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Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones

Muhanga, Rwanda<p>The world’s first commercial drone delivery service operates from a hill almost smack dab in the middle of Rwanda. A barbed wire fence surrounds a field, a white tent, and a control tower. From here, Zipline, a San Francisco-based robotics company, delivers blood by drone to almost …

Africa

It’s Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump: let the real contest begin

Barring some historic and unprecedented collapse, the US presidential election will be a heavyweight slugfest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: a contest between one candidate who says she wants to see more love and kindness, and another who says he wants to punch protesters in the …

AirMule: A drone that reaches the parts that other aircraft cannot

It looks a cross between a helicopter and a hovercraft and can take off and land vertically: AirMule is a giant drone that can pick up and drop off supplies or people.<p>Built by Israeli firm Urban Aeronautics, It is meant to be used in areas too dangerous for other aircraft.<p>Rafi Yoeli, chief …

China's big bet on Latin America is going bust

China is pumping billions into Latin America, but many of its investments are tanking.<p>Last year alone, China offered $65 billion to Latin America, it biggest bet yet. Many see the move as a power play to counter the U.S. influence in the region.<p>Perhaps the best example of China's growing ambitions …

American airlines to fly 110 flights a day to Cuba as US tractor business becomes first to open on island

Anthony Foxx, the US transport secretary, is in Havana on Tuesday to sign a deal which promises to bring thousands more American tourists and their cash to Cuba<p>Cuba and the United States are to sign a deal on Tuesday which will restore scheduled flights between the two countries for the first time …

Little People of Ecuador: Laron Syndrome May Unlock Cancer, Diabetes Cure

In the remote villages of Ecuador, 100 very small people may hold the key to a huge medical breakthrough.<p>They all suffer from Laron Syndrome, an incredibly rare genetic disorder that stops them from growing taller than 4 feet but also seems to protect them against cancer and diabetes and maybe even …

Why American Students Are Flocking to Germany — and Staying

BONN, Germany — How do you say "sign me up" in German?<p>The number of Americans studying in Germany has risen sharply, recent figures show, driven in part by the low cost of higher education compared to the United States.<p>More than 10,000 U.S. students are presently enrolled in the country’s higher …

My drinks with a CIA mastermind: Over pinot noir in Georgetown, some hidden truths emerge

<b>Robert Redford in "Three Days of the Condor" (Paramount Pictures)</b><p>The CIA’s top lawyer met me in D.C. He was chillingly honest about his work — and what he sees as real threats<p>Elsa Givan<p>February 14, 2016 3:00pm (UTC)<p>When asked what it was like to know the majority of the CIA’s secrets for decades, …

Russia’s grip on Syria tightens as brittle ceasefire deal leaves US out in the cold

At the peace talks in Munich and on the ground in Aleppo, two things became clear last week: Moscow was running the show and Assad’s opponents felt abandoned by Washington<p>Russia’s economy may be stumbling as oil prices fall, but in a week of extraordinary military and diplomatic turmoil over the …

Middle East

“George W. Bush is a war criminal. He sent all of these people to die”: Bill Maher panel explodes in debate over Iraq, veterans

Bill Maher, Ana Navarro and Margaret Cho get heated as Jeb plans to bring W back to the trail in South Carolina<p>Among Bill Maher's guests on last night's "Real Time" was CNN political correspondent Ana Navarro, a vocal Jeb! supporter.<p>Maher mentioned that Jeb! brought out his brother, former …