LAST spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained the data of tens of millions of the social network’s users, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining Facebook.
BEIRUT—The Iranian cultural attaché stepped up to the microphone on a stage flanked by banners bearing the faces of Iran’s two foremost religious authorities: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini—founder of the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—current supreme leader.
By years after Wang Quanzhang disappeared in China’s fierce offensive against human rights lawyers, he faced charges of subversion in a closed trial on Wednesday, capping a year when the Communist Party redoubled efforts to stifle political and religious dissent.
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump managed to do something remarkable with his abrupt order last week to withdraw all US troops from Syria and half from Afghanistan: unite the left and right against a plan to extract the United States from two long, costly and increasingly futile conflicts.
SOME significant expenses decline as we age: Most mortgages are eventually paid off, and ideally children grow up and become self-supporting.
CONGO Tales, a new book published recently by Prestel, began as a call to action to save the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the heart of the Congo Basin, which is the second-largest tropical forest in the world after the Amazon, from the threats of climate change.
LOS ANGELES—Fresh superheroes—Aquaman, Black Panther, Venom, the Wasp—and new twists on classic big-screen formulas delivered a box-office comeback for Hollywood in 2018. Ticket sales in the United States and Canada will total roughly $11.8 billion for the year, analysts say—a 6-percent increase from 2017.
ALCEDO VOLCANO, Galápagos—When the clouds break, the equatorial sun bears down on the crater of this steaming volcano, revealing a watery landscape where the theory of evolution began to be conceived.
WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose experience and stability were widely seen as a balance to an unpredictable president, resigned on Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria and his rejection of international alliances.
By Catherine Porter, Dan Bilefsky and Rick Gladstone| New York Times News Service
PERSISTENT warming in the Arctic is pushing the region into “uncharted territory” and increasingly affecting the continental United States, scientists said last week.
It is one thing to eat chicken every day. It’s something else to have that on your permanent record, as in the geological record, the remnants of our time that archaeologists or aliens of the future will sift through to determine who we were and how we shaped our world.
Japan took a step on Tuesday toward expanding its military capabilities by advancing plans for aircraft carriers that can launch fighter jets.
SELMA Wynberg Engel, who escaped a Nazi extermination camp after a prisoner uprising and was among the first to tell the world about the camp’s existence, died on Tuesday in East Haven, Connecticut. She was 96.
AFTER Chip Conley sold Joie de Vivre, the boutique hotel company he created and ran for about 24 years, his life took an unexpected turn. At 52, he was sought out by Brian Chesky, the then-31-year-old chief executive of Airbnb, for advice on how to turn the fledgling home-sharing start-up into a major player in the hospitality field.
By Noam Scheiber | New York Times News Service
Greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, researchers said a few days ago, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected.
SAN FRANCISCO—The world’s leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today’s computers.
NEW YORK—Mujahid Farid, a former prisoner who became a prominent advocate for the timely release of elderly inmates, died on November 20 at his home in the Bronx. He was 69.
By Paulette Perhach | New York Times News Service
HONG KONG—Jack Ma, China’s richest man and the guiding force behind its biggest e-commerce company, belongs to an elite club of power brokers, 89 million strong: the Chinese Communist Party.
HOUSTON—Oil prices have plunged by 25 percent in the last month while the cost of gasoline has tumbled to as little as $2 a gallon in several states. President Donald J. Trump is pushing for even lower prices, calling it “a big Tax Cut for America and the World.”
Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the United States. Tens of millions of people are exposed to extreme heat.
ZORA may not look like much—more cute toy than futuristic marvel—but this robot is at the center of an experiment in France to change care for elderly patients.
NEW YORK—It is a safe bet that the Egg Bowl, the Iron Bowl and the Palmetto Bowl, college football rituals of Thanksgiving weekend in certain circles, will be played again in 2019.
CHICO, California—The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, was finally brought under control by firefighters on Sunday after raging for 17 days. But for many people left homeless by the fire, the most frightening part of the disaster is just beginning.
