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North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing


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Excellent evening. Here’s the most current.

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1. Score 1 for the power of sports.

North and South Korea agreed to have their athletes march together under a “unified Korea” flag, noticed above, at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics subsequent month. The nations will also field a joint women’s ice hockey group.

The moves are “the most dramatic gesture of reconciliation among the two nations in a decade,” said our Korea correspondent.


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2. It is getting named1 of the worst U.S. intelligence failures in years: A lot more than a dozen C.I.A. informants in China have been killed or arrested given that 2010, as Beijing dismantled American spying operations. We broke the story in May.

Now, an American is suspected of possessing helped Beijing by identifying the informants. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who left the C.I.A. in 2007, was apprehended in New York this week.

Above, an honor guard outdoors the Excellent Hall of the Folks in Beijing final year.


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three. Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, has agreed to be interviewed by investigators functioning for the specific counsel in the Russia investigation.

The deal allows Mr. Bannon to keep away from testifying before a grand jury, a sign that he is cooperating with the investigation. Above, Mr. Bannon was on Capitol Hill to testify just before the Property Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.


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4. Independent cardiologists who looked at the final results from President Trump’s recent physical mentioned they were far from “excellent,” as his doctor had place it.

Mr. Trump’s levels of poor cholesterol are very high, which raises the danger of heart attack. His medical doctor is upping his dose of a cholesterol drug and has advised a healthier diet program and more workout.


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five. Apple plans to bring back the majority of the $252 billion in money that it has lengthy held abroad, capitalizing on the Republican tax law.

The firm has big plans for the money. It said it would develop a lot more than 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. and open a new campus in a location exactly where it presently has no operations.


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6. Moscow got just six minutes of sunlight in December.

That’s the darkest December since the city began recording the data. The average for the month — 18 hours — was hardly something to write home about.

Elsewhere in wintry Europe, Prime Minister Theresa Could of Britain created a new position: minister for loneliness. Overall health experts warn that isolation can be hazardous, and the new minister will establish applications to alleviate it.


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7. Sexual abuse scandals are casting a pall over Pope Francis’ pay a visit to to Latin America.

He’s currently apologized to victims in Chile. But in Peru, exactly where he’s scheduled to arrive Thursday, some are asking why the Vatican is safeguarding a high-profile layman accused of abuse. Above, a poster welcoming Francis in Lima.


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8. Do public universities have to allow white supremacists to speak on campus?

That query is playing out across the country. Representatives of the far-right leader Richard Spencer are attempting to book him at major universities — and are filing lawsuits when he’s denied the opportunity.

Campus administrators are grappling with how to balance freedom of expression and the security of their students. Above, white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus in August.


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9. Men and women across the northern U.S. and parts of Canada got a glimpse of a fireball that lit up the sky north of Detroit.

The fiery display came from a meteor — probably larger than most — and lasted just a couple of seconds. Videos, like the one above posted to YouTube, showed a bright flash of light, then a pop, virtually like a light bulb burning out. Some folks reported hearing a sonic boom.


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ten. Finally, Trevor Noah was skeptical about President Trump’s overall health report.

“The only issue that looks healthier about Donald Trump is he’s shaped like a food pyramid,” he joked on “The Day-to-day Show.”

The celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will join Mr. Noah on Wednesday.

Have a excellent night.


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Published at Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:11:35 +0000

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