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Tillerson suggests Cuba could have stopped ‘targeted attacks’ on diplomats

Nearly a year after the State Department discovered that something terrible had happened to diplomats and their spouses posted in Havana, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States remained convinced the personnel were victims of “targeted attacks.” Read More

Russia balks at cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria

The Syrian government’s most powerful ally is balking at the proposed renewal of a United Nations measure that allows aid deliveries to pass through Syria’s borders into rebel-held areas of the country, without permission from government authorities. Read More

Israeli-Palestinian reflexes take over in U.S. embassy dispute

In Gaza City, Palestinians burned photos of President Donald Trump and in Jerusalem, Jews celebrated by lighting the walls of the Old City with the colors of the American and Israeli flags after Trump made good on his pledge to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Read More

China says it’s open for business, but foreign firms find difficulty

China is increasingly presenting itself as a global force, but the messages of openness contrasted sharply with actions taken in Beijing and elsewhere in the country. China wants its giant national companies to be world leaders in sectors like electric cars, robotics and drones, but authorities are accused of curtailing foreign firms’ access to Chinese consumers. Read More

Bots snap up popular Christmas toys for resale

Computers are constantly pinging retail websites, searching for sales and analyzing URLs for the hottest toys this holiday season. The bots are drawn to scarce items and use web-scraping techniques to guess the ID of an unreleased product, allowing scalpers to buy them before an official sale becomes public. Read More

Pot pies provide option for leftover turkey


Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm
If you’re looking for a recipe to use up the last of that Thanksgiving turkey and ham, an excellent option is pot pie. Read More
 

Tillerson gets cold shoulder during Europe visit


Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 11:36 am
For decades, America’s chief diplomat has been greeted in Europe’s heart with broad smiles and open arms. That tradition appeared to have been suspended this week. Read More

Lebanese prime minister isn’t resigning after all

A month after he declared under Saudi Arabian pressure that he was quitting his post, Lebanon’s prime minister officially rescinded his resignation, closing a chapter in a curious political saga that threatened to destabilize Lebanon and transfixed the region. Read More

Men, women say they’re more different than similar

Stereotypical beliefs about gender differences remain strong, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Even in an era of transgender rights, a surge of women running for office and a rising number of stay-at-home fathers, most Americans believe men and women are fundamentally different and that masculinity is more valued than femininity. Read More
 

Special counsel investigation cost totals at least $6.7M

The investigation by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, into links between the Trump campaign and Russia has cost American taxpayers almost $7 million in its first 4 1/2 months, according to a statement of expenditures released this week. Read More

Yemen’s ex-president killed as mayhem convulses capital

The war in Yemen, the Arab world’s most destitute country, plunged into a new and uncertain chapter when its former president was killed amid an explosive bout of fighting that has convulsed the capital. Read More

Women harness outrage at Trump, line up to run for office

Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, the largest national organization devoted to electing female candidates, said that in the 10 months before the election in 2016, about 1,000 women contacted her organization about running for office or getting involved in other ways. Since the election, she said, the number has exploded to more than 22,000. Read More

Afghan interpreter happy to be ‘home’

Mohammed Younus Yousafzoy walked off Lufthansa Flight 440, bleary-eyed and dizzy from the two-day trip from Kabul. Then the 24-year-old Afghan spotted his former boss, Mike Hudson, waiting for him, and smiled with surprise and happiness. Read More
Updated on  December 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Where Silicon Valley is going to get in touch with its soul

It has been a hard year for the tech industry. Prominent figures like Sean Parker and Justin Rosenstein, horrified by what technology has become, have begun to publicly denounce companies like Facebook that made them rich. And so Silicon Valley has come to the Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel here on the Pacific coast south of Carmel, California. After storm damage in the spring and a skeleton crew in the summer, the institute was fully reopened in October with a new director and a new mission: It will be a home for technologists to reckon with what they have built. Read More

NBC executives move to control the damage after Lauer firing


Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm
The top two executives at NBC News tried to quell any in-house suspicions Friday concerning their handling of Matt Lauer, the longtime “Today” show star who was fired Tuesday. Read More

Revered Australian TV host feels ripples of Weinstein scandal

On television sets he was a relaxed, cheerful man with an engaging smile. The star of a top-rated gardening and lifestyle show, he was an Australian television legend, lauded in the 1990s and considered one of the most powerful men in the country’s entertainment industry. But this week reports emerged that the once-beloved Don Burke could be a very different man behind closed doors. Read More

Upright Citizens Brigade closes with filthy fanfare

In the end, the theater was shuttered as it lived: mercifully dark, faintly smelling of body fluids and crammed to capacity with a mixture of starry-eyed young actors and ardent comedy pilgrims, each hoping for an intersection with comic history on an otherwise unremarkable corner of 26th Street in New York City. Read More

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