Jerusalem, Russia, Volkswagen: Your Thursday Briefing

Mr. Putin also announced, to no one’s surprise, that he’d seek a fourth term as president in following year’s election, which he’s expected to gain handily. Another complete term would produce his tenure, incorporating his years as prime minister, the longest by a Russian innovator since Joseph Stalin.



• A little-noted Saudi prince was the mystery buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi,” which fetched an archive $450.3 million at auction last month.

The purchase of the decidedly un-Islamic portrait of Christ is the clearest indication yet of the selective nature of a corruption crackdown which has shaken the Saudi elite by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s a friend of the buyer.



• In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a sweeping growth of the right to carry concealed firearms virtually anywhere in the United States, a top legislative priority of gun lobbyists. In the Senate, the passage could be blocked by a Democratic filibuster.

Eight Democratic women in the Senate needed Senator Al Franken, above, to resign soon after a sixth woman accused him of misconduct.

And a whistle-blower account suggests that Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national reliability adviser, expected an end to U.S. sanctions against Russia would allow a business task Mr. Flynn possessed once participated directly into move forward.



• Our two chief film critics unveiled their picks for the 10 very best films of 2017. Above, a scene from “Faces Locations” by Agnès Varda and JR, which manufactured both lists.

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And our pop music critics shared playlists of a common tracks of the entire year, from Jay-Z to Cardi B, Les Amazones d’Afrique to Sam Hunt.

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• Amazon has enabled latest electronics companies offering economical gadgets, once unfairly called “Chinese knockoffs.”

• Bitcoin investors happen to be hoarding the digital currency as if it had been virtual gold, a fresh way to store cash beyond your control of any government or company.

• A top Volkswagen official in america was sentenced to seven years found in prison for his position found in the automaker’s decade-long scheme to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

• Luxury online sales jumped by 24 percent this year. Our correspondent talks about the companies leading the revolution in fashion retail.

• Here’s a snapshot of global market segments.

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In the News


• LA commuters drove through showers of ash and flames rose on the horizon as the latest of California’s devastating wildfires started to infringe on the center of the city. [The New York Times]

• Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, said that his British counterpart, Theresa May, promised a fresh proposal on the future of the Irish border by Thursday to break an impasse in Brexit negotiations. [Reuters]

• A plot to destroy Mrs. May was foiled, prosecutors in London said. Two suspects happen to be on trial. [The New York Times]

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• Prosecutors found in Hungary charged a European Parliament lawmaker found in the nationalist opposition Jobbik party with spying for Russia. [Reuters]

• President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be the primary Turkish head of status to go to Greece in 65 years. He is likely to give attention to the status of asylum seekers his government accuses of taking part in a failed coup last year and territorial disputes. [Kathimerini]

• About 2,000 American troops are in Syria fighting the Islamic Condition, the Pentagon said, practically four times the total previously disclosed as the Trump administration improvements how troop numbers happen to be publicly counted. [The New York Times]

• Norwegian lawmakers blocked the appointment of a right-leaning populist politician to the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize. [The New York Times]

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• From the most amazing coastlines of European countries to a remote control Alaskan island, above, listed below are five of our favorite travel stories of the year.

• In a Champions League 1st, five English clubs reached the knockout level.

• A new study that followed 1.8 million Danish women for greater than a decade found that women who use hormonal contraceptive face a little but significant upsurge in the risk for breast cancer.

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• Time Magazine known as “the silence breakers” – those who came forward to accuse powerful guys of sexual misconduct – as its person of the entire year. Listed below are excerpts from a TimesTalks dialogue in which the celebrity Ashley Judd and Times journalists discussed whether recent revelations could bring about lasting change.

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It had been “a date which will reside in infamy.” Or would it “reside 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 Battle II.

News of the surprise attack found in Hawaii “fell just like a bombshell on Washington,” The Times reported the next morning hours. “Administration circles forecast that the United States quickly might be involved in a worldwide war, with Germany supporting Japan, an Axis partner.”

A few hours afterwards, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in the chamber of the House of Representatives and, in a speech that lasted no more than seven moments, asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

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

The president’s three-page typewritten manuscript would be lost for more than four decades 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 Times in 1984.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.


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