North Korea Executes People for Watching K-Pop, Rights Group Says

At least seven people have been put to death in the past decade for watching or distributing K-pop videos, as the North cracks down on what its leader calls a “vicious cancer.”

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Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

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A.N.C. Suffers Worst Election Setback Since End of Apartheid

In nationwide municipal elections, South Africans rebuked the African National Congress, handing it less than half the collective vote for the first time in its history.

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‘Ordinary Citizens’ Turned Rioters on Jan. 6

Readers react to an account of 90 seconds of violence at the Capitol. Also: Voting rights; Parler; the Jefferson statue; older drivers; filing cabinets.

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Is It Time for Kyrsten Sinema to Leave the Democratic Party?

The Arizona senator is, at heart, a Democrat of convenience and expediency. She could well break up with the party — before it breaks up with her. 

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How Éric Zemmour Is Turning French Politics Upside Down

Éric Zemmour, an anti-immigrant writer and TV commentator, is surging in opinion polls before presidential elections next year — and he is not yet a candidate.

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An Expert on the Criminal Mind, Now He’s Suspected in California Arson Spree

Amid a series of arson incidents across Northern California this year, a criminology professor was charged with setting a patch of the Sierra Nevada forest ablaze.

#arson, #california, #internal-storyline-no, #maynard-gary, #wildfires

As Bikers Throng the Streets, ‘It’s Like Paris Is in Anarchy’

An ecologically minded experiment to make Paris a cycling capital of Europe has led to a million people now pedaling daily — and to rising tensions with pedestrians.

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Biden Declared the War Over. But Wars Go On.

The president’s assertion after the withdrawal from Afghanistan that the United States is not at war for the first time in 20 years ignored continued smaller-scale conflicts.

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A Storm at ESPN Over Rachel Nichols Comments on Maria Taylor

In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black, earned the job to host 2020 N.B.A. finals coverage because ESPN was “feeling pressure” on diversity.

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Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting: Prosecutor Says It Was ‘Justified’

Mr. Brown was fatally shot in Elizabeth City, N.C., by police in April. His family and their lawyers have described it as an “execution.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #internal-storyline-no, #north-carolina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Rash of Subway Attacks Raises Worries With 24-Hour Service Set to Return

Hours after mayoral candidates clashed over how to address crime in the transit system, the police reported a series of early-morning assaults.

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Rash of MTA Subway Attacks Raise Worries With Service Set to Return

Hours after mayoral candidates clashed over how to address crime in the transit system, the police reported a series of early-morning assaults.

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Ohio State Senator Is Caught Zooming and Driving

Andrew Brenner, a Republican, used a background to make it appear as if he were at home rather than behind the wheel of his car during a state meeting. The giveaway? His seatbelt.

#columbus-ohio, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #internal-storyline-no, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Mayor Calls for Calm as Chicago Awaits Video of Police Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old

The body camera footage was expected to be released on Thursday.

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Ex-Times Reporter Who Used Racial Slur Publishes a Lengthy Defense

Donald McNeil, who resigned last month after the publication of an article on his conduct during a student trip, writes that he left the paper after “a series of misunderstandings and blunders.”

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As Buildings’ Life Spans Shrink, Developers Try to Adjust

Industry experts are starting to take heed as disruptions from the pandemic and changing technological needs are hastening the demise of commercial real estate developments.

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Modi’s Budget for India Reflects Stark Choices

Health care and infrastructure spending received significant increases, but fears about inflation could hold back efforts to get the economy surging again.

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Vietnam Gives Nguyen Phu Trong a 3rd Term as Communist Chief

Nguyen Phu Trong, 76, was named to a third term in office as party leaders were unable to reach consensus on a successor. The reappointment may have put off a transition to more pragmatic leadership.

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She Called Police Over a Neo-Nazi Threat. But the Neo-Nazis Were Inside the Police.

Death threats linked to police computers and the discovery of far-right chat groups in police departments across Germany have fed concerns about far-right infiltration.

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As France Shifts Right, a Hard-Line Minister Proves Indispensable to Macron

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has become a useful tool for the French president as he responds to growing calls for law and order following a spate of terror attacks.

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FKA twigs Sues Shia LaBeouf, Citing Abusive Relationship

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles by the musician, accuses the actor of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress.

#metoo-movement, #domestic-violence, #fka-twigs, #internal-storyline-no, #labeouf-shia, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Lebanon Prime Minister Charged With Negligence in Beirut Blast

An investigating judge named the caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab, a suspect, a significant step toward holding the top levels of power accountable in the August explosion that killed 200.

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It’s a Lovely Winter in Europe. If You’re Selling Christmas Trees.

Sellers across the continent have reported surging demand, though coronavirus restrictions have complicated supply.

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Macron’s Rightward Tilt in France Sows Wider Alarm

One bill would reach into Muslim life, and another would place new restrictions on filming of police. Critics say they’re part of a drift toward repressive government policies.

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When Only Homegrown Sweet Potatoes Will Do

For many Southerners, a holiday meal isn’t complete without sweet potatoes direct from the grower.

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How to Do Thanksgiving With Less Waste

For environmental advocates, it includes small measures like reusing ingredients, and broader efforts like rethinking our relationship to the holiday.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #environment, #internal-storyline-no, #native-americans, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Why Protests in Nigeria Are Aimed at SARS, a Notorious Police Unit

Africa’s most populous country and biggest oil producer has been convulsed by protests that started with anger over police brutality and have now broadened, drawing worldwide attention.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #internal-storyline-no, #nigeria, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Timeline: A Year That Changed the N.B.A.

From the virus to protests to an outpouring of grief.

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