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• President Trump abandoned scripted messaging as he neared the end of his Asia tour. On Twitter, he said he could call North Korea’s leader “short and fat” and unloaded against the “haters and fools” pressing the investigation into his campaign’s Russian ties.
He gamely, if awkwardly, took part in a group handshake, above, at a summit meeting of Southeast Asian and other leaders in Manila. But he earlier told reporters that he believed President Vladimir Putin of Russia was sincere in denying interference in U.S. elections last year. “He said he didn’t meddle — I asked him again,” Mr. Trump said. (Here’s a full transcript.) The Russian president’s account is squarely at odds with the U.S. intelligence agencies, whose assessments Mr. Trump did not dispute on Sunday.
• Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Trump will find a Republican Party in disarray.
Some party leaders are exploring ways to stymie a Senate candidacy in Alabama after the emergence of allegations that the Republican front-runner made sexual advances on teenagers when he was in his 30s.
• At climate talks in Bonn, Germany, a shadow U.S. delegation, including Al Gore, Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg, is trying to convince other nations that the country has not “gone dark” on climate change.
Here’s a look at some of the leaders and organizations trying to fill the void in leadership on climate change left by the Trump administration.
• In London, Queen Elizabeth II delegated Prince Charles to place a wreath at the Cenotaph, Britain’s memorial to its war dead, for Remembrance Day. The move was seen as a major step in the shift to the monarchy’s next generation.
People across the world commemorated the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, honoring the millions who perished. Here are some impressions from France, Australia and elsewhere.
•Across white-collar workplaces,men are awakening to the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault after a series of high-profile cases, including those of Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Tariq Ramadan. (Here is a more extensive list.)
Our writer Amanda Hess argues that it’s time to do away with the notion that artists and their work must be considered independently.
In a David-and-Goliath tale in France, immigrant workers at one of the country’s largest cleaning companies won a sexual harassment case.
•Arizona’spromise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft. But critics fear risks to public safety.
• Hasbrohas made a bid to acquire its chief rival, Mattel, a move that would further consolidate the world’s toy industry.
• Uber suffered another setback in Britain when a court rejected the ride-hailing company’s argument that its drivers are self-employed.
In the News
• Thousands of far-right nationalists marched through Poland’s capital, Warsaw, over the weekend. Since 2009, the annual Independence Day march has become a magnet for white supremacists and far-right groups. [The New York Times]
• An earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border region, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds more. [The New York Times]
• Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, gave an interview that seemed unlikely to clear up the confusion over his sojourn in Saudi Arabia. [The New York Times]
• Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, visited Catalonia a day after an enormous pro-independence march. He urged a huge turnout in next month’s elections to return the region to “normality.” [The New York Times]
• A serial leak of the National Security Agency’s cyberweapons has slowed U.S. intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide. [The New York Times]
• France will commemorate the anniversary of the series of terrorist attacks that struck Paris two years ago. Officials say an unprecedented level of “internal” threat remains. [Reuters]
• Russia’s $7 billion bridge to Crimea may carry more symbolism than traffic. “If you cannot do bread, you can at least do circuses,” one observer said. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• If you’re reading this in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start preparing your home for winter.
• There’s no magic formula for getting into a selective college, but here are some lessons from a longtime observer to help you navigate the process.
• Homemademaple breakfast sausage is much easier than you might think.
• It is not foreign coaches who prevent young British hopefuls from finding jobs in soccer, but older native managers, writes Rory Smith, our soccer correspondent. Croatia and Switzerland qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals.
• Bucharest, Warsaw and Budapest are emerging as fashion hubs, thanks to a new generation of homegrown luxury entrepreneurs.
• Liz Smith, the longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, died at 94. She offered a gentler view of the rich and famous.
• Silence is “the new luxury,” said the Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge as we followed him wandering through New York in search of that elusive commodity.
“It’s easy to think silence is about turning your back on the world,” he said. “For me, it’s the opposite. It’s opening up to the world, respecting more and loving life.”
An engineering marvel of its time, the Holland Tunnel opened in New York City on this day 90 years ago.
The designer, Clifford Holland, oversaw many innovative developments for the pair of 1.6-mile tubes, including meeting the extraordinary challenge of guaranteeing sufficient ventilation. Highly stressed, he died of a heart attack at 41.
That was several years before the tunnel opened, so he missed the debate over whether to ban horse-drawn vehicles.
Perhaps we’re more used to taking note of the competition for the world’s tallest building (currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, with a Saudi contender, the Jidda Tower, hoping to complete construction in 2019).
But there’s a global race on for tunnels, too. Europe claims the longest traffic tunnels: a 35-mile Swiss achievement; the 31-mile “Chunnel” under the English Channel; and, in Norway, the singular Laerdal Tunnel, which has even hosted weddings.
Then there’s the Aqua-Line in Tokyo, 8.7 miles of underwater channel with a few miles of bridge riding atop.
China, ever competitive as it seeks to meet the needs of more than a billion people, aims to build the world’s longest water tunnel: a 600-mile conduit from Tibet to a desert in Xinjiang.
Andrea Kannapell contributed reporting.
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Published at Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:54:39 +0000