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World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's new government after its March presidential election should invest more in education and healthcare to help spur economic growth, the World Bank's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

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'Little girls don't stay little forever. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world'

Kyle Stephens said she had her first sexual experience when she was 6 years old.

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Tortured, starved California children rarely seen outside home: neighbors

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police said were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.

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Citi profit tops estimates; books $22 billion tax charge

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations as consumer businesses made up for lower revenue from bond and currency trading.

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Interview: No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

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Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

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Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia.

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Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”

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Review: Globalfest’s World Music for a Connected World

The 15th edition of the event featured 12 groups, from the Guadeloupean blues of Delgres to the diverse grooves of the Congolese group Jupiter & Okwess.

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Russian foreign minister accuses US of 'destabilizing' world

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

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Hear the conflicting accounts on Trump meeting comments

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports on the conflicting accounts from the lawmakers who attended the White House immigration reform meeting where President Trump reportedly referred to some African nations as "shithole countries."

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Profile: Brussels, E.U. Capital, Gets a Novel, Both Tart and Empathic

Robert Menasse writes a polyphonic novel of satire and sympathy about Brussels, Europe’s symbolic capital — its bureaucrats, nationalisms and police.

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Chile Slams World Bank Amid Charges of Political Bias

Chile’s left-leaning government demands an investigation after a World Bank economist says the nation’s drop in a business survey was politically motivated.

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World wonders if Trump is eroding US 'moral authority'

President Donald Trump's reported derogatory remarks about Haiti and slur against immigrants from "shithole" countries in Africa sent shockwaves around the world, simultaneously becoming a diplomatic issue that could damage America's global image and complicating an immigration reform effort at home.

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Opinion: To Make Prisons ‘Safer,’ Some Are Banning . . . Books

Denying people the right to read, especially books that reflect their own lives, has a sordid history.

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Chinese Composers With an Ear to the World

A festival at the Juilliard School explores the sounds of contemporary China, without traditional instruments or foreign-based composers.

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Alpine skiing: Muffat-Jeandet wins first World Cup race

WENGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet claimed the first World Cup victory of his career at the age of 28 when he was a surprise winner of the combined at Wengen on Friday.

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For Bond Investors, Low Expectations in a Low-Yield World

Small portfolio tweaks, emerging markets and money market funds are options — but prospects for big profits are rare.

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JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; books tax charge

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co , the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as gains in net interest income offset a slowdown in trading revenue.

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UPDATE 1-JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; books tax charge

Jan 12 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as gains in net interest income offset a slowdown in trading revenue.

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Nonfiction: Seeing the Civil War From the Ground Up

Edward L. Ayers’s “The Thin Light of Freedom” presents the War Between the States as experienced by ordinary people.

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Nonfiction: The Outlaw Novelist as Literary Critic

J.M. Coetzee reinvents the rules of fiction, but his “Late Essays” about other writers infuse traditional formulas with brilliant psychologizing.

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Soccer: U.S. men look forward after missing World Cup finals

CARSON, California (Reuters) - Failing to qualify for this year's World Cup finals had been buried and the focus had now shifted to getting back to the global stage in Qatar in 2022, players from the United States' men's soccer team said on Thursday.

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Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

TORONTO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said.

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REFILE-BRIEF-Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 2 Percent In Q4 2017 And 2.8 Percent For The Year

* GARTNER SAYS WORLDWIDE PC SHIPMENTS DECLINED 2 PERCENT IN Q4 2017 AND 2.8 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR

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Non-Russian airlines to operate internal charter flights for World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign airlines will be allowed to carry out a limited number of charter flights between Russian cities during the World Cup in June and July, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Air Worldwide Estimates Insured Losses From Winter Storm Eleanor/Burglind Will Be Between EUR 1.1 Bln And EUR 1.6 Bln

* AIR WORLDWIDE ESTIMATES INSURED LOSSES FROM WINTER STORM ELEANOR/BURGLIND WILL BE BETWEEN EUR 1.1 BILLION AND EUR 1.6 BILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Purge of Kevin Spacey Gives ‘All the Money in the World’ a Pay Problem

Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million for reshoots of the kidnapping drama after it cut out the disgraced Spacey. Michelle Williams got just a small per diem.

