Europe Edition: Aretha Franklin, Genoa, Trump: Your Friday Briefing

Europe Edition (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Honoring a soul music legend, recovering from a bridge collapse, and protesting at Google. Here’s the latest: ImageCreditTyrone Dukes/The New York Times • One word: respect. Tributes are pouring in for Aretha Franklin, the universally acclaimed “Queen of Soul” and one …

Google agents beef adjoin plan for censored Chinese seek engine

More than 1,000 Google employees have signed a letter protesting against the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organise it but wished to stay anonymous. It calls on executives to review the company’s ethics and transparency; …

In Shadow of Mt. Etna, Europe Makes a Last Stand for Solar

The new, more efficient solar panel being tested by an Italian utility, Enel, at a Sicilian factory in Catania.CreditGianni Cipriano for The New York Times By Stanley Reed and Keith Bradsher CATANIA, Italy — The enormous glass building on the outskirts of this Sicilian city had been intended for making silicon wafers for flash memory …

Cut in Two, Genoa Finds Its Political Paralysis Now Eclipsed by Shock

The Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, was built so close to private homes that residents could not sleep at night when workers did the maintenance work that was always needed.CreditPiero Cruciatti/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Gaia Pianigiani, Elisabetta Povoledo and Richard Pérez-Peña GENOA, Italy — When Deborah Ilardi woke up on Tuesday, her first …

Elon Musk Confronts a Fateful Tweet and an ‘Excruciating’ Year

Elon Musk, the chairman and chief executive of the electric-car maker Tesla. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said.CreditNoah Berger/Bloomberg Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my …

China is ‘rapidly’ accretion adviser training, apparently for US strikes – Pentagon

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday has said. The assessment was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its global influence, with defence spending that the Pentagon estimates exceeded …

Kerala floods: afterlife assessment alcove 86 in affliction cloudburst in about a century

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India’s Kerala state on Thursday as the death toll reached 86 with fears for dozens more. Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the southern state popular with …

Trump’s aggressive array adjourned amidst account it could amount $92m

The US defense department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by Donald Trump won’t happen in 2018. Col Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House “have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019”. Manning says the Pentagon had “originally targeted 10 November 2018,” for the Washington …

White House Memo: Once Dry Discussions, Cabinet Meetings Are Now Part of the Trump Show

White House Memo President Trump hosted a cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday that included him referring to Aretha Franklin as a former employee and musing about how much farmers who have been hurt by his trade policies love him.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times By Julie Hirschfeld Davis WASHINGTON — President …