THATI, India—When Sardar Singh Jatav set out walking on a muggy night in early September to talk with the men who employed his son, he found them already waiting for him in the road. But they were not in the mood for discussion.
LONDON—A damning parliamentary report released on Thursday raised questions about the way Britain tracked terrorism suspects, accusing the authorities of moving too slowly to forestall one of five major jihadi attacks in 2017 and finding a “litany of errors” in the handling of another.
TAIPEI, Taiwan—As Taiwan prepares to hold local elections on Saturday, concerns are growing that Beijing’s long effort to sway the island’s politics has been armed with a new weapon: a Russia-style influence campaign.
SAN FRANCISCO—A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington’s backroom politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters.
A small rocket from a little-known company lifted off last week from the east coast of New Zealand, carrying a clutch of tiny satellites.
At the annual DealBook conference last week, business leaders joined a lunchtime conversation to talk about the state of innovation today. Before the event, The New York Times asked them to answer one of three questions about their careers. Their responses have been edited and condensed.
How to create more diverse workplaces and how to use artificial intelligence (AI) ethically are among the more challenging quandaries facing business and the government.
A tiny fossilized molar found nestled in the sweltering shrub land of Kenya’s Tugen Hills belonged to what may be the smallest species of ape yet discovered, according to a new study.
By Peter Haldeman | New York Times News Service
NEW DELHI—A toxic fog is creeping over New Delhi. Children trudge to school with plastic masks strapped to their faces. Sports events are canceled. Eyes burn. Throats itch. Chests heave. It’s the dreaded pollution season in India, when the amount of vehicle fumes, dust and smoke from agricultural fires spikes to levels so high that experts say children breathing this air could suffer permanent brain damage.
AS the United States and China swap threats and mete out increasingly punishing tariffs, the world is watching to see whether Beijing turns to one of its most potent economic weapons. It involves the number 7.
LONDON—In the political obituaries chronicling the departure of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the world is preparing to lose a rare source of sober-minded leadership at a time rife with dangerous tumult. For the European Union, the loss appears grave. The bloc is contending with a nasty divorce with Britain, rising authoritarianism from Hungary and Poland, and a showdown with a populist government in Italy. Merkel’s pending retirement will remove a stalwart champion for the union’s cohesion. So say countless pundits and editorials.
By Cara Buckley | New York Times News Service
By Nellie Bowles | New York Times News Service
BEIJING—A Chinese Internet company that serves up homemade break-dancing videos, dishy news bites and goofy hashtag challenges has become one of the planet’s most richly valued start-ups, with a roughly $75-billion price tag. And it has big plans for storming phone screens across the rest of the globe, too.
OTHER people’s screens are everywhere, once you start to notice them. They’re collectively most obvious at night, as they bob through the city, creating a new, hand-height layer to the ambient lights, or when held up at concerts, like lighters. During the day, other people’s screens hover around us as we wait in line for coffee, or as we sit and drink our coffee, or as we take our coffee on the bus or train.
By David Streitfeld | New York Times News Service
The killing of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has resonated internationally in an unusually powerful way. In the weeks since he disappeared, his case has become a top story and a focal point for outrage.
By Ken Belson | New York Times News Service
Last year’s Great American Eclipse drew hundreds of millions of eyes to the sky. But while people across the country “oohed” and “aahed” at the phenomenon, it appears the bees went silent.
BEIJING—Under mounting international criticism, China has given its most extensive defense yet of its sweeping campaign to detain and indoctrinate Muslims, with a senior official this past week describing its network of camps in the far west as humane job-training centers.
MUNICH—Hip-hop blared from oversized speakers. Half-finished beer glasses teetered precariously along the bar, and a scrum of teenage bodies writhed on the dimly lit dance floor. It was a regular night out in hip urban Munich.
NURSING home residents in the United States on the verge of death are increasingly receiving intense levels of rehabilitation therapy in their final weeks and days, raising questions about whether such services are helpful or simply a lucrative source of revenue.