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Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization

A sweeping challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” policies could add to tensions already frayed by Nafta negotiations.

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Blackout at the world's largest consumer tech show

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Will Democracy Survive President Trump? Two New Books Aren’t So Sure

David Frum’s “Trumpocracy” takes aim at the president and those who empower him, and “How Democracies Die,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, reads at times like a sly subtweet of the Republican Party.

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Astronaut apologizes for out-of-this-world growth claim

What seemed like an out-of-this-world claim has turned out to be just that.

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Nonfiction: Real Worlds, Possible Worlds and Fantasy Worlds

In “The Origins of Creativity,” E.O. Wilson argues for a different relationship between the humanities and both the practical and theoretical sciences.

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Nonfiction: At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe documents a class of immigrant teenagers while the Trump campaign stirs up nativist resentment.

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Alpine skiing: American Shiffrin wins fifth World Cup race in a row

FLACHAU, Austria (Reuters) - American Mikaela Shiffrin left her rivals trailing again as she won the slalom in Flachau to claim her fifth successive World Cup race victory on Tuesday.

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Books of The Times: Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

George S. Schuyler’s “Black No More” and Nella Larsen’s “Passing” have been reissued in time for Black History Month.

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It snowed in one of the hottest places in the world

It's quite a time for weird weather, and it doesn't get much weirder than snow falling in one of the hottest places in the world.

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Trump Plans to Attend the World Economic Forum in Davos

The forum in Switzerland is synonymous with wealth and elite prestige, drawing leaders of nations, corporations, and some of the world’s richest individuals.

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On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World

Based on the DC crime fighter, this new CW series takes on present-day issues of race and social justice directly and unambiguously.

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Twitter, Snapchat tie up with Fox to provide coverage of FIFA World Cup

(Reuters) - Twenty First Century Fox Inc's Fox Sports is partnering with Twitter Inc to stream a live show and Snap Inc's Snapchat to showcase stories with matchday highlights on the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament to be hosted in Russia later this year.

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Twitter ties up with Fox to live-stream FIFA World Cup show

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is partnering with Twenty First Century Fox Inc's Fox Sports to stream a live show on the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament set to be hosted in Russia later this year.

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Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” looks at one American’s role in Vietnam.

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Nonfiction: What Life in Confinement Meant for Ezra Pound’s Work

In “The Bughouse,” Daniel Swift explores the relationship between Pound’s mental state and his poetic genius.

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From Offices to Disney World, Employers Brace for the Loss of an Immigrant Work Force

The Trump administration’s ending of temporary legal status for Salvadorans and Haitians means that employers who depend on them will have to look harder for help.

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Tesco top in UK Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

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Tesco triumphs in Christmas trading battle: Kantar Worldpanel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco was the best performer over Christmas, Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday, with a 3.1 percent rise in sales in the past 12 weeks beating its "big four" rivals Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.

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Fiction: A Stylistically Daring Novel Considers Fundamental Questions

In Mike McCormack’s “Solar Bones,” an engineer reflects on the fractured contemporary world and the life he left behind.

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Nonfiction: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm

Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president.

Winter (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’

In the second novel of Smith’s projected quartet, four characters in a big rambling house in England have at each other.

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No quick deal seen between Airbus and China on A380

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus has studied the possibility of selling China a stake in its flagship A380 superjumbo program in exchange for orders as it tries to shore up declining production, but no immediate deal is on the table, industry sources said.

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Nonfiction: Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

In his new book, Alexander Langlands wants readers to appreciate what it meant to make things with your hands, as our ancestors did for millenniums.

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World stock rally rolls on with best start in eight years

LONDON (Reuters) - World stock markets hovered close to all-time highs on Monday as the best start to a year in eight years showed little sign of running out of steam, with the combination of strong global growth and low inflation powering the appetite for risk.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stock rally rolls on with best start in eight years

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - World stock markets hovered close to all-time highs on Monday as the best start to a year in eight years showed little sign of running out of steam, with the combination of strong global growth and low inflation powering the appetite for risk.

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Reader’s Notebook: Total Recall: A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain

There are a host of recent books on battling forgetfulness. Just in time for the new year — and a fresh start — our writer spent a month testing out some of their solutions.

