Trump’s call to Taiwan, deadly Tennessee fires, and more from the United States and around the world.
Gambia's leader conceded defeat, Austria prepared for a high-stakes vote, Trump announced his choice for defense secretary, and more.
President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are.
The president-elect’s allies are seeking to stop recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment
The president-elect spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan over the phone on Friday.
The North Carolina can’t resolve its gubernatorial race until Durham County recounts its votes. But that isn’t as simple a matter as it seems.
A charming documentary about a group of friends who left the international surfing circuit to grow organic vegetables
On words and meaning in international politics
In celebrating actresses shot without makeup, the artistic institution is jumping on a bandwagon rather than taking a brave stand.
Mackenzie Davis on why her new film’s portrayal of complex friendships between women feels so authentic
A campaign to encourage brain development is using parks to deliver its message to children and their caregivers.
Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, a beard and mustache competition organized by the Bangalore Beard Club, wildfires in Tennessee and Israel, Cubans mourn Fidel Castro, a monkey buffet in Thailand, and much more.
Seven days of stories about school
The U.S. economy created 178,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate hit a nine-year low, but wage growth declined slightly.
The mechanics of stripping empiricism out of America’s regulatory systems
Special baseball caps are made to commemorate bull-market milestones, but when the economy crashes, they become painful reminders of the extent of the fall.
Now that the French head of state won’t be seeking reelection, how will his presidency be remembered?
Psychologists have failed to replicate a famous study suggesting that short fiction improves readers’ abilities to read the emotional states of others.
For centuries, the metal was a respected symbol of royalty and immortality. In more recent history it has come to be associated with dictators, pop stars, and a lack of refinement.
Experts with varying opinions weigh in on what the arm of the Department of Education could look like under Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
One president-for-life has been known to show up at rallies in clothes displaying his own face.
The highlights from seven days of reading about the world
Jay Hamilton, a Stanford professor who studies media business models, sees similarities between some of today's outlets and the partisan press of the 1850s.
Critics say she failed to energize the Democratic base. But vote totals show her biggest shortcomings were in counties that opposed Barack Obama the most.
The president-elect is selecting his team as he prepares for his inauguration in January.
The rerun of the presidential election is on Sunday, and polls show the race is too close to call.
The law was enormously difficult for Democrats to pass, and Republicans are discovering it might be just as hard to repeal.
The Minnesota progressive’s run for DNC chair demonstrates the pressures for the party as it tries to recover from a disastrous 2016 election.
The aviation industry has an opaque process for sorting out forgettable mishaps and investigation-worthy mistakes.