Catalonia, Las Vegas, Google: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times

• Just when Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain needed to deliver a strong speech — at a Conservative Party conference dominated by talk of her fragile leadership — it turned into a nightmare.

First Mrs. May was targeted by a prankster. Then her voice gave out. And finally, letters spelling out a slogan began falling from the display behind her.

Mrs. May reacted by showing some self-deprecating humor, and there was empathy from some fellow politicians.

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• Recruiters are increasingly turning to algorithms to choose job applicants based on ability, filtering out gender and other biases.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of women, some frustrated by thwarted progress in the corporate world, are starting their own businesses. “If I stopped every time I thought I had failed, I wouldn’t have made it this far,” said a Dublin-based jeweler.

We would like to hear from you on challenges women face in their careers.

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From left: University of Lausanne, Columbia University and Cambridge University, via European Pressphoto Agency

• The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists who developed a method for generating 3-D images of the molecules of life.

The discovery has already helped scientists better understand diseases like Zika and could lead to treatments in the future.

Coming today: the prize for literature.

Business

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• At Google’s launch of new gadgets including smartphones, the focus was on the artificial intelligence technology that the company sees as its competitive advantage. (Here’s a list of the new hardware.)

• The European Commission announced plans to take Ireland to court for failing to collect back taxes from Apple, and to order Luxembourg to claim around 250 million euros in unpaid taxes from Amazon.

• E.U. officials will weigh today whether to allow the continued use of products that contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship weed killer.

• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.




In the News

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• A court in southwestern Turkey handed down life sentences to 40 men, including senior military officers, charged with trying to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [The New York Times]

• King Salman of Saudi Arabia is in Moscow for the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Russia, as the two powers’ interests in the Middle East, and on oil and gas, increasingly converge. [Bloomberg]

• Three Green Berets were killed in Niger, the first American deaths in a mission to assist local troops against Al Qaeda’s African branch. [The New York Times]

• In Iran, an aide to the country’s negotiators in talks that led to the 2015 nuclear agreement has been sentenced to five years in prison for spying. [The New York Times]

• In Denmark, an autopsy revealed that the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died on the Danish inventor Peter Madsen’s submarine, had been stabbed more than 14 times, casting further doubt on his explanation of her death. [The New York Times]

• European governments tripled the number of Afghan asylum seekers they deported to their war-torn homeland last year compared with 2015, Amnesty International said. [Associated Press]

• Transgender women will be allowed to enroll in a female-only college at Cambridge University, which argued that the understanding of what it means to be a woman had changed. [The New York Times]

• In Romania, Iulian Vlad, the last chief of Ceausescu’s dreaded secret police, has died at 86. [The New York Times]

Smarter Living

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

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• Recipe of the day: Complement dinner with a loaf of warm, herbed garlic bread.

• Want to bike to work but still look your best? A change of clothes is in order.

• A jogging regimen may augment self-control.

Noteworthy

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• In an essay, Caitriona Balfe, the actress of “Outlander” fame, describes her struggles and the love she found in Paris when she moved there from Ireland.

• Frieze London, the art fair, begins today. Here’s our guide to activities and attractions during the festival.

• At Lego’s first restaurant in Denmark, orders are taken and food is “prepared” by Lego minifigure chefs “living” in iPad boxes at each table.

• Minimalism is everywhere, but it isn’t for everyone. These designers prefer big, loud, strange furnishings, and their aesthetics are catching on.

Back Story

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On this day in 1947, Harry Truman delivered the first televised presidential address from the White House. (Since most Americans didn’t have TVs at the time, it was also broadcast over the radio. Here’s the full audio clip, a transcript and the Times front page the next day.)

With winter approaching, President Truman asked Americans to cut back on their consumption of proteins and grains to help hungry Europeans struggling to rebuild after World War II.

“If the peace should be lost because we failed to share our food with hungry people, there would be no more tragic example in all history of a peace needlessly lost.”

He called for no meat on Tuesdays, no poultry or eggs on Thursdays, and saving a slice of bread every day. Restaurants were asked to serve bread and butter only on request.

The broadcast was part of a special on food conservation, and other government officials, including Secretary of State George C. Marshall, spoke too.

A day later, the Citizens Food Committee announced special low-grain (but still pretty high-fat) White House menus. Among the items: cheese souffle; coffee mallow, a rich dessert; and “perfection salad,” a gelatin mold made with cabbage.

Karen Zraick contributed reporting.

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