Trump vows to take on Chinese steel, but then buys it

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If you stuck through Sunday night’s presidential debate until the bitter end, you may recall an exchange between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about steel.  

“We have to bring back our workers,” said Trump. “You take a look at what’s happening to steel and the cost of steel, and China dumping vast amounts of steel all over the United States, which essentially is killing our steel workers and our steel companies.”

Cholera spreads in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

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The people of Haiti face a new terror, just days after Hurricane Matthew blasted the Caribbean nation: cholera.

“Everyone is talking about this,” says The World’s Amy Bracken, in Dame Marie, in southwestern Haiti. “Aid workers, doctors, random people I’m talking to on the streets, have been talking about this. They’re terrified.”

Cholera is a deadly water-borne disease, and it’s already taking lives in Haiti.

“They’re terrified of cholera getting worse around here,” Bracken says. “They’re terrified of people getting it and not being able to be taken to a clinic.”

South Kensington is one of the most euro-chic and Francophile neighborhoods of London. There are busy cafés, a French bookstore, a designer pastry shop and an elegant eatery that serves waffles and crêpes — the Kensington Crêperie.

“We are a French crêperie so we work with a lot of French suppliers, especially for cheese, flour, cider," the general manager Michele Zavani tells me. He himself is Italian.

Say goodbye to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Or better yet ... just say, boom!

The phones have a tendency to catch fire and explode.

Samsung tried to fix the problem. But it didn't work.

So the South Korean tech giant is ending all production of its popular smartphone.

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The situation is still in limbo more than a week after Colombians voted down the peace deal between the government and the FARC rebel group. The ceasefire between the two sides remains in place until the end of October. But the future is uncertain.

“It kind of was the Latin American Brexit,” says reporter Jasmine Garsd. “There was very low [voter] turnout.”

Princeton economist Atif Mian only tweets a few times a month, and most if it is the kind of dry policy stuff you'd expect from a man whose area of specialization is finance and debt, mixed with the occasional foray into politics.

It's smart, but not necessarily viral material.

He hit Twitter gold this week, though, when he made a simple observation about the recent Nobel Laureates that resonated far and wide: Six people living in the US have won the prize in the sciences this year, and all six are immigrants.

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Latino men in wide brimmed cowboy hats, Muslim women donning colorful headscarves and Jamaican nationals in finely pressed suits filed their way into a makeshift federal courtroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Clutching tiny American flags on the final day of their journey to citizenship, and with patriotic music blaring from speakers, more than 6,600 immigrants quickly find their seats.

These new citizens, sworn in on May 18, 2016, are the lucky ones.

Jason Margolis

Barack Obama carried the state of North Carolina in 2008 by just 14,000 votes. Four years later, the state flipped back to the Republicans and Mitt Romney, also in a tight election. So, to say that every vote matters in North Carolina — it’s not hyperbole.

Ramone Rushing, 32, knows this. He lives in Georgia, but recently loaded up his car and drove six hours northeast to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Not long into the presidential debate on Sunday, Donald Trump threatened to prosecute Hillary Clinton if he won the election. Here's an excerpt from their exchange:

TRUMP: “I didn't think I would say this,” he said, “but I'm going to, and I hate to say it. But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it ... ”

Singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle are no strangers to the tour circuit — both as solo artists and performing together at various benefit concerts. 

There were the Concerts for a Landmine Free World back in 1999. An Irish Gala Concert in Washington DC a year later. And they headlined an animal rescue concert a few years ago, where they performed this tune. 

New Clues Emerge in Centuries-Old Swedish Shipwreck

Oct 10, 2016
Karolina Kristensson

In 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage.

Over the centuries, many have tried to explain what caused that embarrassing and deadly mishap. Researchers in Stockholm have now conducted a detailed examination of the 17th-century vessel, and they've found new clues as to why it sank.

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Just a few years back, the Syrian town of Madaya was a holiday resort. Well-heeled Syrians and Lebanese built mansions in the lush, green mountain town known for its natural spring water. 

Today, much of it is rubble.  

Images smuggled out of the rebel-held town last January showed feeble, malnourished residents. Some 23 townspeople reportedly starved to death. Many were eating boiled grass and stray pets.

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In Ukraine, substance abuse has been an epidemic for the past two decades — about 1 percent of all adults are intravenous drug users — the leading cause of HIV transmission in the country. 

The problem continues to grow year after year. While the war-torn country is struggling economically, there is little hope in improving the situation.

Boryspil is a blue-collar town of 60,000 just outside of Kiev. Unemployment is high and for many, life can be bleak.

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This is a story you’ve probably heard before. In fact, you may have heard nearly this exact same story.

Why is it so hard to end the violence in Syria?

Oct 6, 2016
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The news and images coming out of eastern Aleppo, Syria, are unsettling. It seems the rebel enclave there is being pounded into oblivion by government forces and their Russian allies. Some Americans want to help and want their government to do something. But what?

Why is Syria such a tough nut to crack?

Max Fisher has given the issue a lot of thought. He’s a writer and editor for the Interpreter column at the New York Times.