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Asia and Australia Edition: Trump, Strava, Blood Moon: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Pool photo by Neil Hall • Prime Minister Teresa May of Britain is scheduled to arrive in China today, with trade high on her agenda for meetings in Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai. [BBC] • In India, the rape of an 8-month-old girl has sickened and transfixed a country grown distressingly accustomed to horrifying sex abuse cases. [The New York Times] • A Russian fighter jet came within a scant five feet of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea, U.S. officials said. There were three similar encounters in 2016. [The New York Times] • Hawaii’s false alert of an inbound ballistic missile was issued intentionally, after a state worker missed the announcement of a drill. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • An Op-Ed writer takes issue with what she saw as the Grammy awards program’s “slut-shaming” of Nikki Haley, the U.S. […]

Europe Edition: Ireland, Catalonia, F.B.I.: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Strava • Security analysts say the Strava fitness app, which shares maps of users’ exercise activities, has unwittingly revealed the locations of U.S. and European military bases. Above, user data in Berlin. [The New York Times] • In Britain, Conservative critics of Prime Minister Theresa May are increasingly voicing concerns that she is pursuing what they call “Brino,” or Brexit in Name Only. [The New York Times] • Romania’s Parliament confirmed Viorica Dancila as the country’s first female prime minister. Critics fear that efforts to curb anticorruption legislation will continue. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • The Trump administration declined to apply new sanctions on Russia under a law that is meant to punish Moscow for election-meddling. [The New York Times] • In our Op-Ed pages, a Kurdish commander in Afrin, Syria, asks the U.S. […]

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Syria, Corsica: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency • Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain is in Brussels today trying to unlock Brexit negotiations ahead of a mid-December summit meeting. [Bloomberg] • The German authorities said that an explosive package found in the city of Potsdam was part of an effort to extort DHL, the logistics company, and not an attempted act of terrorism. [Reuters] • In an Op-Ed, the former television host Billy Bush said that the famed 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump making vulgar comments was real. […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, Myanmar, Da Vinci: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Cambodia’s top court dissolved the country’s main opposition party, the only viable challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen, above. The decision, the culmination of a long government crackdown, followed a lawsuit asserting that the opposition was involved in a U.S.-backed plot to overthrow the government. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • An Afghan policeman stopped a suicide bomber trying to enter a wedding hall in Kabul with a bear hug, a selfless act that held the death toll to 14. [The New York Times] • An Australian U.N. […]

Article 155: The ‘Nuclear Option’ That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia

The article allows the government to intervene in one of Spain’s regions if its autonomous government “fails to fulfill the obligations imposed upon it by the Constitution or other laws, or acts in a way seriously prejudicing the general interests of Spain.”It is such a broad instrument that its use has been considered only once before, in 1989, when Felipe González, the Socialist prime minister, threatened to wield it against the Canary Islands to force it to comply with tax obligations.The second part of Article 155 calls upon the government to “issue instructions” to restore constitutional order, which is why legal experts are also now debating how Mr. Rajoy’s government could use Article 155 to seize back power in Catalonia if faced with a full-blown insurrection.Given the lack of precedent, however, Mr. Rajoy starts with a blank canvas. He could make Article 155 as broad or narrow as he wishes, as well as keep its measures in place for as long as he deems necessary.One option may be to use it to suspend from office Catalonia’s political leadership, starting with Mr. Puigdemont, but also including other lawmakers and to dissolve the Catalan Parliament to force early elections.Mr. Rajoy and his government could also suspend other Catalan officials across the region’s public administration, from the leadership of the Catalan autonomous police force to the directorship of the Catalan public television and radio broadcaster.How quickly will Article 155 be used?Following his cabinet meeting, Mr. Rajoy must follow a parliamentary procedure that culminates in a plenary vote in the Senate. […]

Controversial Energy East oil pipeline cancelled

It’s that seventies show all over again as a Trudeau gets blamed but it’s not his fault; it’s simple economics. […]

Is Germany Still a Haven for Israelis? After Election, Some Wonder

Were the very things that have made Germany seem so safe to so many Israelis — the national preoccupation with contrition, aversion to raw nationalism, and determination never to repeat the sins of the past — now in danger of being shunted aside by a new generation unburdened by collective guilt and determined to assert its national identity?Was Israel’s special relationship with Germany, too, now in danger?Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hastened to say that it was not, announcing Tuesday that he had spoken with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He congratulated her on winning and expressed confidence that Israel and Germany would only deepen their ties.But Mr. Netanyahu added that Israel was “concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism” on both the political right and left, and noted that “there are two different things: denying the Holocaust and denying responsibility.” He called on Ms. Merkel’s new government to “act to strengthen the forces in Germany that take on the historical responsibility.”Among the opposition, Amir Peretz, a Knesset member from the left-of-center Zionist Union, wrote on Twitter in German that the election was “a bad day for Germany democracy, with the entry of xenophobes and open anti-Semites into the Bundestag.”Yet like so much else dividing Israeli society today, the advances by the Alternative for Germany, or the AfD, as it is known, seems to provide more of an excuse for political recriminations and partisan bile than a source of common Jewish ground.On the right, there was newfound scorn, and worse, for Israeli expatriates in Germany.Aryeh Eldad, a former Knesset member and medical professor, wrote in Maariv of his revulsion at the “20,000 Israelis who moved from Israel to Germany of their own free will,” whether for “cheaper housing and cheaper cottage cheese” or to live under “the wonderful German democracy” out of a “distorted” leftism. Both groups, he said, were “emotional cripples.”“These Israelis,” Mr. Eldad wrote, “are not like the dog that comes back to eat his own vomit, but rather like the vomit that returns to the dog that spewed it.”Continue reading the main storyOn the left, there was renewed criticism for the Israeli government that so many left behind when they moved to Germany.Michael Sappir, a 29-year-old in Tel Aviv who earned a degree in linguistics at the University of Leipzig, in Saxony, and now works in high tech, said the election “makes me think twice about the idea of moving there again, both as a Jew and a leftist.”But, he added, “the situation in Germany is much, much better than here, where the governing coalition is composed mostly of parties that are intellectually akin to the AfD.” He said, “What’s considered the terrifying right wing there is on many policy points just mainstream here.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Even after Sunday’s election, Mr. Sappir said, he still believes he would be safer in Germany than in Israel. “The norms of governance, the rule of law, there is much stronger,” he said. “Here I feel like an embattled minority. […]