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BECAUSE SINGLE MEANS SOMETHING OTHER THAN SINGLE

I always feel like every great thing has some obscure and meaningful small beginning, and I really want this right here to be great so we’ll start …

Spider-Man and His Inker: Wrists Still Going Strong a Half-Century Later

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — Joe Sinnott says spider webs drive him crazy, even though he has been drawing them for over 50 years for one of the world’s most famous superheroes.<p>“They’ve got to be so accurate, and they’ve got to be the same all the time,’’ he said. “It takes me about three days to do two …

Comics

Fed speakers have focused too much on rate increases: Powell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers should put less emphasis publicly on the short-term outlook for interest rate increases and more on the economics driving monetary policy and the uncertainty of forecasts, Fed Governor Jerome Powell said on Wednesday.<p>Federal Reserve Governor …

Federal Reserve

FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House

FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House, officials disclosed Friday, as President Obama issued a public warning to …

Donald Trump

My President Was Black

A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next<p><i>“They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”</i><p><i>— F. Scott Fitzgerald,</i> The Great Gatsby<p><b>I.</b><p>In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, …

8 Years in Obama’s America, By Barack Obama and 60 Other Players and Witnesses

All presidencies are historic. But no president since at least LBJ, and probably FDR, has arrived in Washington at a moment of greater historic …

WikiLeaks Appears To Release Hillary Clinton's Paid Speech Transcripts

Clinton's paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial firms were a point of contention during this year's primary. A hacked email to campaign chairman John Podesta, made public Friday, appears to show excerpts Clinton's research team flagged internally, including remarks she made about Wall …

What the FBI Files Reveal About Hillary Clinton’s Email Server

New documents tell the full, strange story of a technophobic VIP, a sloppy State Department, and the jerry-rigged computer that held it all together.<p>The scandal of Hillary Clinton’s “home brew” email server, as it is played out over more than a year and a half, has served as a Rorschach test for …

Turkish President Foiled Coup With Luck, Tech Savvy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan slips helicopter-borne commandos, texts the nation<p>A trio of Turkish helicopters filled with rebel forces buzzed the country’s Turquoise Coast below a waxing moon early Saturday as they homed in on their target: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>For the first time in more than 35 …

Bank of England says Brexit would pose risks to global economy

LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England escalated its warnings about the fallout from a British vote to leave the European Union next week, saying it could harm the global economy and sterling looked increasingly likely to fall further after an “Out” decision.<p>A man holding an umbrella walks past the …

Bank of England

More property funds suspended as Brexit tremors continue in the City

Pound’s dramatic fall and pressure on commercial real estate sector sees Henderson, Columbia Threadneedle and Canada Life gate their dealings<p>Britain’s vote to leave the EU has sent further shock waves through financial markets, with three more property funds suspended, the pound plunging and share …

Theresa May joins G20 summit to face Brexit warnings from US and Japan

Obama tells prime minister US won’t prioritise UK trade deal while Tokyo warns of consequences for Japanese businesses<p>Theresa May has had a difficult start to the G20 summit as President Barack Obama said the UK would not be the priority for a US trade deal and Japan issued an unprecedented 15-page …

Freddie Gray case: All charges dropped against remaining officers

<b>Baltimore (CNN) —</b> Baltimore prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray's death.<p>Gray, 25, died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody in April 2015. Three of the six officers charged in the case had …

Justice

Turkey declares a state of emergency for three months

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, a move that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said would enable the state to act faster against those who plotted a failed coup.<p>In a late-night televised address, Erdogan, who has been carrying out a large-scale purge of the country’s …

South Asia

Uber Launches in Ghana - AB2020

Ride-sharing platform Uber has launched in Ghana’s vibrant capital city Accra.<p>With a population of over two million; increasing availability of …

Strong or weak: a look at Africa's economy

At the Africa meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), currently being held in Rwanda's capital Kigali, participants expressed their optimism about …

World Economic Forum

Tunisie : la chasse aux jihadistes se poursuit après les attaques meurtrières de Ben Guerdane

Saudi Arabia — the dangers of a fanciful vision

Saudi Arabia is in a mess. That conclusion seems to be common ground — the view of serious outside analysts and of the country’s own government. The …

Saudi Arabia

Exclusive: Shift in Saudi oil thinking deepens OPEC split

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As OPEC officials gathered this week to formulate a long-term strategy, few in the room expected the discussions would end without a clash. But even the most jaded delegates got more than they had bargained with.<p>A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, …

Oil

Fed signals no rush to hike rates as economy hits soft patch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, but kept the door open to a hike in June while showing little sign it was in a hurry to tighten monetary policy amid an apparent slowdown in the U.S. economy.<p>In a statement that largely mirrored the one issued …

Federal Reserve

Ghana’s startup hub pioneer is going pan-African with a $50 million fund

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has built one of Africa’s best known startup ecosystems in Accra, Ghana over the last eight years—and now it’s doubling down on a push to take its vision pan-African.<p>As MEST has grown, it has opened up its local entrepreneur training program to …

Startups

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll rises to 233

The death toll from Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades has risen to at least 272, the president said, as rescue teams raced to dig out people trapped under rubble in shattered towns.<p>The powerful 7.8-magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the country, …

Nigeria's Promise Turns to Peril as Investors Head for the Exits

The promise of Africa’s biggest economy has turned to peril.<p>Companies drawn to Nigeria by the prospect of a population bigger than Germany and …

Rise of Isil raises nuclear terrorism threat, Harvard researchers warn

Action needs to be taken to improve nuclear security around the world, according to Harvard researchers, who are warning of the threat of Isil deploying atomic weapons.<p>The nightmare scenario of a nuclear attack was raised two days after theBrussels attacks last week when a security guard who worked …

A Belgian father from Morocco talks to his sons about the Brussels attacks

In the crowd gathered on Place de la Bourse in Brussels, I met a man and his sons looking at the spread of flowers, candles and notes to the memory of the bombing victims.<p>Abdel Lahrour lives in the small town of Soignies, about an hour from Brussels. He’s taken his sons, Isham and Rayan, out of …

Terrorism

Inside North Korea: Photographers offer a rare insight into Kim Jong-un's secretive state

Myanmar votes Htin Kyaw as new president

<b>(CNN) —</b> Myanmar's parliament, the Hluttaw, has chosen Htin Kyaw as the country's new president, formally bringing to a close decades of military rule.<p>It is widely expected that the new leader, who was elected to the position by 360 votes, more than a third of the parliament's available 652 votes, …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Cheap oil hits Middle East budgets: We can no longer 'provide for everything'

Oil's dramatic price fall has sent shock waves through many Middle Eastern economies.<p>Generous fuel and food subsidies have been slashed, new taxes introduced, and social benefits axed.<p>The years when oil cost $100 a barrel and generated $1 trillion in export revenues are gone, and the oil-rich Gulf …

Oil

Obama criticises ‘free riding’ allies in 2011 Libya campaign | Financial Times

US President Barack Obama partly blamed the UK and France for the “mess” in Libya that followed the 2011 fall of Muammer Gaddafi in a new interview …

Nicolas Sarkozy