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Trump, Palestinians, Golden Globes: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies 9. A new study on coral bleaching showed the phenomenon has become so frequent that reefs can no longer recover between severe cases. It is perhaps one of the most vivid signs of the effects of global warming, which has steadily pushed up ocean temperatures […]

In Fire-Scarred Bronx Neighborhood, a World of New Arrivals, Children and Community

“I couldn’t sleep. I can’t sleep,” said Bernadette Miles from her stoop on Friday. She had feared the young victims would be children she saw every day playing on the street or wheeling by in strollers. “Those images are burned in my head.”And when the fire was out, it left a soot-black scar on the heart of a certain type of New York neighborhood, one rarely in the news. This stretch of Prospect Avenue, where there is almost no grass and the buildings vary almost solely by shade of brick, sits between the zoo and the Bronx campus of Fordham University. It is a place known neither for luxuries nor high crime, although a measure of crime and violence persists, and residents complain about landlords who are stingy with heat.Yet it has manageable rents in a borough, and city, that has become increasingly difficult to afford. The building itself was well kept, records shows, if hardly fancy. For long-term residents, the incentive to stay in Belmont has been a sense of community […]

Europe Edition: Egypt, Peru, Liberia: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Atul Loke for The New York Times • India is “sitting on a volcano” of diabetes. A father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools aims to change what children eat. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • The Kremlin is clearly afraid of Aleksei Navalny, the Russian anticorruption activist, but it is unclear exactly what it fears, our correspondent writes. [The New York Times] • Ukraine’s military and Russian-backed separatists are expected today to conduct the first major prisoner exchange in more than a year. [RFE/RL] • In Romania, the governing Social Democrats have revived efforts to decriminalize some corruption offenses amid a series of measures that critics say undermine the rule of law. [Reuters] • Chess diplomacy: Saudi Arabia blocked Israeli players from participating in the world championship in Riyadh. [The New York Times] • New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has taken 100 actions against the White House and congressional Republicans so far, over issues like birth control, environmental rules and the travel ban. [The New York Times] Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. […]

Op-Ed Contributor: Where Jesus Would Spend Christmas


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New York Today: New York Today: The Year in (Good) News

Weather.init(); }()); In weather news today, there’s both good and bad. The bad: It’s pretty cold. The high is near 39, but it will feel below freeing for most of the day. The good: The sun will be out and shining. The mercury jumps into the 50s tomorrow, but rain enters the forecast. […]

Melbourne, Facebook, Winter Solstice: Your Thursday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Samantha Bee discussed the small group of evangelical Christians who pushed for Jerusalem to be recognized as Israel’s capital. “Of course, Armageddon is the one thing that Trump happens to get done with absolute precision,” she said. • Quotation of the day “This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration.” — Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, who has often been at odds with the president, celebrating the passage of the tax overhaul. Back Story This is the time of year the Krampus, a mythical, furry, horned beast, prowls cities and towns in the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, scaring away evil spirits and reminding naughty children that Christmas is around the corner. Continue reading the main story The tradition of the Krampus, a mountain goblin who is an evil counterpart to the good St. Nicholas, has recently enjoyed a revival […]

Net Neutrality, Disney, ‘Star Wars’: Your Friday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV. Jimmy Kimmel has the holiday spirit: “Christmas is 10 days away, which means we only get to hear that Mariah Carey song 75,000 more times.” Continue reading the main story • Quotation of the day. […]