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The world’s oldest person died at 117. She was the last known person born in the 19th century.

At 117, Nabi Tajima was older than modern-day Australia, and everyone else known to live on the planet. Tajima, born Aug. 4, 1900, in Araki, Japan, and recognized as the world's oldest person, has passed on that mantle. She died Saturday, having been hospital
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The world’s oldest person died at 117. She was the last known person born in the 19th century.

At 117, Nabi Tajima was older than modern-day Australia, and everyone else known to live on the planet. Tajima, born Aug. 4, 1900, in Araki, Japan, and recognized as the world's oldest person, has passed on that mantle. She died Saturday, having been hospitalized since January, the Associated Press reported, and was the last known person […]

Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long delayed visit.

Since he entered office last year, there has been persistent talk of President Trump visiting Britain. The United Kingdom is one of the United States’ strongest allies, and a trip to London is often on the schedule for any president. Like many of his prede
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Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long delayed visit.

Since he entered office last year, there has been persistent talk of President Trump visiting Britain. The United Kingdom is one of the United States’ strongest allies, and a trip to London is often on the schedule for any president. Like many of his predecessors, Trump has familial ties to Britain: His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod […]

Natalie Portman says she won’t endorse Netanyahu but she won’t boycott Israel either

JERUSALEM — It didn’t take long for Natalie Portman to find herself in the crosshairs of the emotive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Almost as soon it was announced Thursday that the Hollywood actress had canceled her participation in the upcoming Genesis
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Natalie Portman says she won’t endorse Netanyahu but she won’t boycott Israel either

JERUSALEM — It didn’t take long for Natalie Portman to find herself in the crosshairs of the emotive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Almost as soon it was announced Thursday that the Hollywood actress had canceled her participation in the upcoming Genesis Prize awards ceremony in Jerusalem because of “distress at recent events in Israel,” she was simultaneously hailed […]

An unexploded WWII bomb forced a mass evacuation in Berlin. There will be more to come.

BERLIN — Other countries may have hurricanes, blizzards or flooding that regularly shut down major transport hubs. Germany, meanwhile, is still dealing with the legacy of a war the country launched itself: thousands of unexploded bombs, hidden beneath on
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An unexploded WWII bomb forced a mass evacuation in Berlin. There will be more to come.

BERLIN — Other countries may have hurricanes, blizzards or flooding that regularly shut down major transport hubs. Germany, meanwhile, is still dealing with the legacy of a war the country launched itself: thousands of unexploded bombs, hidden beneath one of Europe’s busiest cities in a nation now at peace. Germany’s main railway station in Berlin was forced to shut […]

Why Mongolia hopes to host a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting

President Trump says there are five locations being considered for his anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. There are slightly surreal possibilities: Trump might go to Pyongyang, or Kim could come to the United States — perhaps even ski
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Why Mongolia hopes to host a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting

President Trump says there are five locations being considered for his anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. There are slightly surreal possibilities: Trump might go to Pyongyang, or Kim could come to the United States — perhaps even skip Washington and head to Florida's Mar-a-Lago or New York's Trump Tower. In reality, […]

Where are the Castro kids? The next generation of the Cuban dynasty lies low.

This week, Cuba entered a new, post-Castro era. For 60 years, the country had been directly led by two members of one family. First, there was Fidel Castro, a charismatic but often ruthless revolutionary who was prime minister between 1959 and 1986 and then p
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Where are the Castro kids? The next generation of the Cuban dynasty lies low.

This week, Cuba entered a new, post-Castro era. For 60 years, the country had been directly led by two members of one family. First, there was Fidel Castro, a charismatic but often ruthless revolutionary who was prime minister between 1959 and 1986 and then president until 2008. After Fidel stepped down, his younger brother and […]

Natalie Portman pulls out of Jerusalem ceremony over recent events in Israel

JERUSALEM — Natalie Portman has pulled out of a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring her as the recipient of a $2 million prize, dubbed by some as the “Jewish Nobel,” the organization said Thursday. The Genesis Prize Foundation, which annually honors individu
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Natalie Portman pulls out of Jerusalem ceremony over recent events in Israel

JERUSALEM — Natalie Portman has pulled out of a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring her as the recipient of a $2 million prize, dubbed by some as the “Jewish Nobel,” the organization said Thursday. The Genesis Prize Foundation, which annually honors individuals for “Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity,” announced in November that Portman, known for […]

Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as its next leader

LONDON — World leaders backed Prince Charles on Friday to one day succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as head of the Commonwealth. Prince Charles, 69, the queen’s eldest son and heir to the throne, was considered the hot favorite for the role as leade
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Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as its next leader

