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Here's the weekend edition for Saturday, February 9th, 2019.

Thai Raksa Chart party suspends Princess Ubolratana's campaign

Thai Raksa Chart party said it will obey a command by the country's king, who called the princess' run 'inappropriate'.

Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention

Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out on Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and a...

A royal rumour upends Thai politics

Could the king’s older sister become a candidate for prime minister?

Weekend ReadingLong reads and features from the past week.

A spacecraft carries precious cargo to a new planet in “A Sun Will Always Sing”

In Karin Lowachee’s original short story, a spacecraft carrying precious cargo embarks on a lifetime journey to a better world. “A Sun Will Always Sing” is part of Better Worlds, The Verge’s science f...

Calling in “Team Human” to combat the maladies of digital media

A book excerpt and interview with Douglas Rushkoff, an author and media scholar at the City University of New York

Inside the larps that let human players experience AI life

Game designers are using artificial intelligence to explore everything from racial discrimination to cathartic emotion. But all these games touch on different forms of helplessness and frustration for...

Beyond the HeadlinesImportant stories from below the fold.

Contradicting Trump, Merkel says Islamic State group ‘far from defeated’

The Islamic State (IS) group is far from defeated, and is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, German Chan...

Emiliano Sala: family of missing pilot launch fundraiser to continue search

David Ibbotson, who was flying light aircraft that crashed in Channel, has not been found

Refugees hope for solutions as African leaders gather in Ethiopia

The African Union is gathered in Ethiopia to find a way to deal with the displacement crisis the continent is facing.

Science and TechnologyBehind the scenes of our daily lives.

Warner Bros. is planning an Aquaman horror spin-off set in The Trench

Given the billion-dollar box-office for the DC blockbuster Aquaman, Warner Bros.’ interest in a comparatively quick, modest spin-off is understandable. The spin-off The Trench wouldn’t involve Jason M...

Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale

You pay more for medicine because hundreds of generics aren't for sale.

Juul’s imitators are copying the popular vape’s high nicotine levels

The popularity of Juul and its high-nicotine pods is driving up nicotine levels across the e-cigarette industry in what Stanford researchers are calling a “nicotine arms race,” according to a new stud...

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Questions and AnswersWhat are people asking about today?

Can the international community solve Venezuela's crisis?

European Union and Latin American nations have met to try to find a way out of Venezuela's crisis. Pressure is growing on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but he shows no sign of giving in to call...

In “Move the World,” a mysterious lever can reset everything. Do you pull it?

In Carla Speed McNeil’s original short story, a mysterious lever can reset the world — but it’s never perfect for everyone. Will Margery settle for good enough or keep trying? “Move the World” is part...

SportsHeadlines from international leagues and competitions.

Lindsey Vonn: Five reasons retiring skier is a sporting icon

Record breaker Lindsey Vonn will ski professionally for the final time on Sunday. Here are five reasons she has etched her name into sporting history.

KD first again: What else LeBron supposed to do?

Warriors star Kevin Durant wasn't surprised to be LeBron James' first pick in the All-Star draft for a second straight year, asking reporters the rhetorical question, "What else is he supposed to do?"

Sources: NBA cited rest rule in talks with Pelicans

The Pelicans decided to play Anthony Davis after talks with the NBA in which the league stressed to the team it could be subject to a $100,000 fine for every game Davis didn't play, citing a 2-year-ol...

EntertainmentNews from the world of music, TV and cinema.

Everything We Know About Big Little Lies Season 2

The Big Little Lies appear to be getting even bigger in season two. The whole main cast, including Meryl Streep, joined EP David E. Kelley at the HBO portion of the TV Critics'...

E! Is Joining Bebe Rexha On Her Journey to the 2019 Grammys & It's So Perfect, It's Almost "Meant to Be"

We know one person looking forward to the 2019 Grammys! With two big nominations under her belt (Best New artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, specifically), we expect Sunday to...

Brie Bella Reveals She's Officially "Trying" to Get Pregnant Again! "I Hope It Happens Soon!"

One is one, two is twenty--and it sounds like Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan are getting ready for the whole pint-sized wrestling team. During an exclusive interview with E! News ahead of...

BusinessMoving finance and global economics today.

Cramer Remix: What Jeff Bezos' private life means for investors

Jim Cramer explains why the Amazon CEO's transgression gives him pause.

Jeff Bezos 1999 interview on Amazon before the dotcom bubble burst

Jeff Bezos explained his ambitious vision for Amazon in a 1999 interview. He made clear the company's focus was on "great customer service" and discussed his real estate strategy.

Fitbit has a new health tracker, but you can only get it through your employer or insurer

The new Fitbit Inspire is only for employees and health insurance members who are Fitbit customers.