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Theresa May, Once a ‘Dead Woman Walking,’ Reaches a First Finish Line

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:27:36 GMT

Theresa May with her husband, Philip, outside 10 Downing Street in London the day after a general election in June. The vote, which she had called, left her in office but destroyed much of her political capital.Mocked for months as weak and robotic, the British prime minister has earned sympathy in Brussels — and some respite at home — by doggedly carrying on.

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Australia ‘Failed’ Abused Children for Decades, Royal Commission Finds

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:19:02 GMT

Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, Cardinal George Pell, in June became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses.Saying tens of thousands had been abused in Catholic and other institutions, the panel said priests should have to report abuse they hear about in confession.

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Italy to Allow Living Wills and the Refusal of End-of-Life Care

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:32:57 GMT

Supporters of a living will bill were overcome with emotion after the law was approved on Thursday by Italian lawmakers.The new law was enacted after years of debate and pushback from conservative Catholic lawmakers.

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How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:07:45 GMT

A wildfire in Azusa, Calif., in 2016. New research has analyzed 27 extreme weather events from that year for links to climate change.Scientists analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that global warming was a “significant driver” for most of them. We look at five cases.

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U.K. Police Detain Paul Golding of Far-Right Group Britain First

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:22:39 GMT

The Britain First leader Paul Golding, left, and his deputy Jayda Fransen at Belfast Laganside Courts on Thursday.Mr. Golding, leader of a group whose anti-Muslim videos President Trump recirculated, was detained while accompanying his deputy to court. She was also arrested again.

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‘Are You Normal?’ Putin Asks U.S. Congress in Annual News Gathering

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:08:21 GMT

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the start of his annual news conference in Moscow.As much circus as news conference, the event provided the Russian president with a platform to bolster his campaign and to attack the United States.

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Death of Man in Skyscraper Fall in China Puts a Spotlight on ‘Rooftopping’

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:02:17 GMT

An image from a YouTube video of Wu Yongning. Mr. Wu amassed thousands of online followers with his high-altitude stunts before dying in a fall last month.The 26-year old man, whose videos on Weibo were viewed millions of times, plummeted off a 60-story building in Hunan Province in November.

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At Least 6,700 Rohingya Died in Myanmar Crackdown, Aid Group Says

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:02:39 GMT

Rohingya men praying before burying Mohammed Hosain, 2, in Bangladesh.The aid group, Doctors Without Borders, said the figure, which covered the first month after a military crackdown, was almost certainly an underestimate.

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In U.K., Bigger Wine Glasses for Bigger Thirsts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:25:17 GMT

The size of British wine glasses has increased nearly sevenfold over 300 years, researchers found.A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge found that the average size of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in 300 years.

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‘Golden Opportunity Missed’: Syria Peace Talks Falter, Again

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:59:28 GMT

People inspected damaged houses after an airstrike in Hamoria, in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, this month.The United Nations mediator acknowledged that “negotiations in reality did not take place” and said the Syrian government was not looking for a dialogue.

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Bermuda Legalized Same-Sex Marriage 6 Months Ago. Now, It’s Going to Be Banned.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:18:31 GMT

The move by lawmakers to allow only domestic partnerships in the self-governing British territory reverses a court ruling from May.

Indonesian Constitutional Court Declines to Ban Sex Outside Marriage

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:24:17 GMT

The Constitutional Court’s 5-4 ruling came as a welcome surprise to Indonesian rights activists, who had expected the justices to criminalize nonmarital sex.The ruling was a blow to religious conservatives who have been gaining influence in the secular, Muslim-majority country.

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South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:10:20 GMT

President Xi Jinping of China, left, and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at a welcoming ceremony in Beijing on Thursday.President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system.

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Bars on the Windows, Laughter Between the Lines

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:01:17 GMT

Inmates with their children during a soccer match at Milan’s Opera prison. A nonprofit called BambiniSenzasBarre — children without bars — organizes the matches, which reflect its belief that children of the incarcerated possess a human right to maintain relationships with their parents.An Italian nonprofit organizes soccer matches inside the country’s prisons in an effort to foster healthy relationships between inmates and their children.

