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September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?

Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?Two weeks after hurricane Harvey, Soni Herrera is trapped at her home – a home she and her family cannot yet live in. Like many of the tens of thousands of Houstonians flooded out of their houses, Ms. Herrera, her husband, Jaime, and their four children benefited from the indiscriminate bravery of her community during and immediately after the storm. Recommended: How much do you know about Texas?

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September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on hold

In South Sudan's capital, a bridge – and a nation – on holdSouth Sudan’s largest city needed a new bridge, and a Japanese aid agency was going to build one. “The way the city was growing was unbelievable,” says Justin Tata, the head of the department of architecture and urban planning at the University of Juba. Every day, a huge portion of the country’s economy rattled over the 45-year-old bridge’s two narrow lanes, as heaving 18-wheelers carried imported goods from the port of Mombasa, in Kenya, into the growing capital city.

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September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Apple thinks different – and the same – about the ‘town square’

Apple thinks different – and the same – about the ‘town square’Ten years after Apple made the smartphone “cool,” it wants to turn its retail stores into something warm. It announced last week that the nearly 500 Apple Stores will no longer really be stores but “town squares.” In the era of social everything, Apple’s glass-and-white-walled boxes are to become gathering places. If that sounds a lot like your local mall, Starbucks, or even McDonald’s – commercial places designed to be social spaces – Apple’s idea goes further.

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September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?

Trump visits UN: As a global leader, can the US do more with less?President Trump has already shaken the post-World War II global order by pulling the United States out of American-led international pacts like the Paris Climate Accords and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – and by threatening to dump others, like the Iran nuclear deal. For many in the community of 193 UN member states who have been anticipating General Assembly week to see for themselves how Mr. Trump intends to meld his nationalist policies with America’s global role, the impression may be that of the incredible shrinking superpower.

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September 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters in St Louis early on Saturday after a white former policeman was acquitted of murdering a black suspect.

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