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A turning point at Fukushima? Japanese officials are hoping to persuade a skeptical world that the vast nuclear site has moved out of crisis mode and into cleanup.

The signal shift came in the form of the Mini-Manbo, or “little sunfish,” above, an armored underwater robot that was able to maneuver around debris and withstand radioactive hot spots, finally locating one reactor’s melted uranium core. Similar discoveries were made at the complex’s two other ruined reactors this year.



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• Satellite signals that appeared to be from a missing Argentine submarine added urgency to rescue efforts.

Australia, Britain, the U.S. and other countries are helping searchers. The craft, with 44 aboard, has been missing since Wednesday. Above, the submarine ARA San Juan in an undated photo.



What It’s Like to Live in India’s Toxic Air

New Delhi’s air quality worsens every winter. Jeffrey Gettleman, Times South Asia bureau chief, talks to residents who are suffering from the pollution and some who call it a “slow poison.”

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, VIKRAM SINGH and DAVID BOTTI on Publish Date November 18, 2017.

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• The air quality in Delhi gets worse every year. In the video above, our South Asia bureau chief talks to residents who call it a “slow poison.”

The U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, meanwhile, hammered out the beginnings of a “rule book” to chart progress in scaling back carbon emissions.

It didn’t seem to square with the urgency expressed by the German chancellor, who called climate change “an issue determining our destiny as mankind.”


And single men in China are turning to a distinctly 21st-century coach for a leg up in the dating scene. In a country where men outnumber women by tens of millions, the “Fall in Love Emotional Education” school offers instruction in grooming, dressing and, critically, making an approach.

The school’s founder says 90 percent of its graduates, who are trained in personal style (“sleeves should be folded up above the elbow”) and the art of the pensive profile picture, end up with girlfriends.



• Toshiba, fearing the $18 billion sale of its chip unit would be delayed by regulatory reviews, will sell shares to raise $5.4 billion and avoid being removed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in March.

The Trumpchi vehicle brand has a devoted following in China, and the maker hopes it will be the first Chinese car brand to take off in the U.S. Top executives are agonizing, however, over whether to change the name — which they insist is a coincidence.

Radhika Jones, the editorial director of The Times’s books coverage, will be the next editor in chief of Vanity Fair, and the first Indian-American to lead a major U.S. glossy.

• Take a step inside an old missile silo that has been converted into a $1.5 million bunker condo for wealthy survivalists.

Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News


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• An apartment-building fire in Beijing’s scrappy outskirts killed at least 19 people, many of them migrant workers trapped in thick smoke that witnesses said smelled of chemicals. [The New York Times]

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, visited Myanmar and outlined a “three-stage plan” to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. [South China Morning Post]

A Japanese driver was killed in a collision with a U.S. military truck driven by a Marine stationed in Okinawa. The Marine was three times over blood-alcohol limit, local news media said. [The New York Times]

• Two former South Korean spy chiefs were arrested and a third was questioned a second time about illegally channeling money to Park Geun-hye before her presidency ended in disgraced. [Korea Times]

• Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, challenged the U.S. to cut all aid to his country after Washington responded to the dissolution of the opposition party by halting funds for next year’s election. [Reuters]

Global health agencies warn that bird viruses that can infect humans — and not only those of the H7N9 strain — have been spreading in Asia and Australia. [The New York Times]

• A North Korean soldier who was shot while defecting across the demilitarized zone was found by South Korean surgeons to have dozens of parasitic worms, a reminder of dire conditions in the North. [The New York Times]

• In Japan, a dairy farmer spent a decade planting an expanse of the sweet-scented shibazakura, the moss phlox, as a gift to his wife after she went blind. [Japan Inside]

Smarter Living

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

Liberal arts are not doomed. We challenged other myths, too, about choosing a college major.

• How to give your fridge a good, deep cleaning.

• Recipe of the day: Start the week with simple, takeout-style sesame noodles.



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Who really owns A.C. Milan? Li Yonghong, above, who bought Italy’s world-famous soccer club for $860 million in April, doesn’t seem to control the Chinese mining empire he claimed. Our reporters re-examine the deal in light of China’s pronounced tastes for brand names and concealed foreign holdings.

• In memoriam. Malcolm Young, 64, the guitarist and songwriter who helped found the Australian rock band AC/DC; and Girish Bhargava, 78, a master of editing dance films, notably for the movie “Dirty Dancing.”

In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday coming on Thursday means something different to everyone. Nine prominent writers, including Viet Thanh Nguyen, Parul Seghal and A. O. Scott, shared their Thanksgiving stories.

Back Story


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“London is not going to sleep tonight. At least that is the impression given by the many, many thousands who thronged around Buckingham Palace.”

That was a dispatch in The Times in 1947 on the day before the wedding of Princess Elizabeth of Britain and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh. Today, as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, they celebrate their 70th anniversary.

This year’s celebration will be muted, the British news media reported. Elizabeth, 91, and her consort, 96, have scaled back public events in recent months.

In August, Prince Philip made his final solo public appearance before retiring from his official duties. This month, the queen delegated a Remembrance Sunday ceremony to Prince Charles in what was seen as a step in the monarchy’s transition to its next generation.

But 70 years ago, the wedding celebrations were anything but muted. Our report at the time recounted that the day “must have set a record in decibels.”

Drew Middleton, who covered Europe for The Times during and after World War II, was in the crowd outside Buckingham Palace. “Through field glasses you saw a healthy, happy girl and a grinning young naval officer,” he wrote.

Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.


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