Letter 51: Getting to Know (and Appreciate) Rural Australia

Getting to Know (and Appreciate) Rural Australia Damien Cave, our Australia bureau chief, shares insights on Australia, news of the world and reader feedback in this weekly newsletter. Want it by email? Sign up.
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I’m in rural Victoria this week reporting on immigration — part of our effort to explore Australia’s multicultural present and future — and I have to say, now I get why so many of you urged me to get out of the cities and into the country.
This isn’t my first trip to regional Australia, and let’s put aside the “real Australia” argument; in my book, cities and towns are both reflections of national character.
But just as dinner parties are different with six guests rather than 60, towns with a few hundred people do have a lot to teach about human interaction and how a country really works.
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Continue reading the main story In my experience, towns of the singular — one market, one intersection — tend to produce a few things in abundance. Questions are among t..

Bulletin Board: ‘He Is Not a Victim’: Our Austin Bomber Coverage Explained

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We invited readers to share with us their questions or comments on the reporting. We heard from about 2,000 readers. We’re running a selection of their questions with some responses from our journalists below. The questions have been condensed and edited for clarity.
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Kim Jong-un, Michael Flynn, Stephon Clark: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Kim Jong-un, Michael Flynn, Stephon Clark: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
Photo Credit KCNA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. Confident, reasonable, and willing to bargain.
Our correspondent says that’s the image North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, left, sought to project during a visit with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
It was Mr. Kim’s first known trip abroad since taking power — and it could strengthen his hand going into talks with the U.S. Here’s how the Chinese and North Korean news media covered the meeting.
President Trump was quick to chime in. He posted on Twitter that Mr. Xi told him that the meeting went “very well” and that Mr. Kim “looks forward to his meeting with me.”
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Photo Credit Jonathan Ernst/Reuters 2. A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael Fly..