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U.S. Accuses Iran of U.N. Violation, but Evidence Falls Short

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:00:34 GMT

Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, stood at a news conference on Thursday in front of part of what defense officials said was an Iranian-made Qiam missile fired by Houthi militants at a Saudi airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.American officials showcased weapons thought to be used by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen but failed to show how they proved Iran violated an international agreement.

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Turkish Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Migrants by Helicopter

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:01:36 GMT

Dozens of migrants were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard after their dinghy became stranded on a rocky outcropping in the Aegean Sea.

China’s HNA Keeps Striking Foreign Deals as Banks Wince and Investors Flee

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:01:05 GMT

Adam Tan, chief executive of HNA Group, sought to calm investor fears at a media event in Beijing in November. “We will not invest in anything the government does not support,” Mr. Tan said.Executives at the deeply indebted conglomerate say it still enjoys support from lenders, even as bond prices fall and regulators raise questions.

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As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:37:55 GMT

A baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika virus in a rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, last year. The most severely affected babies have little language or mobility and will likely require a lifetime of care, a new study shows.They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

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Grenfell Tower Survivors Mourn, With a Nation Watching

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:25:18 GMT

Mourners and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire with pictures of victims after a memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Thursday.More than 1,500 people, including bereaved families and members of the royal family, attended the memorial service for the 71 people killed in the fire.

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Casualties Surge From Land Mines and Improvised Explosives

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:01:15 GMT

Sweeping for mines outside Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. The conflict there contributed to a rise in deaths from land mines.Despite the international treaty that bans land mines, casualties from such weapons rose to more than 8,600 in 2016, the highest since 1999.

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Heads Up: In Japan, Haiku on the Rocks

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:23 GMT

Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan's 12 original castles.Welcome to the world of the haiku bar trail. Matsuyama, Japan, is celebrating its 19th-century haiku poet, Masaoka Shiki, who coined the term haiku, with related events.

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Europe’s Central Bank, Lagging Behind Counterparts, Faces Eventful 2018

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:35:34 GMT

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, was scheduled to attend the central bank’s final meeting of 2017 on Thursday. The bank has kept its interest rate at zero as the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have raised their rates.With the central banks of the United States and Britain raising rates, the E.C.B. turns its attention to the year ahead and how fast it should roll back stimulus.

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Ecuador’s Vice President Sentenced to 6 Years in Corruption Case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:38:05 GMT

Prosecutors accused Vice President Jorge Glas of pocketing $13.5 million in bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Parliament Demands Greater Say Over Brexit, Defying Theresa May

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:18:46 GMT

Demonstrators opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on Wednesday.Rebel Conservative lawmakers joined opposition lawmakers in a 309 to 305 vote to insist on a formal vote on Britain’s plans to withdraw from the European Union.

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Letter 38: Should Australia Treat China as Friend or Foe?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:55:14 GMT

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with China’s president, Xi Jinping, in Hangzhou last year.This week’s newsletter looks at Australia’s struggle to define where it stands with China, and why the debate has become so intense.

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Irish Lawmakers Recommend Repealing Strict Abortion Ban

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:41:45 GMT

Demonstrators in Dublin marched in September to demand more liberal abortion laws in Ireland.A parliamentary committee also said a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up to the 12th week.

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Meet the Strongmen Who've Started Blaming 'Fake News' Too

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:48:21 GMT

President Trump’s use of the phrase “fake news” has gone global — particularly among authoritarian governments.

Vancouver Man Who Promised Riches to Investors Committed Fraud, Panel Says

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:37:54 GMT

Paul Se Hui Oei last year with his wife, Loretta Lai, at a Lamborghini dealership in Vancouver.The British Columbia Securities Commission said Paul Se Hui Oei, a prominent immigration consultant, swindled millions of dollars from investors.

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In Myanmar’s Divided Villages, Fear Prevails and ‘Life Has Stopped’

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:06:24 GMT

Refugees from Myanmar crossed the Naf River as they headed into Bangladesh in September, part of an exodus of nearly 650,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled since August.Months after security forces swept through Rakhine State, setting of an exodus of refugees, the residents who remain have become paralyzed by fear and deprivation.

