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The US and North Korea are meeting in Finland


Representatives from the United States and North Korea are reportedly meeting in Finland for “second-tier” talks on denuclearization.

From Seoul to Sydney, how much a wine and cigarette habit costs you


When you live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, you’d naturally think that the luxury of drinking wine and smoking cigarettes would set you back a quite a bit.

The US Supreme Court’s funniest cases are the ones you never hear about


US Supreme Court justices have tough jobs. They’re charged with extremely grave duties, deciding matters of national import.

Your best opportunity to get better at your job is one of the easiest to miss


At Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, employees constantly tell their colleagues exactly what they think of them—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Help! I think I married a narcissist.


This story is part of a series called Craigslist Confessional. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years.

The story behind the racist responses to “Black Panther” in China


In the run-up to the release of Marvel’s Black Panther in China last weekend, pundits warned that the movie could only hope to, at best, match Ant-Man’s opening in the region ($43 million).

Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” updates the pulpy thriller for the #MeToo era


“Unsane,” as far as I know, isn’t a real word. But after audiences see Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller of that name, it should probably become one, similar to another film-derived term, “gaslighting”: Unsane (adjective): The state of mind experienced by women when men gaslight them into thinking they’re actually insane.

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 pic.twitter.com/XevwrHzYRc — 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.


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