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Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models From Harassment

In a statement to The New York Times, Mr. Weber said the allegations of the models were “untrue” and that he had “never touched anyone inappropriately.” Lawyers for Mr. Testino objected to the allegations and called the credibility of the men who said they were harassed into question.Condé Nast began working on the code not long after dozens of women accused the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in articles by The Times and The New Yorker, the company said. Along with Ms. Wintour, the initiative was spearheaded by Mr. Sauerberg and Jonathan Newhouse, chief executive of Condé Nast International, which will also adopt the code. (It may be modified to make it relevant for different countries and cultures.)“A crisis often results in action,” Ms. Wintour said.Though the fashion industry has been known to overlook sexual harassment in the past, there are indications, like the new Condé Nast policy, that it is beginning to push for systemic change.Under its new guidelines, the company will no longer work with models who are younger than 18. There will be no alcohol on photo sets. Photographers will not be allowed to use the set for personal work after a commissioned shoot is completed, and it is recommended that models not be left alone with photographers, makeup artists or other contributors […]

News Analysis: Kim Jong-un’s Overture Could Drive a Wedge Between South Korea and the U.S.

“We have already expressed our willingness to engage in a dialogue with North Korea at any time, in any place and in any format, as long as both sides can discuss restoring their relations and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said a presidential spokesman, Park Soo-hyun.The statement emphasized the roles of the two Koreas in resolving the nuclear crisis. President Trump, in contrast, has pursued a tougher approach, saying there can be no talks without signs that the North is giving up its nuclear and missile testing, and without an understanding that the ultimate goal of any negotiations is a complete, verifiable dismantlement of the North’s nuclear capability.“The timing of this overture, combined with his newly declared capability to strike the United States, is shifting the calculus,’’ said Robert Litwak, the author of “Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout,’’ and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. […]

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. […]

The Las Vegas Gunman Was Rich. Will His Wealth Go to the Victims?

So far, several hundred victims have filed more than two dozen lawsuits, and a $45 million creditor’s claim, against Mr. Paddock’s estate; MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay; and Live Nation, the promoter of the festival. Should plaintiffs agree not to pursue their lawsuits against the Paddock estate, a complicated and potentially contentious issue will involve establishing criteria for who is eligible for payouts from the estate and how much.While payouts to victims of mass shootings have become standard practice, turning a dead perpetrator’s estate into a fund for such a large number of victims is new territory.“There is no precedent here,” said Alice Denton, a Nevada lawyer who is leading the effort to have Mr. Paddock’s estate apportioned among victims to help cover expenses like medical bills.Ms. Denton, who represents five victims, added, “Most mass killers have been indigent or had modest assets or none to speak of.”That was the case, for instance, with Omar Mateen, who fatally shot 49 people and wounded dozens of others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June of last year. A victims fund for that shooting handed out $32 million.In 2011, the federal government auctioned off some of the belongings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, to provide some restitution to his victims and their families. He killed three people and wounded 28 others in a mail-bomb campaign that spanned 17 years before he was arrested in 1996.Photo” data-mediaviewer-credit=”Hilary Swift for The New York Times” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/12/13/us/00paddockmoney-02/merlin_128309192_39f80b7e-2147-48a8-949d-bc7938a04dd0-master675.jpg”/>A memorial to victims of the shooting on the Las Vegas strip. A team of lawyers has asked a court to set up the gunman’s estate so that the money can go to victims and their families without the need for lawsuits.Credit Hilary Swift for The New York TimesMr. Paddock’s estate is being sued for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, personal financial losses, and medical bills, among other things […]

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Manila: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Radek Pietruszka/European Pressphoto Agency • Thousands of far-right nationalists marched through Poland’s capital, Warsaw, over the weekend. Since 2009, the annual Independence Day march has become a magnet for white supremacists and far-right groups. [The New York Times] • A senior U.N. official vowed to raise the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, especially sexual violence and torture, with the International Criminal Court. [Reuters] • New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, called Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island “not acceptable” and said she would again bring it up with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Asean summit meeting in Manila. [ABC] • Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, visited Catalonia a day after a massive pro-independence march […]

Raqqa, China, Los Angeles Dodgers: Your Wednesday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV. Hey, it’s David Letterman! • Quotation of the day. “As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not.” — Legislators, senior legislative aides and lobbyists, in a letter denouncing what they described as pervasive sexual misconduct by powerful men working in and with the California Legislature. Back Story As the U.S. national anthem played, they bowed their heads and prayed they wouldn’t be shot. It was this week in 1968 that two African-American sprinters raised gloved fists during a medal presentation at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, in a denunciation of racial discrimination. Photo Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos were dropped from the U.S. […]

Retro Report: Special Ops Forces: How Elite Forces Became Military Muscle

But in a stunning operation that began late on July 3, 1976, Israeli commandos swooped in. They killed the hijackers and dozens of Ugandan soldiers, gathered the hostages and flew them to safety. The raid was carried out with near perfection, though it cost the lives of four hostages and of the commando leader, Lt. Col […]