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U.S. at a Crossroad as It Confronts Turmoil in Honduras

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:56:02 GMT

Antigovernment protesters, angry over the disputed presidential election, blocked a road on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, last week.The Trump administration’s reaction to the disputed election in Honduras could create ripple effects throughout Latin America.

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Muslim Leaders Declare East Jerusalem the Palestinian Capital

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:55:49 GMT

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, center, with King Abdullah II of Jordan, left, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and other attendees at a gathering of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday.Leaders of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation called President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital dangerous and illegal.

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White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:41:39 GMT

Speaking to the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, “We’re ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk, and we’re ready to have the first meeting without precondition.”It was only the latest example of a public rift between the president and his chief diplomat over North Korea.

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Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:43:44 GMT

Protesters against the British vote to leave the European Union gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a British lawmaker questioned the findings.

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Rwanda Accuses France of Complicity in 1994 Genocide

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:13:45 GMT

French soldiers patrolling past Hutu troops from the Rwandan government forces in 1994.The findings of an independent study could exacerbate a long diplomatic feud over accountability for one of Africa’s worst atrocities.

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South African Court Rejects Zuma’s Bid to Block Corruption Inquiry

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:07:33 GMT

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa at a session of Parliament last month in Cape Town.The ruling against the president came days before a major political gathering to choose a new leader of the African National Congress.

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Naples Journal: It’s Official: Naples Pizza Is One of Civilization’s Glories

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:54:11 GMT

Gino Sorbillo, center, handing out free folded pizzas in Naples last week to celebrate Unesco’s recognition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making.Unesco put the century-old art of Neapolitan pizza making on its annual list of “the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

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Arrests of Reuters Reporters in Myanmar Add to Fears About Press Freedom

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:27:15 GMT

The journalists Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday. The two could face up to 14 years in prison.The two journalists, accused of trying to obtain official documents illegally, could face up to 14 years in prison.

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China Names and Shames Tech Tycoon With Debt Blacklist

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:55:08 GMT

Jia Yueting in San Francisco in 2016.The ambitious head of an embattled tech company is the latest casualty of China’s efforts to rein in irresponsible borrowing through public humiliation.

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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:21:35 GMT

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, this month. His company has been looking for ways to re-enter the Chinese market.The move also nods to the country’s growing strengths in artificial intelligence, and is the latest A.I. effort set up by a Western tech company in the country.

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Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:31:50 GMT

Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins with their 3-week-old daughter, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, at a hospital in Leicester, England, on Monday. The baby’s condition is extremely rare — estimated at five to eight cases per one million live births.Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.

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Destroyed in Tsunami, a Temple Is Reborn

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:03 GMT

Join residents of a Japanese village devastated by the 2011 tsunami as they celebrate the rebuilding of the 1,000-year-old Buddhist Kongoji Temple on higher ground.

Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:13:48 GMT

Members of the Philippine special forces patrolling near Marawi on the island of Mindanao in September. The government declared victory over Islamist militants in Marawi in October.President Rodrigo Duterte said continued military rule on the southern island of Mindanao was needed to ensure the “total eradication” of militancy there.

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Pedophile Barred From Leaving Australia as Sex Tourism Law Takes Effect

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:49:48 GMT

The international terminal at Sydney Airport. An Australian law barring registered child sex offenders from international travel took effect on Wednesday.A man convicted of child sex offenses was turned away from Sydney Airport on Wednesday as Australia’s “world first” sex tourism law came into effect.

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Toshiba Settles Fight With Western Digital That Imperiled a Major Deal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:26:55 GMT

Yasuo Naruke, left, chief executive of Toshiba Memory Corporation, and Yuji Sugimoto, head of Bain Capital’s operations in Japan, during a news conference in Yokkaichi, Japan, in October.The ailing Japanese conglomerate, which bet badly on U.S. nuclear power, can now proceed with a deal that will bring it $14 billion in needed cash.

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Number of Jailed Journalists Hits Record High, Advocacy Group Says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:20:21 GMT

At a protest this month in Istanbul, Turkey, a demonstrator, center, carried a placard lamenting that the journalist Ahmet Sik remained in prison. Of all nations, Turkey has the most journalists jailed on charges relating to their work.The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 262 journalists imprisoned for their journalism as of Dec. 1. More than half were in Turkey, China or Egypt.

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