LONDON — World leaders backed Prince Charles on Friday to one day succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as head of the Commonwealth. Prince Charles, 69, the queen’s eldest son and heir to the throne, was considered the hot favorite for the role as leader of the Commonwealth, a global network of 53 nations that […]

The threat of white radical extremism in the age of Trump

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Just weeks before President Trump won the 2016 election, three whit
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The threat of white radical extremism in the age of Trump

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Just weeks before President Trump won the 2016 election, three white men in Kansas were arrested for fomenting a terror plot. Patrick Stein, 49, Curtis […]

King Mswati III of Swaziland proclaims his nation will be henceforth known as eSwatini

NAIROBI — King Mswati III of Swaziland is an absolute monarch, so what he says goes. But over the course of his 32-year rule, he has mostly gained international attention for how he has spent the royal treasury. While his populace is one of the poorest in t
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King Mswati III of Swaziland proclaims his nation will be henceforth known as eSwatini

NAIROBI — King Mswati III of Swaziland is an absolute monarch, so what he says goes. But over the course of his 32-year rule, he has mostly gained international attention for how he has spent the royal treasury. While his populace is one of the poorest in the world, and has the highest rate of […]

Cuba heads toward a post-Castro future, with or without Trump

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. It's an end of an era in Havana. On Wednesday, Cuba's National Asse
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Cuba heads toward a post-Castro future, with or without Trump

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. It's an end of an era in Havana. On Wednesday, Cuba's National Assembly convened a session that will culminate in President Raúl Castro stepping down […]

How France wants to ‘reform’ Islam, and 6 other global stories you might have missed

In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. This week:  The biggest story: How France wants to “reform” Islam Since 2015, more than 230 people in France have been killed in terrorist a
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How France wants to ‘reform’ Islam, and 6 other global stories you might have missed

In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. This week:  The biggest story: How France wants to “reform” Islam Since 2015, more than 230 people in France have been killed in terrorist attacks, most of them perpetrated by French or other European […]

Video shows belt-wielding assailant screaming ‘Jew’ as he attacks two people on a Berlin street

BERLIN — Germany’s capital was on track to or had already succeeded at becoming the favorite destination for Israelis coming to Europe, but a string of recent anti-Semitic assaults and incidents in Berlin is triggering renewed fears among many Jews here
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Video shows belt-wielding assailant screaming ‘Jew’ as he attacks two people on a Berlin street

BERLIN — Germany’s capital was on track to or had already succeeded at becoming the favorite destination for Israelis coming to Europe, but a string of recent anti-Semitic assaults and incidents in Berlin is triggering renewed fears among many Jews here. In the latest incident, two men — a 21- and a 24-year-old, at least one of whom was […]

She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.

A Canadian Instagrammer who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia during an exotic, made-for-social-media ocean voyage has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, entered a guilty plea Wedne
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She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.

A Canadian Instagrammer who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia during an exotic, made-for-social-media ocean voyage has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into Australia in 2016, following a weeks-long cruise […]

Intruders thought stealing a giant gold mace would disrupt Nigeria’s parliament. It didn’t work.

A group of intruders stormed into Nigeria's senate on Wednesday, leaving lawmakers stunned after they absconded with their apparent prize: a ceremonial mace. Just a day later, police announced they had found the mace under an overpass in Abuja — releasin
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Intruders thought stealing a giant gold mace would disrupt Nigeria’s parliament. It didn’t work.

A group of intruders stormed into Nigeria's senate on Wednesday, leaving lawmakers stunned after they absconded with their apparent prize: a ceremonial mace. Just a day later, police announced they had found the mace under an overpass in Abuja — releasing a statement that said their searches had “forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the mace at […]

German foreign minister on Trump: ‘Surprising tweets every day’ make things harder

In a wide-ranging interview with Der Spiegel published Monday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested that President Trump's use of Twitter makes Maas's work more difficult. After a reporter from Der Spiegel suggested that the United States is “no lo
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German foreign minister on Trump: ‘Surprising tweets every day’ make things harder

In a wide-ranging interview with Der Spiegel published Monday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested that President Trump's use of Twitter makes Maas's work more difficult. After a reporter from Der Spiegel suggested that the United States is “no longer reliable” and that Trump is “unpredictable,” Maas responded: “For me, reliability is one of the most […]

An aid group faced trial for bringing rescued migrants to Italy. It just won a major victory.

MILAN — In March, a ship patrolling the central Mediterranean on a search-and-rescue mission saved 117 migrants — including a 3-month-old baby in urgent need of medical attention — and brought them to Sicily. For that act, the two leaders of the ship
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An aid group faced trial for bringing rescued migrants to Italy. It just won a major victory.