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'Fire and Fury' publisher is rushing to print more books

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Op-Ed Contributor: I Did the Strand

Tom Verlaine remembers working for the late Fred Bass at the Strand bookstore — his first job in New York.

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Epiphany Celebrations Around the World

Christians see the official end to the Christmas holidays as Jan. 6, which commemorates the three kings’ visit to the baby Jesus.

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Without Naming Trump, Twitter Says It Won’t Block World Leaders

Twitter said on Friday that prohibiting a world leader from posting on the platform “would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.”

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It’s Emily Brontë’s Party. Can Lily Cole Host It if She Wants To?

The former model’s involvement in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novelist’s birth spurred an author to pen a scathing attack.

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CORRECTED-GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks up; U.S. Treasury yields rise despite jobs report

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - World stocks continued their strong start to 2018, with both the S&P and Nasdaq posting their best weekly gains in more than a year, while U.S. Treasury yields rose despite a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report.

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Twitter says world leaders like Trump have special status

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Friday reiterated its stance that accounts belonging to world leaders have special status on the social media network, pushing back against users who have called on the company to banish U.S. President Donald Trump.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks hit fresh highs, dollar undeterred by U.S. jobs report

* Zinc prices highest in decade (Updates to European trading close; adds commentary)

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Analysis: 10 big questions about Trumpworld raised by the book

"Fire and Fury," Michael Wolff's explosive account of President Donald Trump's first year in the White House, has created mass chaos within Trumpworld -- and it's just out for sale Friday at bookstores around the country.

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U.S. firm 'gets go-ahead' to try to solve one of world's greatest aviation mysteries

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

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U.S. firm "gets go-ahead" to try to solve one of world's greatest aviation mysteries

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

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'World is doomed': Erdogan denounces U.S. justice after Turkish banker trial

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan denounced U.S. justice on Friday and suggested Turkey could rethink some bilateral agreements with Washington, after a U.S. court convicted a Turkish banker in a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials.

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Nonfiction: Throwing a Poolside Cocktail Party for ‘The Graduate’

Beverly Gray’s “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson” looks back at a classic American movie, half a century later.

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Fiction: A Debut Novelist’s Elegy for Post-Katrina New Orleans

“The Floating World,” by C. Morgan Babst, follows a survivor and her family through the ruined city.

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Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

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BRIEF-Intel says security updates not impacting performance in real-world deployments

* INTEL CORP SAYS INDUSTRY TESTING SHOWS RECENTLY RELEASED SECURITY UPDATES NOT IMPACTING PERFORMANCE IN REAL-WORLD DEPLOYMENTS‍​

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Solid U.S. job growth expected in December; wages seen rising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers likely maintained a brisk pace of hiring in December while increasing wages for workers amid growing confidence in the economy, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March.

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WRAPUP 1-Solid U.S. job growth expected in December; wages seen rising

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - U.S. employers likely maintained a brisk pace of hiring in December while increasing wages for workers amid growing confidence in the economy, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March.

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World's richest country expands

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World's longest glass bridge has terrifying sway

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Op-Ed Columnist: Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

Michael Wolff’s new book shows the cynicism of all those covering for the president.

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Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Change the World for Your Sake, Not Just Your Daughters’

Caring for others, as we women do, is a good thing. But in the process our own desires get shelved.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks hit records, euro near three-year high

* Oil hits highest since mid 2015 (Updates to European trading close; adds commentary)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks shatter records; euro near three-year high

* Oil hits highest since mid 2015 (Updates to U.S. trading open; changes byline, dateline, previously LONDON)

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Opinion: Trump chaos leaves world with room to breathe

As the extraordinary vanities and profanities of the drama of President Donald Trump's inner circle combusting continue to crackle, those of us around the rest of the world can take comfort in one thing: at least he is busy.

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World champion Fernandez carries Spanish hopes

MOSCOW (Reuters) - When two-time world champion Javier Fernandez competes at the Pyeongchang Games next month, he will be hoping to end a 26-year Winter Olympic medal drought for Spain.

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Nonfiction: A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.

