September 15, 2017 22:04 GMT by

London, Japan, Cassini: Your Friday Evening Briefing

London, Japan, Cassini: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the crude bomb that exploded on a crowded train in London this morning, leaving 29 injured. It was the fifth terrorist attack on Britain this year.

There has been longstanding concern that militants would target the London Underground, known as the Tube, as they did in 2005. The government raised the national threat level one notch to “critical,” the highest.

“This is terrifying and a reminder it can happen anywhere,” said one woman who was on the train. “Nowhere is safe.”

As the British authorities began their investigation, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the culprits were “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Prime Minister Theresa May quickly responded that it was not “helpful for anybody to speculate” on an open case.

Today on our podcast “The Daily,” our reporter describes how the two New Yorkers (and Nancy Pelosi) reached a deal on the DACA program over Chinese food.

How much more can the president’s base take? That’s the question on the right. We compiled the best writing on this strange week in Washington from across the political spectrum.


3. North Korea launched yet another missile early Friday, its 15th this year. The missile flew over Japan, prompting alerts on cellphones and TV there. It also prompted a question: Why didn’t the Japanese military shoot it down?

Our Tokyo bureau chief set out to answer that question. In short, the country’s missile defenses are limited, and the pacifist Constitution limits military action. Above, the reflection of a news broadcast in Tokyo.


4. More than half the 400,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar in the past three weeks are children, U.N. officials say. That includes more than a thousand children who have been separated from their families, putting them at particular risk in cramped, muddy camps in Bangladesh.

The U.N.’s top official for human rights has called the military campaign against the Rohingya “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Here are the basics about the crisis.


5. Equifax’s epic data breach has brought calls for greater oversight. But that’s not likely to happen.

The credit bureaus have successfully fended off calls in Congress for more oversight for decades, despite warnings about potential problems. And their efforts are only intensifying. Equifax spent $1.1 million lobbying lawmakers last year, nearly four times what it spent a decade ago.


6. Harvard revoked an invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. The school had faced harsh criticism for including Ms. Manning, the former Army private convicted of leaking classified information, in the program.

Ms. Manning tweeted that she was “honored” to be disinvited and that the institution was chilling “marginalized voices.” Other fellows this year include Sean Spicer and Corey Lewandowski.

And more than 1,000 readers commented on our story about Michelle Jones, who became a respected scholar while serving time for murder. She was accepted into a Ph.D. program at Harvard — but the school also rescinded that decision after questions were raised about her application.


7. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn early this morning, ending its 20-year mission to expand what we know about the ringed planet.

Cassini’s most surprising discovery was a small ocean containing carbon compounds, a key ingredient for life. “It hasn’t just changed what we know about Saturn, but how we think about the world,” said one scientist. Above, an engineer monitored the spacecraft from NASA’s lab in Pasadena, Calif.

Now that it’s gone, here are the next space missions to watch out for.


8. Tech is making its way into some Amish communities, pushing them — sometimes unwillingly — into the 21st century. We went to Lancaster, Pa., the epicenter of Amish life, to see how the Amish are adopting technology to run their small businesses.

Their newfound connectivity is raising concern about exposure to the wider world, and how that might impinge on the Amish way of life.


9. “Frozen,” the Disney blockbuster that is now the highest grossing animated movie ever, is coming to Broadway. Our critic went to Denver, where the stage adaptation is doing a trial run.

He found it offers delights and difficulties, including the many younger audience members, some dressed in Elsa costumes, who sang along to “Let It Go.”

“This was completely adorable but also a little strange,” he reported. The Broadway version is scheduled to begin previews early next year.


10. Finally, the late-night hosts reported some whiplash as they tried to keep track of President Trump’s negotiations with Democrats on immigration. “The last time somebody changed positions that much on Twitter, Ted Cruz liked it,” Seth Meyers joked.

Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday. Winners in some categories were already announced, but we’re still waiting for the big ones, including best drama, best comedy and the major acting categories. Above, preparations for the show. (8 p.m. Eastern, CBS.)

Have a great weekend.


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