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We look at what is driving Turks to leave in droves, Apple’s cut to its first-quarter revenue forecast and cultural interpreters in Sweden’s delivery rooms. Here’s the latest:
The draining of Turkey’s money and talent
For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won elections by promising to restore Turkey to the glories of its Ottoman past.
But after a failed 2016 coup, Mr. Erdogan enforced a sweeping crackdown. In its wake, the economy took a hit and the lira plunged after he won re-election with even greater authoritarian powers. Now, Turks are leaving in droves.
Lasting effect: Driven by fear of persecution and economic mismanagement, the exodus threatens to reorder society permanently and set Turkey back decades.
Analysis: “The brain drain is real,” one expert said of the flight of more than 250,000 Turkish citizens last year.
Apple’s China slump
Apple cut its first-quarter revenue forecast, citing a steep drop in iPhone sales in China.
In a letter to shareholders, the company said it expected revenue of about $84 billion in the quarter that ended Saturday, down from a previous estimate of $89 billion to $93 billion.
The takeaway: The company’s announcement added to concerns about the ability of U.S. tech giants to navigate an increasingly uncertain economy and a continuing trade war with China.
Markets: The new year started on a down note, as shares on Wall Street tumbled at the start of trading, following declines in Europe and Asia, but rose later in the day.
E.C.B.: The European Central Bank took control of a struggling Italian bank to prevent a wider crisis.
Day 1 of America’s divided government: No deal
With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 13th day, President Trump invited congressional leaders from both parties to a gathering in the Situation Room billed as a border security briefing.
Details: The U.S. government has been partly shut down for nearly two weeks after a legislative impasse over funding for a border wall.
What to watch for: Democrats take control of the House of Representatives today, the first taste of a split government during the Trump era. Representative Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to be elected speaker, has said the wall cannot be part of any deal to reopen the government.
The bridge between Swedish midwives and immigrant women
Last year, 28 percent of the women who gave birth in Sweden had been born in another country. That’s where doula culture interpreters come in, a relatively new concept in the Swedish delivery room.
The doula interpreters not only act as birth coaches but also provide translation services between medical professionals and immigrants.
Why it’s important: Studies show that the support of a trained doula can reduce the risk of complications and interventions during childbirth.
Impact: “This was a typical example where it went well, very much because the doula could explain,” one doula interpreter said after a delivery. “I think it helped her be more courageous that the doula was there.”
Here’s what else is happening
India: Two women in the southern Indian state of Kerala entered a centuries-old Hindu shrine that has long barred women of childbearing age. Hours before the women entered the temple, millions of people formed a 300-mile human chain protesting gender inequality.
Russia fire: More than two dozen people died when an apartment building partly collapsed after an explosion. About a dozen others are still missing.
Britain: The Foreign Office brought home 82 women from forced marriages over two years, then billed them as much as $1,000 for their return. The country’s foreign secretary said he wanted to “get to the bottom of this particular issue.”
Denmark: At least six people were killed when a cargo container carried by a freight train somehow struck a passing passenger train.
Space: China reached a milestone in space exploration, safely landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history. Separately, a NASA spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of that small, icy world known as Ultima Thule — the most distant object in space ever explored.
Greece: Three migrant fishermen who rescued Greeks from the sea during fast-moving wildfires in July were granted citizenship as a reward.
Italy: German soldiers stole a painting from the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy, during World War II. Now the museum wants the German government’s help getting it back from private hands.
New year, same you: Are you a grudge holder? It’s nothing to be ashamed of. “Grudges can be good, actually, and we should hold onto some of them, like petty Tamagotchis in our emotional pocket,” our Styles writer says.
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
Recipe of the day: Marinate salmon in miso paste and maple syrup for a quick, delicious meal.
Welcome to 2019. Here’s how to eat a little better.
Making changes in the new year? Use science to stick to your goals.
How do you acknowledge a colleague’s message? After a recent digital exchange, this writer looked into the history of one of his favored responses: “Roger that.”
In the days of Morse code, an R was sent to indicate that a message had been received.
That system evolved with the introduction of radio communications. Early transmissions were often of poor quality, so, to avoid misunderstandings, spelling alphabets were developed. Also called phonetic alphabets, they replaced letters with words that started with the corresponding letter.
By World War II, the U.S. and British militaries had settled on a standard: Able for A, Baker for B … and Roger for R. (Previously, the British had used Robert.)
In the 1950s, a new alphabet — commonly referred to as the NATO phonetic alphabet — was adopted, and is now the most widely used. It replaced Roger with Romeo. (I’m planning to stick with Roger.)
Chris Stanford, on the briefings team, wrote today’s Back Story.
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