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Japan faces greatest danger since World War due to North Korea: PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - The security situation facing Japan is the most perilous since World War Two because of North Korea's "unacceptable" provocations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday and he vowed to bolster defenses to protect the Japanese people.

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Australia wants to sell pot to the world

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World Series champion Astros to visit White House

(Reuters) - The Houston Astros will visit the White House to be honored by United States president Donald Trump, a team staff member told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.

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When anyone gets between Trump and his starring role in his own story, he reacts, keeping the world on edge

The political bomb cyclone otherwise known as the Trump presidency has brought 2018 in with a roar.

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Baseball: World Series champion Astros to visit White House

(Reuters) - The Houston Astros will visit the White House to be honored by United States president Donald Trump, a team staff member told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.

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Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

Called Meltdown, the first and most urgent flaw affects nearly microprocessors made by Intel. The second, Spectre, affects most other chips.

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Critics Say FIFA Is Stalling a Doping Inquiry as World Cup Nears

In failing to contact a key witness, FIFA faces accusations of slowing its inquiry into allegations of failed doping tests by Russian soccer players.

The Woman in the Window (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: ‘The Woman in the Window’ Nods to Classics Old and New, From Hitchcock to ‘The Girl on the Train’

A. J. Finn’s psychological thriller is about a woman who believes she’s witnessed a crime in a neighboring building.

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Fred Bass, Who Made Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89

Building on what his father began, Mr. Bass ultimately oversaw a bustling emporium housing “18 miles of books” in Lower Manhattan, with outposts here and there.

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UPDATE 1-LIVE MARKETS-2017 sees record number of deals worldwide

* European stocks rise * Next drives retail sector up after strong Christmas update * Tech stocks, industrials make gains * MiFID II reforms, U.S. Fed FOMC minutes in focus Jan 3 (Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Kit Rees. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: kit.rees.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net 2017 sees record number of deal

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What are the world's safest airlines for 2018?

There's never been a safer time to hop on a plane.

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This FL city hasn't seen snow in nearly 30 years -- until now

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Nonfiction: No Light at the End of This Tunnel

Ian Black’s “Enemies and Neighbors” sees no clear solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Nonfiction: What Happens When You Go Under

Two new books by Kate Cole-Adams and Henry Jay Przybylo look at the mysteries of anesthesia.

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World stocks smash new records as New Year party rolls on

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks hit fresh highs on Wednesday with European markets joining the party as early indications suggest 2018 will be another year of synchronized global growth led by a shining European economy.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks smash new records as New Year party rolls on

LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - World stocks hit fresh highs on Wednesday with European markets joining the party as early indications suggest 2018 will be another year of synchronised global growth led by a shining European economy.

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The nuclear war tweet heard 'round the world

The world's most powerful man ignited a stunning new showdown with North Korea late Tuesday, as Donald Trump boasted to volatile leader Kim Jong Un that he had a "much bigger & more powerful" nuclear weapon.

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LIVE MARKETS-European shares seen edging higher -spreadbetters

Jan 3(Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Kit Rees. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: kit.rees.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

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BRIEF-Euronet Worldwide Issues Statement Regarding Termination Of MoneyGram And Ant Financial Merger Agreement

* EURONET WORLDWIDE STATEMENT REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF THE MONEYGRAM AND ANT FINANCIAL MERGER AGREEMENT

Neon in Daylight (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: ‘Neon in Daylight’ Lights Up Ambivalence With Shades of Didion and Others

Hermione Hoby’s first novel is about characters struggling to connect to their desires in the months before Hurricane Sandy hits New York.

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BRIEF-Amazon.Com Says ‍More Than Five Bln Items Worldwide Shipped With Prime In 2017​

* AMAZON.COM INC - ‍MORE THAN FIVE BILLION ITEMS WORLDWIDE SHIPPED WITH PRIME IN 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Previously detained ex-finance minister Assaf seen at Saudi cabinet meeting

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi state minister Ibrahim al-Assaf was seen attending a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, according to a photograph published on official media, almost two months after the veteran official was reported detained in a crackdown on corruption.

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Previously detained ex-minister Assaf seen at Saudi cabinet meeting: SPA photo

RIYADH (Reuters) - Previously detained former Saudi finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf was seen attending the kingdom's weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, according to a photograph published on the official SPA news agency.

