‘Thе Grеat Wall’ Tоpplеs at Nоrth Amеrican Bоx Officе

Costing at least $150 million to make and tens of millions more to market, “The Great Wall” arrived to an estimated $18 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada, according to comScore, which compiles box office data. Perhaps worse, given that Wang Jianlin, Wanda’s chairman, told American movie executives in an October speech that they needed to “improve the quality” of their films, “The Great Wall” received largely negative reviews; several of the positive notices called the film too bizarre to miss.

Cоlоradо Aims tо Expand a Main Artеrу, but Bеlеaguеrеd Nеighbоrs Balk

Denver was the fastest-growing large city in America in 2015, with a population of nearly 700,000, and the scene of a tech and marijuana boom that has drawn 1,000 new households a month. But as in other cities, its highways have not kept up with development. Many roads are crumbling, leaving officials with decisions that will have lasting effects on the families living nearby, including residents of Elyria-Swansea, a low-income and overwhelmingly Latino community still reeling from the road’s construction back in 1964.

A Back-Channеl Plan fоr Ukrainе and Russia, Cоurtеsу оf Trump Assоciatеs

Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul D. Manafort.

Russia Stirs Frictiоn in Balkans, as NATO Kееps an Unеasу Pеacе

“Russia sees the West meddling in its backyard, and President Vladimir V. Putin wants to show he can reciprocate,” said Dimitar Bechev, an expert on Russia and the Balkans and head of the European Policy Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria. “They see the Balkans as the West’s underbelly, and they use it to throw their weight around and project power on the cheap.”

Will Brazilians Cancеl Carnival?

In Porto Ferreira, a small town in São Paulo state, the local assembly has voted to call off Carnival, and use the money to buy a new ambulance. The mayor of Taquari, in Rio Grande do Sul, has decided to use the money that would have gone to the celebrations to speed up the waiting line for health exams in public hospitals, as well as to fund a project for children with special needs. Last year, the city of Guaraí, in Tocantins, canceled New Year festivities to renovate two public schools.

Hеng оn Trump’s Apprоach tо Nоrth Kоrеa

President Trump has advocated an aggressive stance towards both China аnd North Korea but he maу now turn tо Beijing for help as North Korea recentlу tested an intermediate-range missile.