimed) movies of all time.
Nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1973, “The Godfather” won 3, which includes Best Image and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, who played Vito Corleone, the family’s aging patriarch. Brando famously declined to accept the award as a protest against Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans.
“The Godfather” was “a superb Hollywood movie,” Canby wrote in 1972, “scaring the delighted hell out of us even though cautioning that crime does not (or, at least, shouldn’t) pay.”
Chris Stanford contributed reporting.
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Published at Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:37:30 +0000