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Essay: How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

Poor black lives weren’t depicted in the serious fiction of Hughes’s day. As Angela Flournoy notes, his debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” changed that.

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Nonfiction: We Are What We Read

Two new books, by Martin Puchner and Abigail Williams, explore how literature has shaped human society.

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North Korea's Olympic overture seen aimed at blunting international pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a year of threats and weapons advances, North Korea's leader appears to be using the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as a tool to blunt growing international pressure on his regime while leaving his nuclear arsenal untouched.

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Asian factories end robust 2017 on mixed note; central banks seen hiking slowly

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia's factories ended a strong 2017 on a mixed note, with activity at multi-year highs in Taiwan and India and surprisingly picking up in China, but contracting in some places in a sign regional interest rate hikes likely will be gradual.

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GLOBAL ECONOMY-Asian factories end robust 2017 on mixed note; c.banks seen hiking slowly

* Dec factory activity rises in China; at 6-1/2 yr highs in Taiwan

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Asian factories end 2017 on mixed note; central banks seen hiking slowly

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia's factories ended a strong 2017 on a mixed note, with activity at multi-year highs in Taiwan and surprisingly picking up in China, but contracting in some economies in a sign that any interest rate hikes in the region will be slow and gradual.

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GLOBAL ECONOMY-Asian factories end 2017 on mixed note; c.banks seen hiking slowly

* Dec factory activity rises in China; at 6-1/2 yr highs in Taiwan

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Protests in Iran, an offering from North Korea, political 'dirt' from Papadopoulos: The world doesn't stop

From widespread protests in Iran to new developments in the standoff between the US and North Korea, there was no shortage of news during the holiday season.

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Darts: No fairytale finish for Taylor as Cross wins world title

LONDON (Reuters) - The great Phil Taylor bowed out of professional darts after the 16-time champion lost 7-2 to debutant Rob Cross in the final of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

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A Literary Portrait of Richard Avedon Causes Controversy

A book about the photographer by his longtime business manager has drawn criticism from Avedon’s friends and colleagues, who say it is riddled with errors and falsehoods.

Fire Sermon (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Sex and Faith Overheat in Jamie Quatro’s ‘Fire Sermon’

Quatro’s first novel, following an acclaimed collection of stories, is about

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Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The three-year conflict set the stage for decades of tension on the Korean Peninsula, but today many Americans know little about it.

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Don't extinguish migrants' hopes, Pope says on World Day of Peace

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis described migrants and refugees as the world's "weakest and most needy" on Monday, using his traditional New Year's address to "give voice" to people he has urged leaders to do more to help.

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Essay: What to Read if You Want to Know More About North Korea

Nicholas Kristof recommends books about one of the most closed countries on Earth.

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The World Celebrates New Year’s Eve

As midnight struck from East to West, revelers welcomed 2018 with fireworks, festivities, food, drinks and dancing. (And hundreds of weddings.)

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See the world say goodbye to 2017, hello to 2018

From Australia to the Vatican, here's a look at New Year's celebrations around the world.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tops $1 Billion Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has cleared the $1 billion milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Sentient-Being Diet

Making New Year resolutions as a hedge against apocalypse.

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Tom Brokaw: You Can Find the Entire World Inside Your Hospital

American health care is a universe of scientific genius and selfless compassion populated by the most diverse population in the country.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Goddess of Anarchy’

Jacqueline Jones discusses her new biography of Lucy Parsons, a woman born into slavery who became an outspoken advocate for the working classes.

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UN chief issues 'red alert' for the world

As the world began to ring in 2018, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for global unity to overcome growing challenges.

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Zakaria: Trump has resigned the US as world's leader

CNN's Fareed Zakaria examines the US role in the world one year into the Trump administration.

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Polish group aims for history by winter scaling of world's second highest peak

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to start an attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world's second highest peak, in wintertime.

vis-multimedia nytimes.com

A Year of Animal Oddities Around the World: 7 Reader Favorites

From rare white giraffes to criminal donkeys to chilly elephants, take a look at some of our strangest stories about animals in 2017 that resonated with readers.

