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How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea

The C.I.A. and other American intelligence services had predicted this moment would come, eventually. For decades, they accurately projected the broad trajectory of North Korea’s nuclear program. Yet their inability to foresee the North’s rapid strides over the past several months now ranks among America’s most significant intelligence failures, current and former officials said in recent interviews. That disconnect — ...

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

The society runs a museum at the parsonage in Haworth, the village in northern England where Brontë grew up with her sisters Anne and Charlotte, both of whom also wrote major novels, and her brother, Branwell. The clash may seem, to paraphrase another literary giant, much ado about not much. But in an era when women the world over have ...

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Australia’s Prime Minister Warns of ‘Gang Violence’ by African Migrants

Victoria crime statistics show that Sudanese immigrants are overrepresented in criminal arrests. About 1.5 percent of offenders in Victoria are Sudanese, though Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants make up about half a percent of the state’s population, according to a parliamentary inquiry last year. The vast majority of crimes in Victoria are committed by Australian-born offenders. Between June 2016 and ...

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Turkish Banker Is Convicted in Plot to Evade Iran Sanctions

Mr. Atilla, 47, was described by prosecutors as a “fixer” who helped Iran circumvent the sanctions and gain access to billions of dollars of restricted petrodollar funds that were being held at the bank. In testimony over seven days, Mr. Zarrab described an illicit operation that relied on false documents and front companies. He also described support from the highest ...

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As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel the Sting

And since President Trump was elected, college administrators say, his rhetoric and more restrictive views on immigration have made the United States even less attractive to international students. The Trump administration is more closely scrutinizing visa applications, indefinitely banning travel from some countries and making it harder for foreign students to remain in the United States after graduation. While government ...

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2 American Families Are Mourned After Plane Crash in Costa Rica

Hannah and Ari were both involved in the southeastern chapter of United Synagogue Youth, a Conservative Jewish organization that promotes engagement with Israel, and that announced their deaths in a Facebook post. Hannah was a student at List College, the undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, under a program that allows students to pursue two ...

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Rouhani Urges Calm in Iran as Protests Continue

In 2009, protesters were supporting reformers, but now their discontent appears to be with their leaders in general. In an unusually bold act of defiance, some protesters in Tehran and elsewhere called for the resignation of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and witnesses described crowds chanting, “Death to the dictator” and “Clerics should get lost.” Video shared on social ...

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

The dog, Mali, was recognized for helping to sniff out Taliban militants and booby traps during a mission by Afghan and British Special Forces in 2012. Working military dog, Mali, received the prestigious Dickin Medal in November. Video by PDSA The Dickin Medal has been awarded 69 times since it was established in 1943. Its recipients include 32 pigeons — ...

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She Broke Japan’s Silence on Rape

As the United States reckons with an outpouring of sexual misconduct cases that have shaken Capitol Hill, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the news media, Ms. Ito’s story is a stark example of how sexual assault remains a subject to be avoided in Japan, where few women report rape to the police and their complaints rarely result in arrests or prosecution ...

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Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life

Two American teachers at an international school founded the team in 2012, holding the first practice sessions in a school parking lot. It was time of heady change in Egypt. A year earlier, at the height of the Arab Spring, young Egyptians had massed in Tahrir Square to press for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, their president of almost 30 ...

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