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Raqqa, ISIS ‘Capital,’ Is Captured, U.S.-Backed Forces Say

Whether final or not, the seemingly inevitable defeat in Raqqa of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, carries heavy symbolic weight. At its height in 2014, the group controlled Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, as well as Raqqa and large stretches of land on both sides of the border. And it had grand aspirations to increase its territory ...

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As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments ranging from the United States to Germany to Indonesia. Where the Russians have turned the internet into a political weapon, China has used it as a shield. In fact, when it comes to technology, China has prospered. It has a booming technology culture. Its internet companies rival ...

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

And just as Western analysts once scoffed at the potential of the North’s nuclear program, so did experts dismiss its cyberpotential — only to now acknowledge that hacking is an almost perfect weapon for a Pyongyang that is isolated and has little to lose. The country’s primitive infrastructure is far less vulnerable to cyberretaliation, and North Korean hackers operate outside ...

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Born in Auschwitz, Israeli Artist, 102, Harnesses the Dark and the Light

“The color returned to me,” Ms. Berlinski said. “Not to my life, but to me. I don’t know why.” It has been more than 20 years since her solo “Black Flowers” exhibition was held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the peaks of a long career. But this month, Ms. Berlinski, now a widow, is emerging once again ...

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Iran, California, Harvey Weinstein: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Our resident expert on the Affordable Care Act says that the move could end up costing the government more in the long run. Continue reading the main story On Thursday evening, we hosted a TimesTalk with our executive editor and two White House correspondents, about how we cover the Trump administration. Here are seven takeaways from the talk, and you ...

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Duterte Threatens to Expel E.U. Diplomats From Philippines

“The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union,” the statement said. Mr. Duterte is known for off-the-cuff speechmaking, and it was not immediately clear on Thursday if his threats were serious or simply bluster. He said ...

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Harvey Weinstein Rebuked by Cannes and Bafta Over Sexual Abuse Scandal

The Times revealed that he had paid off accusers for decades, and several women interviewed by The New Yorker accused him of rape. The women’s accounts are broadly similar: They said Mr. Weinstein would invite them to meetings in offices or hotel rooms, where he would appear naked or in a bathrobe, asking them to exchange massages, have sex or ...

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Niger Attack Lays Bare U.S. Troops’ Long Wait for Medical Help in Africa

The lack of help called into question whether the American military is providing enough resources for troops undertaking dangerous missions in Africa. The vast remote stretches in which American Special Forces operate are inherently dangerous because of their inaccessibility and are conducive to ambushes, said Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, who until June commanded Special Operations forces on the continent. ...

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Kim Jong-un, Catalonia, Turkey: Your Tuesday Briefing

His administration announced plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, which will make it nearly impossible for the U.S. to fulfill its commitments under the Paris climate accord. Continue reading the main story _____ Photo Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times • No recent Chinese leader has amassed as much power as Xi Jinping, and ...

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Chinese Village Where Xi Jinping Fled Is Now a Monument to His Power

But more than that, Mr. Xi’s story embodies the authoritarian values he wants to restore in China — a “red-brown” melding of Communist revivalism and earthy nationalism rooted in a glorified rendering of China’s ancient past. Liberal-minded members of China’s middle class bridle at that ideology. But others, including farmers and blue-collar workers, find a lot to like in Mr. ...

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