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Trump, Fellow Populist Duterte to Meet as U.S.-Philippine Relations Improve

Trump, Fellow Populist Duterte to Meet as U.S.-Philippine Relations Improve

President Rodrigo Duterte meets Monday with President Donald Trump, carrying with him a longstanding animosity toward America that has been tempered by Mr. Trump’s implicit support of his war on drugs and by U.S. help in crushing Islamic State-backed fighters who occupied a southern city.

Published 7 months ago

Uber’s Driver Dilemma: Fare Hikes and Cuts Don’t Change Pay

Uber’s Driver Dilemma: Fare Hikes and Cuts Don’t Change Pay

A new study co-authored by Uber found that no matter which direction fares go, drivers inevitably take home about the same earnings. The finding means the ride-hailing company needs to rely on incentive payments to lure drivers.

Published 7 months ago

On a U.S. Aircraft Carrier Near North Korea, Tension Gives Way to Focus

On a U.S. Aircraft Carrier Near North Korea, Tension Gives Way to Focus

Three U.S. aircraft carriers with around 200 jet fighters in total sailed in close formation with several other warships in the Sea of Japan on Sunday, the largest display of U.S. naval firepower in the region for a decade as nearby North Korea trades war threats with Washington.

Published 7 months ago

Trump Administration to Bankers: You’re Not the Villain Anymore

Trump Administration to Bankers: You’re Not the Villain Anymore

President Donald Trump’s newly minted financial regulatory team—growing in size with recent confirmations—is sounding a friendlier tone than its predecessor, which restricted the industry following the 2008 bank bailouts.

Published 7 months ago

After Trump’s Bonhomie in Beijing, a Trade Face-Off Brews

After Trump’s Bonhomie in Beijing, a Trade Face-Off Brews

A genial but largely vacuous summit in Beijing may go down in history as the prelude to a U.S.-China confrontation over trade, writes Andrew Browne.

Published 7 months ago

At the SEC, Whistleblowers Blow Whistle on Watchdog

At the SEC, Whistleblowers Blow Whistle on Watchdog

Officials working for the Securities and Exchange Commission inspector general have filed complaints to a different federal whistleblower-protection agency, alleging that he and senior staff retaliated against them for calling out misconduct within the office.

Published 7 months ago

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

The Arab victors in the latest reversal of fortunes in northern Iraq have wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in territory once held by Islamic State.

Published 7 months ago

This Sunday, Some Churchgoers May Choose to Pack Guns With Their Bibles

This Sunday, Some Churchgoers May Choose to Pack Guns With Their Bibles

As congregations around the country once again face the question of security, some of the faithful are now considering whether they should bring firearms to their houses of worship as well.

Published 7 months ago

Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid

Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid

Whether it’s winning at games like Go or keeping watch for Russian influence operations, the best AI-powered systems require humans to play an active role in their creation, tending and operation.

Published 7 months ago

Trump Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling

Trump Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling

President Donald Trump said he had full confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, indicating that he believed a report earlier this year that concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. But he wouldn’t say definitively whether he believes the report.

Published 7 months ago

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Sells 717,000 Copies in U.S. on its First Day

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Sells 717,000 Copies in U.S. on its First Day

Taylor Swift’s newest album sold more than 717,000 copies in the U.S. in its first day of release, putting the pop star on pace to potentially beat out week-one sales for her previous blockbuster effort.

Published 7 months ago

Pacific-Rim Countries Move Closer to TPP Deal Without U.S.

Pacific-Rim Countries Move Closer to TPP Deal Without U.S.

Eleven nations said they had made significant progress toward reaching a major trade pact 10 months after the U.S.’s withdrawal, but disagreements from Canada prevented a final deal.

Published 7 months ago

Polish Nationalist Youth March Draws Thousands in Capital

Polish Nationalist Youth March Draws Thousands in Capital

Tens of thousands of Poles marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday, in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims.

Published 7 months ago

Chinese Buy Yachts, TVs Online to Drive Alibaba Singles’ Day Sales

Chinese Buy Yachts, TVs Online to Drive Alibaba Singles’ Day Sales

E-commerce giant Alibaba said it racked up more than $25.3 billion in sales on its annual ‘Singles Day,’ helped along by a gala TV show and broad discounts.

Published 7 months ago

Lebanon’s President Seeks Explanation for Prime Minister’s Stay in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s President Seeks Explanation for Prime Minister’s Stay in Saudi Arabia

Lebanese President Michel Aoun asked Saudi Arabia to explain why Prime Minister Saad Hariri hadn’t returned to Lebanon after resigning his post from Riyadh last week, according to a statement.

Published 7 months ago