Jerusalem, Vladimir Putin, Wildfires: Your Thursday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition Jerusalem, Vladimir Putin, Wildfires: Your Thursday Briefing

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• President Trump’s formally announced the reputation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, declaring it would advance the peace procedure. Mr. Trump asserted that the U.S. would remain a neutral broker in your time and effort, but offered little solace to the Palestinians.

But the decision has drawn a storm of criticism from Arab and European leaders, and Pope Francis and China became a member of the chorus of voices warning that the approach could stir unrest over the region. The leader of Hamas named it “an unaccountable gamble.” This training video explains why Jerusalem is so contested.


• Time Magazine known as “the silence breakers” its person of the year for 2017, honoring the women who came frontward to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment, and the global discussion they have started.

The announcement came as eight Democratic ladies in the Senate needed Senator Al Franken to resign after a sixth woman accused him of misconduct.

And a Situations investigation reveals how Harvey Weinstein, the motion picture mogul, used powerful associations to cover up sexual misconduct accusations.


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• In LA, evacuation orders covering hundreds of people were in effect and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of crisis as ferocious wildfires continue to burn unabated.

The high winds that are generating the fires are anticipated to strengthen through Thursday, with gusts of 60 miles per hour, making firefighting more challenging. Check back for the most recent news.


• Vladimir Putin announced that he would seek a fourth term as president of Russia. He as well said Russia would not boycott the 2018 Wintertime Olympics and would allow its sportsmen to participate under a neutral flag.

The International Olympic Committee’s ban on Russia because of a state-backed doping program has drawn outrage in the united states.

Here are the events that could be most affected by simply the ban, and our columnist examines the small print of the I.O.C. punishment.


• The Chinese Embassy scolded Australian officials for harming “mutual trust,” a evening after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a number of proposed laws to curb foreign influence in politics.

Mr. Turnbull’s proposal arrived amid a drumbeat of testimonies in the Australian press about the perceived threat of Chinese interference.

Still, experts said that China’s response might only heighten concerns about its influence and damage China’s already tarnished image in Australia.


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• Greenland’s ice can be melting, however, not as much of the water is reaching the ocean needlessly to say – at least for the time being. That could alter some estimates of the price of sea level climb.

Among our correspondents also recently trekked to Canada’s remote northeast to explore how weather change influences mental health.



• China’s biggest tech summit – the Environment Internet Meeting – was both impressive and stressing, our reporter said. He remarked that all “the technology allowing a complete techno-police state was readily available.”

• Electronics makes have sprung up giving inexpensive devices, once unfairly named “Chinese knockoffs.” Our tech columnist looks at how Amazon allows them.

• Disney is said to be closing found in on a deal to buy parts of 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate run by the Murdoch family group.

• Bitcoin passed $12,000, despite bubble warnings.

• U.S. stocks had been up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• A drop in Myanmar’s opium harvest signals a shift in the Asian medicine market to synthetic prescription drugs, a senior U.N. recognized said, citing booming demand for methamphetamine. [Reuters]

• An in depth plot to destroy the British prime minister was foiled, prosecutors said. Two suspects are on trial. [The New York Times]

• Three Maltese criminals had been billed with the car-bomb eliminating of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-referred to journalist. [The New York Times]

• “Maybe $150 million.” A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testified that he couldn’t remember how much cash he’d made helping Turkey evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. [The New York Times]

• The U.N. children’s agency warned that 17 million infants are breathing toxic surroundings, putting their brain expansion at risk, with babies in South Asia the most severe affected. [BBC]

• In Cambodia, some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly possess a resemblance. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

Guidelines, both new and ancient, for a far more fulfilling life.

• So, you’d like to buy your cherished one a book? Consider this.

• How not to speak to a child who is overweight.

• Recipe of the day: Start planning a holiday cookie plate with a recipe for linzer trees.


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• Sumatran tigers are showing up more often in Indonesia’s safeguarded forests, a researcher says, but the increase is most likely due to tigers fleeing deforested areas where their figures are plummeting.

• President Trump features upended the news headlines media’s rhythms. Our night time editors in Washington and New York, discuss how Year 1 of the Trump period has affected their careers and their sleep.

• And so very much to watch, so little time. Our reviewers picked their 10 favorite displays of 2017, and our chief film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, shared their favorite pictures of the year.

Back Story

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It had been “a date that will stay in infamy.” Or would it “live in world history”?

Seventy-six years back today, Japan bombed the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor, eliminating more than 2,400 Americans and propelling the U.S. into World War II.

News of the surprise attack found in Hawaii “fell just like a bombshell on Washington,” THE CHANGING TIMES reported the next morning hours. “Administration circles forecast that america soon might be involved with a world-wide battle, with Germany supporting Japan, an Axis partner.”

A few hours soon after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in the chamber of the home of Representatives and, in a speech that lasted no more than seven mins, asked Congress to declare battle on Japan.

A short draft of his speech said that the day of the attack would “live in world record.” But Roosevelt had modified the wording to say “a date that will stay in infamy” – now being among the most recognizable phrases in U.S. history.

The president’s three-page typewritten manuscript will be lost for more than four years until a curator, Susan Cooper, found it throughout a routine search of Senate files at the National Archives in Washington.

“I hadn’t known that it had been missing,” she told THE CHANGING TIMES in 1984.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.

(Finally, a follow-up about Monday’s back story, that was about Time Magazine’s “Person of the entire year” Award. On Wednesday, the magazine known as “the silence breakers” – the women who came frontward to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct – as the winner for 2017.)


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