- Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy
SUMMARY: Threatened by President Trump with destruction, North Korea likens the American leader to a yapping canine and worries for his aides.
- Pakistan’s Leader Says Military Has Routed Taliban From Afghan Border
SUMMARY: The U.S. and Afghanistan doubt that claim and say Pakistan must do more to thwart militants.
- Emboldened China Wields Its Laws to Silence Critics From Abroad
SUMMARY: The case of a rights activist from Taiwan awaiting sentencing in China for subversion is emblematic of a wider, global campaign, critics say.
- Karachi Journal: Daring to Celebrate, Sect in Pakistan Prepares for Honored Guest
SUMMARY: The Dawoodi Bohras bear the scars of sectarian attacks, but they are going all out to host their sect’s leader for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Toshiba Reaches Tentative Deal to Sell Microchip Unit
SUMMARY: The board of the Japanese conglomerate is close to an agreement with a group of investors led by Bain Capital, although details must still be finalized.
- The Contradiction Buried in Trump’s Iran and North Korea Policies
SUMMARY: The president calls the Iran nuclear deal an “embarrassment,” but ending it would destroy his credibility in any talks over North Korea’s arsenal.
- In Deal Trump Called ‘Dumb,’ U.S. Taking 50 Refugees From Australia
SUMMARY: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said a group of asylum seekers being held in camps on Nauru and Manus Island would be resettled in the United States.
- South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe
SUMMARY: As he meets President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Moon Jae-in appears isolated in opposing military options against North Korea.
- Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim
SUMMARY: A story of China from 1989 to 2008, seen through the eyes of its avant-garde artists.
- Live Briefing: At U.N. General Assembly, Signing a Nuclear Pact and Debating Another
SUMMARY: The United Nations General Assembly is convening for its second day, in the wake of President Trump’s combative remarks on North Korea and Iran. Here are the highlights.
- Tax Reform Progress
SUMMARY: A Senate budget deal creates more space for cutting tax rates.
- The Slow and Steady Fed
SUMMARY: A rate increase in December looks increasingly likely.
- Afternoon in Germany
SUMMARY: Merkel’s campaign coasts on a mood of public complacency.
- After Islamic State, Is There Still an Iraq?
SUMMARY: Reconciliation is possible, but the country will have to overcome at least five major challenges.
- Republicans Get One Last Chance on ObamaCare Reform
SUMMARY: Graham-Cassidy is not perfect, but it creates a competition of ideas and gives power back to states.
- Tax Reform Transformed North Carolina. Congress, Take Note
SUMMARY: After Tar Heels overhauled their code in 2013, the economy went on a tear—and so did state revenue.
- The Republicans Who May Save ObamaCare
SUMMARY: Start with Rand Paul. Can he vote ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy after voting ‘yes’ in July?
- Kick North Korea Out of the U.N.
SUMMARY: Membership has its privileges—spying, money laundering and illicit procurement.
- Trump Goes Nuclear
SUMMARY: Critics of Trumpian rhetoric live outside the range of Kim’s missiles—for now.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Politics of Contempt
SUMMARY: The polemicist attributes Trump’s election to ‘white supremacy,’ and liberals can’t get enough.
- A Confederacy of Dunces
SUMMARY: Mayor Bill de Blasio goes hunting for ‘hate’ on New York City property.
- 'Paula Revere' and the Russians
SUMMARY: Clinton describes a meeting with Putin.
- Rescue Workers Seek Survivors of Mexico Earthquake
SUMMARY: Soldiers, rescue workers and volunteers worked Wednesday to find the living and the dead beneath rubble left by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that destroyed scores of buildings in Mexico’s capital and surrounding states.
- Born on the Run: How a Pregnant Refugee Fled Myanmar's Killing Fields
SUMMARY: Rohingya refugees describe the harrowing flight from Myanmar as they scramble for food and shelter, overwhelming support systems in Bangladesh.
- Trump Says 'I'll Let You Know' if U.S. Will Stay in Iran Deal
SUMMARY: U.S. officials and their European allies exchanged sharply differing views on the benefits of the Iran nuclear accord, capping a day of debate inflamed by President Donald Trump’s assertion that he had decided on whether to stick with the deal—while not revealing his decision.
- Palestinian Leader Welcomes Deal to Have Hamas Cede Control of Gaza Strip
SUMMARY: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas heralded an agreement brokered by Egypt that will see militant group Hamas cede control of the Gaza Strip to his government, a significant development for the Palestinian national movement.
- The Secret of Angela Merkel's Longevity: Strategic Flip-Flops
SUMMARY: The German chancellor’s party is heavily favored in elections this weekend, which likely will result in her securing a fourth term. Interviews show how her success comes from an uncanny ability to shift decisively with the political wind.
