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African leaders are pressing Europe to follow China’s lead by ending ivory trade

The next target in the struggle to stamp out ivory trade and its debilitating effect on elephant populations across Africa is the European Union (EU).

Why FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe got fired

Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was fired by Jeff Sessions yesterday (March 16), with the accusation of not being transparent enough regarding the conversations he allowed between FBI officials and journalists.

American support for authoritarian rule has dropped for the first time in 23 years

For a country that prides itself on democracy, the US has plenty of citizens who think there might be better forms of government.

Strongmen like Putin and Xi might seem all powerful—but they make their countries weaker

It’s turning into quite a month for global strongmen. Last weekend, Chinese president Xi Jinping upended his country’s two-term limit on power, meaning there’s now little to stop him from ruling for life.

Confirmed: Trump Organization did negotiate with a sanctioned Russian bank in 2016

Felix Sater, a Soviet-born former Donald Trump advisor and real estate dealer, confirmed last night to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the Trump Organization negotiated with sanctioned Russian bank VTB to build Trump World Tower in Moscow: Felix Sater confirms: Trump was pursuing deal with sanctioned Russian bank during campaign — All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) March 17, 2018 Sater, a longtime US intelligence and defense resource, has been under scrutiny for an email exchange with his friend and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, in which he boasted that the subsequently failed real estate deal to build Trump World Tower Moscow “will get Donald elected” (paywall).

Facebook knew Cambridge Analytica was misusing users’ data three years ago and only banned the company this week

New ways in which Facebook might have played a role in 2016 election meddling continue to emerge. Yesterday (March 16), the company announced the suspension of data analytics company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its prominent parent political firm Cambridge Analytica—three years after it illegally used the data of up to 50 million users.

We recreated a 500-year-old lost southern African city with laser technology

There are lost cities all over the world. Some, like the remains of Mayan cities hidden beneath a thick canopy of rainforest in Mesoamerica, are found with the help of laser lights.

Photos: The evolution of Putin after almost two decades in power

Russian president Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win his fourth term when voters go to the polls on Sunday, March 18.

Russia’s election is so predictable we already know many of the numbers

No one is holding their breath for the Russian election. Everyone knows that president Vladimir Putin will roll straight back into office and remain there until 2024.

One of UK’s biggest banks is going digital in Africa for a share of the mobile money market

The success story of mobile money and payments in several African countries has been a boon for financial inclusion and a significant victory for telecoms companies like Safaricom and MTN.

A five point guide to spring cleaning for mental clarity

Ahhh spring. Global warming may be making the transition of the seasons increasingly confusing. But come mid-March, I always find myself itching for renewal and change after months of hunkering down—whether the sun is out or not.

If you judged the state of tech by what happens at tech conferences, you’d be very worried

I am very tired. I’ve spent far too much of 2018 on the road at technology conventions. I’ve been to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show; Barcelona for Mobile World Congress; and most recently, Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest.

Graphic designers are planning 100 birthday parties for typography idol Herb Lubalin

Herb Lubalin would have been 100 years old today. The widely idolized designer-typographer passed away in 1981, leaving behind “mountains of work” that continue to inform design students today.

The hottest trend in AI is perfect for creating fake media

Artificial intelligence researchers have a new best friend: the “generative adversarial network.” But the flip side of this technology, which can help us enhance images and train medical algorithms, is that GANs will make hoaxes, doctored video, and forged voice clips easier to execute than ever before.

When will black people finally get their #metoo moment?

When you belong to a mixed-race family like my own—white mom, black dad, Asian uncle, Latin husband—you get used to hearing all kinds of crazy things.

The person who’s best at lying to you is you

In 2008, the psychiatrist Stephen Greenspan published The Annals of Gullibility, a summary of his decades of research into how to avoid being gullible.

HR McMaster and Donald Trump: a partnership that was never meant to be

Herbert R McMaster is the ideal National Security Advisor—for any administration but this one. In some ways, McMaster seemed perfect: He’s a decorated general with a history of winning big battles (paywall).

When women sit in a circle, something extraordinary happens

Recently, I was invited to a “Women’s Circle” hosted by True Botanicals, a Mill Valley, California-based skincare company, at Ojai Vista Farm, a 10-acre estate on an avocado farm north of Los Angeles.

We talked to slime mold about philosophy (through a human interpreter)

Each Physarum polycephalum is a single, gelatinous amoeba made up of thousands of nuclei, all floating together in cytoplasm.

Three tech billionaires secretly gave $2.54 billion to Goldman’s philanthropy fund

Steve Ballmer, Jan Koum, and Laurene Powell Jobs were accidentally revealed as the biggest donors to the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, contributing a combined $2.54 billion.