Good morning. We’re protecting international summits about Ukraine, a North Korean missile check and a change in Australia’s refugee coverage.

North Korea carried out its boldest weapons check in years and its first intercontinental ballistic missile firing since 2017. The missile on Thursday gave the impression to be the North’s strongest ICBM thus far, South Korean officers stated.

Coming simply earlier than a NATO assembly over the war in Ukraine, the check drastically escalated tensions with the Biden administration. The U.S., Japan and South Korea rapidly condemned the launch, which spurred tit-for-tat missile launches by South Korea.

Launch: The missile flew at an especially steep angle, reaching an altitude of 6,000 kilometers — far greater than in previous assessments — and protecting 1,099 kilometers earlier than it crashed into waters west of Japan 71 minutes after liftoff, Japanese officers stated. Questions stay about whether or not the North might hit another continent.

Background: Right here’s a glance contained in the nation’s arsenal.

Politics: The check comes lower than three weeks after the South elected a president who promised a harder stance on the North.

After refusing for years, Australia will permit some refugees at present or beforehand held in its widely criticized offshore detention centers to resettle in New Zealand.

Australia’s authorities has lengthy prompt that the association might encourage extra individuals to make harmful sea crossings to attempt to finally enter Australia — maybe by New Zealand, the place all refugees are placed on a path to citizenship.

It was not instantly clear why Australia modified its thoughts. One refugee coordinator prompt that the size and value of the detentions had turn out to be burdensome.

Background: New Zealand first provided the association in 2013, after Australia started holding these arriving by boat on islands, pledging to forestall them from ever settling within the nation.

Particulars: New Zealand will absorb 150 refugees a 12 months for 3 years, as a part of its whole annual refugee quota of 1,500 individuals.

Facilities: Australia has detained greater than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, a Pacific island nation, the place about 112 people remain. Human rights teams have deemed the detentions a violation of worldwide regulation, citing the merciless situations wherein the refugees stay.

Alongside a lonely stretch of what was as soon as probably the most harmful highway in Afghanistan, everybody slows down once they attain Hafiz Qadim’s mud-brick store. It’s not the meals. Or the gasoline. It’s the bomb crater in the midst of the highway, which makes for a handy pit cease.

“Turning Crimson,” Pixar’s latest coming-of-age film, follows Meilin Lee, a Chinese language Canadian teenager who transforms into an enormous crimson panda each time she feels an intense emotion — a metaphor for the rising pains of puberty.

The crimson panda signifies Mei’s journey from a dutiful daughter of Asian immigrants to a younger lady bursting with messy emotions and difficult her household’s expectations. The most important set off of Mei’s panda, to her mom’s dismay, is her passion for 4*Town, a boy band that resembles *NSYNC and BTS. “It’s a aspect of teenybopper ladies that you just by no means get to see,” the movie’s director, Domee Shi, told The Times. “We’re simply as awkward and sweaty and lusty and excited as any boy.”

Former and present boy-band followers will see themselves in scenes just like the one wherein Mei introduces every 4*City member with a selected reality (“Tae Younger fosters injured doves!”) or when Mei and her pals report movies of themselves dancing to the band’s hits (together with “Nobody Like U,” written by Billie Eilish and Finneas).

Together with her pals’ assist, Mei learns to manage her crimson panda, even harnessing it to lift cash to see 4*City carry out. They may stroll into that live performance as ladies, Mei says, and are available out as ladies. — Ashley Wu, graphics editor

That’s it for immediately’s briefing. See you subsequent time. — Amelia

P.S. David Wallace-Wells will probably be joining The Times Magazine and Times Opinion, the place he’ll write a weekly e-newsletter protecting local weather change, know-how and the way forward for the planet.

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