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Asia and Australia Edition: U.S. Senate, Jerusalem, Jeff Bezos: Your Friday Briefing

The context, experts emphasized, was the American principle of civilian control over the military, but the effect was chilling, particularly at a time when North Korea’s nuclear threat is increasing and trust that mutually assured destruction would forestall any nuclear attack appears to be decreasing. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency • The Japanese Ministry of Defense delivers its conclusions today about whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government deliberately withheld information about the safety of Japanese troops at a U.N. compound in South Sudan….

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Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

Invited to Russia for a photo shoot in 1993, Mr. Paulson remained for 15 years. He enlisted local partners in publishing several periodicals: Afisha, a Russian entertainment and listings guide; Bolshoi Gorod, a free version of a Sunday newspaper supplement; and MIR, a monthly travel magazine. In 2006, a year after his publishing venture was acquired by a Russian company, he and Alexander Mamut, a billionaire Russian banker, founded SUP Media. The group became an online pioneer and bought LiveJournal, a social networking service. (It is still operating.) Mr. Paulson…

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NBA’s Pero Antic Loses Violent Arrest Lawsuit Against NYPD

NBA’s Pero Antic Loses Violent Arrest Lawsuit … Against NYPD EXCLUSIVE Ex-ATL Hawks player Pero Antic just took an “L” in his legal war with the NYPD — after a judge decided the cop who pushed him during a 2015 incident didn’t use excessive force.  Antic and then-teammate Thabo Sefolosha both sued the NYPD claiming cops got unnecessarily violent with them on the street … after another NBA player got stabbed in a separate incident.  Officials initially said Antic grabbed an officer on the shoulder while the cop was trying…

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Sheriff: Fugitive capture turns into search for missing man

Police are searching from Tommy Bryson (left) after Phillip Stroupe was arrested in his stolen truck Henderson County Sheriff’s Office via WNCN MARION, N.C. – Having brought a rugged, six-day North Carolina manhunt to an end, authorities are now desperately searching for the missing owner of the stolen truck the captured fugitive was driving. Investigators aren’t sure how Phillip Michael Stroupe II spent his time since he stole a mountain bike at gunpoint Saturday and pedaled into the Pisgah National Forest, but authorities have put those questions on the back…

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Banking Regulatory Nominees Back Fewer Financial Restrictions

The comptroller’s office supervises the banking subsidiaries of those companies. The hearing showcased the basic divide between the two political parties on financial regulation. Republicans argue that the federal government overreacted to the 2008 financial crisis, imposing unnecessary restrictions that are now impeding economic growth. Democrats not only oppose a rollback, but say some areas require stronger rules. Democrats described both nominees as the wrong kind of people for the jobs. “We need people in government who are willing to stand up to large financial institutions, and we need people…

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Defense Department to Trump on transgender ban: Not so fast

The Department of Defense declared Thursday there will be “no modifications to the current policy” on transgender service members for now, a day after President Trump issued a surprise three-tweet directive banning those troops from the military.  In a memo to service chiefs and commanders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. declared no changes to the policy until “the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance” — which has not yet happened.  “In the meantime,…

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Books of The Times: ‘Dying: A Memoir’ Is a Bracing Illumination of Terminal Illness

Those who have the wherewithal to write about these questions usually have the wherewithal to think clearly about them. Taylor, who died in July of last year at the age of 61, is a firm believer in taking custody of her own death. She announces in her first sentence that she’s purchased a euthanasia drug over the internet from China. She soon adds that she’s joined the local chapter of Exit International in her home of Brisbane, Australia. “It might be any meeting of any common interest group, a bowls…

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Joint chiefs of staff chairman says transgender policy unchanged for now

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly in the military until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump’s “direction” to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday. In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said “there will be no modifications” to current policy for now, amid questions about Trump’s announcement on Twitter that the U.S. government will…

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Gr: Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

Invited to Russia for a photo shoot in 1993, Mr. Paulson remained for 15 years. He enlisted local partners in publishing several periodicals: Afisha, a Russian entertainment and listings guide; Bolshoi Gorod, a free version of a Sunday newspaper supplement; and MIR, a monthly travel magazine. In 2006, a year after his publishing venture was acquired by a Russian company, he and Alexander Mamut, a billionaire Russian banker, founded SUP Media. The group became an online pioneer and bought LiveJournal, a social networking service. (It is still operating.) Mr. Paulson…

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