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The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci? A Saudi Prince

A spokeswoman for Christie’s, the auction house that sold “Salvator Mundi,” said it did not comment on the identities of any buyer or seller without their permission. Prince Badar did not respond to a detailed request for comment. But as The Times was pressing for a response on Wednesday, the newly opened branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, in ...

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Olympics, Jerusalem, John Conyers: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

We talked to top experts and delved into our photo archives for this article about the history of Jerusalem, and why it’s such a flash point. Above, the Dome of the Rock at the Aqsa Mosque compound. _____ Photo Credit Zach Gibson for The New York Times 3. The justices of the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of ...

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The German Amateurs Who Discovered ‘Insect Armageddon’

That a group composed not just of biology Ph.D.s but also chemists, electrical engineers, a schoolteacher and a physicist, among others, would be the ones to do such groundbreaking research did not surprise Dave Goulson, a bee expert at the University of Sussex, and co-author of a scientific article based on the group’s research and published this fall. Photo The ...

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U.S. Quits Migration Pact, Saying It Infringes on Sovereignty

The decision was welcomed by President Trump’s base of supporters, which has extolled his demands for stricter American immigration rules and a clampdown on refugees, as well as his promises to build a wall along the Mexico border. Conservative websites that support Mr. Trump, which viewed the proposed migration pact as a threat to national security, prominently reported the news. ...

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A Wary Response, So Far, on Trump’s Expected Declaration on Jerusalem

Yet of all the issues that have defied resolution despite decades of talks between Palestinians and Israelis, the final status of Jerusalem — with its sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and warring claims dating back to the Crusades and the Romans — has been uniquely nettlesome. The United States has taken pains to refrain from recognizing the Holy ...

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Michael Flynn, Tax Bill, Rex Tillerson: Your Evening Briefing

This video shows the events that led up to Mr. Flynn’s guilty plea, and here are 10 key takeaways. _____ Photo Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times 3. President Trump scoffed at reports that he would soon fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting that they were “fake news,” and that “I call the final shots.” His remarks came just ...

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Senate, Rex Tillerson, Reza Zarrab: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times 3. The TV networks are reeling as the media luminaries they built their businesses around fall like dominoes to accusations of sexual misconduct and worse. The latest, Matt Lauer, above, offered a hedged apology. Accusations against two more major figures came to light: Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul who co-founded ...

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British Far-Right Group Exults Over Attention From Trump

Matthew J. Goodwin, a scholar at Chatham House who studies far-right politics in Britain, said that Britain First was “not really a populist right movement but basically a neo-Nazi one.” It emerged in 2011 as an offshoot of the far-right British National Party, and while it has shown some interest in electoral politics, it is best known for confrontational tactics ...

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Saudi Arabia Releases Senior Prince Arrested in Anti-Corruption Purge

Photo Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, right, who has been released from detention, with Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, left, and Saud bin Nayef in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2012. Credit Hassan Ammar/Associated Press LONDON — Saudi Arabia has released Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, the most influential of the hundreds of businessmen and current or former officials detained three weeks ago in ...

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In Honduras Election, Ex-Sportscaster Takes Lead Over President

Supporters of Mr. Nasralla’s alliance celebrated early Monday, filling the small plaza outside the hotel in Tegucigalpa, the capital, where the tribunal had set up operations for the vote. Photo Mr. Nasralla, center, celebrated with his wife, Iroshka Elvir, and former President Manuel Zelaya, in Tegucigalpa, the capital. Credit Jorge Cabrera/Reuters Although Mr. Hernández has succeeded in reducing some of ...

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