- China Rushes to Surpass U.S. in Decoding Citizens' Genes
SUMMARY: Beijing has set a goal of collecting and analyzing the genetic data from at least 1 million Chinese citizens to help unearth the causes of diseases from cancer to schizophrenia, and pave the way for targeted treatments.
- Italy's 5 Star Movement Looks to Candidate With Mainstream Appeal
SUMMARY: Italy’s Upstart 5 Star Movement is expected to choose as its candidate for prime minister a smooth-talking, suit-wearing lawmaker who could attract voters angry with established parties but wary of the movement’s more radical ideas.
- Top Kenya Court Blames Electoral Commission for Vote Problems
SUMMARY: The Supreme Court lambasted electoral officials in a detailed account of the reasoning behind its unprecedented annulment of the presidential election, casting doubt on whether a repeat vote can go ahead when expected.
- First Refugees Off to U.S. Under Deal That Fueled Trump Tirade
SUMMARY: Refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centers will arrive in the U.S. under a resettlement deal that President Trump blasted as “dumb,” before his administration reluctantly agreed to honor it.
- A Portuguese Lesson for Britain's Euroskeptics
SUMMARY: The turnaround in Lisbon shows that British conservatives aren’t, in fact, as conservative as they imagine.
- There's Actual War, and Then There's @Ukraine vs. @Russia
SUMMARY: Moscow dominates the countries’ real conflict, but the underdog takes jabs at Russia on Twitter with snarky put downs and Simpsons GIFs.
- SEC Says Cybercriminals Hacked Its Files, May Have Used Secret Data For Trading
SUMMARY: The Securities and Exchange Commission says the "nonpublic information" might have given the intruders an edge in the markets, but didn't contain personally identifiable information.
- Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
SUMMARY: The Sanchezes, who are undocumented immigrants, were apprehended while taking their son to emergency surgery. Immigrant advocates fear this is the new normal under the Trump administration.
- Hurricane Maria Hits Areas Still Recovering From Hurricane Irma
SUMMARY: NPR's Ailsa Chang gets a view of what's happening on the ground in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria from Carlos Mercader, the Washington, D.C.-based representative for the island's governor.
- Obama Argues Against Dark Worldview, Defends Health Care Law
SUMMARY: "We have to reject the notion that we are suddenly gripped by forces that we cannot control," the former president said Wednesday, speaking in New York City while his successor was at the U.N.
- Hurricane Season Takes Its Toll On Home Sales And Builder Optimism
SUMMARY: The recent enormous storms have hit the industry hard, with several signs turning negative. But economists expect a rebound when the weather improves.
- A Neglected Family Of Killer Viruses
SUMMARY: The five hepatitis viruses claim over 1 million lives each year. Yet the attention — and funding — can't compete with HIV, TB and malaria.
- Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes
SUMMARY: The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.
- An Anti-Violence Activist Shares Her Reason For Buying A Gun
SUMMARY: Camiella Williams is an anti-violence advocate, who works hard to teach people other ways of dealing with problems, but she's lost more than two dozen friends and family members to Chicago's gun violence in recent years.
- Puerto Rico And U.S. Virgin Islands Hit By Hurricane Maria
SUMMARY: Less than a month after Hurricane Irma hit, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are dealing with another storm as Hurricane Maria barrels through the region.
- Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico At Time When The Island Is Already Struggling
SUMMARY: Devastation expected from the hurricane will challenge many Puerto Rico institutions, especially its beleaguered power authority, which is still struggling to restore electricity in some areas after Hurricane Irma.
- St. Louis On Edge As Protesters Expected To Gather Again
SUMMARY: Since last Friday, when a judge acquitted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist demonstrators have gathered in St. Louis to protest police tactics.
- President Trump's U.N. Address Receives Widespread Praise From Conservatives
SUMMARY: President Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly generated a lot of praise from conservative outlets, even those often critical of him. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Michael Warren of The Weekly Standard about how the speech as been received by those right-of-center.
- Iranian President Tells U.N. Trump Could Be At Blame If Nuclear Deal Falls Apart
SUMMARY: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to hold an evening news conference following a day at the United Nations focused on the nuclear deal between Iran and the United States.
- Former President Obama Speaks Out On Efforts To Replace Affordable Care Act
SUMMARY: Former President Obama spoke at a Gates Foundation event and delivered a not so thinly veiled message to President Trump about what he sees as America's role in the world.
- Sen. Rand Paul Says He Won't Vote For Latest Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill
SUMMARY: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has opposed all of the Republican leadership's efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, including the latest attempt, the Graham-Cassidy bill.