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• President Trump returned North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism in light of its nuclear ambitions, cyberattacks and support for assassinations, a move to be accompanied by toughened Treasury sanctions.
South Korean intelligence officials said that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was disciplining his most powerful military organization, including demoting the official pictured with him above left — instilling fear to deter any disruptions stemming from the pain expected from recently imposed U.N. sanctions.
• Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, ignored an ultimatum from his own party demanding that he step down.
Parliament is now under pressure to impeach him, a process that could extend broad national frustration for weeks.
Here’s how Mr. Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since its independence in 1980, lost power in just days. And a veteran reporter who was there when Mr. Mugabe took power sees disturbing parallels with the current moment of hope and joy.Continue reading the main story
• Germany is locked in a political crisis that is sending tremors across Europe.
The breakdown of talks to form a coalition government raised fresh doubts about the staying power of Chancellor Angela Merkel, perhaps the West’s most ardent defender of democratic values and freedoms. If the deadlock isn’t broken, new elections could be called.
“This is uncharted territory since 1949,” one analyst said. “Not only is this not going to go away soon, there is no clear path out.”
• The Argentine authorities acknowledged that the San Juan submarine reported equipment failure before it went missing six days ago and that satellite signals detected Saturday were not from the craft.
An intense international search for the submarine and its 44 crew members has been hampered by foul weather.
• More accusations of sexual harassment emerge by the day. A second woman says Senator Al Franken groped her while her husband took a photo of them in 2010. Unlike the first accusation, this episode took place when Mr. Franken was in office.
The New York Times suspended a White House correspondent, Glenn Thrush, and said it was investigating after a published report accused him of sexual misconduct.
Here’s our updated graphic of at least 30 men who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the scandal of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, broke on Oct. 5.
• And Charles Manson, one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century, died on Sunday. At 83, he had spent most of his life behind bars on convictions in nine murders.
Here’s what became of the members of his murderous band of young drifters, the so-called Manson family, whose victims included the actress Sharon Tate. This video examines Mr. Manson’s peculiar influence on pop culture.
• The U.S. Justice Department, in a major shift on antitrust issues, will sue to block a blockbuster acquisition, AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner.
• Tencent’s market value hit $511 billion, making the Chinese tech firm the first Asian company to join Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft in the $500 billion club.
• Alibaba paid $2.9 billion for a 36 percent stake in Sun Art Retail, China’s top hypermart operator, in anticipation of a battle with Walmart.
• Huawei thinks the world is ready to pay top dollar for a Chinese smartphone: Its new Mate 10 Pro is nearly $1,000.
• State regulators in the U.S. approved the Keystone XL pipeline, lifting the last major obstacle for the long-delayed link to Canada’s oil-sands region.
• Uber struck a deal with Volvo to purchase as many as 24,000 self-driving vehicles once the technology is production-ready.
In the News
• Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed the world’s problems partly on illegal immigration, drawing criticism from Rohingya activists that she is “denying their existence.” [Al Jazeera]
• The U.S. military banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol after a fatal drunken driving accident involving a Marine in Okinawa. [Kyodo]
• A CNN report about the sale of African migrants as slaves in Libya has incited international outrage. [The New York Times]
• President Trump’s claim that his intervention freed three U.C.L.A. basketball players detained in China prompted criticism that he squandered a chance to help jailed activists. [The New York Times]
• A Korean Air flight attendant sued, saying the airline had punished him for blowing the whistle after the chairman’s daughter went into a “nut rage” in 2014. [The New York Times]
• Kenya’s Supreme Court dismissed two petitions seeking to overturn last month’s presidential vote, paving the way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term. [The New York Times]
• Indian politicians are hijacking Twitter’s trending column with hashtag campaigns. [BuzzFeed]
• Twenty Uighur Muslims from China dug their way out of a Thai prison with broken tiles and blanket ladders. [Reuters]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
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• Recipe of the day: Roasted salmon in butter is astonishingly easy.
• Tucked away in Taipei is a shrine to fermented tofu, above. The Dai Family House of Unique Stink, above, has long cultivated a following among aficionados of Taiwan’s most pungent dish.
• The “luckiest man alive.” A Rohingya Muslim who escaped from Myanmar on a deathtrap ferry has, eight years later, resettled in Dallas and reunited with his family.
Our recent story about a reunion between Vietnamese refugees and their rescuers at sea prompted an Australian reader to point us to another rescue — one that bears on our coverage of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.
On Aug. 26, 2001, a Norwegian cargo ship received a distress call in the Indian Ocean. The engine of an Indonesian fishing boat packed with asylum seekers had failed en route to Australia’s Christmas Island. The captain, Arne Rinnan, diverted course to save the 438 people aboard.
But Australian authorities were trying to deter human traffickers. They directed him to an Indonesian port 12 hours away.
Instead, the captain plunged ahead. So a navy ship intercepted, transferring the refugees to the tiny Micronesian island nation of Nauru — creating Australia’s first offshore processing center.
A year later, about half had been resettled in New Zealand. They welcomed Captain Rinnan on a visit to Auckland with flowers and letters, above.
But other refugees were stuck on Nauru for years. Interviewed a decade after the rescue, the captain told of receiving a haunting letter detailing conditions so bad that the writer wished the captain had let him die.
“And that is a terrible thing to tell people, that you should have just let them drown,” Captain Rinnan said.
Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.
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