Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Derailment: Your Wednesday Briefing

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• The 27-year-old Bangladeshi-born immigrant who fumblingly detonated a crude pipe bomb in a New York City subway corridor last week has been charged with several terrorism-related offenses. He may never leave jail.

But interviews with more than dozen friends, relatives and acquaintances, in Bangladesh and the U.S., paint a picture of a young man who is impulsive, angry, riveted to militant social media and outraged by injustices inflicted upon Muslims — especially the Rohingya.

Above, his neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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• The sexual harassment that’s been uncovered in the world of entertainment, media, government and corporations strikes at blue-collar women, too.

The Times spoke with female employees at two Ford plants in Chicago, where a culture of harassment persisted decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct.

In a bellwether change, Microsoft is eliminating forced arbitration agreements to end secrecy over harassment claims.

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• It was a big year in news — often big enough to be seen from the sky.

Satellite images and drone photography captured the eclipse, the Women’s March, hurricanes, fires and other pivotal events that marked a tumultuous year.

And we looked back at the remarkable women we profiled around the world this year, including Yu Xiuhua, one of China’s most-read poets.

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• China unveiled an ambitious plan to curb climate change by starting a market for emissions credits. The long-awaited move puts the world’s No. 1 polluter in a leading position on the issue as the U.S. retreats.

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B.H.P. Billiton, the mining company headquartered in Melbourne, is withdrawing from the World Coal Association and reviewing its relationship with the Minerals Council of Australia. The company’s statement confirmed its “unequivocal” acceptance of human-caused climate change.

• Electric vehicles have a tiny share of the market, but the auto industry is betting billions that they will soon be as cheap as conventional cars.

• As Bitcoin prices surge, one hedge fund reported its return: 25,004 percent. The average price is now $18,221.

• U.S. stocks were down. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

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• The U.S. formally accused North Korea of being behind the cyberattack that placed ransomware on computers around the world and briefly paralyzed the British health care system. [The New York Times]

• Russian and Chinese officials criticized President Trump’s new “American First” national security doctrine and its characterization of their countries as threats. [The New York Times]

• Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile on Riyadh for the second time in two months, possibly to divert attention from King Salman’s planned announcement of Saudi Arabia’s 2018 budget. [The New York Times]

• The passenger train that derailed in Washington State on Monday was traveling 50 miles per hour above the speed limit. At least three people were killed and about 100 injured. [The New York Times]

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• Karachi, Pakistan, one of the largest cities in the world, is plagued by a “mafia” that steals and controls the city’s water supply. [Al Jazeera]

• Shahwalikot, in southern Afghanistan, has the sad distinction of being the world’s polio capital. Vaccinators have struggled for access to the district, which is largely controlled by the Taliban. [The New York Times]

• Fans mourned Kim Jong-hyun, an artist unique in K-pop. His final note said he was overcome with depression. [The New York Times]

• A trio of Japanese, Russian and U.S. astronauts has arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day journey. [Asahi Shimbun]

• U.S. officials have lifted a ban on making lethal viruses, which would allow funding for controversial research into creating pathogens that can easily infect humans. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

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• How to be a better traveler: Tips from 2017.

• The best toys and games that teach kids how to code.

• Recipe of the day: Go retro with stuffed mushrooms.

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• In Tokyo, dancers clad in leather and denim gather each Sunday to publicly celebrate their devotion to rock ’n’ roll. Our Dancing in the World series also visits Chicago, the Caribbean and other locales.

• In memoriam: Song Shin-do, 95, a Korean “comfort woman” who moved to Japan after the war and lost a high-profile case for government compensation.

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• Our reporter explains how he and a photographer covered the story behind two bodies being retrieved from Mount Everest — without climbing the peak themselves.

• Critics loved the “The Last Jedi,” the latest Star Wars movie. Fans? Less so.

Back Story

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Eighteen years ago today, Portugal handed Macau back to China after ruling it as a colony for 442 years. The move came two years after Britain handed back Hong Kong, making Macau the last European colony in Asia.

Portugal had initially offered to return the territory in the 1970s, but China’s leaders demurred because they feared losing a trading link to the outside world, The Times reported on the eve of the 1999 handover.

“Since then, the Portuguese administration has presided over Macau’s steady deterioration into a disreputable, vaguely sinister gambling destination for weekend wagerers from Hong Kong,” the Times story said.

The territory, which is about 40 miles west of Hong Kong, has a population of about 650,000.

A different kind of milestone was reached less than a decade later, when Macau overtook Las Vegas to become the world’s biggest gambling center, with $6.95 billion in annual revenue.

“Where Macau was once derided for its seedy gambling dens and endemic organized crime, it is now being referred to as Asia’s Las Vegas, and not just by the locals,” The Times reported.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.

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