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Uighurs, China Trade, NATO: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering China’s use of DNA to map faces, global stock market disruptions and life inside a village on the DMZ.

It sounds like science fiction, but it isn’t.

Scientists in various countries are working on a way to create an image of a person’s face from a genetic sample. But in China, the effort uses blood collected from ethnic Uighurs swept up in mass detentions in China’s Xinjiang region.

In a wide-ranging talk in London, he said that Chinese officials wanted to make a deal but that “we’ll see whether or not the deal’s going to be right, it’s got to be right.”

The Trump administration has also raised the prospect of steep new tariffs on French cheese and wine, prompting Europe to threaten retaliation, and Mr. Trump has said he would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil and Argentina.

Markets: China’s currency slipped. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 was on track for its worst loss since Oct. 8.

Smarter Living: If you start practicing your New Year’s resolutions now, your chances of sticking to them will be a cinch in 2020.

His name is Bond. James Bond. But as the trailer for the latest Bond movie comes out today, we wondered where the name came from.

The writer behind the super spy, Ian Fleming, was also an avid bird watcher. On a trip to Jamaica after World War II, he spotted a book, “Birds of the West Indies,” by an ornithologist from Philadelphia. Who happened to be named James Bond.

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