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Here's the weekend edition for Sunday, February 10th, 2019.

US-backed Kurds launch final push against ISIL in Syria

More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL area in eastern province as 'decisive' battle begins.

As Kagame steps down, Egypt’s Sisi takes helm at African Union

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the power...

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam's choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America's first black president.But sitting in a stylis...

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.

FRANCE 24 exclusive: The battle-hardened foreign jihadi brides trapped in Syria

Hundreds of foreign jihadi brides are being held in a Kurdish camp in northern Syria as the war to drive out the Islamic State (IS) group enters its final phase. As the only media to gain access to th...

Pressure grows to oust Christopher Chope after FGM law blocked

Tory MP is facing deselection from party over objection to private member’s bill

Brexit: MPs call for UK minister to resign over ferry fiasco

After the collapse of a ferry deal with a company with no ships, British MPs urge Theresa May to sack Chris Grayling.

Science and TechnologyBehind the scenes of our daily lives.

Marvel launched a delightful, retro website to promote Captain Marvel

Marvel has launched a website that fits the timeframe, a throwback to web design of the era, complete with awkward animations, fonts, and colors.

New pictures from NASA’s New Horizons show a pancaked peanut

At first glance, the mysterious space rock that NASA’s New Horizons zoomed by on New Year’s day looked like a lumpy snowman, or maybe a misshapen space peanut. Now, a new set of photos reveal that the...

China’s blockbuster The Wandering Earth is rich, gorgeous, and goofy

The country’s first big-budget science fiction epic is often familiar, but it does spectacle on an impressive scale. Qu Chuxiao, martial-arts movie star Wu Jing, and Shaolin Soccer’s Ng Man-tat star i...

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Questions and AnswersWhat are people asking about today?

Will Saudi Arabia be held to account for Khashoggi's murder?

US President Donald Trump has ignored a congressional deadline to respond to the journalist's killing. It has been more than four months since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi ...

SportsHeadlines from international leagues and competitions.

Harden, Westbrook face off as streaks roll on

James Harden scored at least 30 points for the 29th game in a row, and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in his ninth straight game -- and got the win.

Adesanya wins by unanimous decision vs. Silva

Israel Adesanya beat Anderson Silva by unanimous decision -- 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 -- at UFC 234.

Watch: Match of the Day

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EntertainmentNews from the world of music, TV and cinema.

Miley Cyrus Reveals the One Thing She Absolutely Needed at Her Wedding

Here come the...dumplings? Before Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth finally tied the knot late last year, a decade after they first met on the set of the film The Last Song, the bride had...

How Pink's Husband Carey Hart Got Her the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

When it came to getting the perfect Valentine's Day gift for Pink, Carey Hart made it easy for himself. At the MusiCares 2019 Person of the Year event honoring Dolly Parton on Friday,...

Kate Beckinsale Has the Best Response to a Comment About Pete Davidson

Kate Beckinsale can comfortably place herself among Queen of the Clap Backs. The Underworld star proved her social media savvy on Saturday when she responded to someone's Instagram...

BusinessMoving finance and global economics today.

Cramer's game plan: Next week's action hinges on US-China trade

Jim Cramer eyes the week ahead and says developments in U.S.-China trade talks will drive most of the stock market's moves.

Cramer: Wake up and hear the music—Spotify is an 'incredible' buy

Jim Cramer says Wall Street misread Spotify's guidance even though the music streaming platform has recently made some great acquisitions.

Cramer's lightning round: I think you can buy some Home Depot and then wait

Jim Cramer sprints through his thoughts on callers' stock picks of the day.