Jacqueline Charles

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On Sunday, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier stunned Haiti by  returning  from 25 years of luxurious exile in France.

'Baby Doc' Duvalier Taken into Custody in Haiti

On Sunday, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier stunned Haiti by returning from 25 years of luxurious exile in France.

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One year ago today Haiti lost some 300,000 people to an  earthquake  that registered 7.0. Ten million survivors declared today a national holiday.

The First Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

One year ago today Haiti lost some 300,000 people to an earthquake that registered 7.0. Ten million survivors declared today a national holiday.

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Even if the Island nation of Haiti had not suffered a devastating earthquake, electing a new president was not going to be easy.

Haiti, Still Reeling, Prepares for Elections

Even if the Island nation of Haiti had not suffered a devastating earthquake, electing a new president was not going to be easy.

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President Trump is holding a press conference at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In a speech to the U.N.

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A cartoon on the cover of the Economist says it all: leaders of the world’s two foremost democracies are scrambling to hold on. President Trump is faced with the possibility of impeachment. In the interests of Brexit, Boris Johnson is accused of lying to the Queen and defying Parliament. In both countries, voters are losing trust not just in their elected leaders but in their governments. The UK and the US aren’t alone, as the ideals of western democracy are being challenged by demagogues in other parts of the world.

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The two international giants are linked in inextricable ways, and yet Americans’ understanding of China consistently lacks nuance.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

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A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

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Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down. Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Meantime the Trump Administration calls the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional,” while legal scholars point out that it’s part of Article II. And how did Ukraine, an obscure former Soviet republic, become so important? Money.

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Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “Talking to Strangers,” is out, while he’s hosting the podcast, “Revisionist History.”

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President Donald Trump holds a press conference.