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How social media helped Caribbean islanders say: Don't forget us

U.S. That's us,' said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in a segment devoted to the devastation hurricane Irma wrought across the United States Virgin Islands. Ms. Maddow's report highlighted how hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, transformed the once green and leafy paradise in the southeastern Caribbean ...

What's really important about Facebook Russia Ads

Yes, a shadowy Russian firm with ties to the Kremlin bought about $100,000 worth of Facebook ads intended to sway voters during last year's presidential campaign, the social media giant disclosed earlier this month. The problem is, those Russian-bought online spots might be just a hint of a ...

Tale of two Mexicos? Amid NAFTA rethink, some urge more inclusive growth

Omar Chavira grew up near the rolling foothills of this state capital, coming of age when the US, Mexico, and Canada first signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Chavira had already dropped out of high school and soon married his wife, Soledad, who halted her education before junior ...

Do Russia's western war games deliver a threat, or just a message?

President Vladimir Putin watched through a cool drizzle in Russia's far western reaches Monday, just 70 miles from his country's border with the European Union, as Russian tanks and paratroopers battled fictional extremist groups. The confrontation was just one part of Zapad 2017,' a huge military ...

The awards and rewards of grasping infinity

With so much news being about the scarcity of things, it may be easy to overlook news about infinity, or rather our understanding of it. In July, two scholars were awarded one of the highest honors in math for solving a problem that has stumped mathematicians for seven decades: whether two ...

Trump's nationalist vision: Does it promote or endanger peace?

President Trump used his first appearance before world leaders assembled at the United Nations' annual opening session Tuesday to offer a vision for international cooperation that was part red meat, part kumbaya. Recommended: What do you know about the United Nations?

Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?

Two weeks after hurricane Harvey, Soni Herrera is trapped at her home – a home she and her family cannot yet live in. Like many of the tens of thousands of Houstonians flooded out of their houses, Ms. Herrera, her husband, Jaime, and their four children benefited from the indiscriminate bravery of ...

In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on hold

South Sudan's largest city needed a new bridge, and a Japanese aid agency was going to build one. The way the city was growing was unbelievable,' says Justin Tata, the head of the department of architecture and urban planning at the University of Juba. Every day, a huge portion of the country's ...

Apple thinks different – and the same – about the 'town square'

Ten years after Apple made the smartphone cool,' it wants to turn its retail stores into something warm. It announced last week that the nearly 500 Apple Stores will no longer really be stores but town squares.' In the era of social everything, Apple's glass-and-white-walled boxes are to become ...

Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?

President Trump has already shaken the post-World War II global order by pulling the United States out of American-led international pacts like the Paris Climate Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – and by threatening to dump others, like the Iran nuclear deal. For many in the ...

Bangladesh must face the truth about the Rohingya exodus, Time for new thinking on North Korea, If the US and Russia settle, it will help the world, A fresh nuclear arms race?, How Kenya's Supreme Court election recall became a reality

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What to think of North Korea on Peace Day

A common predictor of war is whether enough people expect one. A new Gallup poll, for example, finds 58 percent of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end its nuclear threat. That figure is up from 47 percent in 2003. Such polling, ...

Who are the Rohingya? What you should know about Myanmar's deepening crisis

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have endured decades of persecution. Some 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. An estimated 1 million to 1.2 million live in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, where they make up about a third of the population.

Bridging the racial divide: One step forward or two steps back?

Like many in the African-American community, Senators Booker and Scott were both deeply offended by Mr. Trump's statements casting blame on both sides for the tragic events that led to the death of one woman, and appearing to put white supremacists on an equal moral footing with those who oppose ...

Reading, writing and empathy: How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills

The students in the sixth-year class at the Møllevang school in Faxe, a municipality in rural Denmark southwest of Copenhagen, have answered these questions before. Recommended: Think you know Europe? As rudimentary as it is, the lesson in this kinetic classroom of students in hoodies and track ...

With rebuilding under way, assessing government responses to Irma and Harvey

The southeastern United States is struggling back onto its feet following this month's battering from two huge storms. Thankfully, the human toll from hurricanes Harvey and Irma was not as great as feared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government first responders have so far won ...

US foreign policy: Who is in charge?

The North Korean nuclear crisis has challenged the Trump administration and its formation of coherent and effective foreign policy like no other. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders?

How to fix US politics? Maybe start by seeing it as an 'industrial complex.'

In 2015, shortly after selling her family's food-products business, CEO Katherine Gehl had an epiphany: What if you analyzed the US political system as an industry? Why can't Washington get things done? Ms. Gehl teamed up with Harvard business professor Michael Porter, a consultant for her family ...

EU advice for nations with big visions

A good reason to watch the struggles of the European Union is that much of the world is trying to imitate its successes. How has the EU been able to link half a billion people across more than two dozen countries for so long? By values, he meant only a few: freedom, rule of law, and equality, as ...

Why strikes and poor polling aren't derailing Macron's reform plans

Remy Pichon joined tens of thousands on the streets of France this week to protest President Emmanuel Macron's labor reform. Mr. Pichon's positioning is clear. We are here to protect a century of workers' rights that we have earned,' says the laboratory technician, who missed a day of pay to march ...

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Villagers stream into the room and drag their chairs around her, their new deputy mayor, and comment on the drawing. The villagers hope Ms. Basel – a Dalit woman herself and one of more than 5,000 Dalit women recently elected to Nepal's local government bodies under a new quota system – will ...

The West's learning curve on Russian election meddling

German security officials are scratching their heads. What's changed, they ask, since the recent American and French elections when Russia was accused of disseminating fake news, leaking negative information, or trying to tamper with election machinery? One change may be that Russia now knows that ...

Why plight of Rohingya Muslims has suddenly captivated the Arab world

Graphic images of dead children and burning villages are circulated with exhortations to pressure the UN and the government.' The Arabic hashtag #rohingya_are_beingeliminated_silently is trending with tens of thousands of posts. At Friday prayers across the Arab world, Pray for Muslims in Palestine ...

California poised to become 'sanctuary' state. But do such policies work?

On Monday Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Kevin De León struck a deal on Senate Bill 54, or the California Values Act, making the state potentially the next in the nation to limit state and local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Only Oregon has ...

With an eye on tax reform, President Trump courts Democrats

President Trump's top priority is now tax reform, and he is intent on making sure that this effort does not go the way of health-care reform: a failure to secure enough votes from members of his own party. On Tuesday evening, the president and vice president are hosting a dinner with both Republican ...

As Myanmar's Rakhine crisis deepens, so does state bid for media control

In just two weeks, clashes between insurgents and Myanmar's military have driven almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees into neighboring Bangladesh – as many refugees as crossed the Mediterranean in all of 2016.