Brexit, Syria, Champs-Élysées: Your Morning Briefing – New York Times

Brexit, Syria, Champs-Élysées: Your Morning Briefing – New York Times

The threat came after a U.S. fighter for the first time shot down a Syrian warplane. Moscow said it was suspending the use of a hotline that the U.S. and Russia had been using to avoid collisions.

“This is a delicate couple of hours,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.



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Our reconstruction shows that the Philippine-flagged container ship that smashed into the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, badly damaging the destroyer and killing seven sailors, steamed on for about half an hour after the collision before circling back.

The Japanese Coast Guard is trying to determine why it took the cargo ship took almost an hour to report the event.



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President Trump meets today with the leaders of top tech companies, including Apple and Amazon, as the White House seeks to streamline its information services.

Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress are quietly pursuing what amounts to an anti-Trump foreign policy, strengthening sanctions against Russia and affirming U.S. support for the mutual defense doctrine of the NATO charter.



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A manhunt is on in Indonesia after four foreign inmates escaped from a notorious, high-security prison on the resort island of Bali by vanishing down a narrow, 50-foot tunnel that they dug under the prison’s walls.

The fugitives include Shaun Edward Davidson, a 33-year-old Australian, had been set to be released within three months.



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And our space reporter brings good news in what he calls the “quest to end cosmic loneliness.”

Astronomers say that NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has found thousands of what they are almost certain are planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way — at least one almost identical to Earth.

“The search for planets,” a mission scientist said, “is the search for life.”



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• British regulators report today on whether the government should allow 21st Century Fox to buy the rest of Sky, the satellite giant, a ruling that will test Rupert Murdoch’s legacy as a global media mogul.

Moody’s downgraded the long-term credit rating of Australia’s four biggest banks, citing high home prices and household debt.

• Jack Ma in Motor City: The Alibaba chairman is in Detroit this week for a three-day Gateway conference aimed at teaching U.S. businesses how to succeed in China.

• China’s stocks, despite recent optimism, are starting to worry investors again. “The bubble,” an analyst said, “just keeps getting bigger.”

• SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, announced at the Paris Airshow a $4.7-billion deal for 40 of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 10 jets.

Facebook received initial approval to set up a local unit in Indonesia, which has the social network’s fourth-largest user base.

• U.S. stocks were up. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• The global population of displaced people reached more than 65 million, the most ever, last year, the U.N. said. [The New York Times]

Software created by an Israeli company and bought by the Mexican government to fight criminals and terrorists is instead infesting the smartphones of government critics. [The New York Times]

• Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, apologized for embarrassing the city state with a bitter public feud with his siblings. [Channel NewsAsia]

• The Maldives, a tourist haven, is on edge over fears of growing Islamic radicalism after the killing of a liberal blogger. [The New York Times]

• An Australian radio broadcaster, Red Symons, has apologized for an interview in which he asked another broadcaster “what’s the deal with Asians?” and used a racist slur. [ABC]

• Japan celebrated the hatching of two artificially incubated Japanese ptarmigan chicks, the country’s first offspring from captive birds in 19 years. [The Asahi Shimbun]

Smarter Living


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• Recipe of the day: Use a rotisserie bird to make chicken salad with walnuts and grapes.

• Sipping some coffee or an energy drink before hitting the gym can boost your workout.

chicken salad with walnuts and grapes.



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• Basketball news: Kevin Durant, days after winning his first N.B.A. title, traded jabs with critics on Twitter; Diana Taurasi broke the W.N.B.A career scoring record; plus, we analyze this week’s N.B.A. draft, and take another look at how the Warriors built a dynasty.

• In China, the pressure to marry is strong and online romantic advice is enormously popular. One love columnist says the counsel is useful, since otherwise, “People get their ideas mostly from TV dramas.”

• And we spoke with Geng Le, a Chinese gay rights activist who is one of four grand marshals for New York City’s Pride march on Sunday. Mr. Geng, a former police officer, set up one of China’s first gay networking websites and created one of its most popular gay dating apps.

Back Story

Before June 20, 1986, a woman could not be a Ms. in the pages of The Times.

“The top editor had persuaded the publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, that the usage was a passing fad,” a groundbreaking Times editor, Betsy Wade, wrote recently.

So reporters had to pry when interviewing women: Are you Miss or Mrs.?


A. M. Rosenthal, by then the executive editor, explained the new policy, which he had long opposed.

The New York Times, June 20, 1986

“It’s none of your damned business!” reporters were sometimes told.

In 1972, Ms. was accepted by the American Heritage School Dictionary.

But it took protests, internal pressure, time and a smart strategy to persuade The Times to follow suit.

Paula Kassell, a feminist writer and publisher, bought a few shares of Times stock so she could raise questions about the policy at shareholders’ meetings.

In April 1986, she persuaded Mr. Sulzberger to convene language experts — but then received word that the paper would allow Ms. without need for further discussion.

As The Times prepared its first paper using Ms., Ms. Wade wrote, “Gloria Steinem, Mary Thom and other editors of Ms. magazine walked into the city room with a basket of flowers for the editor” — A.M. Rosenthal — “and the copy editors and reporters applauded.”

David Dunlap contributed reporting


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