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Op-Ed Contributor: China Is Pushing Its Luck With the West

Even in the European Union, China’s largest trading partner, Beijing has caused anxieties to spike. Germany’s intelligence agency recently accused China of mining the personal data of German politicians and diplomats. […]

Robert Mugabe, Roy Moore, Republican Party: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit Giles Price/Institute, for The New York Times 7. An exhaustive, on-the-ground investigation presented in The Times Magazine reveals that the U.S.-led coalition is killing far more Iraqi civilians than previously acknowledged in its “precision” air campaign against the Islamic State — 31 times more, in fact. At the same time, Iraq is trying to come to grips with the number of those killed by the Islamic State. At least 70 mass graves have been found. Our new Baghdad bureau chief shares the story of an Iraqi shepherd left to bury the bodies of his neighbors. Neighboring Iran continues to pick up the pieces after suffering the world’s most deadly earthquake this year. Continue reading the main story ____ Photo Credit Eve Edelheit for The New York Times 8. There’s a new Great Migration. Puerto Ricans are turning up in droves in Florida, particularly Orlando, in a post-Hurricane Maria exodus so large it rivals those from New Orleans to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and from Cuba to Miami during the Mariel boatlift […]

Supreme Court Cancels Hearing on Previous Trump Travel Ban

Critics say Travel Ban 3.0 is still little more than a dressed-up Muslim ban. And despite a less chaotic rollout, questions remain about how the travel ban will be put in place, who will be affected, how the countries were picked and whether it will work to prevent terrorist attacks.Here are answers to some of those questions:Why did Trump ban travel from these countries?The Department of Homeland Security said the countries covered under the presidential proclamation were chosen because they could not properly establish the identity of people seeking to travel from those countries to the United States. Officials said the countries on the list did not share information about whether potential travelers have a criminal history or connections to terrorism. And some of the countries are known to be potential terrorist safe havens.Administration officials said countries on the banned-travel list failed to meet what they called “objective criteria.” They will be subject to the travel ban until they can demonstrate their ability to deliver the information requested by the United States, officials said.Will this prevent a terrorist attack?While counterterrorism experts say improvements to the government’s vetting capabilities are necessary, they say the new restrictions may be far too broad because they focus on countries and not individuals.An internal report written by intelligence analysts at the Department of Homeland Security in February found that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.”Moreover, the Cato Institute found that since 1975, no Americans have been killed on American soil by foreign-born terrorists who come from any of the countries on the new executive order: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, Iraq and Venezuela. The New America Foundation found that since the Sept. 11 attacks, 95 Americans had been killed by terrorists inside the United States. […]

North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump

North Korea has often issued statements in the names of its government and its People’s Army, and since taking power in late 2011, Mr. Kim has delivered an annual New Year’s Day speech […]

California Today: California Today: Amid Housing Pain, Most Californians Have Weighed a Move

Supported byU.S.California Today: Amid Housing Pain, Most Californians Have Weighed a MovePhotoA housing development in Oakland. The median cost of a home in California is now more than twice the national cost.Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)The San Francisco Bay Area is often trotted out as the worst example of the state’s housing crisis — understandably.By national standards, rents and home prices there are astronomical.But the pain in California is widespread.According to a new poll from U.C. Berkeley, a majority of residents in every major region of the state — including the Central Valley and other parts of Northern California — have considered moving as a result of housing pressures.“It’s spread across the state pretty evenly,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyCalifornia TodayThe news and stories that matter to Californians (and anyone else interested in the state). […]

Forced Searches of Phones and Laptops at U.S. Border Are Illegal, Lawsuit Claims

David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said he could not comment on pending litigation but that “we absolutely believe the searches are lawful.”In March, Joseph B. Maher, the acting general counsel for the agency, defended the practice in a USA Today opinion piece.“These electronic media searches have produced information used to combat terrorism, violations of export controls, and convictions for child pornography, intellectual property rights violations and visa fraud,” he wrote. “This authority is critical to our mission, and Customs exercises it judiciously.”While police officers on the street cannot compel you to hand over your phone without probable cause, border agents can search and confiscate digital devices as easily as they can your luggage […]

North Korea Used Multiple-Rocket Launchers to Test Missiles

The Pacific Command previously said that two of the North Korean missiles had “failed in flight.” But that assessment was later retracted, and the amended view agreed with the South Korean military’s evaluation of the distance the projectiles had traveled.The three missiles were 300-millimeter rockets fired from a multiple-tube launcher, said Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman at the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential office, where the country’s National Security Council met on Saturday to discuss the tests.North Korea has alarmed South Korean defense officials before with tests of its 300-millimeter rockets and displays of an eight-tube version of the system during military parades. The officials say the North has developed the multiple-tube launchers because they are cheaper than short-range, Scud-type ballistic missiles and because they enable more projectiles to be fired.GraphicCan North Korea Actually Hit the United States With a Nuclear Weapon?Six systems that North Korea needs to master to achieve a long-sought goal: being able to reliably hit the United States.OPEN GraphicNorth Korea keeps thousands of rocket launchers, as well as long-range artillery pieces, along the border with the South, threatening to rain down a “sea of fire” on South Korean cities and islands near the border. The old 240-millimeter rockets have an estimated range of 37 miles, putting Seoul, a capital with 10 million people, within reach.Kim Dong-yub, a defense analyst at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul, said the tests on Saturday appeared to be aimed at expanding the strike range.Nevertheless, the nature of the tests prompted some relief in the region.The missiles flew to the northeast, not toward Guam, home to major United States Air Force and Navy bases. North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles in a “ring of fire” around Guam after President Trump threatened to hit the North with “fire and fury” if it persisted with its development of ICBMs.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred […]