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Data abuses prompt calls for overseer to bare teeth

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.

‘Jesus isn’t only for the Christians’

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.

The people of Mbomo tell their tales

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.

U.S. defense chief Jim Mattis quits

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.

‘We live in the Age of the Chicken’

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.

The new 50s: Far from retirement

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.

Business leaders’ breakthrough moments

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.

As world’s air gets worse, India struggles to breathe

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.

Merkel’s economic legacy: Austerity, rage, populism

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.

Why you can’t stop looking at other people’s screens

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.

The energy industry, in the words of its leaders

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.

It’s hip to be cheap as US hotels democratize design

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.

The hot college gig: Online brand promoter

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.

US warplanes flies close to North Korea

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.”

Pentagon tests technology to fight Islamic State drones

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.

Matz sums up Mets’ painful season

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.

Trump administration rejects study on positive impact of refugees

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.

Hurricane Price Gouging Is Despicable, Right? Not to Some Economists

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.)

What Amazon’s Headquarters Wish List Signals About the Future of Cities

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.

Entire Florida shudders as Irma roars

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.