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The President tweeted support for protesters in Iran, saying 'the entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change'

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted his support for protests taking place in Iran this weekend, writing, "The world is watching!"

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

In Fire-Scarred Bronx Neighborhood, a World of New Arrivals, Children and Community

Many were drawn to Belmont, where a fire killed 12, because it is affordable and safe. They stayed because they found a small town amid a metropolis.

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Obama's 2018 message: 'Go keep changing the world'

Barack Obama continues to have hope.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Vows: Of All the Blogs in the World, He Walks Into Mine

Adam Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga floated in the same social media circles until online intrigue led to a 1 a.m. pizza date.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.

Weddings and Engagements nytimes.com

Vows: A Wedding Amid Strand’s Rare Books

Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga were married in the rare books room at the Strand Bookstore in New York. Their wedding day, Dec. 1, was the five-year anniversary of their relationship. Glimpse their wedding in 360 video.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Essay: Planned Obsolescence

For fiction writers, keeping up with technological and political change in their work is a risky proposition. But nowadays it is more essential than ever.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Essay: When ‘All Thumbs’ Becomes a Compliment

Calvin Trillin reflects on the idioms lost in the age of the smartphone.

Book World Inc nytimes.com

Bookstore Chains, Long in Decline, Are Undergoing a Final Shakeout

Book World is closing its 45 stores amid the holiday shopping season, signaling the final gasps for large book sellers as e-commerce rises.

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Veteran male rock'n'roll acts had biggest 2017 world tours

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran, white male rock stars raked in the most cash from world tours in 2017, according to an annual list released on Thursday, while the highest-ranked women - Celine Dion and Lady Gaga - failed to make the top 10.

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New York City murders seen dropping below 300 in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is on track to record fewer than 300 murders in 2017, marking a steep decline since the early 1990s when the annual death toll exceeded 2,000 people.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rally with surge in metals prices, U.S. dollar retreats

* U.S. dollar under pressure (Updates to U.S. market open; updates byline and dateline, previous LONDON)

Midtown Area (Manhattan, NY) nytimes.com

Character Study: Running an Indie Bookstore, With Churchillian Resolve

By selling rare Churchill books to wealthy buyers, Barry Singer, 60, has kept his midtown shop open for 34 years.

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World stocks in year-end rally as dollar retreats, copper surges

LONDON (Reuters) - Buoyant commodity prices alongside a pullback in U.S. bond yields and the dollar propelled world stocks to new record highs on Thursday, signaling the rally would likely extend into 2018.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks in year-end rally as dollar retreats, copper surges

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Buoyant commodity prices alongside a pullback in U.S. bond yields and the dollar propelled world stocks to new record highs on Thursday, signalling the rally would likely extend into 2018.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine” is a passionate call for reducing the risk of total destruction.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The Oil and Gas Sector Is Changing — and So Is Geopolitics

In “Windfall,” Meghan O’Sullivan offers a tour of the world and how the rise of cheap gas and fracking are causing shifts in power.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Books of The Times: On the Lam With Timothy Leary

“The Most Dangerous Man in America,” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, recounts the LSD advocate’s globe-trotting attempt to outrun Richard Nixon and the American law.

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Russia World Cup organizer steps down

The chairman of Russia's successful 2018 World Cup local organizing committee is stepping down amid allegations that he and other government officials supervised and financed state-sponsored doping, state-run media reported Wednesday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks climb as copper rally offsets iPhone X worries

* Strong global growth expectations weigh on dollar (Updates to U.S. market open, changes byline and dateline, previous LONDON)

Smartphones nytimes.com

Tech We’re Using: A World of Deal Making, Gleaned With an iPhone X

Michael de la Merced, a DealBook reporter in London, discussed his favorite tech tool — an iPhone X — and British norms for using the gadget socially.

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Russia's Mutko steps down as head of World Cup organizing committee

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this month, on Wednesday stepped down from his post as head of Russia's World Cup Local Organising Committee, Russia's RIA agency quoted him as saying.

