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October 18, 2017 5:06 AM Why the world is watching Xi Jinping and China’s party congress

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. By the time you read this, one of the most important global political events of the next five years — if not longer — will have begun: the 19th National Congress 16

October 18, 2017 2:26 AM Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers

On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the “fake news” media. The next day, when the remains of the first soldiers reached Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Trump 17

October 18, 2017 12:45 AM Samsung Predicts Tech Will Next Transform the Home

Company increasingly investing in artificial intelligence, software startups LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Samsung Electronics Co. is betting that the next domain to be transformed by technology will be the home, and it is increasingly investing in artificial intelligence and software startups to stitch together a network of smart appliances. “We think this could 16

October 17, 2017 10:57 PM Microsoft Focused on AI Investments

Company has made about 18 acquisitions in the sector over the past few years LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Microsoft Corp.’s investments will remain focused on artificial intelligence technology said Peggy Johnson, the software giant’s Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development. “We have a big focus on AI,” Ms. Johnson said Tuesday at The Wall Street 15

October 17, 2017 8:02 PM Facebook Pitches In on Intel’s Coming Artificial Intelligence Chip

The semiconductor giant is aiming to take on Nvidia with a processor specially designed for AI LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Intel Corp. on Tuesday said it is​working with Facebook Inc. and other firms on a coming chip specially designed for artificial intelligence, as the semiconductor giant moves to capitalize on a fast-growing market and aims a direct shot at rival 22

October 16, 2017 3:53 AM These Are the Most (And Least) Safe Cities in the World

The Economist Intelligence Unit's third annual Safe Cities Index has ranked four East Asian and three European cities in the top 10, with the top three — Tokyo, Singapore, and Osaka— unchanged from last year. Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Sydney, Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Zurich round out the top 10. Crumbling infrastructure — a key campaign talking-point 29

October 14, 2017 8:03 PM Man held by Taliban-linked captors: They raped my wife, killed our baby

KABUL — Taliban-linked captors who held American Caitlan Coleman and her family for five years killed her infant daughter and allowed Coleman to be raped by a guard, her husband said, introducing a dramatic new layer to a saga that was already marked by mystery. Joshua Boyle’s revelations, which authorities have not confirmed, came after the couple and three 20

October 14, 2017 7:52 PM The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

The Russian military says the Syrian army has taken the full control of a key Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Saturday that Syrian troops have now fully freed the town of Mayadeen from IS militants. Konashenkov said that Mayadeen was the last major stronghold in eastern Syria 32

October 14, 2017 6:30 PM Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group. Foreign fighters will be excluded from the evacuation deal, the coalition 15

October 13, 2017 11:55 AM The Daily 202: Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system

President Trump prepares to sign his executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: President Trump took two giant steps Thursday to disembowel the Affordable Care Act. The administration announced late last night that he will immediately halt cost-sharing reductions 22