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Turkish Airstrikes Hit Syria’s Kurdish-Held Afrin Province

HASSA, TURKEY —  Turkish warplanes struck positions of a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Saturday, opening a new front in the Syrian civil war and raising the prospect of deeper strains between Turkey and Washington. The operation sees Ankara confronting Kurdish fighters allied to the United States …

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Recipe for Ruckus in India: A Queen’s Honor, a New Film and Politics

Even though few people have actually seen the entire film, rumors of offensive material have circulated on social media, leading to all sorts of objections — and the violence during production. Some Hindus were convinced there were scenes showing Padmavati in less than an honorable light, which the filmmakers strenuously …

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Leftist Lion and Far-Right Provocateur Vie for Brazil Presidency

Mr. Bolsonaro’s rise has stunned Brazilians, some of whom regard him as a symptom of just how troubled the world’s fourth largest democracy has become. A base of fervent supporters, however, views the brash former military officer as the radical solution needed to turn around the fortunes of a nation …

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Turkey Begins Operation Against U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militias in Syria

Turkey has complained for months about United States support for the Syrian Kurds. Afrin is controlled by a Kurdish militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state. Photo A banner bearing the Turkish flag and an image of President Recep Tayyip …

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U.S. government shuts down, Congress to consider 3-week spending measure – National

The U.S. government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and …

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Supermarket Tech for the Way We Shop

NEW YORK —  Self-driving cars haven’t fully made their way to Main Street, in part, because of the unpredictable conditions and occurrences on everyday roads. But a more controlled and mappable environment exists in the everyday supermarket or big box store, where autonomous vehicles (robots, really) are already cruising the …

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