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Xi Jinping, Ivanka Trump, Colombia: Your Morning Briefing

April 2, 2017 5:54 PM
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Xi Jinping, Ivanka Trump, Colombia: Your Morning Briefing

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• Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, declared a state of emergency and rescuers began the heart-rending task of sifting through the mud in search of victims and survivors after a landslide engulfed the city of Mocoa, killing more than 230 people.

Many people were still missing, said at doctor at the scene: “Under the mud, I am sure there are many more.”

Separately, the $3.6 billion, Chinese-financed Myitsone Dam is proving to be a daunting test for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who risks angering China if she cancels the project, or the public if she lets it go forward.

• The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said it was likely that at least 229 civilians had been unintentionally killed since their operations began in August 2014.

The coalition’s overall count is far less than estimates by some human rights groups, and does not include the March 17 strike against a building in Mosul in which scores, if not hundreds, of civilians were killed.

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• Protests in Indonesia against the U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan have slowed production at its Grasberg mine in West Papua, one of the world’s largest sources of gold and copper.

• Total, the French energy giant, is one of the international players drawn to Iran by the promise of a lucrative market and vast energy reserves — but moving cautiously before investing.

• Fox News has paid out about $13 million over the years to address complaints from women about the behavior of the Bill O’Reilly, the cable news host. He says the claims have no merit.

• The keeper of a shrine in Pakistan admitted to murdering 20 of its devotees after intoxicating them. [The New York Times]

• Two sailors from a South Korean cargo ship believed to have sunk off Uruguay last week were found, but 22 others remain unaccounted for. [Yonhap]

• A Russian newspaper confirmed that the authorities in the southern republic of Chechnya have been arresting and, in some cases, killing gay men. [The New York Times]

• In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, three people remain missing in Queensland as Australia cleans up after one of the worst floods in the region’s history. [ABC]

• Japanese protesters in Okinawa Prefecture marked the 1,000th consecutive day of their sit-in outside of a U.S. military base. [The Asahi Shimbun]

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• An unidentified Asian collector paid $11 million for Andy Warhol’s silk-screen portrait of Chairman Mao at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. [BBC]

• Fueled by a family promise, a New Yorker has kept open one of Little Italy’s last mom-and-pop stores.

• Need more pizza in your life? Try this recipe for skillet chicken with tomatoes, pancetta and mozzarella.

• Japan is celebrating the world title won by the dazzling figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu in Helsinki, Finland, over the weekend.

• In memoriam: Alex Tizon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter whose 2014 memoir documented his alienation as a Filipino-American, was 57. Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the poet who inspired Russians to fight Stalinism during the Cold War, was 83. And Ikutaro Kakehashi, the Japanese engineer who developed drum machines, was 87.

• Finally, in this Times Insider report, our former Shanghai bureau chief reflects on the ups and downs of delivering New York Times coverage to the Chinese-speaking world, including China’s blockage of our Chinese-language site for more than four years.

The mission was straightforward: pilot the first flight over Mount Everest. The logistics were anything but.

With two open-cockpit biplanes equipped with only the basics and limited fuel, the Houston Mount Everest Expedition took off from India on this day in 1933.

Led by Sir Douglas Douglas-Hamilton (better known as Lord Clydesdale), above, and Lt. David McIntyre, the two planes reached an altitude of 31,000 feet, clearing the mountain by just over 100 feet.

The flight was also notable for testing human endurance. Members of the expedition were dressed in sheepskin to protect from the extreme cold and used oxygen tanks to breathe in the thin air. The first aircraft with a pressurized cabin was built four years later.

The Guardian called the Everest flight “a splendid achievement — not for any material gains, any additions to aeronautical knowledge that it brings, for it brings few or none, but simply because it was one of the few last great spectacular flights in aviation which remained to be done.”

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