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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Republican Party, Facebook: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Yuya Shino/Kyodo News, via Associated Press • A fire in Sapporo, Japan, ravaged a wooden housing facility for impoverished citizens, killing eight men and three women. [The Asahi Shimbun] • In the Philippines, the police arrested a top leader of a decades-old Communist insurgency, the latest sign that President Rodrigo Duterte is not interested in resuming peace talks. [The New York Times] • A Chinese military aircraft crashed this week during drills in Guizhou province, killing at least 12 crew members and exposing the limits of the air force’s technology. [South China Morning Post] • A dozen U.S. lawmakers nominated Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, and its student leader, Joshua Wong, for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The move is certain to provoke anger from Beijing. [Reuters] • The water supply in Cape Town, South Africa, is dangerously close to running dry. Officials say taps for the city’s four million residents could be shut off in less than three months if the current drought continues. [The New York Times] • Three Danish tourists survived after driving into a river in northern Australia that was known to be full of crocodiles. […]

Europe Edition: Emmanuel Macron, Chile, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Ministry of Transport of China, via Associated Press • An oil spill from the Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea is rapidly spreading and could be the worst environmental disaster of its kind since 1991. [The New York Times] • The California home where 13 emaciated siblings were found was registered as a school, but inside, the authorities found signs of torture, not teaching. [The New York Times] • The Czech Parliament rejected the minority government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis in a no-confidence vote. Expect weeks of political wrangling. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • A former C.I.A. […]

In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)

The water has also transformed life on the coast.About a decade ago, a Danish-Peruvian operation installed running water and electricity in the town of Huancaquito Alto, where the business was employing many residents in its packing plant. The town of 2,500 now has a municipal cleaning system that employs trash collectors.“This was all grassland,” said Edgar García, a member of the town council, pointing at a new public plaza that was opened last year.Mercedes Beltrán grew up in San Bartolomé, which was barely a village, with only three families. Her grandfather fished from a traditional reed raft. “There was no market, we bartered between ourselves,” she said.Continue reading the main storyNow her family plants asparagus for the American market, benefiting from competition between buyers that keeps prices high, she said.Even the slightest reduction in the flow of the Santa River causes alarm here. The hydroelectric plant now provides power to 50,000 people; treated river water supplies 700,000 people.“In years to come, we will be fighting over water,” said Mr. Gómez.The government has struggled to offer solutions […]

Ransomware Attack Raises Concerns Over Future Assaults

“It’s pretty clear that this attack was inspired by WannaCry,” said Gavin O’Gorman, an intelligence analyst at Symantec, a cybersecurity company. “We’ll likely see more of these types of attacks in the future.”Continue reading the main storyLike the WannaCry attack last month, computers struck by the virus displayed a message that their data had been encrypted and demanded a ransom — in this case, $300 — to decrypt it. Experts initially said the malware that began to strike computers on Tuesday was similar to a virus called Petya, first identified last year. […]

6 cosmetics companies with refillable packaging

These makeup brands have cleaned up their packaging along with their ingredient lists. […]

Sanitov’s movE electric cargo trike costs $1595 and can haul 440 pounds

Based on the style of a Chinese cargo bike, but incorporating Scandinavian design, this electric tricycle could go a long way toward living a car-free lifestyle. […]

Cab office turned into 139 sq. ft. micro-apartment with convertible furniture (Video)

Influenced by boat design, this is a renovation of what might be London’s smallest house. […]