As the sun rises over Kibale National Park in Uganda, red berries and orange figs hang in the rain forest’s canopy. They are waiting for monkeys, apes or birds to scan the foliage, eat the ripe fruit and either spit or defecate seeds far from their sources, spreading their next generation to a new location.
By Sheera Frenkel | The New York Times
Face cleansing used to be the most boring part of a skin-care regimen. Want bells and whistles? Better to look to the pricey moisturizer that comes in a faceted faux-crystal jar. Need targeted skin-care solutions? Look to potent serums and masks for results.
The tax cuts that President Donald J. Trump signed into law last year are disproportionately helping white Americans over African-Americans and Latinos, a disparity that reflects long-standing racial economic inequality in the United States and the choices that Republicans made in crafting the law.
In advance of the Oil & Money Conference held in London this week, co-hosted by The New York Times and Energy Intelligence, The Times asked some of the participants to answer this question: What are the biggest challenges your industry is facing and what is your company doing to address them? Here are their responses, which have been edited and condensed.
NEW WINDSOR, New York—Anthony Mancinelli shook out a barber towel and welcomed the next customer to his chair in Fantastic Cuts, a cheery hair salon in a nondescript strip mall, about an hour’s drive north of New York City.
IN the late-1930s, in rural Georgia, a former slave told his grandson a story about a case of racial injustice that had occurred three decades earlier and gone all the way to the White House.
EVEN the visionary Walt Disney probably could not have imagined this one. The Walt Disney Co. is just months away from generating enough renewable solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida.
BEIJING—Vice President Mike Pence’s accusations in a stinging speech last Thursday warning of a tougher approach toward Beijing may have been familiar to China’s leaders. But until now such remarks were delivered in private, in fairly decorous terms, and rarely threatened direct action.
A barrage of lurid accounts of hard drinking and partying lobbed against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week has reminded Americans of the aggressive, hypersexualized “bro culture” that has stubbornly persisted on high school and college campuses across the US.
Liquefaction, which Indonesian officials said last Monday had destroyed several thousand homes in and around the city of Palu during the earthquake last week, is one of the most devastating effects of earthquakes.
NEW YORK—Last year Hamish Bowles, a writer for Vogue, asked Rihanna in an interview about her big-picture plans for her fashion brand. “I know where I’m going next,” she said. “But I can’t tell you that. What’s the fun in that?”
By Mikayla Bouchard & Marisa Schwartz Taylor | New York Times News Service
IF you haven’t visited a college campus, secondhand store or seen Crazy Rich Asians, in which one of the central characters possesses a Jamba Juice freebie card, you may not have heard: Thrift is cool. In hospitality, that spirit has worked its way from Airbnb mania to spinoff hotel brands and independent properties that promise the travel equivalent of fast fashion.
NEW YORK—The first time David Grupper was laid off from his job as an art director, he was 58. It was 2013 and it took six months—and hundreds of résumés—to land another position as a manager of publications and marketing for the American Civil Liberties Union. A year later, he was laid off again.
By Lauren Hard | New York Times News Service
CARL JENSEN experienced what he calls “the awakening” sometime around 2012.
NOAH LAMFERS, a senior at the University of Northern Iowa, had never tried a 5-Hour Energy drink. But he still signed up to promote the brand online, getting paid to post images of himself and bottles of the product on his personal Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. He tagged each one with #5houruintern.
MELITTA Bentz would start out her mornings in Dresden in a manner as mundane as the person in the apartment next door, and the one next door to that: with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
By Elizabeth Paton & Vanessa Friedman | New York Times News Service
By Elizabeth Williamson & Emily Steel | New York Times News Service
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a long-standing policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump will propose a sweeping rewrite of the federal tax code on Wednesday, outlining a plan to reduce rates for corporations and individuals and eliminate some popular deductions, in a move that will set off a scramble among powerful groups eager to protect their tax breaks.
North Korea threatened on Monday to shoot down US warplanes even if they were not in the country’s airspace, stating that President Donald J. Trump’s comments suggesting he would eradicate North Korea and its leaders were “a declaration of war.”