MILAN — In March, a ship patrolling the central Mediterranean on a search-and-rescue mission saved 117 migrants — including a 3-month-old baby in urgent need of medical attention — and brought them to Sicily. For that act, the two leaders of the ship’s crew are now facing as much as five years in jail and potential fines […]

Buying ‘likes’ on Facebook is ‘immoral’, Egypt’s top Muslim cleric declares

CAIRO — For centuries, successive grand muftis of Egypt have weighed in on the lives of the nation’s citizens. The Muslim legal experts have issued fatwas, or religious decrees, that respond to questions seeking religious guidance on the most serious of i
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Buying ‘likes’ on Facebook is ‘immoral’, Egypt’s top Muslim cleric declares

CAIRO — For centuries, successive grand muftis of Egypt have weighed in on the lives of the nation’s citizens. The Muslim legal experts have issued fatwas, or religious decrees, that respond to questions seeking religious guidance on the most serious of issues, such as blasphemy, as well as the most trivial household matters. Their bailiwick […]

Scientists can’t explain why diplomats in Cuba are suffering from ‘traumatic brain injury’

For two years, diplomats posted to Cuba have been suffering a mysterious illness. They say they have heard painful, high-pitched noises and lost their hearing. “Some were asleep and awakened by the sound, even as others sleeping in the same bed or room hea
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Scientists can’t explain why diplomats in Cuba are suffering from ‘traumatic brain injury’

For two years, diplomats posted to Cuba have been suffering a mysterious illness. They say they have heard painful, high-pitched noises and lost their hearing. “Some were asleep and awakened by the sound, even as others sleeping in the same bed or room heard nothing,” the Associated Press reported. Scores have reported headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty […]

Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Speaking to The Washington Post last week, a senior administratio
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Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Speaking to The Washington Post last week, a senior administration official offered a concise version of President Trump's ideal national-security strategy. Trump's "dream would be to have […]

A euthanasia expert just unveiled his ‘suicide machine’ at an Amsterdam funeral fair

Experience your own virtual VR #euthanasia death in the 3D printed Sarco at the Amsterdam Funeral Expo this Sat 14th and meet the designershttps://t.co/Eb7CZpGf5S pic.twitter.com/gdHX9pVM7e — Philip Nitschke (@philipnitschke) April 10, 2018 It is not th
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A euthanasia expert just unveiled his ‘suicide machine’ at an Amsterdam funeral fair

Experience your own virtual VR #euthanasia death in the 3D printed Sarco at the Amsterdam Funeral Expo this Sat 14th and meet the designershttps://t.co/Eb7CZpGf5S pic.twitter.com/gdHX9pVM7e — Philip Nitschke (@philipnitschke) April 10, 2018 It is not the most cheerful offering. But euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke thinks he is about to revolutionize how we die. At a funeral fair […]

The many things Trump didn’t accomplish in the latest Syria strike

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. After days of speculation, the United States took action Friday ni
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The many things Trump didn’t accomplish in the latest Syria strike

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. After days of speculation, the United States took action Friday night to punish the Syrian regime for a suspected chemical weapons attack a week prior. French, […]

Trump’s trade moves could send Germany into a recession, report warns

The risk of a recession in Europe’s biggest economy rose significantly between March and April amid the fallout over President Trump’s increasingly restrictive stance on global trade, researchers said Monday. While economists with the German Institute
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Trump’s trade moves could send Germany into a recession, report warns

The risk of a recession in Europe’s biggest economy rose significantly between March and April amid the fallout over President Trump’s increasingly restrictive stance on global trade, researchers said Monday. While economists with the German Institute for Macroeconomics and Economic Research (IMK) only saw a 6.8 percent likelihood of a recession within the next three months back in March, […]

Burma says it has repatriated first Rohingya family but U.N. and Bangladesh skeptical

NEW DELHI — Since August last year, more than half a million Rohingya have undertaken perilous journeys to Bangladesh to flee persecution and violence in Burma. Now, the first Rohingya family has returned to Rakhine, Burma’s government said in a Faceb
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Burma says it has repatriated first Rohingya family but U.N. and Bangladesh skeptical

NEW DELHI — Since August last year, more than half a million Rohingya have undertaken perilous journeys to Bangladesh to flee persecution and violence in Burma. Now, the first Rohingya family has returned to Rakhine, Burma’s government said in a Facebook post late Saturday, a statement that Bangladesh’s government and the United Nations have challenged. An estimated 687,000 Rohingya — about half […]

Burma repatriates first Rohingya family despite U.N. warnings

NEW DELHI — Since August last year, more than half a million Rohingya have undertaken perilous journeys to Bangladesh to flee persecution and violence in Burma. Now, the first Rohingya family has been repatriated, Burma's government said in a Facebook po
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Burma repatriates first Rohingya family despite U.N. warnings

