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The last Nazi hunters

Since 1958, a small department of Germany’s government has sought to bring members of the Third Reich to trial. A handful of prosecutors are still tracking down Nazis, but the world’s biggest cold-case investigation will soon be shut down. By Linda Kinstler<p>The Central Office for the Investigation …

Buenos Aires

On the Brink

On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?<p>1. The Madman Theory<p>The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York …

North Korea
North Korea

What Would War with North Korea Look Like?

Over the past half century, the United States has fought only one big war—in Kuwait, in 1991—that was a conventional conflict. Operation Desert Storm launched a U.S.-led coalition against the Iraqi Army after it occupied oil-rich Kuwait. The combat was quick (six weeks) and successful in its …

North Korea

Inside Juicero’s Demise, From Prized Startup to Fire Sale

On Sept. 1, as many U.S. businesses closed early for the Labor Day holiday weekend, Juicero Inc.—a lavishly funded startup that once sold a $699 …

Venture Capital

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

Owning a yellow cab has left Issa Isac in deep debt and facing a precarious future.<p>It was not supposed to turn out this way when Mr. Isac slid behind the wheel in 2005. Soon he was earning $200 a night driving. Three years later, he borrowed $335,000 to buy a New York City taxi medallion, which …

Transportation

Meet the CamperForce, Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army

<b>In the spring</b> of 1960, just after he turned 16, Chuck Stout went to work as a “garbage boy” at a McDonald’s in Toledo, Ohio. For 85 cents an hour, he …

World Trade Center

How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Finally: You’ve got the chance to work remotely. Maybe it’s due to the structure of your new job, or organization; maybe it’s part of that new corporate work/life initiative; or maybe it’s the result of months of lobbying the higher-ups. Regardless, you’ve won the prize that many — or most — …

Remote Working

The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination

Two women had the most audacious task. Killing the brother of the North Korean leader. Right out in the open, using deadly chemical weapons in an international airport. And the craziest thing? They had no idea what they'd gotten into.<p><b>When Kim Jong-nam</b> was a boy, his father, the dictator of North …

North Korea

The Long and Bumpy History of Corduroy

It may be most closely associated with the ’70s, but the ribbed fabric’s pedigree goes back many centuries.<p><i>A version of this post originally appeared</i> …

Clothing

Beyond the propaganda posters: Everyday design in North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The few examples of North Korean design seen by those outside the secretive state show a number of recurring themes. The destruction of the US is a common one, often depicted through propaganda posters of American soldiers being crushed or children curiously observing nuclear warheads.<p>But …

North Korea

How Puerto Rico's power crisis ends

When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico on September 20th, it found a vulnerable target. The island is facing an extreme financial crisis that's been building steam for decades; roughly 43 percent of its residents live in poverty. Its sole electric company, PREPA, is $9 billion in debt and …

Caribbean

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

IBM pioneered telecommuting. Now it wants people back in the office.<p>In 1979, IBM was putting its stamp on the American landscape. For 20 years, it had been hiring the greats of modernism to erect buildings where scientists and salespeople could work shoulder-to-shoulder commanding the burgeoning …

UC San Diego

The Cult Of Crocs: Can The Brand Make A Comeback By Fighting Its Haters?

It’s the shoe that people love to hate. But in a brand reboot, Crocs is calling out its haters in a politically charged message about tolerance.<p>There are only two types of people in the world: Crocs lovers and Crocs haters.<p>Every so often, these two camps collide and the results can be explosive. …

Footwear

A New Look Inside the Cities of North Korea

Amidst heightened political tensions, city life in the hermit kingdom goes on.<p>As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un trade personal barbs and threats of annihilation (and Trump prepares to visit the Korean peninsula in November), South Koreans are famously greeting the …

WeWork's $20 Billion Office Party: The Crazy Bet That Could Change How The World Does Business

<b>ADAM NEUMANN, THE FRENETIC</b> cofounder and CEO of WeWork, was pacing back and forth in his office in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, ignoring the heavy bag, the Peloton spin bike and the generously stocked bar in favor of something more urgent: the clock. Softbank boss Masayoshi Son, Japan’s …

Henry Viii

What Should the West Do With Fighters Returning From Syria and Iraq?

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Albert Berisha is both a paradox and a dilemma.<p>His lilac shirt, soft features and neatly trimmed beard could belong to any office worker in the world.<p>He certainly doesn't look like someone who swapped his life in Europe to go fight in Syria alongside ISIS militants he openly …

Terrorism

America's shadow war in Africa

The U.S. has deployed at least 1,500 troops to the Sahel and sub-Saharan regions, with little public debate and what experts call an unclear strategy.<p>America’s little-known war on terrorists in Africa is becoming more perilous as the U.S. deploys growing numbers of troops to the continent’s most …

Africa

How Seattle Bucked a National Trend and Got More People to Ride the Bus

Three experts in three very different positions weigh in on their city’s ridership success.<p>Almost every major U.S. city has seen years of decline in bus ridership, but Seattle has been the exception in recent years. Between 2010 and 2014, Seattle experienced the biggest jump of any major U.S. city. …

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department

One afternoon in late September, I sat down with Rex Tillerson on what, in hindsight, may well have been his last comparatively normal day as secretary of state. It was a little more than 72 hours before President Donald Trump would take to Twitter to declare that Tillerson, his top diplomat, was …

U.S. Dept. of State

Everyone’s Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It

The sparsely furnished offices of Sundar Pichai stretch across the second floor of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. On one side of the room, a …

Artificial Intelligence