By Andrew Ross Sorkin
WASHINGTON—With time running short, the authors of the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act shifted money in the bill to Alaska and Maine, which are represented by Republican senators who appear reluctant to support it.
BERLIN—Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections last Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of Germany’s postwar leaders, even as her victory was dimmed by the entry of a far-right party into parliament for the first time in over 60 years, according to preliminary results.
SEOUL, South Korea—US warplanes flew close to North Korea’s coast last Saturday, the same day that the North’s foreign minister told the UN General Assembly that President Donald J. Trump’s threats against the country were “making our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more.”
WASHINGTON—At the vast, windswept White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this year, nearly a dozen military contractors armed with laser guns, high-tech nets and other experimental systems met to tackle one of the Pentagon’s most vexing counterterrorism conundrums: how to destroy the Islamic State’s (IS) increasingly lethal fleet of drones.
As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, few people in that state seemed to understand the nature of the looming danger.
Only nature can paint the gorgeous colors and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. But scientists said last Monday that they have mastered the first steps and hope in time to control the entire coloring system, making it possible to design living butterfly wings.
THE opportunity was presented in a variety of ways, the question posed in various forms. But on the subject of the Brooklyn Nets, and their progress as a team this coming season, Kenny Atkinson wouldn’t bite and neither would Sean Marks.
EVER since the New York Mets selected Steven Matz out of Ward Melville High School on Long Island in the second round of the 2009 draft, his career has been defined by injuries. His latest setback, which is costing him the final month and a half of this season, helps define the current state of the Mets.
PRAGUE—In the back seat of a new van in an old city, a stubble-faced Rafael Nadal was laughing hard on my right and a stubble-faced Roger Federer was laughing harder on my left.
LONDON—Serena Rees, a founder of Agent Provocateur, who earned herself a fortune in the 1990s by making kinky lingerie a wardrobe staple, sat on a velvet sofa last month in her Marylebone townhouse. She was musing about the power of reinvention.
HOUSTON—It was a hard choice, but in the end it was no choice at all. A small rescue boat had come up the driveway, offering help. Carl Ellis was with his frail, 73-year-old mother, Wilma Jean. The boat had room for one.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida announced new rules on September 16, requiring nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable temperatures for at least 96 hours in the event of a power loss.
MEXICO CITY—Gustavo López recognized the boy’s clothes first. His tiny frame, pulled from the wreckage, lay over the jagged pieces of what remained of the school. It was his 7-year-old son.
UNITED NATIONS—President Donald J. Trump brought the same confrontational style of leadership he has used at home to the world’s most prominent stage on Tuesday, as he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if it threatened the United States and denounced the nuclear agreement with Iran as “an embarrassment” that he may abandon.
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar—Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, stood before a room of government officials and foreign dignitaries on Tuesday to at last, after weeks of international urging, address the plight of the country’s Rohingya ethnic minority.
WASHINGTON—Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues during the past decade than they cost.
When a devastating hurricane like Irma or Harvey arrives, stories about price gouging inevitably spread quickly. Recently, a one-way coach flight from Miami to Phoenix jumped in price from $547.50 to $3,258.50, prompting immediate outrage. In Houston, a picture of a case of water being sold for $42.96 at Best Buy did the same. (Best Buy apologized and said it was a “big mistake” by a few employees.)
Amazon’s big announcement that it will build a second headquarters has caught the attention of local officials, economic development professionals and pundits across the United States and Canada. And for good reason: “HQ2”, as it’s being called, would create upward of 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions of dollars of new investment in whichever city it locates in.
By Frank Bruni | New York Times News Service
KLAMATH, California — The gathering known simply as “Uncle Dave’s camp” begins at daybreak on the pebbled banks of the Klamath River, the age-old spruce and redwoods on the bluffs shrouded in mist.
MIAMI—Ready or not, Florida found itself face to face with Hurricane Irma’s galloping winds and rains last Sunday, as evacuees and holdouts alike marked uneasy time in homes and shelters from the Keys to the Panhandle, tap-tapping their nearly dead cell phones for news they were frantic to hear but helpless to change.