Patrick Boehler, The New York Times, 22.11.2016
• President-elect Donald J. Trump released an infomercial-style YouTube video in which he said his transition was going “very smoothly, efficiently and effectively” and listed priorities for his first day in office, including starting the process of withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Civil rights groups called on Mr. Trump to publicly condemn extremist movements after white nationalists gathered in Washington over the weekend. Video emerged of some of them giving Nazi salutes after a speaker said, “Hail Trump!” The president-elect invited television news anchors and executives to Trump Tower, where he accused them of dishonesty. He is expected to meet this week with representatives of other news organizations, including The New York Times today.
• The importance of one factor that played into the U.S. election is still emerging: the role of fake news. Some false stories are produced deliberately, but some build from misinformed social media posts. We look at how one erroneous tweet by a man with just 40 followers exploded through the hyperpartisan blogosphere. One restaurant is reeling from menacing calls and online abuse after fake stories claimed that Hillary Clinton abused children.
• Three days of heavy bombing by the Syrian government left more than 250,000 people in eastern Aleppo without hospital care. “It feels like we are living in hell. Our neighborhoods are in flames, and bombs are raining down from the sky,” one doctor said. The U.N. special envoy to Syria said he feared that the city’s east “will not be there by the new year in terms of structural destruction.”
• The fallout from revelations of Russia’s state-run doping program is rewriting the record books for the Beijing and the London Summer Olympics. The retesting of stored urine samples has incriminated at least 40 medal winners, most from Russia and other Eastern European countries. Medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics are also likely to be called into question.
• The Vatican extended a policy allowing priests to grant forgiveness for abortion, continuing Pope Francis’ aim to make the church more welcoming and inclusive.
• When Donald Trump met with Nigel Farage this month, the president-elect encouraged the British politician to oppose the kind of offshore wind farms he believes will mar the view from one of his Scottish golf courses, according to a person who was present.
• A recently leaked memo has highlighted cabinet divisions over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
• Lufthansa pilots are on strike today. The company’s budget airlines are not affected.
• “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” cast a spell on international audiences, earning $143 million. In Britain, the release marked the highest box office weekend so far this year.
IN THE NEWS
• A powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of Japan. A cooling system in a nuclear reactor shut down but was restored without incident. Above, crowds at a train station where services were suspended. [The New York Times]
• Allegiances are shifting toward China in the Asia Pacific as a trade deal excluding the U.S. gains momentum. [The New York Times]
• France said seven men in Marseille and Strasbourg were arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. [The New York Times]
• Talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus as a federation have hit an impasse over disputed territory. [The Associated Press]
• The European Parliament said the U.K. Independence Party spent E.U. funds on its campaign for Britain to leave the bloc. [Politico]
• The world’s best climber, Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic, is taking on the Dawn Wall in the Yosemite Valley of California. He wanted to shatter a record.
• Jurgen Klinsmann, the German World Cup-winning striker, lost his job as coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.
• William Trevor, the Irish writer, died aged 88. He focused his mournful, darkly funny short stories and novels on “the sadness of fate.”
• The artist Jeff Koons said he will donate a monumental sculpture of a fistful of tulips to Paris to commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks.
• President Obama will present Robert De Niro, Bill and Melinda Gates and 18 other Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom today. It is the country’s highest civilian honor.
• Quit social media. That’s the advice of a university professor who said that doing so could benefit your career. “If you’re serious about making an impact in the world,” he said, “power down your smartphone, close your browser tabs, roll up your sleeves and get to work