Detective Chinatown 2 review – wacky slapstick and goofy hijinks

Detectives from around the world descend on New York’s Chinatown in a broad action-comedy sequel from Chen Sicheng Police story … Detective Chinatown 2. Photograph: Warner Bros What better way to celebrate Chinese new year than with this film? Erm … actually, there are a number of activities that might be better. It’s a broad, …

Florida school shooting: focus shifts to NRA and gun lobby cash to lawmakers

Anger as some Republicans call for prayers for victims rather than suggesting action on gun control A protester holds a sign that reads, ‘NRA Stop Killing Our Kids’, outside the court-room where Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was having a bond hearing. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images …

As Joyce and Turnbull slug it out, Twitter takes a ringside seat. Ding ding ding!

In the blue corner we have Australia’s PM, in the green corner his deputy … Can either land a knockout blow? Malcolm Turnbull dominates the early rounds, but Barnaby Joyce won’t lie down. Photograph: piyathep/Getty Images/iStockphoto It’s the match Twitter’s been waiting for! Tensions between Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce over the deputy prime minister’s …

New Zealand legal profession shocked by sexual harassment scandal

Prestigious firm Russell McVeagh at centre of allegations of sexual misconduct towards interns Russell McVeagh is based in Wellington. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo One of New Zealand’s most prestigious law firms has become embroiled in allegations of sexual misconduct towards interns – allegations which have cost two lawyers their jobs, and caused the entire profession …

Unlikely Skeleton Duo Share an Obscure Sport and a Crazy Dream

Anthony Watson, right, who is representing Jamaica at the Winter Olympics, worked with Akwasi Frimpong, who is representing Ghana, on Frimpong’s skeleton sled after practice. Hilary Swift for The New York Times PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — They are united here, at the Winter Games, at the bottom ranks of a sport considered among the most …

‘The Olympics are killing us’: ski shop owners left out in Pyeongchang cold

Businesses in the resort say they face ruin because slopes have been taken over for Winter Games A banner hung by local ski hire shops protesting against the closure of ski slopes in Phoenix Park during the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images Jong Cheon-lim is perhaps the most miserable person at the Winter Olympics. …

Europe Edition: Florida, Kosovo, South Africa: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. The latest on the Florida school shooting, stock market predictions and a Wes Anderson premiere at the Berlinale. Here’s the news: Saul Martinez for The New York Times • An assistant football coach who tried to protect students. A freshman trombonist in the …

Intrigue at V.A. as Secretary Says He Is Being Forced Out

David J. Shulkin, the veterans affairs secretary, at a hearing before the House veterans affairs committee on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press The secretary of veterans affairs, David J. Shulkin, for a year enjoyed rare bipartisan support in Washington as he reformed his department, but now officials in the Trump administration are trying to replace him. …

S.E.C. Blocks Chinese Takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

The Chicago Stock Exchange handles only a small fraction of the stock trades that take place every day. M. Spencer Green/Associated Press A federal securities regulator on Thursday struck down the proposed $20 million acquisition of a Chicago-based trading hub, the Chicago Stock Exchange, by a Chinese-owned company. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it …