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Kim Jong Un Offers to Host Peace Talks Between United States and Canada

SINGAPORE (The Borowitz Report)—One day before his summit with Donald J. Trump, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, has offered to host peace talks between the United States and Canada.<p>Speaking to reporters at his hotel in Singapore, Kim said that the rising tensions between the North American …

Move over Elon: global energy prize goes to Australia's solar guru

There’s a growing consensus that we’re going to get most of our energy out of solar down the track Martin Green<p>The “father of PV” – University of New South Wales professor Martin Green – has become the first Australian to win the global energy prize from a shortlist that included Tesla’s Elon …

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Trump’s Most Foolish Decision Yet

President Trump’s reckless decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal will not force Iran back to the negotiating table, nor will it address serious concerns about Iran’s behavior in the Middle East. But it will leave Iran’s nuclear program unconstrained, and an inconstant …

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It's not me, it's you: Why I'm breaking up with Sydney

It was love at first sight when Sydney and I met properly a dozen years ago. I fell hard with the sort of giddy infatuation that makes it easy to …

Bruce Chatwin: One of the Last Great Explorers

In 1972, Bruce Chatwin left England and began to travel. This was not so long ago, and yet the world back then was still so unmapped: A traveler could and did wander through it like Pausanias, like Ibn Battuta, like the explorers who wrote the first drafts of the romance of movement, of the twinned …

19 Beautiful Greek Islands You Should Visit

Greece is one of those countries that you’ll never get bored of visiting. With thousands of little islands and the gorgeous mainland, it’s a place …

European Travel

We Catalans Owe the World an Explanation

BARCELONA, Spain — Many readers probably have a cursory notion of the recent turmoil plaguing the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia. They will have seen large demonstrations by both separatists and unionists. They may know, too, that following the illegal referendum on independence, Catalan …

Large parts of the the Tarkine wilderness – the biggest tract of temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere – burned in the fires of 2016. Author Ben Walter visited the region and found devastation, and hope<p>We’re driving up from the Rapid river, a beer-coloured tumult capped with froth and …

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

BERKELEY, Calif. — The house at 1310 Haskell Street does not look worthy of a bitter neighborhood war. The roof is rotting, the paint is chipping, and while the lot is long and spacious, the backyard has little beyond overgrown weeds and a garage sprouting moss.<p>The owner was known for hoarding junk …

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

ADELAIDE, Australia — The state of South Australia announced on Friday that it had powered up the world’s biggest battery ahead of schedule: a feat already being heralded as one of this century’s first great engineering marvels and a potential solution to the country’s energy woes.<p>The battery is …

Frank Lloyd Wright in 45 essential works - Curbed

<i>For Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, Curbed is celebrating the life and work of the legendary American architect that brought us the Prairie School movement. Join us in exploring</i> <i>all things Wright</i> <i>this week.</i><p>Few figures are as ever-present in American architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright, a …

Frank Lloyd Wright: fantasist or genius?

As an exhibition in New York marks 150 years since the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, is it time for a reappraisal of this flawed hero of modernist architecture?<p>“June 8 1869 will for ever mark the beginning of a new epoch for the world,” gushed Olgivanna, third wife of Frank Lloyd Wright. On this …

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'Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this trainwreck': LA Times editorial tears into Trump

The Los Angeles Times skewered President Donald Trump in an editorial on Sunday, calling him “untethered from reality” and “full of blind …

Donald Trump

Full text: PM Theresa May's Brexit letter to the EU

<b>Dear President Tusk,</b><p>On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision …

Why Populist American Leaders Love Russia

Imagine this scenario: In a period of protracted economic crisis, the American people elect to the presidency a scion of a wealthy New York family …

Russia

Opinion: Germany's exports and Trump's vexation

New data showing Germany's staggering trade surplus is likely to feed into US President Trump's protectionist rhetoric. But he has to realize that a …

Economy

Read California Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State Speech Taking on Donald Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, and vowed to defend immigrants, healthcare, the environment …

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Opinion: Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, and the stock market

My favorite politics professor, back in the early days of personal computing, used to compare the American economy to a PC: It’s the ultimate …

Donald Trump

Trump tracker: The story of his first year - in seven graphics

<b>Donald Trump came into office promising to change the face of American politics and transfer power "back to the people". So what has he achieved so far, at the 12-month mark?</b><p>We're tracking the president's progress on his agenda and how it is received by the American public and the wider world.<p>And …

US President Donald Trump's Inauguration speech transcript

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First …

Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

<i>Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times, interviewed President Obama about literature on Friday at the White House. Here are excerpts from the conversation, which have been edited and condensed.</i><p><b>These books that you gave to your daughter Malia</b> <b>on the Kindle,</b> <b>what were they? S</b><b>ome</b> …

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Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.<p>Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the …

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Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

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How Obama’s Jobs Record Stacks Up

On a Friday morning in February 2009, the Labor Department issued its standard monthly readout on the state of the United States labor market. It was the first of 96 jobs reports to be issued during the Obama presidency, and it was a catastrophe.<p>“With Grim Job Loss Figures, No Sign That Worst Is …

Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and the Myth of the Solitary Artist

Jim Jarmusch is among the rarest and most precious filmmakers of our time, because, at his best—as he is in his new film, “Paterson”—he conjures an entire world of his own imagination. He does so with his wry and tamped-down tone, his loping rhythms, his puckishly frontal compositions, his worn-in …

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.<p>President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States …