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China, Brexit, the Philippines: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’ll be off on Monday for the American holiday of Martin Luther King Day. Now back to the news: America’s expanded antimissile efforts, China’s population crisis, and the economic costs of climate change. U.S. plans to expand missile …

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Watch These Stink Bugs Hatch in Unison

Long before an ordinary chicken egg became an Instagram star, Jun Endo, a Ph.D. student at Kyoto University, sat gazing intently at another egg. This egg was much smaller, roughly the size of a sesame seed, and contained a stink bug. The mystery was this: When the egg finally hatched, …

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Brexit, Glaciers, Syria: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Another day of political drama in Britain, a fatal ISIS attack in Syria and the dangers of rapidly melting glaciers in Central Asia. Here’s the latest: Theresa May survives leadership challenge over Brexit Parliament voted 325 to 306 …

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‘Shiraz,’ a Silent Spectacle of India, Returns

Imperialism for the masses, the movie culture of the 1920s, purveyed romantic fantasies of an imaginary East. Theaters were designed to evoke the Alhambra. Rudolph Valentino rose to stardom as the Sheik; Douglas Fairbanks cavorted as the Thief of Bagdad. A Photoplay writer declared Scheherazade was the muse of cinema, …

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