Your Thursday Briefing – The New York Instances
Trump’s undisclosed bank account in China
President Trump spent a decade unsuccessfully pursuing projects in China, operating an office there while he was first running for the presidency, and partnering with a large government-controlled corporation. Now our investigative reporters have found a bank account in his name there.
China is one of only three countries abroad – the others are the UK and Ireland – that Mr Trump has a bank account in, according to his tax filings received from the New York Times.
The foreign accounts are kept under company names and the identity of the financial institutions is not clear. A Trump-owned company paid taxes in China of $ 188,561 between 2013 and 2015.
Story: Mr. Trump was seeking a licensing deal in China back in 2006 when he filed trademark applications in Hong Kong and the mainland. Many Chinese government approvals came after he became president. (The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also received Chinese trademark approvals for her personal business after joining White House staff.)
Answer: “There was never any business, transaction or other business activity, and the office has been inactive since 2015,” said a Trump Organization attorney.
7 days, 7 countries and their huge number of cases
We looked at Argentina, Brazil, the UK, France, India, Russia and the United States, where a large number of new coronavirus cases over the past week helped push the global number to over 40.7 million.
India has reported 411,718 in the past seven days, but the numbers have been going down since mid-September. It sounds like good news, but the lower numbers have raised questions about the reliability of the rapid tests more widely used there. In France, where 174,273 new cases have occurred in the past seven days, there are at least 2,000 people in intensive care – a threshold that has not been reached since May.
Last week there were 421,114 new cases in the US last week. The states of Midwestern and Rocky Mountain are struggling to control larger outbreaks.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Thailand protesters say concessions are not enough
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted on Wednesday that the country can no longer use excessive force against protesters and said he intended to withdraw an emergency decree to combat pro-democracy protests. But the demonstrators did not seem to be affected by his words.
In his address, given as thousands of demonstrators marched on government offices, the Prime Minister urged them to resolve their differences through parliamentary mediation. Our correspondent writes that the proposal is unlikely to satisfy the demonstrators.
After the address, they handed a resignation letter to a police commander for Mr. Prayuth to sign. A young man shouted to the crowd over a megaphone: “Are we backing out?” “No!” shouted the crowd.
Quote: “We now have to step back from the edge of the slippery slope, which can easily slide into chaos, where all sides lose control of the situation,” said Prayuth.
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Azerbaijan in full war mode
As the country’s soldiers advance in conflict with Armenia, tens of thousands of refugees are hoping to return to lost lands. The two sides are involved in the worst fighting since the early 1990s over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan. Above the funeral of Eldar Aliyev (27), who died fighting for the Azerbaijani armed forces.
There are signs of war fever all around the capital Baku and support for the fight is strong, our correspondent noted. Bright flags hang on every public building, while huge screens along the main streets play video footage of precise drone attacks on Armenian soldiers.
The following also happens
Stampede in Afghanistan: At least 12 women died after overwhelming a stadium with thousands of people hoping to get visas to Pakistan for medical treatment. The crowd had gathered to wait for tokens to be issued that would allow them to start the process.
Nigeria: Security forces opened fire at a demonstration in Lagos on Tuesday evening and met several people, witnesses said. Two weeks of protests against police brutality have escalated. Here’s what’s behind the protests and what they could mean for Nigeria.
Homosexual marriage: Pope Francis appeared to be breaking with the position of the Roman Catholic Church by supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, as he noted in a new documentary.
Snapshot: Above, workers at Cuarentena Baking or Quarantine Baking in Mexico City in September. Two artists started the bakery with nothing but a $ 42 toaster and their Instagram. The booming success they have had is testament to the power of cooking as a survival strategy in Mexico’s food-obsessed capital.
What we read: This foreign policy article about how a Finnish correspondent covers the Trump administration. It’s a good look at how overseas correspondents explain a unique moment in the US to their readers back home.
Now a break from the news
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Questionable advice on parenting
In over 150 years of publication, The Times has provided many different tips on how to raise children. Here’s what our parenting editor found while searching our archives. Some of the advice was incredibly wrong, but much sounded a little reasonable to modern ears.
In 1902, The Times gave a positive review of a book entitled “How Can I Cure My Indigestion?” by Dr. AK Bond, who is very much against bananas:
The best mothers may be stupid, and affection cannot replace common sense. “A mother’s prime health, a well-developed physique that loves babies and soothes the nerves, is the best defense against indigestion in an infant.” You are not allowed to feed a baby bananas, and Dr. Bond writes that he has encountered such inhumanity (and stupidity).
One of the silliest examples was given by Dr. Lambert Ott, who saw wine as a remedy for children:
“I have used red wine as a tonic for weak children with amazing results. However, I have instructed the parents not to let the children know that I am giving them wine, but rather to label it a red tonic, ”said Dr. Ott.
In 1952, a voice of reason appeared in an article about Clark E. Vincent, a graduate student at the University of California, who railed against trends in medicine and suggested that the bottle-breast controversy had existed since Hippocrates:
He believes that, rather than producing a series of scientific data that is subject to scrutiny, writers in the childcare and parenting field have often reflected changing patterns of thought in civil society and changing theories of education and personal education.
His ultimate takeout? Less dogmatism and more flexibility “as long as the baby’s needs are met”.
That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.
– Melina and Will
Thank you very much
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