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How the world reacted to Trump’s proposed withdrawal from a nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Donald Trump said on Saturday he would terminate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, blaming Moscow for breaching the agreement. The treaty, enacte...

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As the world fumes over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, Trump praises the ruler many deem responsible

The world wants answers from Saudi Arabia about the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2. The US president, for his part, praised…...

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The spookiest music relies on a little ditty monks used to sing about the apocalypse

Let’s face it. When it comes to creating a creepy Halloween atmosphere, the modern pop canon doesn’t have much to work with. Fortunately, ye olde&#8230...

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“Movement ecologists” are turning technology against the global trade in illegal seafood

Conservationists were eager to track grey reef sharks’ as they swam across a protected shark sanctuary in the South Pacific. Excited researchers watched the movement...

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Craving a steak? Status anxiety could be one reason why

Vegetarians and environmentalists often argue that meat consumption exacerbates global warming. Doctors sometimes tell their patients to eat less meat for health reasons. But...

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A Zimbabwe program that enlists grandmas to combat depression sets an example for the world

Four hundred grandmothers in Zimbabwe teamed up to provide free therapy talks to combat depression in local communities. It became a success. The program started…...

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The cost of electricity shortages in Africa is more than just a problem of access

Many of the discussions around getting electricity to more Africans are about how governments, NGO partners, and investors can bring online more of the 600…...

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This Halloween, don’t be sexy or funny. Embrace your inner scariness

Halloween is losing its scariness and it’s time to bring it back. This year, the 10 most popular Halloween costumes are completely devoid of horror—and…...

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Looking for the perfect job after graduation? Don’t, says Mark Cuban

It’s not every day that you get career advice from a billionaire. Luckily for us, on Saturday, Mark Cuban—businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks—hosted&am...

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This simple productivity tip nudges the easily distracted—ever so gently

Despite its intense title, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction (Viking) is not a book written exclusively for hard-charging, elite-level…...

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Saying goodbye to Paul Allen and people too big to fit into headlines

As at the end of every life, especially those lived in public, there’s an attempt to make sense of the accomplishments and assign a legacy.…...

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A fan-owned film company wants to make original stories the next big movie craze

On a Friday evening in October, a lively group of 40 or so people gathered on the lower level of Manhattan’s Javits Center for a…...

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Are financial literacy programs a waste of time?

Ten years ago, I volunteered to teach financial literacy skills to a group of homeless women. All of us volunteers, mostly working in finance, came…...

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The opioid epidemic is tearing communities apart. Here’s how one city came together to fight it

Emma is rocking her baby, speaking to her softly in the neonatal intensive care unit of Winchester Medical Center in the city of Winchester, Virginia.…...

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Wired has always embraced the future. At its 25th birthday party, it got complicated.

From Wired’s newsroom, the future always looks better. Since 1993, Silicon Valley’s house magazine has chronicled the region’s rise from a few ha...

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How to craft an adorable DIY Halloween costume for your child to look sad in

Looking for a last-minute Halloween idea? Ditch Pinterest and follow these easy steps to throw together a kind of janky but perfectly Instagrammable costume. Just…...

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Make one of Noma’s secret flavor bombs in your own kitchen

If you’ve been wondering what to do with your crockpot ever since you bought an Instant Pot, I have three suggestions for you: Use it…...

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Sociologists are using the Bachelorettes’ Instagram posts to study modern femininity

Many reality TV fans watch to unwind from the stress of their workday. Reality TV is where Evie Psarras’s work begins. Psarras, a PhD candidate…...

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There are two types of creativity, and you can practice one of them every day

When you think about creativity, it might be highly creative people like Mozart, da Vinci, or Einstein who spring to mind. They were all considered…...

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Elon Musk is too ambitious for Tesla’s own good

In April, Elon Musk admitted Tesla shot itself in the foot by attempting to overly automate its production process. “Humans are underrated,” he tweeted. Te...

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Africa’s youngest billionaire has been found after kidnapping ordeal

Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji who was kidnapped earlier this month was freed on Saturday (Oct. 20) after more than a week missing. Dewji took to…...

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The US will withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty with Russia

Donald Trump says the US will “terminate” the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty after claiming that Russia had been noncompliant for years. “We’re th...

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Smartphones are endangering Iceland’s love of books

Every holiday season, publishers in Iceland prepare for jólabókaflóðið, the traditional Christmas book flood. The jólabókaflóðið, in which Icelandic publishers relea...

