In this video, he confronts a North Korean official, who tries to blame the U.S. for the young man’s death.



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Spain’s constitutional court blocked a session of the Catalan Parliament in a bid to stop the region’s lawmakers from declaring independence on Monday.

Our European correspondents look at how the referendum has revived a long-dormant Spanish nationalism.



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Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, is expected back in a Melbourne court today as a sexual-assault case proceeds against him.

The trial resumes as the Vatican is holding a congress on protecting children from online abuse, now shadowed by a new scandal involving a Canadian priest.



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And Kazou Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British author, known for idiosyncratic, emotionally restrained prose in novels like “The Remains of the Day,” and “Never Let Me Go,” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

In a statement, he expressed astonishment and gratitude for the honor: “It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honor will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good will and peace at this time.”




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EN+, the Russian energy and aluminum company, plans to raise $1.5 billion in an initial public offering in London and Moscow. AnAn Group, a Singapore-based partner of CEFC China Energy Company, has committed to purchase $500 million in securities.

• Shares of AuMake International Ltd., an Australia-based retailer targeting Chinese tourists and “daigou” services — personal shopping for those on the mainland — nearly tripled in their trading debut.

• Google introduced a range of gadgets — headlined by the Pixel smartphone — with a focus on artificial intelligence. Our reporter wondered, Is Google finally serious about making devices?

• An Australian consumer group handed out the 12th annual Shonky Choice Awards for poor-quality products. The eight “winners” include a Samsung washer-dryer that took over six hours for a cycle, and Vita Gummies for children that are half sugar.

• U.S. stocks rose. Here’s a snapshot of global markets. The Shanghai stock exchange is closed for a national holiday.

In the News



• The Iraqi government said its forces had “liberated” the city of Hawija, the Islamic State’s last urban stronghold in the country. [The New York Times]

• A Malaysian government chemist testified he found traces of the VX nerve agent on the two women being tried on charges of murdering the half brother of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. On Monday, the judge, lawyers and suspects will go to his lab to see the samples, which could still be toxic, under safeguards. [Associated Press]

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, has reached at least eight settlements with women who confronted him with sexual harassment accusations, a Times investigation found. [The New York Times]

• Nearly 1,700 Australians died abroad last year, according to the government’s latest consular report. Most deaths were from illnesses, natural causes and accidents, but 49 were murders. [ABC]

• Michael Diamond, Australia’s two-time Olympic shooting gold medalist, was acquitted of three firearms charges that barred him from the 2016 Summer Games. [ABC]

Brunei’s absolute ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 71, celebrated 50 years in power with a procession through the capital on a gilded chariot before a crowd of 60,000. [The Straits Times]

Smarter Living

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


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• No wired headphone jack on your new phone? Here’s how to figure out whether wireless is best for you, and which headphones to buy.

• Recipe of the day: Round out the week with a dinner of salmon in parsley sauce.

How to plan for a major career change, and other tips for the office.



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• The Necks are an Australian trio that have produced 30 years of genre-bending, improvisational music. Geoff Dyer, the English writer, explains — at length — his obsession with the group, which began with “Sex,” their 1989 album.

This week’s Australia newsletter explores the country’s sense of when to strictly abide by the rules, and when to ignore, bend or change them — and how this flexibility applies to debates over same-sex marriage and immigration.

• Finally, is good taste teachable? Learning to spot beautiful things doesn’t require formal training. We spoke to several experts about how to look at the world with the eye of a museum director.

Back Story


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International competitors will gather in the Scottish village of Carrbridge on Saturday to spoon up their best recipes for porridge. The top prize at the event, now in its 24th year, is the Golden Spurtle, named after the dowel-shaped kitchen tool Scots traditionally used to stir porridge without making it gluey.

The competition includes two categories: classic porridge made with oatmeal (pinhead, coarse, medium or fine), salt and water, and a specialty class that allows for experimentation.

Countries around the world have their own version of porridge — congee in China, upma in India, and genfo in Ethiopia — but for the Scots, hot oatmeal is considered the national breakfast. It’s been a part of their diets since the Roman Empire.

This year’s competitors include a farmer and the head of Sweden’s national antidoping agency. Porridge will be judged on consistency, taste and color.

Last year’s winner was Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods in Oregon. He returns this year to try to retain the Golden Spurtle.

“It’s so meaningful for me, I’ve devoted my whole life to good eating of good oats,” Mr. Moore said after his win last year.

What are you doing for breakfast this weekend? Here’s some hearty inspiration.

Remy Tumin contributed reporting.


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