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Sinosphere: At Hong Kong Swearing-In, Some Lawmakers Pepper Their Oath With Jabs

The acts of defiance, directed at Beijing as some called for outright independence for the semiautonomous territory, seemed to augur a stormy legislative term.

How ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Silences Black Women

The film tells of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion by using women’s trauma as motivation for the male hero, casting their victimization as secondary.

Emerging Climate Accord Could Push A/C Out of Sweltering India’s Reach

A phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons could have a major effect on climate change but would make air-conditioning more expensive just as many Indians are becoming able to afford it.

A Senate Hopeful Veers From Republican Mainstream, and Toward Donald Trump

Wendy E. Long, a former Supreme Court clerk and corporate litigator who is seeking to unseat Senator Charles Schumer, said Mr. Trump had shaped much of her current thinking.

Feature: Generation Adderall

Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.

After Torture, Ex-Detainee Is Still Captive of ‘The Darkness’

The United States subjected Suleiman Abdullah Salim to harsh tactics in a secret prison and held him without charge for years. He was found not to be a terrorist threat, but he pays a deep price to this day.

Cubs 6, Giants 5 | Chicago wins series, 3-1: Cubs Oust Giants to Reach...

A remarkable four-run rally in the ninth inning helped Chicago wrap up its division series with San Francisco.

Split Over Donald Trump Threatens to Tilt Republican States

Democrats are aiming to run up a big margin of victory for Hillary Clinton and extend their political advantage into the congressional elections next month.

Hurricane Plunges a North Carolina Town’s Future Into Doubt

The flooding after the storm had a special sting in Fair Bluff, N.C., which has tried with grit and heart to remake itself amid economic shifts.

Why Samsung Abandoned Its Galaxy Note 7 Flagship Phone

The unprecedented move by the South Korean electronics giant is an embarrassing reversal for a respected global brand.

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May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

The EU summit comes after a Tory rebellion defeats the government in a key vote on Brexit. Source: BBC

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The special relationship between the U.S. and Britain apparently requires a very special U.S. embassy in London. The new one, opening next month, cost more than $1 billion. Charlie D'Agata takes a look.