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World stocks rise as metals surge mitigates iPhone X woes

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks edged higher on Wednesday as a strong rally in commodities buoyed expectations for a strong year for the global economy in 2018 and helped mitigate concerns over the technology sector triggered by reports of soft iPhone X demand.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rise as metals surge mitigates iPhone X woes

LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - World stocks edged higher on Wednesday as a strong rally in commodities buoyed expectations for a strong year for the global economy in 2018 and helped mitigate concerns over the technology sector triggered by reports of soft iPhone X demand.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Two Books Consider Earthquakes and Their Human Tolls

In “The Great Quake,” Henry Fountain recounts what we learned from North America’s biggest temblor. In “Quakeland,” Kathryn Miles takes a fault-eye view of the continent.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: When Woolly Mammoths Roamed the Earth

Three books examine our fascination with the ancient pachyderms and their extinction.

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UPDATE 1-Shell's operations seen boosted by U.S. tax overhaul

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it expects recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation to have a "favorable" impact on its operations.

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Shell's operations seen boosted by U.S. tax reform legislation

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it expects recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation to have a "favorable" impact on its operations.

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UPDATE 1-GRAPHIC-India challenges China as world's biggest LPG importer

SINGAPORE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - India is set to surpass China as the biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this month as a drive to replace wood and animal dung fires for cooking boosts consumption.

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GRAPHIC-India challenges China as world's biggest LPG importer

SINGAPORE, Dec 27 (Reuters) - India is set to surpass China as the biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this month as a drive to replace wood and animal dung fires for cooking boosts consumption.

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New Year's food traditions around the world

Americans who celebrate on New Year's Eve with a bottle of champagne, party hats and a kiss at midnight have an important lesson to learn from the rest of the world and even certain regions of the USA: The arrival of the new year is meant for feasting.

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World's most luxurious cruise ship suites

Picture-perfect tropical sunsets, cocktail in hand. Antarctic exploration with penguins just feet away. Cultural discoveries in ancient capitals.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

DealBook: In a Year of Nonstop News, a Batch of Business Books Worth Reading

Our DealBook columnist picks his favorite business books to dive into as 2017 comes to a close.

Measles nytimes.com

Global Health: Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide

Thanks to vaccines, the disease — which not long ago killed over 2 million children a year — now kills fewer than 100,000, the W.H.O. reported.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Otherworldly: From ‘Frankenstein’ to Nora Roberts in 200 Years

New releases in speculative fiction include a viral dystopia, a fantasy kingdom ruled by magic, a lesbian pulp noir satire and a classic revisited.

Laundry and Laundromats nytimes.com

Laundry Day Around the World

From handwashing to laundromats, people in different parts of the world gather together to do laundry. Enter those spaces in 360 video.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Waves of Destruction, Physical and Spiritual, Buffet Japan

In “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” Richard Lloyd Parry probes the emotional effects of the catastrophe that killed thousands of men, women and children.

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Militants attack Nigerian city at center of conflict with Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked on Monday the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Nigerian city at the center of the conflict with the Islamist insurgency, witnesses said.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Recipes for a Tidy and Tasty Death

“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” has wisdom about sorting through and disposing of many of your possessions, and “The Southern Sympathy Cookbook” offers “funeral food with a twist.”

Rohingya (Ethnic Group) nytimes.com

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis Prays for Peace in an Uneasy World

The pope’s Urbi et Orbi address read like a litany of global conflicts, with remarks noting tensions in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Which Nation Does the World Trust Most? (Hint: Follow the Dollar)

Even Donald Trump’s erratic leadership is unlikely to damage the United States’ standing as the world’s financial superpower.

Plummer, Christopher nytimes.com

Review: Christopher Plummer Dominates ‘All the Money in the World’

Mr. Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty, is magnetic in the film, which recounts the 1973 kidnapping of his grandson.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soars to $745 million worldwide

(Variety.com) - Disney-Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Books News: In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?

A new class of editors is quietly reshaping children’s literature, vetting books for cultural and racial stereotypes before they reach readers.

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World's largest amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.

Poroshenko, Petro Olekseyevich nytimes.com

Russia Says U.S.-Supplied Weapons to Ukraine Could Escalate Conflict

Russian officials said a decision by the United States to provide arms to Ukraine is dangerous as it will encourage Kiev to use force in eastern Ukraine.

