Mr. Trump, warning Iran against retaliating for the U.S. strike that killed a top Iranian general, said over the weekend: “They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.”
Background: The U.S. is a signatory to a 1954 international agreement to protect cultural property in armed conflict. Iran is home to 22 sites designated by the United Nations as culturally important, including the ruins of Persepolis, the capital of an ancient empire.
Related: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said any retaliation for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani must be a proportional attack on American interests, according to three Iranians familiar with his instructions. In a departure for Tehran, which has often used proxies in its attacks, Ayatollah Khamenei also said a response should be openly carried out by Iranian forces.
Democrats insist that the Senate proceedings must include testimony that Mr. Trump has tried to block from Mr. Bolton and others, as well as new documentary evidence.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has refused to commit to calling witnesses, but the rules require only 51 senators to call a witness or request evidence, limiting his ability to call the shots.
What’s next: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to send the Senate the charges against Mr. Trump, which would start the trial, and it’s unclear what Mr. Bolton could say. His lawyer said in November that Mr. Bolton knew about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine affair that had not been shared with investigators.
Harvey Weinstein leaving court in Manhattan on Monday, using a walker. Hilary Swift for The New York Times
According to prosecutors, the new allegations involve two women, one of whom said Mr. Weinstein raped her in her hotel room in 2013. He is accused of victimizing another woman the next day and faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted.
Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers declined to comment on the latest charges.
Closer look: More than 80 women, including a number of prominent actresses, have accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct, but most of those complaints have not led to criminal charges. As a result, many of his accusers are placing their hopes in the trial in New York.
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Will China buy fake meat?
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Over the past few years, Impossible Foods and its main rival, Beyond Meat, have become major American food companies, striking deals with fast-food chains and earning praise for their efforts to replace animal products with plant-based substitutes.
Now they’re seeking entry into another market with a major environmental footprint: China, the world’s largest consumer of meat. We looked at the cultural and governmental hurdles. Above, dumplings made with a plant-based pork substitute from Zhenmeat, a Beijing start-up.
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Puerto Rico earthquake: Widespread power outages were reported today after a 6.5-magnitude tremor, the strongest yet in a week of seismic activity.
No Senate run for Mike Pompeo: The secretary of state told the Republican leadership that he does not plan to run this year in Kansas, his home state, according to four people briefed on the discussions.
Warrant for Carlos Ghosn’s wife: The Japanese authorities said today that they were seeking the arrest of Carole Ghosn, who is believed to be in Lebanon with her husband, the former Nissan executive.
Ikea settlement: The Swedish furniture retailer agreed to pay $46 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of a California toddler who was crushed by a dresser model that had been recalled after at least five other children were killed.
What we’re reading: This BBC article about two Jewish sisters fleeing the Nazis who were helped by a quiet doctor in Val d’Isère, France. Steven Erlanger, our European diplomatic correspondent, calls it a “moving story about heroism and survival.”
Now, a break from the news
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In early 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi — who had stayed in power thanks partly to a C.I.A.-led coup in 1953 — fled an uprising against his autocratic government. For help relocating him to the U.S., American officials turned to David Rockefeller, a banker who considered the deposed ruler a prized client.
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah leaving Iran for the last time on Jan. 16, 1979. Associated Press
Thank you Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford provided the break from the news. Mike Ives wrote today’s Back Story, based on reporting by David D. Kirkpatrick. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. • We’re listening to “The Daily.” Today’s episode explores the background of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. • Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Saudi Arabia’s neighbor to the south (five letters). You can find all our puzzles here. • Elle magazine profiled our investigations editor, Rebecca Corbett, who oversees some of The Times’s most ambitious work. She talked about spotting and mentoring talented reporters, guiding the Harvey Weinstein investigation and being powered by snacks.
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