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Hip-hop can’t quit smoking

Currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100—the US music industry’s most influential ranking chart—is Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams&#82...

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Saudi Arabia’s reversal on Jamal Khashoggi raises even more questions

Late last night, Saudi state media announced that Jamal Khashoggi was, indeed, killed by his countrymen in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate—a reversal of previous...

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An addicted mother’s moving obituary went viral. Read this before you share it

The following essay was written by Brandon del Pozo, the chief of police in Burlington, Vermont, in response to an obituary that recently went viral.…...

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Photos: Today’s Brexit protest could be one of the largest protests in UK history

As many as 670,000 people came to London to call for a second Brexit referendum, according to the People’s Vote campaign that organized the protest.…...

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Photos: BepiColombo is on its way to Mercury

A joint project between European and Japanese space agencies, BepiColombo, was successfully launched earlier today. The €3 billion ($3.5 billion) project will take seven yea...

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The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best one yet

I have had a rocky relationship with the Apple Watch. When Apple’s first wearable was released in 2014, I was skeptical but willing to give…...

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A 9-year-old Canadian girl figured out a brilliant way to sell all her Girl Scout cookies

The same day Canada legalized recreational marijuana, 9-year-old girl scout Elina Childs sold all her Girl Scout cookies. Stationed outside a newly opened dispensary in&#8...

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The full timeline of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and the morphing Saudi response

This story was updated on Oct. 20, at 10am EDT. Just over two weeks ago, Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished after…...

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The Trump administration is desperately trying to dismiss a children’s climate lawsuit

On Friday (Oct. 19), the US Supreme Court blocked a climate lawsuit that pits children against the federal government. The trial was set to start…...

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Tens of thousands gather in London to demand a new Brexit vote

At noon today in London, as many as 100,000 people are expected to gather to demand a new Brexit referendum. The organizers are the People’s…...

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The tool revolutionizing the tracing of guns in the US has a blindspot

When you fire a gun, it leaves a “ballistic fingerprint” on the shell casings, markings that are unique to that weapon. Shell casings recovered at&#823...

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Dark money is getting around Facebook’s election defenses

Facebook says it’s heavily investing in protecting elections around the globe from misinformation, scams, and sketchy actors trying to influence the results. But the...

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Art doesn’t have to be pleasing to serve its purpose

Whales, as you no doubt know, don’t fly. They do not, according to nature, belong in the sky. That’s one reason why the Skywhale—a massive…...

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You could buy anything from the Sears catalog—even a house

In 1908, Sears added a new item to its expansive catalog. Customers who turned to page 596 of catalog no. 177 were greeted by a…...

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Nigella Lawson wrote her first cookbook after hearing a dinner party host weeping in the kitchen

This month marks the 20-year anniversary of How to Eat, the cookbook that made the British food writer Nigella Lawson forever famous. While Lawson has…...

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The complete guide to a Perfect Airplane Outfit

For frequent fliers, finding and wearing the Perfect Airplane Outfit is a point of pride. It’s a mixture of comfort, style, function, and routine that…...

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The strange, true-life story of the literary scammer Lee Israel

This story contains spoilers for Lee Israel’s memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and its film adaptation. Lee Israel was washed up. At age 50,…...

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Why a Nigeria national airline will never likely get off the ground

One of the most vexatious ironies about Nigeria – perhaps even an embarrassment—is the lack of a national airline. Nigerians are often very piqued to…...

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Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus wants two financial systems—one for the rich and one for the poor

For more than 40 years, Muhammad Yunus has been building a financial system for people who lack sufficient access to the one that already exists.…...

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It’s probably time for these PlayStation usernames to go

Earlier this month, Sony announced a long-awaited feature for its gaming systems: For the first time, players can change their PlayStation Network Online IDs. A…...

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Saudi Arabia admits that Khashoggi died inside its consulate

Saudi state media reported today that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Turkish consulate. It is the first time the Gulf kingdom has acknowledged the…...

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Praising people who beat reporters and killing a journalist are different expressions of the same thinking

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent commentator and critic of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and its regime, was last seen entering the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. There,&#82...

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Russia’s troll farm nearly doubled its information warfare funding in the first half of 2018

The infamous Russian troll farm in St Petersburg is stepping up its disinformation warfare in 2018, according to a criminal complaint by US authorities against…...

