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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, California, Kodak: Your Thursday Briefing

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In Washington, President Trump called U.S. courts “broken and unfair” the morning after a federal judge ordered the administration to restart an Obama-era program that program shields undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation.

And Mr. Trump declined to commit to being interviewed by the special counsel on Russia, backing off a promise he made last year. “I’ll speak to attorneys,” he told reporters.

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• No plane, no fee.

A new search has started to solve one of greatest aviation mysteries: the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly four years ago on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard.

Under a deal with the Malaysian government, a U.S.-based company could receive as much as $70 million if it finds the plane’s debris or two data recorders within 90 days. If it can’t, it will receive nothing.

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Another senior Chinese general has come under investigation for graft. Gen. Fang Fenghui is suspected of giving and taking bribes, a state-run news outlet said, adding that he “abandoned the mission of the party and degenerated politically, becoming economically rapacious,”

And the Times Magazine explores the mystery of Guo Wengui, above, the exiled billionaire whistle-blower who from a Central Park penthouse has exposed a phenomenal web of corruption in China’s ruling elite — if, that is, he’s telling the truth.

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It’s here, our annual list of 52 places to inspire travelers. This year’s list includes popular spots like New Orleans, and lesser-known gems like Gansu, in China, and Sao Tome and Principe, on Africa’s West Coast. Here’s how we compiled the list.

This year we are sending one writer to visit each and every place. We got 13,000 applications — now meet the lucky traveler: Jada Yuan, above. You’ll have all of 2018 to get to know her.

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Business

• India eased rules on foreign investment. The changes could lead Apple and other companies to significantly expand their retail presence there. The government also said it would allow up to 49 percent of Air India to be bought by foreign airlines.

Toyota and Mazda are said to have picked Alabama for a new $1.6 billion assembly plant. The Japanese automakers said it is expected to employ about 4,000 people and open by 2021.

• In Japan, carmakers and suppliers are scrambling to catch up as the world warms to battery-powered vehicles.

• Kodak, the iconic U.S. photography firm, went bankrupt in the shift to digital images. Now, it’s betting its future on KodakCoin, with an initial coin offering to help photographers sell their work.

• Most U.S. stocks were lower. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

In the News

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• Myanmar charged two Reuters journalists who were covering the plight of Rohingyas with obtaining state secrets. They could face 14 years in prison. [The New York Times]

In Pakistan, at least two people were killed as hundreds of protesters, enraged over the murder of a young girl, clashed with the police. [The New York Times]

• Iran suspended the death sentence for drug-related crimes, a move that could spare 5,000 lives. [The New York Times]

In Australia, the suicide of Amy “Dolly” Everett, a 14-year-old girl who was once the face of Akubra hats, has spurred an anti-bullying campaign. [ABC]

• Libya said it rescued at least 279 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, but 100 more were feared dead. [The New York Times]

The main Catalan separatist parties reached a deal to keep Carles Puigdemont as the Spanish region’s leader, even though he is in self-imposed exile in Belgium. [The New York Times]

• In Nepal, a woman died in the cold after she was forced to sleep in a hut because she was menstruating and considered impure. [The New York Times]

• An 85-year-old man in Tianjin, China, put himself up for adoption to avoid living in a nursing home. [Sixth Tone]

Smarter Living

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

• Eight tips to help keep your travel expenses down.

• Fiber’s good for you. Here’s why.

• Recipe of the day: For a fish dinner, try halibut with brown butter, lemon and sage.

Noteworthy

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• Tonya Harding is back. And she’d like an apology. The new movie, “I, Tonya,” tells the disgraced figure skater’s side of the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal.

• Despite promises of reform, FIFA, the nonprofit soccer organization, paid its top executives nearly $10 million last year — more than some of the biggest companies in the world.

• And our food writer, who was raised in Hawaii, traveled back home to trace poke, the raw fish dish, to its source.

Back Story

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In the 1850s, a U.S. Army lieutenant exploring the Grand Canyon made one of history’s less accurate predictions, saying the area had no financial value and that his “party of whites” would probably be the last to visit.

Far from it. In 1919, the year the Grand Canyon became a national park, it had more than 44,000 visitors, and today it receives six million a year.

The canyon’s path to national park status began in the 1880s, when Senator Benjamin Harrison of Indiana introduced several bills, but to no success. Later as president, he made it a forest reserve.

President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed parts of it a federal game reserve and then established it as a national monument on this day in 1908.

Five years earlier, on his first visit to Arizona (then still a territory), Roosevelt said he could not attempt to describe the Grand Canyon and implored people to preserve it. “You cannot improve on it; not a bit,” he said.

Like Roosevelt, the environmentalist John Muir was left at a loss for words by the canyon’s beauty, writing in 1902 that no artist could do justice to its colors: “And if paint is of no effect, what hope lies in pen-work? Only this: some may be incited by it to go and see for themselves.”

Jennifer Jett contributed reporting.

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