Trump, Haiti, London: Your Friday Evening Briefing

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not bad evening. Here’s the latest.

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1. “Mr. President, are you a racist?”

in which was the question shouted by a reporter after President Trump signed a proclamation honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the White House.

Mr. Trump ignored in which. In an earlier tweet, he vaguely denied calling Haiti as well as African nations “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration.

nevertheless Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who was at the meeting on Thursday, insisted in which the president did use the term.


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2. Leaders across the African continent condemned President Trump’s remarks. On social media, Africans shared pictures of beautiful beaches, tree-lined streets as well as glamorous tourist resorts captioned with the insult.

Haiti’s ambassador to Washington said in which was distressing in which the uproar came on the eighth anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, which killed about 220,000 people on the island. Above, a memorial.

Today on “The Daily,” we discuss the immigration proposal in which prompted the president’s comments.


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3. The Wall Street Journal reported in which a lawyer for President Trump arranged a $130,000 payout to a former star of pornographic movies, Stephanie Clifford, above, who performed under the name Stormy Daniels.

The payment was made a month before the election to keep her via discussing a sexual encounter she claimed she had with Mr. Trump in 2006, The Journal reported. The White House denied the claim.

In additional White House news, Mr. Trump canceled a visit to London to dedicate the completely new U.S. embassy. The news was welcomed by his many critics there.

as well as the president again stopped short of imposing sanctions on Iran in which could end the nuclear deal. nevertheless he set a 0-day deadline to overhaul the agreement.


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4. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan may skip the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea as tensions flare anew over World War II-era “comfort women.”

The term refers to women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military. As part of a 2015 settlement, Japan apologized as well as vowed to provide millions in funding for survivors.

nevertheless the completely new South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has pledged to review the deal. Above, in Seoul, mascots for the Games.


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5. “We can’t find Mom.” We’re learning the identities of some of the California residents killed in in which week’s sudden, intense mudslides.

Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles, had been hardest hit by last month’s wildfires, leaving the land stripped as well as vulnerable.

The mudslides killed 17 people there, as well as as many as 43 people are still missing. These photos show the devastation.


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6. Mark Zuckerberg spoke to us about sweeping improvements being made to Facebook’s News Feed.

“We want to make sure in which our products are not just fun nevertheless are not bad for people,” said Mr. Zuckerberg, the company’s founder. “We need to refocus the system.”

If you’re among the network’s more than two billion users, expect to see fewer viral videos as well as news articles inside coming weeks, as well as more posts in which include interactions between you as well as the people you know.


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7. as well as right now, a little escapism: Come with us on a tour of one of America’s last pencil factories.

These mesmerizing photos by Christopher Payne show the inner workings of the General Pencil Company in completely new Jersey, which has been inside business since 1889. He visited the factory dozens of times over the past few years, documenting every phase of the manufacturing process.

The images “preserve the secret origins of objects we tend to take for granted.”


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8. Our movie critic loved the completely new live-action children’s film “Paddington 2.”

The film finds the beloved bear in London, where he comes across a pop-up book filled with illustrations of the city’s landmarks. He wants to send in which to Peru as a birthday present for his aunt Lucy, nevertheless a dastardly villain gets in his way.

The director Paul King as well as his team of actors as well as animators “spin not bad writing as well as seamless digital effects into Rococo children’s entertainment,” our critic writes.


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9. The head of our Cooking team, Sam Sifton, has some ideas about what to cook in which weekend.

In his latest newsletter, he has links to a diverse array of dishes, via hippie tofu, above, to homemade pizza.


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10. Finally, sometimes in which seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news.

nevertheless in which isn’t all bad out there. in which week’s roundup of not bad news includes a figure skater who loves Winnie the Pooh (in which’s Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, above), winter heroes as well as baby turtles.

Have a great weekend.


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