China Releases #MeToo Activist Who Covered Hong Kong Protests
by Javier C. Hernández on 17 January 2020 at 12:03
Huang Xueqin, who spoke critically of China’s restrictions on free speech, spent nearly three months in detention on charges of “provoking trouble.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Rebukes U.S. in Rare Friday Sermon
by Farnaz Fassihi and Ben Hubbard on 17 January 2020 at 12:02
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told thousands of worshipers that God’s backing had allowed Iran to “slap the face” of the United States with a missile attack.
Myanmar Unrolls a Welcome Mat for China, but Not All the Way
by Hannah Beech and Saw Nang on 17 January 2020 at 11:55
As Xi Jinping visits Myanmar, fighting in ethnic borderlands threatens China’s ambitious investment plans.
Iran, Grammy Awards, Carlos Beltran: Your Friday Briefing
by Chris Stanford on 17 January 2020 at 11:22
Here's what you need to know.
11 Americans Were Hurt in Iranian Strike, Military Says, Contradicting Trump
by Russell Goldman on 17 January 2020 at 10:12
The servicemembers were treated for concussion symptoms after Iranian missiles hit air bases in Iraq last week. President Trump had said that “no Americans were harmed.”
China’s Birthrate Hits Historic Low, in Looming Crisis for Beijing
by Sui-Lee Wee and Steven Lee Myers on 17 January 2020 at 10:08
In a country where most older adults rely heavily on their families, the continuing drop in births could have a seismic effect in the decades to come.
This Austrian Village Wants ‘Frozen’ Fans to Let It Go
by Laura M. Holson on 17 January 2020 at 10:00
Do you want to visit Hallstatt? Officials say too many tourists — many of them fans of the blockbuster film — are coming to the 16th-century village just to take pictures.
How Gay Art Survives in Beijing, as Censors Tighten Grip
by Marjorie Perry on 17 January 2020 at 10:00
An art gallery in China’s capital provides a lens into the city’s quietly present gay community.
A Common Charger for All Phones? The European Union Is on the Case
by Geneva Abdul on 17 January 2020 at 09:54
The proposal could save costs and thousands of tons of electronic waste, advocates say, but previous measures have fizzled.
Hold the Phone, Sydney … It’s Raining.
by Damien Cave on 17 January 2020 at 07:01
For one gray and drenching moment, or a few hours in some places, strong rain doused some of Australia’s deadly flames. And all rejoiced.
Watching the Beach Town of My Childhood Burn
by Livia Albeck-Ripka on 17 January 2020 at 06:53
The beach town of Mallacoota is mythologized in my family as the place we returned to every summer. I visited again after it was ravaged by fire, to find devastation, resilience and a warning about climate change.
Impeachment, Germany, Huawei: Your Friday Briefing
by Mike Ives on 17 January 2020 at 06:32
Here’s what you need to know.
Japan and Thailand Confirm New Cases of Chinese Coronavirus
by Sui-Lee Wee on 17 January 2020 at 05:57
The two new patients will add to fears that the virus will spread further outside China’s borders.
Taliban Offer to Reduce Violence in Afghanistan Ahead of Deal With U.S.
by Mujib Mashal and Taimoor Shah on 17 January 2020 at 05:16
Reducing violence levels is seen as crucial to paving way for finalizing a peace agreement the United States and Taliban have been negotiating over the past year.
How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion
by Somini Sengupta and Melissa Eddy on 17 January 2020 at 04:03
The 18-year time frame shows how costly and politically complicated it is to leave the world's dirtiest fossil fuel in the ground.
TV Cameras Coming to English Criminal Courts
by Elian Peltier on 17 January 2020 at 04:00
Judges’ sentencing remarks in some serious criminal cases in England and Wales will be televised, a rarity in much of Europe.
American Family Stuck in Saudi Arabia While Father Stands Trial
by Ben Hubbard on 17 January 2020 at 03:59
The Saudi government has barred Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a dual Saudi-American citizen, and his wife and six children from leaving the kingdom while he faces charges the U.S. believes have no merit.
U.S. and Iran Are Trolling Each Other — in China
by Javier C. Hernández on 17 January 2020 at 03:53
On Chinese social media, where diplomatic rows rarely break into view, people have watched with fascination as the two countries’ embassies trade barbs.
The American Mustache Ruffling Feathers in South Korea
by Choe Sang-Hun on 17 January 2020 at 03:02
The facial hair of Ambassador Harry B. Harris Jr., who is Japanese-American, reminds many South Koreans of Japan’s colonial rule.
In Huawei Battle, China Threatens Germany ‘Where It Hurts’: Automakers
by Katrin Bennhold and Jack Ewing on 17 January 2020 at 00:30
VW, Daimler and BMW sell more cars in China than anywhere else and many already cooperate with Huawei — a dependency Beijing is not shy to exploit.