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North Korea, Iran, College Football: Your Tuesday Briefing

• Quotation of the day “If you want to catch a cat you have to stay up all night — that’s just the name of the game.” Continue reading the main story — Jennifer Petruska, a resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a self-described insomniac, who spends her nights tracking and trapping pet cats who went into hiding during recent wildfires. Back Story We begin today on a high kick. The Rockettes closed their annual holiday season run on Monday, their 85th year at Radio City Music Hall in New York. But their famous kicklines are only a part of the storied history of one of New York’s cultural cornerstones. Photo The Rockettes in 1940. Credit Associated Press Opened on Dec. 27, 1932, Radio City was “the largest temple of entertainment of its kind in the world,” The Times (somewhat breathlessly) proclaimed. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, North Korea, New Year: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Alex Hofford/European Pressphoto Agency • In Hong Kong, a pro-democracy march ended in a standoff with the police. Organizers said 10,000 demonstrators were on hand; the police put the number at 6,200. [South China Morning Post] Continue reading the main story • In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber attacked a funeral on Sunday for a local official, killing at least 17 people. [The New York Times] • “No more.” President Donald Trump said the U.S. “foolishly” gave Pakistan more than $33 billion over the last 15 years while getting nothing in return. He pledged to end the economic aid. [Reuters] • Nepal barred solo mountain climbers, including on Mount Everest, in an attempt to reduce accidents. [The New York Times] • A pro-Israeli U.S. group called the singer Lorde a “bigot” in a full-page ad in The Washington Post. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Kabul, Roy Moore, Bitcoin: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Michael Nagle/Getty Images • A Tibetan filmmaker made a “risky” escape from China to the United States. He had been jailed and was living under police surveillance. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • Prosecutors in Japan indicted the Mongolian-born former sumo grand champion Harumafuji for assaulting a junior wrestler. [Reuters] • In Liberia, George Weah, a former soccer player, won the presidential election, according to provisional results. [The New York Times] • A U.S. […]

New York Today: New York Today: A Kwanzaa Tradition on a Harlem Stage

Weather.init(); }()); Bundle up, and stay that way. This week will be sunny and cold, with temperatures topping out around 30 today and then staying closer to 20 for the next few days. A bit of snow is expected for Friday. […]

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. […]

New York Today: New York Today: What Makes an Ugly Christmas Sweater Beautiful?

Weather.init(); }()); Pull on that sweater, ugly or otherwise. While today is mostly sunny, with a high near 43, blustery winds could make it feel below freezing this morning. Afternoon hot chocolate runs will feel less whipped. The gusts stop around noon. In the News • President Trump’s efforts to decrease the amount of visas given to foreign workers has tech entrepreneurs looking to relocate from New York City to Canada. […]

Republican Party, Bernard Law, Virginia: Your Wednesday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Jimmy Fallon joked that the broadly unpopular Republican tax overhaul was “payback for the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton.” Continue reading the main story • Quotation of the day “Like Celine Dion, poutine was once mocked and underappreciated in Quebec.” — Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, a professed “poutinologist” from Montreal who presented an academic paper arguing that Canada had culturally appropriated a dish so quintessentially Québécois that it amounted to theft. Poutine consists of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. Back Story Eighteen years ago today, Portugal handed Macau back to China after ruling it as a colony for 442 years. The move came two years after Britain handed back Hong Kong, which had made Macau the last European colony in Asia. Portugal offered to return the territory in the 1970s, but China’s leaders demurred because they feared losing a trading link to the outside world, The Times reported on the eve of the 1999 handover. […]