Europe Edition: Emmanuel Macron, Chile, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

Above, a memorial outdoors his dwelling in Mitrovica.



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• “Under no circumstances will we permit the Jungle to come back again.”

That was President Emmanuel Macron of France talking in Calais in reference to a migrant settlement there that was dismantled in 2016. Mr. Macron visited the port metropolis to defend his immigration insurance policies towards critics who’ve accused him of inhumanity.

Meanwhile, the variety of new asylum seekers arriving in Germany continues to fall sharply.



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• In Chile, Pope Francis mentioned he was “pained and ashamed” over the “irreparable damage” monks had inflicted on minors, as he supplied an apology throughout his first go to to their nation as pontiff.

The speech was interrupted by bursts of applause, however he later drew criticism for celebrating Mass alongside a bishop who has been accused of defending an abusive priest.

Meanwhile in Ireland, the final of the notorious church-run Magdalene Laundries for “fallen women” might quickly be razed. Some wish to save the Dublin constructing to function a memorial to those that suffered.



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• Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, has been referred to as to testify earlier than a grand jury — the most recent twist within the investigation into Russian meddling within the U.S. presidential election.

Separately, Mr. Trump’s total well being was “excellent,” the White House doctor mentioned. But the president’s weight is 108 kilograms and, in accordance with the physician, he doesn’t get sufficient train.

“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” the doctor mentioned.


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Oil briefly handed $70 a barrel, and there’s no scarcity of causes for costs to climb increased.

• Start-ups are constructing processors for synthetic intelligence, and at the least 5 have raised greater than $100 million.

• Cryptocurrencies might assist repair the web’s structural issues. (There was a big sell-off in a single day.)

Here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.

In the News


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• An oil spill from the Iranian tanker that sank within the East China Sea is quickly spreading and might be the worst environmental catastrophe of its sort since 1991. [The New York Times]

• The California dwelling the place 13 emaciated siblings have been discovered was registered as a faculty, however inside, the authorities discovered indicators of torture, not educating. [The New York Times]

• The Czech Parliament rejected the minority authorities of Prime Minister Andrej Babis in a no-confidence vote. Expect weeks of political wrangling. [The New York Times]

• A former C.I.A. agent was arrested within the U.S. He is suspected of compromising informants in China, a few of whom have been killed or imprisoned. [The New York Times]

• A draft U.S. navy technique awaiting President Trump’s approval would allow the usage of nuclear weapons to reply to cyberattacks. [The New York Times]

• The Danish inventor Peter Madsen was indicted on costs of murder in reference to the dying of a Swedish journalist in August. [The New York Times]

The resignation of Romania’s prime minister meant that the visiting prime minister of Japan, on a tour of Eastern Europe, had no counterpart to satisfy. [Euronews]

• In an Op-Ed, a author displays on being French and Jewish. “For many, the situation has started feeling untenable again,” he writes. [The New York Times]

The dominant function of Morocco’s bid to stage soccer’s World Cup in 2026 seems to be that nobody talks about it. [The New York Times]

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• In memoriam: Keorapetse Kgositsile, the South African poet who addressed themes of solidarity and displacement, died at 79.

• More on the passing of Dolores O’Riordan: The singer’s success meant one thing particular in Ireland.

• President Trump is “the evil sum of his deficiencies,” Philip Roth, the retired novelist, wrote in an prolonged interview by way of electronic mail. (He additionally shared what he’s been studying.)

• The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam introduced the invention of a beforehand unknown drawing by the Dutch artist.

• At the Australian Open, solely considered one of 128 singles contests ended with a midmatch harm. A brand new rule on prize cash may be a cause.

• Tales of two eating places: We visited a Berlin eatery that captures the town’s kooky spirit (assume popcorn soup) and talked to a Danish chef who hand-makes soaps to enrich the aromas of his meals.

Back Story


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“Color,” mentioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, “is to the eye what music is to the ear.”

Tiffany, who died on at the present time 85 years in the past, was the son of the founding father of Tiffany & Co., the well-known jeweler. But the youthful Tiffany discovered his personal success as an artist and designer, most well-known for his work with stained glass.

In 1881, he helped redesign the inside of a home in Hartford, Conn., owned by Mark Twain, who was making his identify after the publication of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

The work was adopted a yr later by a fee with a a lot increased profile: redecorating the White House.

Chester Arthur had been thrust into workplace after the assassination of President James Garfield in 1881. He employed Tiffany to rework the Executive Mansion to go well with his refined tastes.

Tiffany redecorated a number of rooms, and he additionally put in a big stained-glass display within the Entrance Hall.

But his mark on the White House didn’t final. Twenty years later, in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered a serious renovation that swept away the constructing’s Victorian touches — together with Tiffany’s display.

(Above, a Tiffany glass window in Mexico City.)

Chris Stanford contributed reporting.


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