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Highlights from the latest criminal charge against Russian trolls

US authorities have charged a Russian woman who works as an accountant for the infamous Internet Research Agency, a troll farm funded by a pro-Putin…...

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Apple isn’t the only company raking in billions from the new iPhones

Smartphones have become one of the biggest drivers of revenue for companies making the chips that power modern technology. Possibly the best example of this…...

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Photos: Spiders have blanketed another Greek beach with massive webs

Just last month, a strange phenomenon the popped up on the shores of a Greek lagoon led the world to let out a yelping, horrified…...

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The prayer book from Marilyn Monroe’s Jewish conversion is up for sale

Marilyn Monroe met playwright Arthur Miller on the set of As Young As You Feel, in 1951. That night, she wrote in her diary: “Met…...

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Does freedom of religion protect Americans who have a religious duty to shelter migrants?

Scott Warren is a Unitarian Universalist, active in a faith-based Arizona humanitarian aid group called No More Deaths. His religion compels him to help people…...

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Tim Cook publicly denies Apple was hacked by China’s military

Apple CEO Tim Cook, interviewed for a BuzzFeed News article published today (Oct. 19), categorically denies that the company was the victim of any spying…...

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In the age of the high-fashion “dad sneaker,” Skechers wants credit as the originator

Hulking, clunky, faintly orthopedic in some cases, the “dad sneaker” has become an improbable star in fashion, part of a growing taste for 1990s-inspired a...

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Middle America is doing a lot better than you think

The forgotten Americans that helped elect Donald Trump are now getting a lot of attention from economists and policy analysts that once overlooked the region.…...

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A Catholic exorcist will battle witches trying to put a hex on Brett Kavanaugh

If you’re feeling a little nauseous this weekend, it might be because America will be caught in the crosshairs of dueling sorcery taking place on…...

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The founder of the Little Free Library has died

You may have seen them: Quaint, sturdily built wooden boxes shaped like houses, stuffed with esoteric books about birding and worn novels by Danielle Steel.…...

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A bombshell report links WhatsApp fake news to Brazil’s presidential frontrunner

An exposé by Brazil’s largest newspaper could dramatically change the South American country’s already volatile presidential election. Folha reported that...

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You can finally charge an Apple Watch from a MacBook

It just got slightly easier to charge your personal cloud of Apple devices. Today (Oct. 19), Apple started accepting pre-orders for its latest smartphone, the…...

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The world’s longest and shortest flights, compared

A new record was set earlier this month with a flight that links Singapore with New York. Reviews suggest that traversing 10,400 miles (16,700 km)…...

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Our lineup for an alternate Super Bowl show Rihanna could headline

Rihanna reportedly could have performed at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, one of the most-watched events in television, but said no. According to Us…...

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The list of Hollywood’s 50 most powerful showrunners is the most diverse ever

Every year the Hollywood Reporter publishes a list of the 50 most powerful showrunners in television, and every year it features many of the same…...

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Toxic workplaces are feeding the impostor phenomenon

Many people experience an illogical sense of being a phony at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known,…...

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Here’s who Trump needs to hire to solve illegal immigration

Another immigrant caravan from Central America is heading to the US, again drawing presidential ire. Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he will shut down…...

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Tesla shrunk the battery to start selling its promised $35,000 Model 3 (kinda)

Tesla is finally producing a $35,000 Model 3—if you include a $7,500 federal tax incentive and state rebates in California. If you’re calculating the true&#823...

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What does the US owe Jamal Khashoggi?

Donald Trump says that the US has little obligation to investigate and punish the perpetrators behind the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi because it took&#8230...

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The way we portray “old people” is hurting them at work

The same month I graduated from college, my mother had a big birthday. We decided to celebrate with a week in France, a trip I…...

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Is freelancing is a game you have to pay to play?

How much money does it cost to advance your career? It depends on where you spend it. Fiverr, the online marketplace for freelancers, released a…...

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Millions of exposed tweets by Russian bots highlight how much trash is on Twitter

On Oct. 17, Twitter published more than 10 million tweets by around 4,600 Russian and Iranian-linked propaganda accounts, giving researchers an inside view of the…...

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Africa’s economies are still too far off fulfilling the “Africa rising” narrative

African economies will require significant work to compete at on global scale. In the latest Global Competitiveness Index—a report compiled by the World Economic Forum—Afr...

