Here’s what you need to know:
•The Islamic State is far from being vanquished in Afghanistan, even as it is on the run in its core territory in Iraq and Syria.
The group has waged brutal attacks that have displaced thousands of families and forced even some Taliban fighters to seek government protection. Above, some of the men fighting against the Islamic State.
The shifting dynamic has threatened the U.S.-backed government’s tenuous hold on the region. Our correspondent visited a district in eastern Afghanistan that demonstrates the increasing complexity of the conflict.
•In India, our latest “Planet Fat” article explores why a father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools has garnered fierce opposition.
The percent of people in India who are obese or overweight has almost tripled since 1990. It’s a particularly dangerous trend for a country whose people are far more likely to develop diabetes as they gain weight than people from other regions, according to health experts.
And in Malaysia, which is now the fattest country in Asia, a battle is playing out between big corporations and nutrition science.
•At least four times in the past week, the Trump administration has linked its financial support for the United Nations to compliance with U.S. demands.
And on Sunday, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley coupled her applause for a $285 million cut in the 2018-2019 U.N. budget with a suggestion that she would seek further reductions.
•North Korea isn’t likely to stop or slow its nuclear weapons program any time soon — that was the message from government and private analysts in South Korea.
The report, forecasting the North’s weapons program for the new year, also noted that Pyongyang was racing against time to secure full intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities before new United Nations sanctions begin squeezing its economy.
•The entire fate of the Taushiro people, a hunter-gatherer tribe that vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago, now lies with a single man.
One of our journalists traveled to a remote river outpost to meet Amadeo García García, above, the last member of the group and the last native speaker of its language.
Separately, the country’s former president, Alberto Fujimori, asked for forgiveness after he was released from prison on a medical pardon. He had been imprisoned for human rights abuses.
• With sexual harassment dominating the global conversation, business schools are taking case studies from the news.
• China is trying to rein in a freewheeling, well-funded boom in online personal loans amid concerns about privacy and rising debt.
• Our DealBook columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, picked his favorite business books of the year.
• Taiwan is proof that a country can make a swift and huge change to its health care system, even in the modern day.
In the News
• Vietnam appears to have been spared by Storm Tembin, which weakened into a tropical depression as it passed to the south of the country. About 70,000 people were evacuated as a precaution. [Reuters]
• In the disputed Kashmir border region, clashes in recent days have left three Pakistani soldiers and four Indian soldiers dead. [The New York Times]
• A Chinese human rights activist who made an art of shaming public officials under the online name “Super Vulgar Butcher” was sentenced to eight years in prison. [The New York Times]
• For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. [The New York Times]
• The former head of Peru’s soccer federation was acquitted in federal court in Brooklyn in a corruption trial. [The New York Times]
• The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race started Tuesday. The 628-nautical-mile sprint from Sydney Harbor to Hobart, on the island of Tasmania, is a maritime rite of passage in Australia. [The New York Times]
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• The theme is fake news: Australians want more. The Betoota Advocate, often compared to The Onion, has spun off a beer and clothing line. But has the voice of disenchanted millennials gone mainstream?
• From Venice to Addis Ababa, the West Bank to the Navajo Nation reservation, this 360 video follows the cross-cultural, ancient process of weaving around the world.
With a Willy Wonka-like skill for inventing flavors, the pair behind the ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins strived to make America’s tastes more adventurous.
The partnership between Burton “Butch” Baskin and Irvine Robbins, who were brothers-in-law, was cut short by Mr. Baskin’s death at 54 on Christmas Eve in 1967.
But by then, as Mr. Robbins later described in a Times interview, the duo had already started down the path of the “magic of the unusual.”
With origins starting in California in 1945, the chain later introduced 31 flavors (one for every day of the month). The original list shows the pair’s imaginative flair: vanilla burnt almond, egg nog, peppermint fudge ribbon.
Over the years, a “Beatle Nut” flavor was developed for the Fab Four’s debut on American TV, a “Lunar Cheesecake” in honor of the 1960s NASA space missions and more than 1,300 other combinations.
These experiments didn’t always work out. A 1971 review in The Times called caramel rocky road “as dismal a venture as it sounds.”
Still, Mr. Robbins noted in 1976 that, with increasingly bold tastes, Americans were “not embarrassed to ask for some of these wild flavors.”
But even now, with the chain’s history of wacky combinations and thousands of locations around the world, the five best sellers are relatively plain: vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip and pralines ’n cream.
Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.
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Published at Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:11:39 +0000