Europe Edition: Angela Merkel, Winter Olympics, Corsica: Your Thursday Briefing

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(Above, protesters burning the North’s flag as its delegation arrived by ferry.)

Separately, it remains unclear how many Russian athletes will compete at the Games. Arbitrators are still considering appeals to the country’s doping ban.

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• In Washington, there was little enthusiasm for President Trump’s plans to stage a military parade akin to France’s Bastille Day festivities. It also remains unclear what exactly it would celebrate.

Separately, the Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for more than eight hours about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, setting a record in the House of Representatives.

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• Traveling with two senior American generals, our journalists visited the city of Manbij in northern Syria, where armed conflict between the U.S. and Turkey is no longer unthinkable.

(Above, commanders of the Manbij Military Council; U.S. Special Forces are in the background.)

Separately, U.S. aircraft carried out rare retaliatory strikes against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in response to an attack on allied militants.

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• “Cheddar Man” had dark skin, brown curly hair and blue eyes.

New DNA tests on Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, dating back about 10,000 years, upend a common assumption that the country’s indigenous people were all pale skinned.

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Fair skin pigmentation — long considered a defining feature in Europe — goes back less than 6,000 years, scientists say.

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• China’s economic success lays bare an uncomfortable historical truth: No one who preaches “free trade” really practices it.

• Putting the Tesla Model 3 into mass production could prove a more critical task for Elon Musk than sending a car into space. (Here’s a live video stream of the latter.)

• Forbes released its first list of the wealthiest cryptocurrency holders, even as recent price declines have shrunk their fortunes.

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• In Taiwan, aftershocks of Tuesday’s earthquake hampered rescuers as they searched for dozens of missing people in collapsed and dangerously tilted buildings. The death toll rose to at least 10. [The New York Times]

• Emmanuel Macron, the French president, in a policy speech on Corsica, rejected demands for autonomy made by the island’s resurgent nationalist leaders. [Reuters]

• A Dutch court asked the European Court of Justice to review complaints by a group of British citizens who are seeking to retain their E.U. citizenship rights after Brexit. [The Guardian]

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• Nutrition experts say Chile’s measures against obesity are the world’s most ambitious attempt to remake a country’s food culture. [The New York Times]

• The bodies of Russia’s young figure skaters are breaking down as they push their performance in pursuit of gold medals and more difficult jumps. [The New York Times]

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• Online porn is everywhere, and young people sometimes learn much of what they know about sex from it. Some U.S. schools are teaching students to view pornography more critically.

• With the help of a program usually used to detect plagiarism, two writers believe they have found an unpublished manuscript that may have inspired Shakespeare.

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• The Opera Ball today is the high point of Vienna’s ball season. We explain the political subtext that often lurks behind the dazzling scenes in the Austrian capital.

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• For our Magazine writer, recreating a favorite French cookie, “biscuits roses de Reims,” at home was a lesson in misplaced expectations.

“I knew they weren’t the same as the biscuits from Champagne, but they were satisfying by every measure, good cookies on their own merits.” (Here’s the recipe.)

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Pyeongchang and Pyongyang: The South Korean host of the Winter Olympics and the North Korean capital have confusingly similar names.

There does not seem to be any significance in the shared syllable, which is derived from the same Chinese root character meaning “to pacify” or “to be level or flat.” Pyongyang means “peaceful land” or “flat land,” and Pyeongchang means “peaceful flourishing” or “peaceful prosperity.”

In the South, conservatives have criticized the government of President Moon Jae-in for welcoming the North’s participation and derided the Games as the “Pyongyang Olympics.”

Liberals and the Moon administration countered that the event should be called the Pyeonghwa, or peace, Olympics.

The host town originally spelled its name “Pyongchang” in English, but added a letter in 2000 and capitalized the C to become PyeongChang to distinguish itself from the North’s capital, our correspondent noted. Most news organizations, including The Times, decline to capitalize the C.

But confusion persisted despite the rebranding. In 2014, a Kenyan man trying to attend a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang mistakenly flew to Pyongyang.

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Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.

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