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How world leaders fared in a turbulent year

It has been a turbulent year for many leaders across the globe, and while some benefited from 2017's geopolitical twists and turns, others suffered a series of setbacks.

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Boeing seen eyeing broad Embraer deal, but no firm proposal made

PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co is eyeing a broad partnership with Embraer reaching beyond commercial aircraft to defense and global services, but its shape hinges on talks with the Brazilian government.

Textiles nytimes.com

Weaving Around the World

From Venice to Addis Ababa, the West Bank to the Navajo Nation reservation, follow the process of weaving, which has been developed across cultures for thousands of years.

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Christians worldwide prepare for holidays with an eye on security

QUETTA, Pakistan/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began.

Civil Rights and Liberties nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Dr. King’s Interconnected World

In his last Christmas sermon, Martin Luther King anticipated the links between ecology and social justice that are so pertinent today.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Newsbook: Holiday Fiction, Just in Time for Christmas

Whether you like thrillers or Y.A., here are three books to get you through the end of the year.

healthNews reuters.com

Racial disparities in trauma deaths not seen with Tricare

(Reuters Health) - With the same health insurance and access to the same medical providers, black trauma patients may be no more likely to die than their white counterparts, a U.S. study suggests.

United States Economy nytimes.com

What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World?

As the economy has changed, so have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

The Best Poetry of 2017

Our columnist David Orr picks 10 favorites.

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U.S. December auto sales seen down 2.6 percent: J.D. Power and LMC

(Reuters) - The pace of U.S. vehicle sales is set to slow for the third straight month in December despite aggressive discounts from manufacturers, according to industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

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FIFA awards World Cup media rights to Russia's 2SPORT2, Italy's Mediaset

ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA on Friday said it had awarded media rights for the 2018 World Cup to 2SPORT2 in Russia and Mediaset in Italy.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

In Search of Lost Time

The Book Review’s Egos columnist gives her top memoir picks of 2017.

environmentNews reuters.com

No rain relief seen for South Africa's drought-striken southwest - weather service

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken southwest, where the city of Cape Town is located, faces severe water shortages and is still expected to experience higher average temperatures and periodic hot spells, the weather service said on Friday.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Losing Her Religion

In “The Book of Separation,” the novelist Tova Mirvis recalls leaving her marriage and her Modern Orthodox life.

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North Korea says new Trump security strategy seeks 'total subordination of whole world'

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security strategy unveiled this week is a "criminal document" that seeks the "total subordination of the whole world to the interests of the U.S.," North Korea's foreign ministry said on Friday.

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Catalan separatists seen close to regaining control of parliament

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Pro-independence parties may keep their absolute majority in Catalonia's regional parliament, an exit poll suggested after elections on Thursday, potentially prolonging Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

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Catalan separatists seen close to absolute majority: exit poll

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Pro-independence parties in Spain's economic powerhouse Catalonia were seen in a position to keep their absolute majority of seats in regional elections on Thursday based on an exit poll.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks climb on U.S. data, tax plan optimism

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Leading global stock markets drifted higher on Thursday in the wake of solid U.S. economic growth data and amid investor optimism following the recent passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut plan in Washington.

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Climate change seen causing big rise in migrant flow to EU by 2100

OSLO (Reuters) - Rapid global warming could almost triple the number of migrants reaching the European Union by 2100, adding to factors such as war and persecution that force people to leave home, scientists said on Thursday.

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17 Postcards From Our Correspondents Around the World in 2017

“Journals” are a longstanding New York Times feature that tries to take readers to new places. These were some of our favorites from the year.

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Christopher Plummer can't quite fix 'All the Money in the World'

"All the Money in the World" certainly earns points -- and merits curiosity -- for its sheer logistics, having replaced Kevin Spacey at the eleventh hour in the wake of sexual-misconduct allegations. Yet Christopher Plummer's admirable performance and the high degree of difficulty aren't enough to make director Ridley Scott's movie about the famous 1973 kidnapping feel as if it delivers a wholly satisfactory payoff.

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It's the world's best new luxury hotel of 2017

Children and Childhood nytimes.com

Feature: Inside the High-Drama World of Youth Competition Dance

False eyelashes and real tears on the competition dance circuit.