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President Trump heads to the border to argue for a wall, younger South Koreans attempt to climb out of mountains of debt and A.I. holds promise for healthcare. Right here’s the newest:
A story of two rallies
President Trump is headed to the border metropolis of El Paso — a Democratic stronghold in Texas — to once more argue for his wall. In his State of the Union deal with final week, he claimed a wall in El Paso lowered crime charges there.
Not removed from Mr. Trump’s rally, Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from the town and a possible presidential candidate, will maintain a significant counterrally. He has identified that El Paso boasted one of many lowest crime charges within the nation earlier than any sort of barrier was constructed there.
On the bottom: Forward of the occasions, folks cross the political spectrum in El Paso had a message for Mr. Trump: Don’t converse for us.
Wanting forward: The dueling occasions come as congressional efforts to succeed in a deal over border safety faltered, bringing the federal government perilously near yet one more partial shutdown on Friday.
Might a robotic diagnose your sickness?
In a brand new research, researchers from universities within the U.S. and China constructed a extremely correct system that might mechanically diagnose frequent childhood situations — from influenza to meningitis — after analyzing the affected person’s signs, medical data, lab outcomes and different scientific information.
Particulars: The system used a neural community, a breed of synthetic intelligence, to digest the digital well being data from greater than 1.three million affected person visits at a pediatric hospital in China. In among the instances, the system’s evaluation rivaled the efficiency of skilled physicians.
Why it issues: Capable of acknowledge patterns in information that people may by no means determine on their very own, the system means that A.I. may help docs in diagnosing complicated situations, probably remodeling the well being care trade and decreasing the possibilities of incorrect diagnoses.
Warning: Even specialists have issue understanding why neural networks make explicit selections, so in depth testing is required to be sure that they’re dependable.
Thailand bends to worldwide stress
Prosecutors dropped an extradition case towards a soccer participant from Bahrain, Hakeem al-Araibi, who stated he could be tortured if he had been returned. He’s anticipated to move to Australia quickly, the place he has refugee standing.
Background: Mr. al-Araibi fled Bahrain in 2011 throughout a crackdown on Arab Spring protesters. He was arrested in Bangkok in November and shortly grew to become the main target of an uncommon lobbying effort by diplomats and distinguished sports activities figures, in addition to a social media marketing campaign.
That is the second case in the previous couple of months during which Thailand has swerved away from its conventional tendency to return folks fleeing political persecution. Final month, a Saudi girl who stated she was being abused by her household barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport resort room and was ultimately allowed to depart the airport for Canada, the place she was granted asylum.
In different Thai information: The nation’s election fee formally barred the king’s sister from working for prime minister after he publicly denounced her political ambitions.
A foul finish for South Korea’s cryptocurrency obsession
A technology of younger South Koreans escaped dead-end prospects when cryptocurrencies had been ascending, solely to come back underneath mountains of debt when values collapsed final yr. Now, some are going again for extra, hoping to make use of digital currencies to climb again into the black.
By the numbers: The nation stays the third-largest marketplace for digital currencies, behind the U.S. and Japan, with an estimated $6.eight billion in cryptocurrencies altering fingers in January. It has turn out to be such a cultural phenomenon that espresso retailers print their very own digital cash.
Why? Earnings inequality in South Korea is the worst in Asia, with youth unemployment caught at round 10.5 p.c. Digital cash appeared like a ladder out.
Right here’s what else is going on
India: As many as 100 folks have died prior to now few days after consuming low-cost, unlawful home made alcohol, rattling the nation and prompting the authorities to crack down on bootleggers.
Brexit: As Britain’s financial system worsens — it expanded simply 1.four p.c final yr, the slowest tempo since 2012 — Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and different cities within the E.U. have began to capitalize on the rising alternatives introduced by the looming withdrawal.
Grammys: The music award ceremony put ladies entrance and middle, with performances from Woman Gaga, Dolly Parton and Jennifer Lopez, and large wins for the rapper Cardi B and the nation singer Kacey Musgraves. Right here’s the total checklist of winners, the most effective and worst moments from the evening and all of the daring pink carpet seems to be.
Spain: A Supreme Court docket trial of the Catalan independence motion leaders, who face legal expenses together with revolt and violating courtroom orders, begins right now, and different European international locations are watching intently. Right here’s what to anticipate.
Iran: Droves took to the streets within the capital, Tehran, to have a good time the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, whereas President Hassan Rouhani blamed “merciless enemies” — the U.S. — for a slowing financial system. Our Tehran bureau chief displays on the nation’s evolution from a theocracy to what most outsiders would contemplate “regular.”
#MeToo: A minimum of 9 ladies have now accused Óscar Arias Sánchez, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Costa Rica, of sexual assault or misconduct. The case is rising as probably the most vital of the #MeToo period in Latin America, but additionally reveals the social and political obstacles ladies within the area face in appearing towards highly effective males.
Northern Lights: The colourful aurora borealis has became a global vacationer attraction for 1000’s of camera-toting vacationers, supporting small distant cities and native companies from Alaska to Greenland to Scandinavia.
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Born on today in 1809, Abraham Lincoln had a mythic affect far past the U.S.
Along with his craggy face, his eloquence about democracy, his releasing of the slaves and his martyr’s loss of life as U.S. president, he has been embraced by fledgling republics, antislavery societies worldwide and international locations attempting to get well from civil battle.
His well-known definition of democracy — “authorities of the folks, by the folks, for the folks” — was invoked within the first Czechoslovak Republic after World Warfare I, in Hungary in 1956, Tehran in 1979, and Tiananmen Sq. in 1989.
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a volunteer effort to battle fascism within the Spanish Civil Warfare within the mid-1930s, was the primary racially built-in U.S. army pressure.
After World Warfare II, He was an inspiration for a lot of decolonization actions in Africa and Asia. Jawaharlal Nehru, thought-about the architect of contemporary India, even owned a bronze forged of Lincoln’s proper hand. (For extra, take heed to a historian talk about Lincoln’s worldwide affect.)
Steven Erlanger, The Occasions’s chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, wrote right now’s Again Story.
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