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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, AT&T, World Cup: Your Wednesday Briefing

Asia and Australia Edition

North Korea, AT&T, World Cup: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Good morning. Post-summit analysis, a huge ruling for AT&T and breaking news on the World Cup. Here’s what you need to know:

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• Handshakes and promises abounded during President Trump’s historic meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore — but what actually happened? And what comes next?

The biggest concrete change: Mr. Trump’s suspension of war games on the Korean Peninsula, which surprised South Korea and the Pentagon.

And from Dennis Rodman’s arrival in Singapore to Ivanka Trump’s “Chinese proverb” gaffe, unscripted moments often stole the show.

Here are the day’s biggest moments (including a hyperbolic movie-trailer-style montage of many, many images, both positive and dire, that Mr. Trump showed Mr. Kim), our analysis of Mr. Trump’s “huge gamble” and 10 major takeaways.

Some intrepid businesses and investors have begun considering the possibility of doing business in North Korea.



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• If President Trump was all smiles in Singapore, a less friendly conversation waits with Canada.

Mr. Trump’s tirade at the end of the G-7 meeting over the weekend left Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, caught in a tight spot between the unpredictable leader of the country’s biggest ally and one of his targets, Canada’s powerful dairy industry. (At the same time, Mr. Trump’s attacks may have revitalized Mr. Trudeau’s flagging domestic political appeal.)

And the top U.S. trade adviser, Peter Navarro, walked back his post-G-7 comment that “there is a special place in hell” for Mr. Trudeau — a rare apology from the Trump White House.



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• A U.S. District Court judge’s ruling is imminent on whether AT&T, best known as a mobile-phone service provider, can proceed with its $ 85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner, owner of big media brands including HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN.

Time Warner and AT&T are eager to compete against Silicon Valley companies like Google and Netflix, but the Justice Department has sought to block the deal on antitrust grounds, arguing that it would limit competition and raise costs.

The ruling could have huge implications. Here’s a primer on what is about to happen.



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• It’s World Cup decision time.

Global soccer officials vote today in Moscow on where the 2026 World Cup will be played.

Morocco has mounted a surprisingly strong challenge to a solid, joint North American bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico — aided by international reservations about the Trump administration’s restrictive travel policies.

To strengthen the U.S. bid, President Trump quietly provided several letters to U.S. soccer officials to share with the president of FIFA, the sport’s governing body, in which he pledged that players and fans from all competing countries would get visas. We got an exclusive look at the letters.

This year’s World Cup matches start tomorrow in Russia. Here’s our guide to all eight groups, and for updates and analysis delivered to your inbox twice a week, sign up for our Offsides newsletter.



• ZTE shares resume trading today, ending a two-month suspension. The “ZTE incident” — its sudden crippling by U.S. sanctions — demonstrated that China’s technology boom was built on access to American-made microchips, software and other tools, leading our columnist to ask if this could be China’s Sputnik moment.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner invested in vehicles and trusts that bought and sold as much as $ 147 million of real estate and other assets during their first year at the White House, an ethics filing showed.

• Foodora, an online food delivery company, is facing legal action in Australia for not classifying three of its drivers as employees. The case, called “a test of the gig economy,” is set to be heard in federal court in Sydney on July 10.

• Beware the “greater fool” theory: Vice Media had a seemingly endless parade of investors who believed someone else would always pay more for their stake. That thinking is now in question.

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

In the News


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• The U.S. unveiled its unofficial embassy in Taiwan with a low-key ceremony meant to avoid angering China. The highest-ranking U.S. official in attendance was Marie Royce, above right, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. [The New York Times]

• Prime Minister Theresa May promised greater control for Parliament over the Brexit process, after a threatened rebellion by lawmakers and the abrupt resignation of one of her ministers. [The New York Times]

• A Swedish prosecutor brought rape charges against Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the center of a scandal that led to the cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. [The New York Times]

• “Purely a coincidence.” That’s how China’s ambassador to Fiji described the arrival of a high-tech Chinese surveillance ship the same day the Australian Navy visited. [ABC]

• The Australian government formed a scientific committee to monitor the health effects of wind turbines, at a cost of $ 500,000 to taxpayers. The group held one face-to-face meeting in two years, failed to provide any official advice and had its work repeatedly rejected by research journals. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

• The rollout of an H.I.V. prevention drug was followed by a reduction in condom use among gay and bisexual men, according to a study of some 17,000 in Victoria and New South Wales. But the drug was so effective that H.I.V. infection rates declined anyway. [The New York Times]

• In the U.S., a man killed four children and himself, ending a 21-hour hostage standoff that the police say began when he shot an Orlando, Fla., police officer. [The New York Times]

• From our Op-Ed desk: An author talks about surviving the Miss Ex-Yugoslavia beauty pageant in Melbourne, and the “weirdness that comes from an undisguised objectification of young women.” [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

• Tips to handle impostor syndrome when you’re actually being treated like an impostor.

• Here are eight new books worth reading.

• Recipe of the day: Green beans with herbs and olives are a quick and flavorful side.



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• What does lightning really look like? Paintings have for centuries underestimated the number of root-like veins in a lightning strike, an example of how our perceptions of natural phenomena can be distorted by culture.

• Sayaka Murata, the acclaimed Japanese novelist, makes her English-language debut this month with “Convenience Store Woman.” Ms. Murata said of the book: “I wanted to illustrate how odd the people who believe they are ordinary or normal are.”

• And the race for giant telescopes. As astronomers await a verdict on construction of a huge telescope on Mauna Kea, the grand volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, they are still trying to figure out how to pay for the next stargazing Goliaths.

Back Story


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Today, in honor of William Butler Yeats (born on this day in 1865), we explore the lasting influence of his most ubiquitous poem, “The Second Coming.”

Written in 1919, the poem is considered a towering achievement of modernist poetry. Yeats drew on Christian apocalyptic imagery to capture the violent chaos of the political turmoil in Europe at the time, and to warn of further dangers on the horizon.

So often have the poem’s phrases been incorporated into other works of art and literature that The Paris Review has called it “the most thoroughly pillaged piece of literature in English.”

There is, of course, Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart,” and Joan Didion’s short story collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” but lines from the poem have proliferated in many more book titles, speeches, folk albums, CD-ROM games and tweets, as well.

An episode of “The Sopranos” called “The Second Coming” features the poem, as does a Batman comic book series called “The Widening Gyre.” Above, Yeats in Dublin in 1923.

There was an uptick in references to the poem in 2016, as writers and pundits grasped for language to describe the series of dramatic political shifts in Europe and the U.S.

Emma McAleavy wrote today’s Back Story.


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