China confirms economy czar going to Washington for talks

China confirmed Tuesday its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions. The announcement suggests President Xi Jinping’s government is putting its desire to end a conflict that has battered Chinese exporters ahead of the political need to look ...

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Israel army lifts restrictions, signals ceasefire with Gaza

The Israeli army on Monday lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel, while the Hamas militant group’s radio station in the Gaza Strip reported a ceasefire, signalling a deal had been reached to end the bloodiest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war. There was no official ceasefire announcement from either side, but the intense fighting over ...

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Dan Rather weighs in on gene editing ethics, Donald Trump’s politics, and the future of America itself

Dan Rather is one of the world’s best-known journalists, having covered almost every major headline story of the past 60 years. And right now, the two stories that concern him the most are the future of genetic engineering … and the future of his nation. “We’re going through a very difficult period, a very perilous period of transition,” Rather says, ...

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4 Palestinians, including 2 Hamas militants, killed by Israeli fire after gunshots from the Gaza Strip

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed in an Israeli airstrike and protests Friday as gunshots from the Gaza Strip wounded two Israeli soldiers, officials said, in a new flare-up that shattered a month-long easing of hostilities that was mediated by Egypt. The calm along the Gaza-Israel frontier was in exchange for Israel’s scaling back restrictions on the territory. ...

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Cows and climate change: A closer look

Hello there! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This week: The sustainability of meat Behold the U.S. Climate Alliance What’s in the box? Gauging the eco-friendliness of meal kits Cows and climate change: A closer ...

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