Asia and Australia Edition: Japan, North Korea, Paradise Papers: Your Monday Briefing


And we look at four invasion tunnels carved by the North under the demilitarized zone, found between 1974 and 1990, that have become tourist destinations.


At least 20 people were killed after a gunman walked into a church in rural Texas and opened fire.

A town official told CNN that the gunman was chased down and killed, but it was not clear whether the police shot him or he killed himself. “You never expect something like this,” the official said. “My heart is broken.”

Check back for the latest in this developing story.


Millions of leaked files, called the Paradise Papers, focus on an offshore firm that helped obscure the wealth of multinational companies, celebrities and the ultrarich.

They show that a state-run bank in Moscow helped to fuel the rise of Yuri Milner in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.

And Wilbur Ross, the U.S. commerce secretary, was shown to have profited handsomely after retaining his holdings in a shipping firm with ties to the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin.


• A sweeping campaign of arrests in Saudi Arabia appears to be the latest move by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of King Salman, to consolidate his power.


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The arrests were ordered by an anti-corruption committee, headed by the crown prince, that the king had decreed just hours earlier.

The targets: the prominent billionaire investor Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers. Prince al-Waleed holds stakes in a slew of western firms, including Citigroup, 21st Century Fox and Twitter.


• Our correspondent tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok.


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They often try to grab babies, which are easier to handle, funneling them through bribe-laced networks to become pets in wealthy homes or showpieces in unscrupulous zoos.

“The way they do business,” one self-styled detective said, “makes the Mafia look like amateurs.”

And while on the trail, our correspondent found himself in a few journalistic pickles.



• Silicon Valley and the American classroom: Tech firms are deploying sophisticated marketing techniques to try to sell their wares in U.S. schools.

• The uproar over sexual harassment has lawyers gearing up. “The lid is off,” one U.S. lawyer said.

• China is developing its own sovereign digital currency, even as Beijing has banned bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.


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• The Shanghaiist is one of the casualties in the shutdown of DNAinfo, Gothamist and sister sites, a week after writers at the New York branch voted to unionize.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• In Vietnam, at least 27 people were killed as Typhoon Damrey made landfall this weekend. [The Weather Channel]

• The former Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and four former ministers turned themselves in to the Belgian police. [The New York Times]

• Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia turned down New Zealand’s offer to resettle asylum seekers at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea. [ABC]

• Taiwan’s four submarines “belong in a museum,” the island’s defense chief said — just one measure of how far the military balance across the Taiwan Strait has tilted in favor of China. [The New York Times]

• Forty Chinese tourists were robbed in a Paris hotel parking lot by attackers wielding tear gas. [South China Morning Post]

• China increased the jail sentence for disrespecting the national anthem from 15 days to three years, a move that could draw resistance in Hong Kong. [The New York Times]

• U.S. passports will soon indicate if the bearer has been convicted of sex offenses against a child. [The New York Times]


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• In Japan, at least two of nine dismembered bodies discovered last week are believed to be of high school students, investigators said. [The Asahi Shimbun]

• Ballots in Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage must be submitted by 6 p.m. Tuesday. [ABC]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.


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• Recipe of the day: Go meatless today with a broccoli rabe lasagna.

• The fight, flight or freeze response served us well when we were cave dwellers, but it can ruin our modern life.

• You’ve been washing your hands incorrectly.



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• Yayoi Kusama, 88, is “an almost frighteningly fertile talent,” our critic says. Two new exhibitions show that she’s much more than the Instagram darling she has become.

• “Music jolted my core in ways I could not explain.” The scholar Rachel Kolb shares her experience of hearing music for the first time after receiving a cochlear implant.

• Finally, in troubling times, find escape in travel. Our Travel section presents tips and inspiration for getting out there.

Back Story

It is said that history is written by the winners, but sometimes the losers aren’t forgotten.

Sunday was Guy Fawkes Night in England, an annual celebration on Nov. 5 named after a participant in a plot in 1605 to kill King James I.


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Organized by a group of Catholics, the idea was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.


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The men managed to move 36 barrels of gunpowder directly beneath the House of Lords chamber, and Fawkes was responsible for lighting the fuse.

An anonymous letter sent to a Catholic lord warned him to stay away, arousing suspicions, and a search led to the discovery of Fawkes and the gunpowder. He and his conspirators were later executed, but his legacy lives on.

Even today, royal bodyguards make a ceremonial search of the cellars before the State Opening of Parliament, and in a BBC poll in 2002 Fawkes was voted the 30th greatest Briton.

The English celebrate his failure with fireworks, bonfires (topped by an effigy known as a guy) and a bit of folk verse:

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!”

Thomas Furse contributed reporting.


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