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China, Robert Mueller, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing

June 15, 2017 8:07 PM
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Dennis Rodman, the ex-N.B.A. star who is presently in North Korea, presented a copy of President Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” as a gift for the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, The Associated Press reported.

The shrine was attacked last week by Islamic State fighters — the first successful assault in Iran by the terror group. Nobody wanted to admit it, he found, but things had changed.

• In the waterlogged Netherlands, the Dutch don’t see climate change as a hypothetical or even as a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity, and they have advice for those coping with rising seas around the world.

• Australia’s prime minister was caught impersonating President Trump in a leaked recording — and he seemed to be enjoying it. “We are winning so much. We are winning like we have never won before,” he said in a parody of Mr. Trump’s bluster.

In this week’s newsletter, our bureau chief ponders Australia’s relationship with culture — suggesting that demand is greater than the supply.

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• The oil conundrum. What to make of the current volatility and the future of an industry experiencing its deepest downturn since at least the 1990s.

• No more soy “milk.” The European Court of Justice ruled that the term could be used only for dairy products sold in the E.U.

• And our technology columnist makes the case that only customers can hold Uber accountable as it tries to repair its image.

• Prime Minister Theresa May ordered an inquiry into the fire at a London apartment tower as the death toll rose to 17 and concerns intensified over fire safety and construction materials in high-rise buildings. [The New York Times]

• U.S.-led airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians in the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, a U.N. panel said. [The New York Times]

• Nearly 86 percent of the plastic debris running through rivers to the world’s oceans comes from Asia, according to a new study. [Quartz]

• A Texas woman who was raped in India by her Uber driver is suing the company and three current and former executives. [The New York Times]

• “I had to stand up to a bully.” Rebel Wilson, the Australian actress, has won her defamation case over a series of articles that had depicted her as a serial liar. [ABC]

• “Imagine,” John Lennon’s 1971 ballad for a utopian future is getting a co-writer: Lennon’s widow and collaborator, Yoko Ono. [The New York Times]

• Recipe of the day: Take advantage of the outdoors and grill up some chicken for a Caesar salad.

• The offhand comment (good and bad) has a remarkable shelf life. Use them wisely.

• Women, interrupted. An Uber board member’s claim that female directors talk too much and the cutting short of a congresswoman at a Senate hearing illustrate an experience that academic studies confirm.

• For sale: a $7 million Wild West town. In today’s 360 video, step inside an amusement park, as the family that has owned it for 43 years ponders its future.

• And a migrant crisis Catch-22. Our review of Mediterranean rescues since 2014 shows that migrants have been saved ever closer to the Libyan coast. Critics say this introduced a deadly incentive for more boats to depart.

James Joyce, the groundbreaking Irish novelist, above, chose to immortalize June 16, 1904, in his novel “Ulysses” because it was the date of his first outing with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.

The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the book’s unlucky main character who embarks on a daylong picaresque voyage through Dublin, Joyce’s hometown. More than a century later, Bloom’s “odyssey” is celebrated around the world with readings, re-enactments and, in some cases, heavy drinking.

“Ulysses,” for all its artistic accolades, is no easy summer read. A review when it was published in 1922 compared the prose to the “productions of the Ouija board.”

“If it’s so hard to read,” Robert Berry, the illustrator, once said, “why are people having so much fun with it?”

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