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Karl Ove Knausgaard reaches The End of his struggle

Karl Ove Knausgaard reaches The End of his struggle

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My Struggle: Book Six. By Karl Ove Knausgaard. Translated by Don Bartlett and Martin Aitken.Archipelago; 1,160 pages; $33. Published in Britain as “The End” by Harvill Secker; £25. Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. THE title of the British edition of the sixth and final volume of…
Battling Ebola in a war zone in Congo

Battling Ebola in a war zone in Congo

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A ROW of health workers in blue gowns and face masks sit at tables outside the tin-roofed bungalow that was home to Kambale Vincent, one of 75 people who have died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo this month. His widow, a hunched, 60-year-old in a black cardigan, pulls her arm out of…
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts

Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts

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IN EUROPE, a belief in witchcraft is widely associated with medieval superstition. But this is not quite accurate. Before the 15th century popes denied the existence of witchcraft and forbade the prosecution of anyone accused of practising it. It was only after 1500 that churches reversed their position. Over the following three centuries 80,000 people…
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are useless

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are useless

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AN OLD saying holds that markets are ruled by either greed or fear. Greed once governed cryptocurrencies. The price of Bitcoin, the best-known, rose from about $900 in December 2016 to $19,000 a year later. Recently, fear has been in charge. Bitcoin’s price has fallen back to around $7,000; the prices of other cryptocurrencies, which…
Suspected MS-13 member raped girl, 11, in her bedroom, police source says: report

Suspected MS-13 member raped girl, 11, in her bedroom, police source says: report

An El Salvadoran immigrant suspected of being an MS-13 member, allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn on Wednesday. A suspected MS-13 gang member broke into the bedroom of a sleeping 11-year-old girl and raped her this week in Brooklyn, N.Y., police said. Police sources have identified the suspect as Julio Cesar Ayala, 18, an…
Trump issues 4-word reply after criticism at McCain, Franklin funerals

Trump issues 4-word reply after criticism at McCain, Franklin funerals

In this Sep. 1, 2018 photo, Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at Washington National Cathedral in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Trump issued a four-word reply Saturday after several speakers at weekend funerals for singer Aretha Franklin and U.S. Sen. John McCain made him a…
Trump taking ‘hard look’ at pay-freeze plan for federal workers following pushback

Trump taking 'hard look' at pay-freeze plan for federal workers following pushback

President Trump's proposal to halt pay raises for federal workers drew pushback from Virginia Republicans Corey Stewart, left, a U.S. Senate candidate, and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, who is up for reelection. President Trump on Saturday evening appeared to signal that he may be rethinking a plan he announced last week to cancel a proposed…
‘Basketball Wives’ star Gloria Govan arrested, charged with felony child endangerment: report

'Basketball Wives' star Gloria Govan arrested, charged with felony child endangerment: report

Gloria Govan, 33, was arrested Friday after an altercation with her ex-husband, retired NBA player Matt Barnes, a report said.  (Facebook) “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan has been arrested and charged with felony child endangerment, according to reports. Govan reportedly became involved in an altercation Friday with her ex-husband, retired NBA player Matt Barnes. According…
Wrong-way, head-on crash on Indiana highway kills 4, police say

Wrong-way, head-on crash on Indiana highway kills 4, police say

This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows the scene of a crash on Interstate 90, early Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 in Gary, Ind.  (AP) Four people, including a teenager, were killed on Interstate 90 in Indiana when a driver, going the wrong way, crashed into another vehicle, police say. Indiana State Police said…
Grassroots leaders provide the best hope to a troubled world

Grassroots leaders provide the best hope to a troubled world

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Winston Churchill famously claimed that of all human qualities, courage was the most esteemed, because it guaranteed all others. He was right. Courage—moral courage—is the companion of great leadership. No politician could ever be viewed as exceptional unless he or she had it in spades. And historically there would have been no social progress if…