They’re following the money. New York’s attorney general has ordered Donald Trump’s personal charity to cease soliciting donations for violating state laws regulating charitable institutions. Scrutiny of the Republican nominee’s use of other people’s money is heating up: The New York Times followed its weekend revelation that the mogul lost nearly $1 billion in 1995 with a new exposé that describes Trump’s business decisions as catastrophically bad for those who worked with him. But OZY’s Nick Fouriezos says Trump supporters regard the reports as biased and won’t change their votes.
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It’s been an uneasy partnership. After months of frustration on both sides, the U.S. has announced a suspension of talks with Russia about bringing peace to Syria. The move comes just days after the U.S. government threatened to break off their fragile bilateral partnership. Their reasoning? Russia and the Syrian government bombed Aleppo heavily this weekend, shattering hopes of an extended ceasefire – and allegedly deliberately targeting humanitarian aid convoys. The U.S. has also made it clear they won’t be cooperating with Russia’s military any time soon. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” said a State Department spokesman.
Not so fast. That’s the message from 50.2 percent of voters in Colombia yesterday, who rejected a deal to end a decades-long conflict that’s claimed 260,000 lives. Signed by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez just last week after four years of talks, the deal required ratification by the people to take effect. FARC guerrillas had agreed to disarm and would have had six months to join the political process. While Santos warned that there’s no Plan B, both sides say they still want peace.
Try to run the country without them. More than 100,000 Polish women pledged on Facebook to stay home from work today as a protest against proposed new laws that would ban abortion even in the case of rape, potentially punish women who have miscarriages and end the practice of visiting neighboring countries to obtain abortions. The Polish city of Częstochowa reported that 60 percent of its female workers were absent. While Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said women’s rights aren’t being undermined, other politicians admitted they’d be open to softening the new regulations.
Will this finally cost him? The New York Times obtained Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, revealing a $916 million loss — meaning he could’ve gone tax-free for 18 years on the write-off. Hillary Clinton’s campaign hammered his business failures and unwillingness to play by normal rules, while confidants Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie called the creative tax scheme a sign of “genius.” Meanwhile, the mogul’s given no indication that he’ll release his returns — prompting some to wonder if reality may be even more damaging than the speculation.
EU can’t always get what EU want. Hungarian President Viktor Orban has waged a campaign against the plan to resettle 1,294 asylum seekers in Hungary as part of a bloc-wide quota system to deal with the influx of refugees. While 98 percent of voters sided with Orban in a referendum rejecting the proposal, it may be rendered invalid, as only 43 percent of the electorate voted. The government’s angling to validate the result anyway, and Orban’s now proposing a constitutional amendment to enshrine it in law.
It’s damaging their sterling reputation. Terms and a timeline for Britain’s exit from the EU had been unclear, while investors warned that prolonged uncertainty could destabilize the U.K.’s gradual post-referendum economic recovery. But yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May clarified, saying she’ll kick off the two-year divorce negotiation process by the end of March. She also hinted that Britain will leave Europe’s single market, news that sent the pound to its lowest point since mid-August over concerns that London’s powerhouse financial industry could choose to relocate.
Know This: Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, and her loss is estimated to be millions. At least 52 people died in Ethiopia when a festival became a stampede. And Southern California has been told to stay on alert for a major earthquake until tomorrow.
Read This: Mao is so now. Here’s your longread on why Mao Zedong is popular again — and what that means for modern China.
Watch This: Yoshinori Ohsumi just won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Here’s a video of him explaining his work on autophagy, or cell degradation.
It’s a whole new testament. Gospel-driven apps Story Dive and Bible VR can put users in the stable during the Virgin Birth or standing next to David as he loads his slingshot. VR church services, reasoning that mind-altering experiences can be soul-moving too, are already a reality. Critics are concerned about the self-centered nature of technology — and whether this experience will fall short the way so many films have. Still, we might not be far off from a headset in every pew.
These are not impartial eyes. Two years after the introduction of body cameras to America’s police forces, research shows an astounding 93 percent drop in public complaints about law enforcement. But many experts say body cameras still have a fatal flaw: They rely on officers turning them on in the first place. In several recent police shootings, body camera footage hasn’t been available. And as some states, including North Carolina, move to restrict access to body camera footage, the technology may soon become even less useful.
Just a little more and everyone can breathe easy. The landmark environmental pact won’t come into force until 55 countries, contributing at least 55 percent of global emissions, formally ratify it. India’s the 62nd country to join, and its 4.5 percent of global emissions means the second bar is nearly cleared, as well. Activists are racing to have the agreement go into effect before U.S. elections potentially derail American involvement. The EU, which accounts for 12 percent of emissions, is expected to follow India’s lead in the coming days.
Will this break the spell? The author of the wildly popular Neapolitan novels has stayed anonymous throughout her career, using “Elena Ferrante” as a pseudonym and refusing to accept the seemingly inevitable exposure that accompanies literary success. Now the New York Review of Books has published an investigation into her identity, using financial records, and people are pissed — especially that a male writer took it upon himself to expose a woman who’d taken every precaution to stay private. Furthermore, Ferrante’s implied in the past that she’ll stop writing if identified.
The King has spoken. James wrote an op-ed saying the Democratic nominee would “build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama,” and tackle the issues he cares about, never mentioning her GOP foe. James, who’s spoken out against police killings, has become a high-profile political voice in sports. The Akron native is hugely popular in Ohio after returning to deliver an NBA title this year for the Cleveland Cavaliers — breaking the city’s half-century championship drought — and his state is critical to the Nov. 8 election.