Europe Edition: Pope Francis, Trade War, Apple: Your Friday Briefing

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Good morning. A coverage change for the pope, the prospect of dirtier vehicles within the U.S., and financial uncertainty in Europe.

Right here’s the most recent:

In a monumental shift in Roman Catholic instructing, Pope Francis declared the demise penalty improper in all instances, calling it “an assault on the inviolability and dignity of the individual.”

The ruling may put pressure on Catholic judges and politicians around the world. So how ought to they interpret it?

A theology professor stated it was “a part of the common instructing of the church” and “binding.” However, he added, Catholics who imagine in a different way gained’t face penalties or be denied the sacraments.


• The Trump administration revealed a plan to ease rules on auto fuel efficiency, which might unravel certainly one of President Barack Obama’s signature insurance policies to combat greenhouse gasoline emissions.

What occurs subsequent? Opponents — an uncommon mixture of environmentalists, automakers, shopper teams and state governments — are racing to mood the plan earlier than it’s finalized this 12 months.

Additionally out of Washington: High nationwide safety officers pledged to assist ward off Russia’s attempts to influence U.S. elections. “We acknowledge the risk. It’s actual. It’s persevering with,” stated Dan Coats, the director of nationwide intelligence.

• “A cloud of uncertainty” hangs over Europe’s economic system.

That’s the temper amongst European companies as corporations really feel the influence of President Trump’s commerce struggle. Excessive costs, disrupted provide chains and wavering exports provide a preview of how global tensions may ripple by the European economic system.

Past its personal points with the U.S., the E.U. is caught within the crossfire of a worsening commerce dispute between the U.S. and China. European corporations like BMW and Volkswagen, above, say that world commerce tensions may act as a drag on progress.

“The worldwide provide chains are deeply interconnected,” stated Ralf P. Thomas, the chief monetary officer of Siemens. Secure circumstances are “of utmost significance.”


• “My pal is gone ceaselessly.”

On a uncommon journey to Rakhine State in Myanmar, our reporters gathered proof that the Myanmar authorities’s declare that it’s repatriating Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh doesn’t match the reality on the ground. A sanctioned narrative on a government-led tour of repatriation facilities grew sticky with contradictions as witnesses spoke up.

One woman advised our reporters that she missed a Muslim pal who had lived a number of homes down. “The Rakhine burned their homes down,” she stated, referring to civilians from the Buddhist ethnic group that offers the state its title.

A person corrected her shortly. “You’re purported to say the reverse,” he admonished. “It is best to say they burned their very own homes down.”


Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen within the poster above, who seized energy from Robert Mugabe in a coup final 12 months, has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election. [The New York Times]

A Muslim girl can have a British courtroom dissolve her non secular marriage even when the union was not registered with the civil authorities, a choose stated, in a ruling with potential implications for the rights of hundreds of girls. [The New York Times]

Sweden’s highest peak misplaced its title after every week of report warmth. A month in the past, the southern peak on the Kebnekaise mountain soared to 2,101 meters, or 6,893 toes, above sea degree. By Tuesday, it had dropped to 2,097 meters. [The New York Times]

An Ernest Hemingway story is in print for the primary time. In 1956, Hemingway wrote 5 quick tales about World Struggle II, solely certainly one of which had been revealed — till now. [The New York Times]

Excessive warmth is predicted for big elements of Southern and Western Europe this weekend, with temperatures in Spain anticipated to succeed in as much as 48 levels Celsius, or 118 Fahrenheit. [The Guardian]

Archaeologists in Cologne, Germany, have found the foundations of the oldest identified library within the nation, relationship to A.D. 2. It most likely housed as many as 20,000 scrolls. [BBC]

Smarter Residing

Ideas for a extra fulfilling life.

Yearly, bulls cost by Pamplona, Spain, and wrestle with the nation’s hardest fighters in the course of the competition of San Fermín. Once they die, the competition’s taxidermist, above, turns them into trophies.

Matti, a socially awkward Finnish cartoon character who hates small speak, is gaining recognition amongst younger folks in China. “Basically the Chinese language do have a shy, introverted and bashful facet, just like the Finnish,” stated one professor, explaining Matti’s fame.

In memoriam: Jacques Wirtz, 93, an acclaimed Belgian landscape architect who believed a backyard was for all seasons. “A backyard that’s not lovely in winter isn’t a fantastic backyard,” he typically stated.

Again Story

If anybody may show that age is nothing however a quantity, it was Maggie Kuhn.

The activist and founding father of the Gray Panthers, an American advocacy group for the aged, was born on this present day in Buffalo in 1905.

In 1970, after working for the Presbyterian Church in New York for 1 / 4 of a century, Miss Kuhn retired, having reached the necessary retirement age of 65.

Consequently, she labored with fellow retirees to start out a bunch that might be known as the Grey Panthers (a reference to the Black Panthers), which labored to bridge the gap between the young and the old and addressed different social points.

Miss Kuhn remained involved with the organization till her death at age 89 in 1995.

“I’m an outdated girl,” she advised The Instances in 1972. “I’ve grey hair, many wrinkles and arthritis in each fingers. And I have a good time my freedom from bureaucratic restraints that when held me.”

She embraced her age and was unapologetic about it.

On her 85th birthday in 1991, she told a group of seniors in Vermont: “I made a sacred vow that I might do one thing outrageous, not less than as soon as every week.”

Claire Moses wrote at present’s Again Story.


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