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Your Thursday Briefing - The New York Times

Briefing | Brexit, Facebook, Michael Avenatti: Your Thursday Briefing Full story

Palestinian stabs officers in police station

Click to copy 1 of 3. Israeli border police officers stand outside a police station in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Police said they arrested an assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded an officer in the station, located in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean). JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a knife-wielding Palestinian attacker sneaked into a Jerusalem ... Full story

Will the Republican Party keep dancing with autocracy? Washington Post

President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock). When a national leader urges that votes be ignored, or that an election result he doesn’t like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian. When it’s President Trump, we shrug. Worse, many in his party go right along with his baseless charges of fraud. We are in for a difficult two years. Surviving them will require that Republican ... Full story

Trump’s xenophobic fearmongering backfired in 2018. What will he do in 2020?

President Trump with Border Patrol officials in San Diego in March. (Evan Vucci/AP). If President Trump has one signature issue, it’s immigration. Or, more specifically, the fear of immigrants. While previous presidents from both parties have, at times, struggled to arrive at the best immigration policy, to one degree or another they all acknowledged that the immigrant story is the American story — one of risk-taking, struggle, work, hope and ... Full story

Brexit deal in chaos as Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara quits in protest at Theresa May's agreement Independent

Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara has quit the government in protest at Theresa May 's Brexit deal, which he claimed would leave the UK in a "half-way house" outside the EU. The news will come as a blow to the prime minister, who is on high alert for resignations after Cabinet ministers finally approved her draft agreement with Brussels in a dramatic five-hour meeting on Wednesday. Mr Vara became a minister in the Northern Ireland office ... Full story

'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' review: Coens' existential western features ranges from comic to morbid Post

Zoe Kazan plays a pioneer woman, Alice Longabaugh, in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” (Netflix/Netflix). Rating:. In the Coen brothers’ brilliant new film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” an existential western told in six unrelated chapters, the cowboy cliches pile up quickly, like the film’s body count. A gunslinger, a bank robber, a prospector, a trapper, a gal in search of a good man all commingle with so many other saddle-worn tropes of the ... Full story

Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo

French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand . Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand and Velux. With Legrand’s “Céliane with Netatmo” switches and power outlets , you could ... Full story

How artificial intelligence is changing wildlife research

San Diego Zoo’s Jenna Stacy-Dawes knows all too well the urgency of her research. Reticulated giraffes across the regions in northern Kenya that she studies have declined up to 70 percent in the past thirty years. Across Africa, giraffe numbers have shrunk by 40 percent in the same period, down to less than 100,000 individuals. Biologists are rushing to assess their numbers, movements, and preferred habitat to ensure protection of those areas. ... Full story

This London hotel suite will cost you $14M

(CNN) — Got a spare $14 million lying around that you're wondering what to do with? If you're in the market for a new luxury pad, you could splash the cash on a 3,703 square foot hotel suite at 10 Whitehall Place, adjacent to the five-star Corinthia Hotel in London . For this princely sum, the buyer gets a four-bedroom luxury space with a central London zip code and direct internal access to the hotel's swanky ESPA spa , restaurants and ... Full story

Uber lost over $1 billion in Q3 as it closes in on an IPO

Uber, according to its self-reported financials, said it lost (on a GAAP basis) $1.07 billion as it continues to invest in new areas, such as bicycles, scooters and freight shipments. The company is still growing however, as revenue rose 38 percent from a year ago to $2.95 billion. Albeit, those gains are down 51 percent from the previous quarter, meaning that overall the speed of growth is slightly down. Uber earned $12.7 billion from gross ... Full story