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Facebook hired former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as head of policy and communications

In an unusual choice, Facebook is bringing on Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, to head up its policy and communications teams. Clegg…...

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Satirical art in the Trump era: Why it’s important to “shame the shameless”

Satirical artists have been illuminating the upheavals of the tumultuous first two years of the Trump presidency with extraordinary fervor. From biting cartoons to punchy&...

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Singapore is building daycare centers for all its youngest children

The tiny country of Singapore has an ambitious plan for its youngest citizens and their parents: quality and affordable childcare. In the next five years,…...

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To beat Bloomberg, Symphony is letting banks’ bots talk with each other

For almost 40 years, Bloomberg has been an unescapable fact of life in the financial world. Older than the internet, Bloomberg terminals provided instant messaging…...

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You can now book travel by taking an Instagram screenshot

We’ve reached peak #wanderlust: You can now book travel on your smartphone by simply taking a screenshot of an Instagram post of a destination that…...

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Don’t give your work files names like “asshat”

Earlier this week, a senior official in the US Treasury Department was charged with giving an unnamed journalist (a reporter at BuzzFeed, it is widely…...

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Updated: The complete list of CEOs boycotting Saudi Arabia’s “Davos in the Desert” conference

Updated Oct. 19 at 7:45am EDT. Journalists, investors, and some CEOs have pulled out of a three-day financial conference in Riyadh dubbed “Davos in the…...

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There may be penalties for cannabis users visiting the US from Canada

Marijuana is now legal across Canada. But anyone with a taste for—or an investment in—weed may want to think twice before heading south of the…...

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This article is proof that the Mega Millions plan worked

Americans have lottery fever. They were intentionally infected. The jackpots for the two biggest lottery games in the US are sky high. Today (Oct. 19),…...

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A neuroscientist who lost her mind says it can happen to anyone

You can be an expert on brains and spend 30 years studying mental disorders, and it still will not prepare you for your own madness.…...

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The best (and worst) conference swag

In the rush of a busy conference or trade show, a branded freebie may be the only thing that lures a potential client to a…...

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Nebraska’s tourism board masters the art of the underwhelming slogan

We live in overwhelming times. The news is fake, politics is a tawdry 24-hour reality show, brands act like our friends, and our friends act…...

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“Mid90s” shows that Jonah Hill has a bright future as a director

The actor who became famous as the Superbad character with a pathological need to draw penises has now made his first film as a director—and…...

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At $80 a barrel, BP says oil prices are “unhealthy for the world”

“The oil prices in the world are too high and it’s unhealthy for the world,” said Bob Dudley, the chief executive officer of British oil-and-gas&...

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The US is about to redefine the occupations that qualify for H-1B visas

The next three months are crucial for immigrant workers and their spouses in the US. By January 2019, the Donald Trump administration plans to revise…...

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When it comes to North Korean diplomacy, keep an eye on Mongolia

When US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a summit in June, Singapore was chosen as the venue over other…...

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Women are getting very little of India’s rising wealth

The distribution of wealth in India is highly asymmetric, and it’s decidedly tilted towards men. Women own just between 20% and 30% of the $6…...

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Zimbabwe’s president has been wooing its white sports heroes with high-profile jobs

Sport in general, and particularly gifted sports people, have been known to rouse feelings of national unity. In the process, they instil a sense of…...

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Deal or no deal? A visual guide to Theresa May’s Brexit nightmare

Theresa May the UK’s prime minister was supposed to be meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels today to finalize the terms of Brexit—the UK’s&...

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Kenyans have started paying more for internet, SMS and calls after a tax hike

Calling, texting, and using the internet is becoming expensive in Kenya. Starting on Thursday (Oct. 18), Kenya’s biggest telecoms company Safaricom hiked prices following th...

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China posted its slowest economic growth since the Great Recession

In its first economic growth numbers since the US-China war kicked off for real this summer, China posted economic growth of 6.5% for the July-September…...

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Why half a million people from Punjab enlisted to fight for Britain in World War I

Let us start with a scene of farewell. A son touches the feet of his mother as we see soldiers embark on the train to…...

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From a zebra-drawn buggy to Chinatown, rare photos offer a new look at Kolkata

Sometime in 1930, a wealthy family living in Calcutta (now Kolkata) decided that using a horse to pull its carriage would be too conventional. So…...

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