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The Composer Who Owns Christmas

Mr. Rutter went on to study at Clare College, Cambridge, where he became director of music during the 1970s, and he has been happy to oblige whenever Clare’s respected choir needed something new to sing. But it was as an undergraduate in the 1960s that the course of his life was fixed. He was conducting a Christmastime concert with some ...

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Republican Party, Ajit Pai, North Korea: Your Friday Evening Briefing

At the event, he sat next to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, to his right in the photo above, and did not repeat his criticisms. _____ Photo 3. There he is, Ajit Pai, the head of the Federal Communications Commission, as you’ve never seen him before. In a video released this week by a conservative ...

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21st Century Fox, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

For a preview of life without net neutrality, an Op-Ed contributor suggests looking to China, where the internet comes with surveillance and censorship. “Net neutrality is called the First Amendment of the internet for a good reason,” he writes. _____ Photo Credit Joshua Roberts/Reuters 3. Congressional Republicans plan to unveil a final tax bill on Friday, with the aim of ...

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Parliament Demands Greater Say Over ‘Brexit,’ Defying Theresa May

Those rebels joined with members of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties — some of whom believe the nation made a grave mistake when it voted, in a June 2016 referendum, to approve leaving the European Union. At the time, a majority of lawmakers opposed withdrawal. That vote ended the political career of Mrs. May’s predecessor, David Cameron, and left ...

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Roy Moore, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

_____ Photo 3. Prosecutors filed federal terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah, above, the suspect in the attack on the New York City subway on Monday. The charges against the 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant include use of weapons of mass destruction and provision of material support to the Islamic State. The complaint said he was radicalized online. The morning of the attack, ...

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Hunting Taliban and Islamic State Fighters, From 20,000 Feet

General Nicholson said the campaign would last for months, as the Taliban operates 400 to 500 labs across the country to sustain the group’s $200 million-a-year opium trade. The drug money accounts for at least 60 percent of the Taliban’s income, and goes to buy weapons, recruit and pay fighters and conduct operations. With the war in Afghanistan now in ...

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In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Sunday that it had destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory, dealing a substantial blow to one of the main strategic assets in the Islamic militant group’s arsenal. It was the second cross-border tunnel in six weeks that the Israeli military said it had detected and put out of use with ...

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In Indonesia, Women Begin to Fight ‘Epidemic’ of Street Harassment

According to the women’s commission, only 268 street harassment reports were filed last year with the police, nongovernmental organizations or the commission itself across a nation of more than 260 million people. By comparison, more than 200 women in the Jakarta region alone posted accounts in the past 12 months, both under their name and anonymously, of harassment or groping ...

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Wildfires, Puerto Rico, Star Wars: Your Friday Evening Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Zach Gibson for The New York Times 3. What does it tell us that Senator Al Franken’s own party pushed for him to step down? We discussed that question on “The Daily.” And here’s some of the best writing from the right and left about Mr. Franken’s resignation. _____ Photo Credit Jerilee Bennett/Gazette, via Associated Press 4. ...

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