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Europe Edition: Kabul, Russia, Grammy Awards: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press • Heavy snow brought relief and joy to many in drought-struck Iran. [The New York Times] • Legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust has prompted furious condemnation from Israelis across the political spectrum. [The New York Times] • Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled that Carlos Puigdemont, the Catalan separatist leader who remains wanted on possible sedition charges, would have to return to Barcelona to be chosen as Catalonia’s new leader. […]

The World Celebrates New Year’s Eve

Supported byWorldThe World Celebrates New Year’s EvePhotoCredit David Moir/European Pressphoto AgencyIn Sydney, rainbow fireworks sparkled off the Harbour Bridge in celebration of Australia’s recent legalization of gay marriage. (Sydney was among the first major cities to celebrate with fireworks at the stroke of midnight.)Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Kim Kyung-Hoon/ReutersIn Japan, people paraded in fox masks to attend the first prayer of the year at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit KCNA, via ReutersFireworks over Pyongyang, North Korea.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Erik De Castro/ReutersIn the Philippines, revelers gathered — phones in hand — at the Eastwood Mall in Manila to watch balloons and confetti rain down at midnight.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Ng Han Guan/Associated PressBig pots of tea were prepared for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Beijing. The country will also celebrate the Lunar New Year, in February.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Edgar Su/ReutersIt was raining in Singapore, but New Year’s Eve celebrants sheltered under umbrellas and raincoats as fireworks sparkled overhead.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Sadiq Asyraf/Associated PressContinue reading the main storyTourists donned party hats to watch fireworks in front of the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Darren Whiteside/ReutersHundreds of couples got married at a mass wedding in Jakarta on New Year’s Eve.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesFireworks light up the Acropolis in Athens during the New Year’s Eve celebration.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesRevelers in Times Square vie for scarfs from volunteers as they await the ball drop.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Mahmoud Khaled/European Pressphoto AgencyThe Burj Khalifa was lit in anticipation of the New Year’s celebration in Dubai.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Denis Tyrin/Associated PressPeople captured the moment as fireworks exploded over the Kremlin in Moscow.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Gulshan Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMembers of the Maasai tribe performed their traditional dance on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Leon Neal/Getty ImagesFireworks exploded over Big Ben and the London Eye Ferris wheel.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Thibault Camus/Associated PressPeople celebrated in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Nigel Roddis/European Pressphoto AgencyIn Allendale, England, residents carried barrels of burning tar on their heads as part of a traditional New Year’s Eve parade dating back to 1858.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesThousands braved single-digit temperatures in New York ahead of the traditional ball drop.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Leo Correa/Associated PressCopacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro was bathed in fireworks.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesRevelers wearing 2018 glasses gathered in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Rodrigo Garrido/ReutersA pyrotechnic show illuminated the skies above Valparaíso, Chile.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesPeople celebrated the new year in Times Square early Monday.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesA couple kissed in Time Square as 2017 turned into 2018.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau, via Associated PressKey West, Fla., was jammed as the drag entertainer known as Sushi descended on Duval Street.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Johnny Milano for The New York TimesRevelers rolled around in the confetti in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyPhotoCredit Jeenah Moon for The New York TimesThe aftermath in Times Square.Continue reading the main storyWe’re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.Related Coverage How to Be Happier, Safer, Healthier and Smarter in 2018 DEC. 25, 2017 Opinion Gray Matter The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions DEC. […]

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

In January 2002, however, the scandal of child molestation by priests that had been gathering across America for years hit Boston like an explosion. It erupted when a judge released documents in the case of the Rev. John J. Geoghan, a defrocked priest who had been shifted among a half-dozen parishes amid accusations of abusing 130 boys over 30 years.The cardinal, who had once acknowledged transferring Father Geoghan to another parish, apologized, saying he had relied on flawed psychiatric assessments.PhotoBernard F. Law, the newly installed archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross there in 1984.Credit Mike Kullen/Associated PressIn the ensuing months, hundreds of people came forward to say they had been molested by priests in the archdiocese. Lawsuits and criminal investigations began. In response, 25 priests were removed, and the cardinal gave prosecutors the names of 80 priests accused of abuse over decades. But when the authorities sought further details, they said he became vague and reticent, citing sketchy records.Abundant information was found, though, in a personnel file on the Rev. […]

