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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Moscow, Rob Porter: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Yuri Gripas/Reuters • President Trump nominated Admiral Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, who is known for his hawkish views on China, to be the U.S […]

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, George Weah, Italy: Your Friday Briefing

A coalition of right-wing parties could surpass the governing Democratic Party. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League party have gained in recent polls._____PhotoCredit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press• Iran and Saudi Arabia are competing in a surprising new category: gender equality.Both countries are responding to domestic and international pressure over women’s rights and are now vying over who can be quicker to overhaul their repressive rules.Separately, our correspondent in Cairo met the women of Egypt’s only roller derby club. They say the sport’s bump and tumble help unleash their frustrations and offer a sense of empowerment._____PhotoCredit Esther Aarts• If you’re still looking for New Year’s resolutions, here’s our advice: Set concrete goals, measure progress and aim high.We asked experts in their fields to teach us how to improve ourselves in 2018, including how to better clean a home, build a team or save for retirement.Many of us make getting fit and losing weight our resolutions, but the odds are that we’ll fail. (If you want to set a lower bar, here are five vows that are easily kept.)BusinessPhotoCredit Vincent Yu/Associated Press• Apple, accused of slowing down old iPhones, said that it would discount the cost of battery replacements worldwide for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later to regain customers’ trust.Continue reading the main story• Uber shareholders agreed to sell a significant stake in the ride-hailing giant to SoftBank. […]

Al Franken, Tesla, ‘Justice League’: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. • New guidelines sharply reduce the threshold for hypertension. Here’s how to lower your blood pressure. • You’re aging well. Your makeup should, too. • Recipe of the day: Marcella Hazan’s “gold-standard” Bolognese. Noteworthy • A creative collaborator […]

New York Today: New York Today: Parking Your Pooch

Weather.init(); }()); Crawling into a warm doghouse sounds pretty good right about now. We’re expecting another chilly November morning in New York, with temperatures that will feel near freezing with the wind. Continue reading the main story The high today is 47. Rain should roll in late tonight and could hang around through tomorrow morning. In the News • Beneath the arches of the monument in Washington Square Park, a man uses his unusually small stature to perform as a “living statue” for all onlookers to see. [New York Times] Photo Johan Figueroa-González has appeared as a living statue in Washington Square Park since the spring. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times • Relatives of victims in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School argued in court that the companies that made and sold the military-style weapon used by the gunman should bear responsibility for the attack. [New York Times] • A day after they told the judge they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez once again failed to produce a verdict. [New York Times] • City investigators found that the head of the New York City Housing Authority falsely signed off on federal paperwork about lead paint inspections, knowing the required checks had not been made […]

In Blackwater Case, Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences

The Nisour Square shooting forced a reconsideration of America’s reliance on contractors in war zones.Until then, no security contractor was more powerful than Blackwater in the post-Sept. 11 conflicts. Its employees protected American diplomats overseas and worked alongside C.I.A. […]

One Big Home takes a nuanced look at America’s McMansion problem (Review)

Filmed over the period of 12 years, this documentary on oversized ‘trophy homes’ and their effect on one community presents the issue from many angles. […]

Cab office turned into 139 sq. ft. micro-apartment with convertible furniture (Video)

Influenced by boat design, this is a renovation of what might be London’s smallest house. […]