Europe Edition: Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Tunisia: Your Monday Briefing



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• In the Czech Republic, President Milos Zeman got here first within the first spherical of presidential elections however didn’t cross the 50-percent threshold that may have saved him from having to compete in a runoff.

That vote, in two weeks, will resolve whether or not the nation continues to be drawn towards Russia and China underneath Mr. Zeman’s management or strikes again extra totally into the embrace of the E.U. underneath Jiri Drahos, above left, Mr. Zeman’s challenger.

Analysts predict a decent race.



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• The United States and the E.U. have warned Kosovo in opposition to makes an attempt by former guerrillas turned politicians to halt a particular conflict crimes courtroom earlier than it has even begun work.

The courtroom is considered by many as an important prerequisite for reconciliation within the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s.

But critics anticipate that when Parliament reconvenes this week, some lawmakers will attempt to undermine it to guard outstanding conflict veterans.



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Male fashions and assistants are accusing the style photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct. Condé Nast stated it could cease working with the 2 males, no less than for now.

The three males above are amongst those that instructed us that they’d endured sexual harassment on the job.

After fierce criticism from French feminists, Catherine Deneuve, the French actress, apologized to victims of sexual assault for the letter she and different girls not too long ago signed denouncing the #metoo motion.



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• “There are some disadvantages to crowns, however in any other case they’re fairly necessary issues.”

Queen Elizabeth II, who has by no means granted an interview, relaxed her longstanding reticence to reminisce on digicam about her 1953 coronation in a brand new documentary.



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• At 54, Jeff Bezos of Amazon is the world’s richest particular person, with a internet price of greater than $100 billion. He had stayed out of the limelight for years, however he has not too long ago began to construct a public persona.

• Uber’s $100,000 cost to a hacker has forged a chill over how firms take care of safety threats.

• We went inside the newly megarich cryptocurrency neighborhood and located a tightknit group of mates debating altering the world order.

• Automakers have purpose to have fun as they collect this week on the Detroit auto present, however much less rosy occasions might lie forward.

Here’s a snapshot of world markets and a have a look at what may transfer them this week.

In the News


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• A passenger airplane attempting to land in Turkey this weekend made a heart-stopping skid off a runway, ending up caught on a steep slope going through the Black Sea. No one was injured. [The New York Times]

• Security consultants referred to as a false alarm in Hawaii this weekend a warning of how a technical error may set off an unintended battle between the United States and North Korea. [The New York Times]

• On the seventh anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, 1000’s of demonstrators rallied in opposition to austerity measures and financial malaise. Officials are starting to deal with the rising discontent. [The New York Times]

• Syria’s civil conflict: The Turkish authorities condemned reported plans for a brand new Kurdish-dominated border drive allied with the U.S.-led coalition. [Reuters]

• Facebook’s current twiddling with its algorithms has magnified faux information in some international locations, together with Slovakia. [The New York Times]

• In the U.S., Chelsea Manning, the previous Army non-public convicted of revealing categorized info to WikiLeaks in 2013, has filed to run for the Senate. [The New York Times]

Officials in Ireland are going through agonizing decisions about what to do with the stays of younger kids discovered buried at a former house for unwed moms and their infants within the city of Tuam. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

Tips, each new and outdated, for a extra fulfilling life.


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• Protect your expertise this yr.

• Where to get more healthy in 2018.

• Recipe of the day: Begin the week with a giant bowl of Thai crimson curry noodles.




• If we ever get to Mars, the beer may not be unhealthy. Hops grows nicely in Martial soil, an experiment by school college students suggests.

• We have a look at the science behind the Swiss authorities’s current determination to ban tossing lobsters and different crustaceans into boiling water.

• A brand new novel by the Austrian creator Robert Menasse lays naked the eccentricities of the E.U. forms in Brussels with satire and sympathy.

• The discovery of a secret tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall that was supposed to assist reunite a household within the 1960s has fueled reminiscences of a darkish chapter in Berlin’s historical past.

• Toronto has welcomed 1000’s of Syrians and their cooking, supporting a small growth in meals companies.

In soccer information, Liverpool ensured that Manchester City wouldn’t go unbeaten by means of its Premier League schedule, however its Four-Three victory barely dented City’s invincible aura.

• Three American tennis stars didn’t make it out of the primary day of the Australian Open. (Here’s a have a look at some gamers to observe.)

Back Story


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The headquarters for the U.S. army has at all times stood out.

The Pentagon constructing was already in use when it was devoted 75 years in the past at present, on the top of World War II.

Built simply throughout the Potomac River from Washington in lower than two years, the Pentagon was house to 22,000 staff by the top of 1942.

It stays one of many world’s largest workplace buildings, with greater than six million sq. ft of ground area.

The distinctive design got here from the form of the primary proposed web site, which was hemmed in by streets on 5 sides. When President Franklin Roosevelt selected a special location, the form stayed, however the sides have been made even.

The first architectural critiques weren’t glowing, however they improved over time.

“Called too big, too barren and too expensive when it was completed for $83 million in 1943, the Pentagon is a thriving, functional success in 1968,” The Times wrote in a report for the 25th anniversary of the constructing, which it extolled as a spot of neighborhood:

“Everyman, or Littleman, triumphed over all. Thousands of secretaries and office workers have turned the Pentagon into a cluttered, cosy, home-away-from-home.”

Sarah Anderson contributed reporting.


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