Asia and Australia Edition: Russia Investigation, North Korea, Catalonia: Your Monday Briefing

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    Asia and Australia Edition: Russia Investigation, North Korea, Catalonia: Your Monday Briefing

    Good morning.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    The nuclear threat from North Korea is spurring Japan and South Korea to consider their own nuclear arsenals.

    The U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis, visited the South over the weekend, above, saying Washington “does not accept a nuclear North Korea.” He was preparing for President Trump, who leaves Friday for a 12-day tour of Asia and meetings with leaders in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

    The U.S., meanwhile, has a nuclear stockpile large enough to decimate entire populations. Our Editorial Board translated that data visually. And an Op-Ed contributor warned that the North’s chemical weapons also pose a staggering risk.

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    President Trump, facing reports that the first indictments are near in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, raged on Twitter.

    He criticized investigators’ scrutiny as and attempted to shift the focus with a list of accusations against his former rival, Hillary Clinton.

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    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Barcelona for a rally against independence from Spain, but tensions appeared to be on pause, if not ebbing.

    Many pledged to be heard in Dec. 21 elections for a new Parliament, which were announced by Spain’s president on Friday when he stripped the Catalan government of its power.

    Photographs from Barcelona and from Madrid underscored the intensity of feeling on both sides.

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    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to Israel on Tuesday, the highest-level visit by an Australian leader in 17 years.

    He delayed his departure to help contain the fallout from the High Court’s ruling that five federal lawmakers with dual nationality should be expelled from Parliament, including Mr. Turnbull’s deputy, Barnaby Joyce, pictured above left last week.

    Many are asking why Mr. Turnbull, had not insulated the party earlier. Mr. Joyce, who has renounced his second citizenship, will run in the Dec. 2 election to fill his seat.

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    “I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”

    That was Rose McGowan, above, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, opening up to our reporters. She revealed that someone close to the movie mogul offered her $1 million in hush money.

    When she went public, the dam burst, with The Times and other news outlets reporting on decades of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment.

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    And in climate news: Two of the world’s most critical glaciers, in Antarctica, are shedding more and more ice.

    The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by nearly four feet over centuries, an amount that would put many coastal cities underwater.

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    Business

    • A deal by Joseph Tsai, the Taiwan-born co-founder of Alibaba, to buy a 49 percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets offers the latest evidence of entrepreneurial interest in meeting the emerging Chinese appetite for sports. The transaction, which must be approved by the N.B.A.’s board of governors, values the team at about $2.3 billion.

    Trans-Pacific Partnership talks begin today in Japan. The 11 remaining nations are discussing whether to freeze certain rules to reflect U.S. demands.

    Hissho Sushi, a U.S. company founded by a Burmese refugee in 1998, has 1,100 locations in 41 states and projected sales of $140 million this year.

    • Virtual reality is transforming pornography, prompting estimates that it will outperform all other V.R. sectors except gaming and N.F.L. content by 2025 and command a $1 billion market.

    • Hollywood had another horrific weekend at the box office.

    Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

    In the News

    In Indonesia, rulings in two high-profile cases have shocked rights groups and renewed concern about the country’s troubled judiciary. [The New York Times]

    • U.S. naval authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old Green Beret in Mali over the summer as a homicide. Two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 have been identified as “persons of interest” in his strangulation. [The New York Times]

    • The Thai government ordered the public to wear normal clothing and remove all mourning symbols as the year of grieving for King Bhumibol Adulyadej ends. [The Nation]

    • In Myanmar, Facebook has become a breeding ground for hate speech and virulent posts about the Rohingya. [The New York Times]

    • President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines arrives in Japan for a two-day visit. He is to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have an audience with the emperor. [ABS-CBN]

    • Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Singapore for a four-day visit. [Today]

    • Indonesia lowered the alert status of the volcano Mount Agung on the tourist island of Bali after a significant decrease in seismic activity. [AP]

    • Barack Obama was summoned for jury duty in Illinois, his home state — and he plans to show up, a court official said. [The New York Times]

    • Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, will star with Jet Li and other action stars in a kung fu movie to promote tai chi. [South China Morning Post]

    Smarter Living

    Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

    • Recipe of the day: Miso-ginger sauce works well on pan-griddled sweet potatoes, and a lot more besides.

    • How tohavea romantic vacation.

    Noteworthy

    • For decades, the Irish town of Tuam kept the secrets of a Catholic home for unmarried mothers. But then one woman made it her mission to unearth the dark stories of hundreds of children who died there.

    • Astronomers around the world are racing to study a mysterious space rock from beyond our solar system before it zips out again. “We’ve never seen anything like this before.”

    In memoriam: Fay Chiang, 65, who helped elevate Asian-American education and culture through her vivid poetry and her activism.

    • A turkey-size dinosaur discovered in China had a racoon-like bandit mask, paleontologists concluded, shedding light on the evolutionary history of some camouflage patterns.

    Back Story

    With the Dodgers in the World Series, let’s revisit the story of one of the legends of American baseball.

    Jackie Robinson took the first step toward becoming Major League Baseball’s first African-American player 72 years ago this month, signing with a farm team of the Dodgers organization. (They were the Brooklyn Dodgers then. They moved to Los Angeles in 1957.)

    He made his major-league debut on April 15, 1947, an experience he described in his autobiography:

    “I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse and the knowledge that any mistake I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there. Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”

    He was a huge star, becoming rookie of the year and drawing enormous crowds. He stole home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series, helping the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees for their first championship. Above, Robinson sliding into second base in the 1947 World Series.

    After retiring, he became a prosperous businessman and was influential in politics. He died on Oct. 24, 1972, of a heart attack. He was 53. Read his Times obituary here.

    Karen Zraick contributed reporting.

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    Published at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:55 +0000