Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Jerusalem, Golden Globes: Your Monday Briefing

And for decades, U.S. intelligence officials warned that the North was making progress on a missile that could reach the United States. But the last breakthroughs happened much faster than they had expected.


In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity is eroding as the once-roaring economy cools down.

Economists agree that two of Mr. Modi’s biggest policy gambles — abruptly voiding most of the nation’s currency and imposing a sweeping new sales tax — have slowed India’s meteoric growth.

Now that his economic strategy is losing its sheen, Mr. Modi may lean even more heavily on Hindu nationalism, a risky gambit as social tensions simmer, especially between Hindus and Muslims and among castes.


President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is seen by many as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And even the Palestine Liberation Organization is asking if that might not be such a bad idea. But Israeli and Palestinian visions of what that single state would look like are mutually exclusive.

Separately, the financial ties between Israel and Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, continue to deepen, even with Mr. Kushner’s diplomatic role in the Middle East.



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At almost twice the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, Australia’s dingo fence is the longest in the world.

The idea is simple: to keep feral dogs and dingoes from getting to sheep farms on the other side of the wire.

But new research has raised questions about the fence’s environmental impact, and new technology threatens to upend its traditional means of maintenance.

Meanwhile, Sydney recorded its highest temperatures since 1939, with western areas hitting 117 degrees Fahrenheit, or 47 Celsius.



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The Golden Globes are Sunday night, the first major Hollywood gathering since the explosive revelations last year of sexual assault and harassment. Women attending have been asked to wear black on the red carpet, in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Above, the actress Andrea Riseborough.

In a series of essays, our reporters discuss whether the red carpet will ever be the same after the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The show starts at 8 p.m. Eastern, with Seth Meyers hosting. We’ll have live coverage.



• Ripple is now the second-largest virtual currency behind Bitcoin. One of its founders even briefly overtook Mark Zuckerberg on the world’s richest list with a worth of more than $59 billion.

“So we’re kicking off 2018 with a nightmare.” That was our tech reporter on the emergence of Meltdown and Spectre, two of the worst computer security flaws yet.

• Several of Uber’s early shareholders, including Travis Kalanick, its former chief executive, were said to be selling large chunks of stock to a consortium led by SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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China and South Korea were searching for 32 sailors, including 30 Iranians, after their oil tanker collided with a freighter off China’s east coast late Saturday. [The New York Times]

• The French president, Emmanuel Macron, arrives in China for a three-day visit. [The Guardian]

In Myanmar, a Rohingya resistance group claimed responsibility for an ambush of government forces, saying it was fighting “state-sponsored terrorism.” [The New York Times]

• Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori, called on the country to set aside its “grudges” and unite . [The New York Times]

• Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said security forces had quashed the nationwide protests in which 22 people were killed and more than 1,000 arrested. [Reuters]

• Craig McLachlan, the Australian actor, was accused of assault, sexual harassment and bullying female colleagues. Mr. McLachlan denied the allegations. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

• The YouTube star Logan Paul brought new infamy to Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. But local officials have been fighting for years to reverse the forest’s reputation as a suicide spot. [The New York Times]

• In Tokyo, a 892-pound bluefin tuna sold for $323,000 at the year-opening auction at the Tsukiji fish market. The famous site is scheduled for relocation in October. [Kyodo]

Smarter Living

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

• Here are some tips for working better this year.

• Improve your relationship this year.

• Recipe of the day: Keep dinner meatless with a chickpea and fennel ratatouille.



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• Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is adored by fans as perhaps the greatest skater of all time. But a recent injury threatens his quest to become the first repeat men’s Olympic champion since 1952.

• A cat named Oscar was seemingly better than most doctors at anticipating when a terminally ill patient was about to die. Could computers be trained to predict death?

• And an insatiable starfish species appears to be decimating the Great Barrier Reef. The culprit, the crown-of-thorns starfish, has an extrudable stomach that wraps around the coral to ingest it.

Back Story


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When unrest erupted in Iran this month, President Trump used Twitter to directly reach out to anti-government protesters in dozens of towns.

Such public outreach is a lot easier than it used to be.

A hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson, above, outlined his terms for an end to World War I in a speech meant to appeal to the war-weary people of America’s European foes.

American newspapers like The New York Times printed the 14-point speech in full, but that did not mean the average German would get the message.

A few days later, a report in The Times documented efforts to spread the speech behind enemy lines, after Berlin threatened to execute pilots of planes distributing copies.

“What is now wanted is some kind of flying craft which will travel fifty to a hundred miles or more, dropping propaganda on the way,” The Daily Chronicle, a British paper, reported.

“Here is a chance for ingenious inventors to improve on the existing facilities for invading the enemy countries with moral munitions and scattering broadcast pamphlets, tracts and pictures.”

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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