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Germany is locked in a political crisis that could change the profile of Europe.

The breakdown of talks to form a coalition government raised fresh doubts about the staying power of Chancellor Angela Merkel, perhaps the West’s most ardent defender of democratic values and freedoms.

“This is uncharted territory since 1949,” one analyst said. “Not only is this not going to go away soon, there is no clear path out.”


The Argentine authorities acknowledged that the San Juan submarine reported equipment failure before it went missing six days ago and that satellite signals detected Saturday were not from the craft.

An intense international search for the submarine and its 44 crew members has been hampered by foul weather.


More accusations of sexual harassment emerge by the day. A second woman says Senator Al Franken groped her while her husband took a photo of them in 2010. Unlike the first accusation, this episode took place when Mr. Franken was in office.

The New York Times suspended a White House correspondent, Glenn Thrush, and said it was investigating after a published report accused him of sexual misconduct.

Here’s our updated graphic of at least 30 men who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the scandal of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, broke on Oct. 5.




And Charles Manson, one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century, died on Sunday. At 83, he had spent most of his life behind bars on convictions in nine murders.

Here’s what became of the members of his murderous band of young drifters, the so-called Manson family, whose victims included the actress Sharon Tate. This video examines Mr. Manson’s peculiar influence on pop culture.



• Tencent’s market value hit $511 billion, making the Chinese tech firm the first Asian company to join Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft in the $500 billion club.

• Alibaba paid $2.9 billion for a 36 percent stake in Sun Art Retail, China’s top hypermart operator, in anticipation of a battle with Walmart.

Huawei thinks the world is ready to pay top dollar for a Chinese smartphone: Its new Mate 10 Pro is nearly $1,000.

Mahindra, the Indian automaker, will begin manufacturing an off-road vehicle in the U.S., at the first new vehicle assembly plant in vicinity of Detroit in 25 years.

State regulators in the U.S. approved the Keystone XL pipeline, lifting the last major obstacle for the long-delayed link to Canada’s oil-sands region.

Uber struck a deal with Volvo to purchase as many as 24,000 of self-driving vehicles once the technology is production-ready.

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

In the News



• Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed the world’s problems partly on illegal immigration, drawing criticism from Rohingya activists that she is “denying their existence.” [Al Jazeera]

Thousands of temporary foreign workers in Australia are chronically underpaid, a new survey says. [The New York Times]

• The U.S. military banned all service members in Japan from drinking alcohol after a fatal drunken driving accident involving a Marine in Okinawa. [Kyodo]

A CNN report about the sale of African migrants as slaves in Libya has incited international outrage. [The New York Times]

• President Trump’s claim that his intervention freed three U.C.L.A. basketball players detained in China prompted criticism that he squandered a chance to help jailed activists. [The New York Times]

Kenya’s Supreme Court dismissed two petitions seeking to overturn last month’s presidential vote, paving the way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term. [The New York Times]

• In Australia, the decision to postpone a book about Chinese sway is seen as evidence of Chinese sway. [The New York Times]

• In India, political operatives are hijacking Twitter’s trending column with hashtag campaigns. [BuzzFeed]

• Twenty Uighur Muslims from China dug their way out of a Thai prison with broken tiles and blanket ladders. [Reuters]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

How to use social media to boost your career.

• If you’re sick, you should stay home from work. But if you can’t, here’s what doctors advise.

• Recipe of the day: Roasted salmon in butter is astonishingly easy.



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• Tucked away in Taipei is a shrine to fermented tofu, above. The Dai Family House of Unique Stink, above, has long cultivated a following among aficionados of Taiwan’s most pungent dish.

• In memoriam: Shannon Michael Cane, 43, an Australian who helped transform U.S. art book fairs; Jana Novotna, 49, the Czech tennis star.

• The “luckiest man alive.” A Rohingya Muslim who escaped from Myanmar on a deathtrap ferry has, eight years later, resettled in Dallas and reunited with his family.

Back Story


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Our recent story about a reunion between Vietnamese refugees and their rescuers at sea prompted an Australian reader to point us to another rescue — one that bears on our coverage of Australia’s offshore detention facilities.

On Aug. 26, 2001, a Norwegian cargo ship received a distress call in the Indian Ocean. The engine of an Indonesian fishing boat packed with asylum seekers had failed en route to Australia’s Christmas Island. The captain, Arne Rinnan, diverted course to save the 438 people aboard.

But Australian authorities were trying to deter human traffickers. They directed him to an Indonesian port 12 hours away.

Instead, the captain plunged ahead. So a navy ship intercepted, transferring the refugees to the tiny Micronesian island nation of Nauru — creating Australia’s first offshore processing center.

A year later, about half had been resettled in New Zealand. They welcomed Captain Rinnan on a visit to Auckland with flowers and letters, above.

But other refugees were stuck on Nauru for years. Interviewed a decade after the rescue, the captain told of receiving a haunting letter detailing conditions so bad that the writer wished the captain had let him die.

“And that is a terrible thing to tell people, that you should have just let them drown,” Captain Rinnan said.

Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.


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