NEW DELHI — Since August last year, more than half a million Rohingya have undertaken perilous journeys to Bangladesh to flee persecution and violence in Burma. Now, the first Rohingya family has been repatriated, Burma's government said in a Facebook post late Saturday, despite warnings from the United Nations that conditions in the country are not right for their […]

A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial-recognition cameras caught him.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity. The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million. More than 45 million of them live in Jiangx
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A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial-recognition cameras caught him.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity. The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million. More than 45 million of them live in Jiangxi province in southeast China, and 5 million of those people […]

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An ambulance packed with explosives that detonated in Kabul and a pedestrian suicide bombing outside a Shiite shrine there were among the deadly incidents that led to a near-record 2,258 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the fi
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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An ambulance packed with explosives that detonated in Kabul and a pedestrian suicide bombing outside a Shiite shrine there were among the deadly incidents that led to a near-record 2,258 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first quarter of this year, U.N. officials reported this week. According to the U.N. Assistance Mission […]

A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial recognition cameras caught him.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity. The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million. More than 45 million of them live in Jiangx
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A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial recognition cameras caught him.

The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity. The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million. More than 45 million of them live in Jiangxi province in southeast China, and 5 million of those people […]

Pope admits ‘grave error,’ apologizes for not believing Chilean sex abuse victims

Apologies have not been enough to calm the victims of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal — at least not the kind of apologies the pope has been willing to offer. While seeking to soothe tensions, the pope drew ire in January after he came to th
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Pope admits ‘grave error,’ apologizes for not believing Chilean sex abuse victims

Apologies have not been enough to calm the victims of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal — at least not the kind of apologies the pope has been willing to offer. While seeking to soothe tensions, the pope drew ire in January after he came to the support of Juan Barros, a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse committed […]

A Syrian man has been trapped in a Malaysian airport for 37 days, and counting

When the war in Syria started, Hassan al-Kontar knew he couldn't go back. Kontar had been working in the United Arab Emirates since 2006. He had left his home to avoid conscription in the Syrian army. “I am a human being, and I don't consider it right to pa
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A Syrian man has been trapped in a Malaysian airport for 37 days, and counting

When the war in Syria started, Hassan al-Kontar knew he couldn't go back. Kontar had been working in the United Arab Emirates since 2006. He had left his home to avoid conscription in the Syrian army. “I am a human being, and I don't consider it right to participate in war,” he told BBC. “I'm not […]

A Chinese couple died in a car crash. Four years later, their child was born.

In March 2013, Shen Jie and Liu Xi were on the cusp of starting a family — a scheduled in vitro fertilization procedure was only days away — when the Chinese couple's car slammed into a tree in Jiangsu province. Liu was killed right away; Shen died five d
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A Chinese couple died in a car crash. Four years later, their child was born.

In March 2013, Shen Jie and Liu Xi were on the cusp of starting a family — a scheduled in vitro fertilization procedure was only days away — when the Chinese couple's car slammed into a tree in Jiangsu province. Liu was killed right away; Shen died five days later, reports said. At the Nanjing […]

6 basic questions about the war in Syria

The Syrian war has been a slowly unfolding catastrophe, one that has embroiled nearly the whole world. Here's a look at how it started, why it became so complicated and what might happen next. How did the war in Syria start? It's hard to remember now, but th
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6 basic questions about the war in Syria

The Syrian war has been a slowly unfolding catastrophe, one that has embroiled nearly the whole world. Here's a look at how it started, why it became so complicated and what might happen next. How did the war in Syria start? It's hard to remember now, but the unrest in Syria began on a hopeful note. […]

Zuckerberg barely talked about Facebook’s biggest global problem

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Zuckerberg barely talked about Facebook’s biggest global problem

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg cut an awkward figure this week as he appeared at much-anticipated congressional hearings, looking visibly uncomfortable in a navy suit rather […]

One key question for Zuckerberg: Will Americans become second-class Web citizens?

BERLIN — Europe had its own successful social media networks once, with obscure names such as SchuelerVZ, Viadeo and Netlog. Almost all of those platforms are now either defunct or have seen their presence largely diminished, as major U.S. tech companies
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One key question for Zuckerberg: Will Americans become second-class Web citizens?

BERLIN — Europe had its own successful social media networks once, with obscure names such as SchuelerVZ, Viadeo and Netlog. Almost all of those platforms are now either defunct or have seen their presence largely diminished, as major U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google have conquered the market. Europe is still a market leader in at […]

There’s no victory for Trump in Syria, but he could court disaster

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. No matter how President Trump follows through on his promise of a
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There’s no victory for Trump in Syria, but he could court disaster

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. No matter how President Trump follows through on his promise of a “very tough” response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, he […]