Florida Shooting, South Africa, Olympics: Your Friday Briefing

And a legacy of Mr. Zuma? Our Johannesburg business arch looks behind during a scarcely nine-year presidency injured by scandal, crime and mismanagement.

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• A skating battle.

Japan’s star Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen of a U.S., above, are among those to watch currently during a 2018 Winter Games. (In Chen’s giveaway skate, he’ll dance to a story of “Mao’s Last Dancer,” a Chinese defector, Li Cunxin — who is now a artistic executive of a Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, Australia.)

One of a reporters described a Norwegian ski team’s recipe for success as “a contrarian brew of humility, egalitarianism and simple respect.” (They also spend about 250 days a year together — and infrequently even share beds.)

Here’s a full medal count and schedule, and our finish coverage.

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Methed up.

Crystal meth has been flooding opposite Asia and Australia. Now it’s doing a same in a U.S.

Our contributor took a tough demeanour during a American meth epidemic, fed these days by Mexican drug cartels instead of homegrown labs. Experts contend a drug has never been purer, cheaper — or deadlier.

(In a Philippines, where a drug is famous as shabu, a photojournalist documented genocide and pang caused by President Rodrigo Duterte’s heartless antidrug campaign.)

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• Not spies.

Before a inhabitant confidence contributor Scott Shane went into journalism, a C.I.A. attempted to partisan him. But he chose “the better-lit side of democracy.”

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His letter on a parallels of broadcasting and espionage comes forward of his streamable plead from Washington with a singer Jennifer Lawrence, who plays a Russian spy, above, in a new film “Red Sparrow.” The director, Francis Lawrence, joins them.

The eventuality starts during 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Hong Kong time, and will sojourn online.

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• Homecoming.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese transport home forward of a Lunar New Year. That includes Shanshan, a 7-year-old lady who grew adult in Beijing, and whose family has farming roots.

But Shanshan and her family left Beijing for good (and a match followed with his camera). They are among a many farming migrants a supervision is evicting in a supposed painting campaign.

“Here, in a hometown, we have a possess place,” her father said. “It can’t be demolished.”

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• Investors fear that rising acceleration in a U.S. could prompt a arise in seductiveness rates, potentially crimping tellurian growth. But Asia’s vital economies are approaching to keep rates low, for now. (Here’s how acceleration works.)

Shares in Punjab National Bank plummeted further, a day after a Indian lender revealed fake exchange value $1.77 billion. Officials are questioning either a rascal concerned income laundering.

• A long-awaited blood exam to detect concussions, that can means critical mind injuries, won capitulation in a U.S. BioMérieux, an ubiquitous partner of a U.S.-based maker, Banyan Biomarkers, says that, around a world, about 10 million people a year are treated for concussion-related injuries.

• Netflix is bustling employing tip talent, though our arch radio censor argues, it’s conjunction a channel, a TV network nor an online-video platform. “It’s an whole together TV universe,” he writes, “and it’s still expanding.”

• U.S. bonds were up. Here’s a image of global markets.


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• A comparison ubiquitous from Myanmar is in Bangladesh to plead repatriating some of a roughly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled recently underneath troops assaults. Few design a talks to succeed. [The New York Times]

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• China pronounced it was “firmly opposed” to a revisit a Indian primary minister, Narendra Modi, done to a contested area along a dual countries’ border. Mr. Modi was on a debate forward of Sunday’s state elections in a region. [Reuters]

A health journal available what it believes to be a initial documented box of inducing breast divert in a transgender woman. [The New York Times]

• “The anniversary inquisition”: Chinese millennials are anticipating artistic ways to understanding with a vigour of being nagged about attribute and career choices. (A sweater on an online selling portal reads: “I don’t have a partner.”) [Sixth Tone]

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• Celebrate the Lunar New Year with longevity noodles.

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• Your hormones could be fueling your binge-eating.

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Vanishing: Over 16 years, scarcely 150,000 orangutans — about half a race — disappeared from a Southeast Asian island of Borneo. A new investigate points to detriment of habitat, though also to hunting.

• Our Australia business arch asked readers what a new chronicle of a 1986 film “Crocodile Dundee” competence demeanour like — and they didn’t disappoint.

And a long-lost aria of American rice, once grown by deferential Africans, was detected in a Caribbean. Scientists trust it trafficked from Southeast Asia to West Africa between a 16th and 18th centuries.

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Today outlines a start of a Year of a Dog, a latest spin in a 12-year lunar zodiac cycle.

The word “Lunar New Year” is infrequently used interchangeably with “Chinese New Year,” though there are variations in how a holiday is distinguished around Asia.

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In Vietnam, a form of rice cake called banh chung is done specifically for a holiday and is deeply intertwined with jingoist misconceptions and ancestor-worship customs.

Vietnam’s lunar zodiac cycle also differs somewhat from China’s: It has a cat and a H2O buffalo instead of a rabbit and an ox. Some historians contend that’s a linguistic gift tied to China’s 1,000-year majestic function of Vietnam, a southern neighbor.

Vietnam’s subsequent Year of a Cat falls in 2023.

The final time around, a owners of a “pet hotel” in a capital, Hanoi, told Reuters that a cat was an suitable vast choice since it helps to equivalent a dog, a healthy enemy.

“This expresses a change of yin and yang in a creation that is some-more complete, that improved unifies a contradictions, and so it is richer and improved to have a cat,” he said.

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