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New sanctions against Russia, democracy demonstrations in Hungary and far more comfy standard coaching in Belgium. Here’s the newest:
• The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday to punish it for enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, just days soon after U.S.-led strikes against Syria took out the “heart” of President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons system, according to U.S. military officials.
But some officials noted there were no known casualties at the websites — chemical weapons storage and research facilities, above — and no reports of chemical-agent leakage, raising questions about no matter whether they had been still central to Syria’s program.
Britain and France joined in carrying out the strikes, but they had their personal political causes for supporting the military action. President Emmanuel Macron of France mentioned he had persuaded Mr. Trump to stay in Syria in spite of the American president’s public declaration that he wanted to withdraw U.S. forces.
Russia known as the strikes a violation of international law. But our Moscow bureau chief reports a sense of relief among Russian officials that the operation had not escalated into a direct confrontation with their forces in Syria.
• “We’ll march as lengthy as needed.”
Thousands of Hungarians, above, protested Prime Minister Viktor Orban, days after a pro-government magazine published a list of 200 of his critics that included journalists, rights advocates and academics.
The list was seen as an ominous sign that Mr. Orban intended to punish these who had opposed him ahead of his current election to a third term in workplace.
The protests reflect the deep divisions in the Central European country that has been at the forefront of a regional drift away from liberal Western values.
• “You do not go to a war zone with men who miss their mama.”
Faced with an aging military, the Belgian Army proposed a adjust that it hopes will attract younger soldiers: letting recruits sleep at residence on weekdays for the duration of fundamental instruction.
But the proposal has drawn scorn from veterans and military authorities who argue that the policy could undermine unit cohesion and set a hazardous precedent for other Western armies.
(Above, Belgian soldiers in Brussels in March 2016.)
• Trials in France and Northern Ireland have stirred uproars more than the sexual and legal treatment of females and girls.
In France, a court case involving a 28-year-old man who had sex with an 11-year-old girl centers on the query of whether or not she was raped, since French law does not hold that kids are automatically too young to consent. The trial has spurred government efforts to alter laws to much better safeguard minors, but critics say the adjustments don’t go far adequate.
And the recent acquittal of two Irish rugby players who were accused of raping a drunk woman has stirred furious debate more than attitudes toward masculinity and sexual consent. Above, a single of the acquitted rugby players, Paddy Jackson, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in March.
• “He is morally unfit to be president.”
That was James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, above proper, describing President Trump in his very first televised interview given that he was fired last May possibly. Mr. Comey known as Mr. Trump a serial liar who treated women like “meat” and described him as a “stain” on everybody who worked for him.
His memoir, “A Larger Loyalty,” comes out on Tuesday. Our former chief book critic, Michiko Kakutani, returned to overview the book, which portrays Mr. Trump as unethical and dishonest.
Mr. Comey’s publicity juggernaut is a remarkable public assault on a sitting president by somebody who served at the highest levels in the government, and the stakes could hardly be larger for both guys.
For days, Mr. Trump has waged a ferocious counterattack against Mr. Comey, calling him a liar and a “slime ball.”
• Book battle: Brexit is threatening Britain’s dominance of the lucrative European book market, and British publishers are anxiously bracing for an American invasion of English-language books across the E.U. Above, the London Book Fair final week.
• Martin Sorrellresigned as the chief executive of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, amid an investigation into alleged misconduct.
• World leaders are heading to Washington for meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the Globe Bank, and the Trump administration might release yet another round of tariffs on Chinese products. Right here are the headlines to watch for this week.
• Facebook is not the only tech firm under congressional scrutiny in the U.S. Google and Twitter have till April 25 to answer a senator’s questions about how they deal with information collection and privacy, and other organizations count on similar challenges quickly.
• One particular hammer and sickle at a time: China’s newly empowered Communist Party has gained direct selection-generating energy over some of the international firms undertaking company in the country. The European Chamber of Commerce has known as such moves a “great concern.”
• Russia moved to ban the messaging app Telegram soon after it refused to give the security services its encryption keys. But the business says they do not exist.
• Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.
In the News
• A Paris trial of a terrorist cell has turn into a symbol of how France is dealing with the threat of Islamic radicalization that thrives in marginalized communities. The cell members came from the town of Lunel, above, a notorious breeding ground for jihadists who went to fight in Syria. [The New York Instances]
• British officials stated Russia had been coaching “special units” to carry out chemical weapon assassinations like the nerve agent attack in March on a former Russian spy and his daughter. [The New York Instances]
• In France, nine police officers have been injured throughout protests against the government’s alterations in labor law. [Deutsche Welle]
• In Spain, hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters rallied to demand the release of secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. [Associated Press]
• Soccer: Manchester City clinched the Premier League title when Manchester United stunningly lost at house, 1-, to final-spot West Bromwich Albion. [The New York Times]
• The N.B.A. playoffs are underway, and our sports reporters had some bold predictions about who will prevail. (If Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors win, does that cement them as a dynasty?) [The New York Occasions]
Ideas, both new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.
• Tips on traveling lightwhile nonetheless dressing well.
• Avoid providingbiased, unfair feedback with these three measures.
• Recipe of the day: Begin the week sturdy, and cook pasta with mint, basil and fresh mozzarella.
• Radiation vacation: Beginning in the 1950s, the British and Australian governments detonated nuclear bombs in South Australia’s remote western desert. Now the site, above, is a tourist location.
• Iceland is celebrating the life of an 18th-century black slave who fled from Denmark, where his story is extensively ignored, highlighting Danish society’s difficulty with confronting its slave-trading past.
• Flee Trump’s America?These folks actually did.
Hollywood has the Oscars, journalism has the Pulitzers.
There will be no red carpet or ball gowns, but newsrooms about the U.S. will collect this afternoon for the announcement of the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor the very best journalism and arts of the preceding year.
Established in 1917, the prizes are provided in 21 categories, which incorporate breaking news photography, fiction and editorial writing. (Here’s a look at how The Times selects the operate it puts forward for consideration.)
The top prize, which wins a gold medal, is the public service award. Prior winners include The Arkansas Gazette’s coverage of college integration, The Boston Globe’s exposé of sexual abuse by priests and The Times’s reporting of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The awards have been produced by Joseph Pulitzer, above, publisher of The St. Louis Post Dispatch and The New York Planet at the turn of the 20th century, as an “incentive to excellence.” Hawkish, with an eye for rooting out public abuses, Pulitzer is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern American journalism.
“It’s my duty to see that they get the truth,” he when stated, “accurately so that they could be wisely guided by its light.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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Published at Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:52:44 +0000