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Protesters hold placards as they attend a climate change demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, September 22, 2019. REUTERS
Same planet, different worlds

The contrasting attitudes of climate protesters and world leaders threaten to bring a climate catastrophe to a head

Trump and the whistleblower

It seems that an experienced intelligence official was so deeply disturbed by Trump’s interactions with the president of Ukraine to feel the need to blow the whistle

Pedestrians near a mosque with its Arabic style minarets and dome brightly lit at night, in Linxia, China, Sept 14, 2019. The New York Times.

A crackdown on Islam across China

In China’s northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims

Women poop. Sometimes at work. Get over it

Why must the bathroom continue to be fraught?

Facebook suspends thousands of apps

The move forms part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation in response to the Cambridge Analytica row

Is it time to quit vaping?

Health officials have recommended that people refrain from using e-cigarettes as they investigate a severe lung illness that has killed eight people

The return of the native - after 28 years

The Bangladeshi had first left the country in 1980s to help the Palestinians in war

Socarvin Omuoha, 55, shown Thursday, Sept 19, 2019, has returned to Nigeria from South Africa. The Nigerian man who had owned a cellphone shop in South Africa for more than a decade said “I would have died,” if I stayed. (KC Kenechukwu/The New York Times)

South Africa's anti-immigrant venom

More than 300 Nigerians return home from Johannesburg after fleeing mob attacks and the torching of their stores

Ric Ocasek of The Cars performs in support of their album

Singer Ric Ocasek dies

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee updated classic sounds for a broader pop audience, making polished songs with sonic depth

Tim Sherno in the desert near Rachel, Nev., where thousands gathered for an event that started as an internet joke, Sept. 20, 2019. Sherno came for the gathering outside the secretive Area 51 military base that, despite starting as a viral online joke, was bewitched to life by people who committed to making it happen. (Jessica Pons/The New York Times)

At Area 51, they come in peace

Plenty of invaders, no aliens

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Amin H Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Saudi Aramco, is seen at the 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 10, 2019. Reuters

Aramco ‘stronger than ever’: CEO

Attacks on its plants cause raging fires and significant damage

Protesters react to tear gas after a sit-in at Yuen Long to protest against violence that happened two months ago when white-shirted men wielding pipes and clubs wounded both anti-government protesters and passers-by, in Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

HK riot police curb airport protest

Riot police took up position at the main rail station serving the airport to prevent a new anti-government protest targeting air travel after violent clashes

George Mpanga, known as George the Poet, records an episode of “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” in front of a live audience in London, Sep 6, 2019. The rapper and spoken-word practitioner shot to fame in Britain as a musician in 2013. His podcast, which swept gold in five categories of the British Podcast Awards in May, brings music and poetry together, and adds some politics and social observation.

George the Poet is pushing podcasting’s limits

On “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?,” he creatively combines poetry, recorded phone calls, vox pop interviews, snippets of radio news and acted-out scenes, set to a cinematic soundtrack