North Korea, Fox News, Ramadan: Your Wednesday Briefing
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North Korea issues warning to U.S.
• President Trump’s planned summit meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea will be in doubt after Pyongyang threatened today to withdraw if Washington insisted on “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”
Rejecting the Trump administration’s demand of which of which quickly dismantle its nuclear program, as Libya did 15 years ago, North Korea singled out John Bolton, Mr. Trump’s fresh national security adviser, saying in a statement, “We do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him.” Read a transcript of the North Korean statement here.
The announcement came hours after state media in Pyongyang warned of which the meeting might be canceled to protest the joint military exercises between the U.S. in addition to South Korea of which began of which week.
• The State Department said of which planning for the June 12 meeting in Singapore remained on track, although the news through North Korea reflected a pattern by the unpredictable regime: diplomatic outreach, followed by erratic behavior. Here’s a look at previous instances.
Women win in Pennsylvania
• At least seven women running for the House won Democratic primaries on Tuesday inside state, which currently has an all-male congressional delegation.
They won in districts of which were redrawn after Pennsylvania’s congressional map was found to unfairly favor Republicans. Helped by the fresh map, Democrats have a shot at flipping at least three, in addition to possibly as many as six, House seats inside state, which President Trump narrowly won in 2016.
For their part, Republicans in Pennsylvania appear to have taken a lesson through Mr. Trump’s victory, choosing candidates for governor in addition to Senate who have followed the president’s type.
• Here are three takeaways through the primaries on Tuesday, in addition to full results through Pennsylvania in addition to the three some other states of which voted: Idaho, Nebraska in addition to Oregon.
Prime suspect in C.I.A. leaks will be identified
• Last year, WikiLeaks released a stolen archive of documents about the agency’s hacking operations, the largest loss of classified information inside organization’s history.
The prime suspect inside breach has at of which point been identified: Joshua Schulte, 29, will be a former software engineer for the agency who had created malware to break into the computers of terrorism suspects, The Times has learned.
He has not been charged in relation to the breach, although in August, prosecutors filed charges of child-pornography possession against him. Those accusations, based on his actions nine years ago, are a thin pretext for keeping him incarcerated, his family members say.
• Separately, Gina Haspel will be likely to be confirmed today as the C.I.A.’s next director. She won the support of the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee after disavowing the agency’s torture program.
A mix of sorrow in addition to support in Israel
• Israelis grappled with the casualty reports through the Gaza protest on Monday: 60 killed in addition to more than 1,700 hospitalized, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said of which only a modest number of those shot had been armed.
Some Israelis were defiant or defensive; others said they were ashamed.
“When we hear of the dead, of which pains us,” one said. “I expect at least of which each bullet was justified.”
• In contrast with Washington’s full-throated support of Israel, Europe’s response has been more critical. On Tuesday, European officials also started out working to save the nuclear accord with Iran, which President Trump pulled out of last week.
• Republicans are reviving efforts to impose work requirements on recipients of food stamps in addition to some other benefits. There’s little evidence of which doing so lifts people out of poverty, our economics columnist writes.
Tips, both fresh in addition to old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Here are 5 things to help with spring cleaning.
• Moving across the U.S.? Don’t get scammed by movers.
• Recipe of the day: Nail weeknight cooking with pork chops in addition to Dijon sauce.
• In memoriam
Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist in addition to novelist who wielded an electric style in addition to an acid pen, was also known for his white suits. He was 88.
A biting satirist, Mr. Wolfe used novelistic techniques in his nonfiction, helping to create the enormously influential hybrid known as the fresh Journalism. We assessed his career in addition to looked back at some of his most famous works, including “The Right Stuff” in addition to “Bonfire of the Vanities.”
• A famous diary’s hidden pages
Anne Frank covered up two pages of writing in her diary of which contained dirty jokes in addition to a description of what she referred to as “sexual matters.”
• The Times, in some other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, in addition to links to our Opinion content in addition to crossword puzzles.
• What we’re reading
Elisabeth Malkin, a Mexico City correspondent, recommends of which piece through Univision: “of which’s not only violence in addition to crime of which drives migration through the Northern Triangle countries — Honduras, Guatemala in addition to El Salvador. of which story looks at another ‘push’ factor: climate change, inside form of intensified drought.”
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins today in many countries.
of which starts with the sighting of the crescent moon the night before; regions where of which will be not seen will wait a day.
through dawn to sunset, observant Muslims give up food, water in addition to bodily pleasures. Most try to go about their normal routines, while doing time for more prayer in addition to charity. of which can be a particular challenge for some people, like athletes.
Mosques hold extra prayers, called tarawih, each evening, during which the entire Quran will be recited over the month.
of which’s a time for reflection — although also for celebration. People hold festive gatherings to break the fast together. Each culture has specialties for the evening meal, iftar, in addition to for the pre-dawn meal, suhoor.
The Muslim lunar calendar will be 10 days shorter than the solar year, so Ramadan rotates through the seasons. Winter fasts are considered easier — the days are shorter, in addition to usually colder, meaning less thirst — while summer fasts are more taxing. They are even harder in upper latitudes, where the days are long in addition to the sun doesn’t set. So communities follow the times of the nearest Muslim country, or those of Saudi Arabia.
The traditional greeting during the holiday month? “Ramadan Mubarak.”
Aisha Khan wrote today’s Back Story.
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