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The latest from the Winter Olympics, Russian threats to block YouTube and South Africa’s leadership crisis. Here’s the news:
• Update from Pyeongchang:Russian nationalist fervor is quite present, regardless of the official barring of many athletes more than the country’s state-backed doping scheme. (Our “Daily” podcast has the ideal account but of how that unfolded.)
1 of our most popular stories nowadays is a throwback: In 1982, the Norwegian cross-country skier Oddvar Bra collided with a skier from the Soviet Union. Somehow, a national myth was born.
Our columnist profiled Claudia Pechstein, a seven-time speedskating Olympian from Germany. Under regular circumstances, she would be a sentimental preferred, but her doping violation remains tough to ignore.
• Russia has threatened to block YouTube and Instagram if they do not take down content material relating to Oleg Deripaska, a prominent oligarch. The tactic may signal a much more aggressive strategy by Moscow to rein in essential reports on social media.
The threat was set off by an investigation published last week by Aleksei Navalny, the opposition leader, on Mr. Deripaska’s ties to a top government official. It has so far been viewed far more than four million occasions on YouTube.
Separately, the U.S. and Russia revived a Cold War tit-for-tat game: Moscow is thinking about renaming an alley close to the U.S. Embassy as 1 North American Dead Finish, after Washington renamed the Russian Embassy’s block for Boris Nemtsov, the slain government critic.
• The White House’s price range request integrated large increases for the military, deep cuts in domestic applications such as Medicaid, and cash for a return to the moon. (Here’s a detailed rundown, and reactions.)
It has little opportunity of becoming enacted but illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their embrace of balanced budgets.
Ahead of the midterm elections, we look at exactly where both parties stand now: The Republicans’ structural benefits in in search of handle of the Home are eroding. The fight remains a tossup.
• Anxiety and aggravation among South Africans are deepening as they await news on when President Jacob Zuma is going to step down.
The state broadcaster said that the leaders of the African National Congress, the governing celebration, had directed Cecil Ramaphosa, Mr. Zuma’s probable successor, to deliver a demand that he resign inside 48 hours.
•Across Europe, aging societies are posing challenges to social systems that are currently straining to meet the demands of today’s older citizens.
Our correspondent in Germany explored the concern at a cafeteria in Hamburg that has been a typical venue for some older residents of the city’s poorest district. They appreciate its standard German fare and cost-effective rates.
One particular of its regulars worried that it, and similar canteens, would quickly be gone, leaving a generation with nowhere to go for a square meal.
• China’s strategy to become the world’s leader in artificial intelligence comes at a time when America’s technological edge has began to recede.
•A court in Germany ruled that Facebook’s default privacy settings violated customer law. Facebook mentioned it would appeal.
• Universities in the U.S. are trying to bring a far more medicine-like morality to pc science.
•Here’s a snapshot of international markets.
In the News
• A massive oil spill — a single unlike any just before — is starting to contaminate some of the most critical fishing grounds in Asia. [The New York Times]
• In Italy, a museum’s promotional discount for Arabic speakers has enraged some far-right politicians, who are in search of to capitalize on anti-immigrant sentiment ahead of March 4 elections. [The New York Occasions]
• Ukraine deported Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who has waged a well-liked anticorruption campaign in Ukraine, to Poland. [The New York Instances]
• In Britain, the resignation of Oxfam’s deputy chief executive is unlikely to quell expanding outrage over revelations about the misconduct of some of the charity’s aid workers. [The New York Instances]
•A court in France started hearing funds laundering charges against a man who admitted in a memoir to possessing participated in a 1976 heist. [France 24]
• Going to Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson avoided even mild criticism of the political repression that assures President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of getting re-elected next month. [The New York Instances]
• Tough-liners in Iran are attacking environmental activists, arresting numerous and accusing them of spying. [The New York Occasions]
• London’s City Airport was shut down when a German bomb from Globe War II was discovered for the duration of construction work. The airport will be operating as usual these days. [The New York Instances]
Guidelines, both new and old, for a far more fulfilling life.
• Want a more best union?Act (within limits) like you’re single.
• Studies on providing up saturated fats usually failed to contemplate what folks ate in their location.
• For Mardi Gras, you can’t go wrong with a chicken and sausage gumbo.
• For the initial time because 1945, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the very same day. Some Christians face a culinary dilemma.
• Thousands of dogs have been checked into New York hotels ahead of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Here’s our full coverage of the canine high society.
• A “cognitive prosthetic” in the brain promises to aid men and women shop some memory, scientists have identified. But the road to perfecting recollections remains daunting.
• And she’s off! Our new 52 Areas travel columnist — who beat out much more than 13,000 other applicants for the job — has began her whirlwind planet tour. She found lots to celebrate in New Orleans.
As the end of a especially negative flu season approaches in numerous components of the world, you are almost certainly accustomed to hearing “achoo!”
But cultures respond to sneezes differently, and there’s little consensus on how some of those norms created.
While it is unnecessary in Japan and components of China to comment, several countries use a version of “(God) bless you.”
The sneezer’s welfare is the principal concern. Germans say “gesundheit” (well being), whilst Turks say “çok yaşa” (may possibly you live long).
Often the response is dictated by the number of sneezes. In parts of Latin America, the initial sneeze is met with “health,” the second with “money” and the third with “love.” The Dutch want you “health” for your initial two sneezes just before the third time turns into “good weather tomorrow.”
Wellness-primarily based wishes look self-explanatory, but the origin of “God bless you” is uncertain.
The most common theory is that Pope Gregory I began it by blessing a particular person infected with the plague. But it is probably not accurate.
Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.
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Published at Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:23:58 +0000