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13:20, 11 February 2018

OLYMPICS, ROB PORTER, ISRAEL: YOUR WEEKEND BRIEFING


Olympics, Rob Porter, Israel: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the week’s top stories, and a appear ahead.

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1. The 23rd Winter Olympics are underway, amid frigid temperatures and political drama.

Athletes from the two Koreas marched into the opening ceremony collectively, above, providing hope of a diplomatic breakthrough in the nuclear standoff.

In the stands, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader, was sitting just feet away from Vice President Mike Pence — but the two apparently didn’t speak. Ms. Kim extended an invitation to South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, to go to the North.

Organizers say it’s the biggest Winter Olympics however, with 92 countries participating. Sign up for our Sports newsletter to get the most current more than the next 19 days. And you can see far more of the coverage from our team in Pyeongchang right here.

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2. John Kelly, the White Residence chief of employees, told officials he’s prepared to resign over the handling of abuse accusations against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who stepped down on Wednesday. Above, the two guys collectively.

Mr. Porter has been accused of domestic violence by two ex-wives. President Trump defended him, saying that it was a “tough time” and noting that Mr. Porter had denied the accusations.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump doubled down on these remarks, writing on Twitter that “peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”

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three. The fallout from final week’s uproar over a Republican memo on the F.B.I.’s role in the Russia investigation continues.

President Trump said on Friday that the Democrats forced him to block their rebuttal memo due to the fact it was “very political and long” and needed heavy redaction.

Separately, we reported a story that sounds ripped from the pages of a political thriller. American spies paid $100,000 to a shadowy Russian who was trying to sell material on the president — and on stolen cyberweapons.

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4. President Trump signed a far-reaching budget bill into law early Friday, following overnight votes in the House and Senate — and a brief government shutdown. Above, Senator Rand Paul, who attempted to block the deal.

The measure will bolster spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and raise the debt ceiling. Our correspondent on Capitol Hill wrote that Republican lawmakers, who normally celebrate fiscal restraint, were showing little of it.

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5. Following watching stocks march greater for almost nine years, investors are suddenly confronting a new reality: The long, smooth ride is over. And it does not feel great.

Key stock indexes suffered steep drops in late trading on Thursday, putting the market in correction territory — a term used to indicate that a downward trend is a lot more serious than just a handful of days of bearish trading.

It was massive news, but it had practically no influence on the earnings or wealth of most American families. The purpose? They personal small or no stock. A whopping 84 % of all stocks owned by Americans belong to the wealthiest ten percent of households.

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6. Israeli and Syrian military forces clashed Saturday, in a series of audacious strikes that could signal a new phase in the Syrian war.

It all began when Israel said it had intercepted an Iranian drone that came into its airspace from Syria. Israel responded with strikes in Syria, and one particular of its F-16s crashed following coming below heavy antiaircraft fire. Above, the debris.

Earlier in the week, we reported that the carnage in Syria is “reaching a new peak,” as separate but intersecting conflicts play out around the country. These maps show the battle lines.

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7. Grim news from federal wellness officials: The quantity of kids and teenagers who have died from the flu this season has risen to 63. Above, treating flu patients in Allentown, Pa.

It’s not also late to get your flu shot — the virus persists into the spring. And right here are the warning indicators that a child’s flu has turn out to be critical.

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eight. American adolescents watch significantly a lot more pornography than their parents comprehend — and it is shaping their tips about pleasure, power and intimacy.

Can they be taught to see it more critically? That’s the query we ask in the cover story of this week’s Occasions Magazine.

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9. “If one more sequel shows up, though, I’m going to have to use my safe word.”

That was our film critic on “Fifty Shades Freed,” starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, above and in theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of, nonetheless searching for a thoughtful present? Check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. And here’s a collection of admittedly decadent Valentine’s Day recipes, from our close friends at Cooking.

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ten. Finally, have you been maintaining up with the headlines? Test your information with our news quiz.

Or just go straight to the great stuff. Right here are seven wonderful items we wrote about this week. It is our work to aid you commence the week with a smile, or at least a lighter heart. Above, a mannequin in a cherry-red Tesla, cruising through space.

Have a excellent week.

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