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A major South African city is about to run out of water, and officials say it will be the worst disaster since 9/11

Cape Town, a coastal South African city of about 4 million people, is about to run out of fresh water.<p>After three years of persistent drought, the government is warning that "Day Zero" — when it will be forced to turn off most faucets — will be May 11. That's when reservoirs and water sources are …

Cape Town

Making China Great Again

As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>When the Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior II” arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a …

Hugh Hefner, Who Built the Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant — all the while, as its very public avatar, squiring attractive young women (and sometimes marrying them) well into his 80s — died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills …

Trudeau urged to take out Canadian trash still festering in Manila

Justin Trudeau's visit to the Philippines brought him within a short walk of a Canadian controversy that has lingered in the Port of Manila for years: about 100 stranded containers crammed with thousands of tons of rotting trash from Canada.<p>The case of the rancid Canadian garbage, festering in …

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Security

The Brothers Who Bought South Africa

The continent’s most important economy now appears to function for the benefit of one powerful family.<p>“The Ax Has Fallen”<p>The beginning of the end of …

Who's Winning the Fight for the Best In-Car Technology?

There was a time when buyers measured the appeal of a vehicle based on such things as styling, performance or the availability of features like power windows and leather seats. But these days, shoppers are seeking out the vehicles that offer the most seamless and powerful digital technologies.<p>Next …

Car Tech

A 10-year-old’s overdose death reveals Miami neighborhood’s intense struggle with opioids

By Kevin Sullivan<p>, Reporter<p>When 10-year-old Alton Banks left the community swimming pool on the last day of his life, he walked past the elementary school where he had just finished fifth grade.<p>He passed a cheery banner that defined a beaten-down ­inner-city neighborhood trying to will itself into …

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

In Andrew Scheer’s early days, it’s still Stephen Harper’s party

When Andrew Scheer won the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada in the spring, the implicit promise was continuity.<p>He might be younger, more affable, a better retail politician than Stephen Harper. But, unlike leadership rivals who had promised hard-core libertarianism or something closer …

Trudeau’s forgot-to-mention-Alberta gaffe rekindles age-old grievances

It is part of Canada's political DNA that the Liberal Party doesn't understand Alberta, and that Albertans don't like Liberals.<p>Some Grits hoped that Justin Trudeau's inroads into the province in the 2015 election, when the party snagged four of 34 seats, would form a beachhead for later gains.<p>But …

Undaunted – the 42-inch yacht still hoping to become the smallest boat ever to cross the Atlantic

<b>Matt Kent, age 33, turned back just 24 hours into his first attempt to sail across the Atlantic aboard the "stern-faced" tub Undaunted. Ryan Langley</b> …

Sailing

The Poverty Just Over the Hills From Silicon Valley

The South Coast, a 30-mile drive from Palo Alto, is facing an affordable-housing shortage that is jeopardizing its agricultural heritage.<p>On the drive up the coast from the southernmost part of Northern California’s San Mateo County, Highway 1’s two lanes are surrounded by wind-whipped seas on one …

Silicon Valley

Was Amelia Earhart a New Jersey housewife?

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — As the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was marked Sunday, a new theory surfaced as to what happened to her as she attempted to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.<p>Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on …

Airplanes

U.S. Confirms North Korea Fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

SEOUL, South Korea — The Trump administration on Tuesday confirmed North Korea’s claim that it had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, and it told Pyongyang that the United States would use “the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat.”<p>The administration …

At G-20, world aligns against Trump policies ranging from free trade to climate change

The president made his way to Germany for the meeting of world leaders after a stop in Poland.<p>The president made his way to Germany for the meeting of world leaders after a stop in Poland.<p>HAMBURG — The growing international isolation of the United States under President Trump was starkly apparent …

Donald Trump

America’s Future Is Texas

With right-wing zealots taking over the legislature even as the state’s demographics shift leftward, Texas has become the nation’s bellwether.<p>When Frederick Law Olmsted passed through Texas, in 1853, he became besotted with the majesty of the Texas legislature. “I have seen several similar bodies …

Pablo Escobar and 'El Chapo' Guzman: How 2 of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug lords compare

Since the late 1970s, two men have emerged as the most powerful and most dangerous drug lords in the world.<p>Pablo Escobar, a farmer's son from rural Colombia, and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a product of Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre mountains, delivered immeasurable amounts of cocaine and other drugs …

Mexico

The Week in Review: Syria Hit By Chemical Attack, U.S. Responds

At least seventy people died this week, including 22 members of the same family, and hundreds more were injured when a chemical bomb attack hit the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. In response, President Donald Trump ordered a military airstrike on a Syrian government air base.<p>According to witnesses …

Trudeau vows action against U.S. softwood lumber tariff

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pledging a co-ordinated offensive with the provinces to fight new U.S. duties against Canadian softwood lumber exports while opening the door to retaliation against American coal.<p>On Friday, Mr. Trudeau wrote B.C. Premier Christy Clark to assure her that he will …

Aaron Hernandez: Inside Dark, Tragic Life of Former Patriots Star

<i>This story, “The Gangster in the Huddle” originally appeared in September 12, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone.</i><p>The first text pinged him around nine that …

New Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class for sale in Richmond

The Week in Review: Trump’s First Week in Office

President Donald Trump‘s first week in office was active and controversial. The 45th president signed a record number of executive actions, welcomed his first foreign leader to the White House, delivered numerous speeches and sent a number of tweets that caused sharp responses.<p>He told the …

Donald Trump

The history of Jaguar

In the video above we take a look at iconic brand Jaguar, a brand that hatched in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company.<p>The company fledged as Jaguar in the 1940s and the beautiful XK120 was launched, but it wasn’t until the 60s and the creation of the iconic E-type that the brand cemented itself in …

Amid Vancouver freeze-over, city officials only pack on the blame

Dismissive, condescending, tone-deaf. These words – and others too harsh to be spoken in polite company – have been used to describe the City of Vancouver's response to the great freeze-over of the past month.<p>To be clear, this is far from an all-out emergency. I'm not suggesting that it is. But for …

Inside an ISIS Bunker

Booby-trapped houses above. A city strewn with bombs ahead. And below, a network of tunnels fit for a terror army.<p>BAA’SHIQA, Iraq—The ISIS fighter’s …

John Kerry's mission to save diplomacy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> You can see it in everything he attempts to do around the globe, every conflict he wades into, every crisis he refuses to concede. And as John Kerry prepares to step down as secretary of state next month, he will carry it with him just as he has for 50 years: a deep-seated belief …

Middle East

On the road to Raqqa

The decision has paid off so far. The YPG — which constitutes the Kurdish component of the SDF — has proved to be the United States’ most effective military ally in Syria, and it has retaken vast swaths of territory. It is also expanding deep into Arab areas as it presses forward against the …

Middle East

South Korea fines Qualcomm $854 million for violating competition laws

SEJONG, South Korea/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - South Korea’s antitrust regulator fined Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) for what it called unfair business practices in patent licensing and modem chip sales, a decision the U.S. chipmaker said it will challenge in court.<p>The fine, …