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

In January 2002, however, the scandal of child molestation by priests that had been gathering across America for years hit Boston like an explosion. It erupted when a judge released documents in the case of the Rev. John J. Geoghan, a defrocked priest who had been shifted among a half-dozen parishes amid accusations of abusing 130 boys over 30 years.The cardinal, who had once acknowledged transferring Father Geoghan to another parish, apologized, saying he had relied on flawed psychiatric assessments.PhotoBernard F. Law, the newly installed archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross there in 1984.Credit Mike Kullen/Associated PressIn the ensuing months, hundreds of people came forward to say they had been molested by priests in the archdiocese. Lawsuits and criminal investigations began. In response, 25 priests were removed, and the cardinal gave prosecutors the names of 80 priests accused of abuse over decades. But when the authorities sought further details, they said he became vague and reticent, citing sketchy records.Abundant information was found, though, in a personnel file on the Rev. […]

California Today: California Today: Trial Opens in Killing of Kate Steinle

Supported byU.S.California Today: Trial Opens in Killing of Kate SteinlePhotoJim Steinle, the father of Kate Steinle, right, walked to court in San Francisco on Monday.Credit Jeff Chiu/Associated PressGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)The San Francisco judge overseeing the trial in the killing of Kate Steinle has tried to banish politics from the courtroom.But he can’t stop the charged debate swirling outside.Ms. Steinle’s fatal shooting in July 2015 by an unauthorized immigrant set off widespread outrage, much of it directed at San Francisco’s leaders. She was 32.On Monday, opening arguments began in the trial to determine whether Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man who killed Ms. Steinle as she walked with her father on a San Francisco pier, had meant to fire the gun.Continue reading the main storyMr. Zarate has acknowledged doing so, but says it was an accident. He’s charged with second-degree murder.Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyJurors have been told to disregard the contentious national debates surrounding the case.President Trump has cited Ms. Steinle’s death as evidence of both the need for a border wall and the wrongheadedness of so-called sanctuary policies that limit cooperation between local police and immigration officials.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyCalifornia TodayThe news and stories that matter to Californians (and anyone else interested in the state). Sign up to get it by email.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Mr. […]

Kirkuk, Jeff Sessions, Somalia: Your Monday Briefing

• Quotation of the day. “I just smiled when I saw this because it was like the Mad Hatter’s tea party — it was my fantasy come to life.” — Kelia Remsen, who attends a weekly pop-up tea party in New York City. Back Story This month, the Trump administration expanded health insurance exemptions for employers, allowing them to deny women coverage for contraception. Margaret Sanger, who opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. on this day in 1916, might have had something to say about that. Photo Outside the Sanger Clinic in Brooklyn shortly after it opened in 1916. Credit Social Press Association/Library of Congress, via Associated Press Sanger’s work was driven largely by her experience as a maternity nurse. Abortion was illegal at the time, and she frequently saw young women die after attempting abortions themselves. In 1914, Sanger fled to Europe to avoid a potential 45-year prison term for distributing information on birth control. […]

California Today: California Today: A Rising Death Toll From Wildfires

Supported byU.S.California Today: A Rising Death Toll From WildfiresPhotoMike Rippey looked at the remains of his parents home in Napa on Tuesday. Sara and Charles Rippey, who were 98 and 100 years old, died in the fire.Credit Rich Pedroncelli/Associated PressGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)A full accounting of the loss of life in Northern California’s wildfires has been agonizingly slow to emerge.The death toll stood at 23 late Wednesday, officials said, up from 17 a day before.Meanwhile, hundreds of people are reported missing. What proportion of those might be casualties was unclear […]