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Richard Saunders, director of public safety on the Tohono O’odham reservation, inspects a vehicle barrier on a section of the U.S.-Mexico border that runs through the tribe’s land in Arizona.New York Times

Border wall would cleave tribe, and its connection to ancestral land

SAN MIGUEL, Ariz. — The phone calls started almost as soon as President Donald Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico. Verlon M. Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, whose reservation extends along 62 miles of the border, h …


In Madagascar, water's a luxury


Old farmstead's history runs from John Brown to James Brown


  1. Old farmstead's history runs from John Brown to James Brown


    DARGAN, Md. — From John Brown's raid to James Brown's wail, a stream of hot-blooded American history runs through a 19th century farmstead in the Appalachian foothills of western Maryland.

    Author Ed Maliskas stands in what was once the performers’ dressing room when the farmstead was a dance hall that hosted performers including James Brown, Ray Charles and Etta James.
  2. Cosmos controversy: The universe is expanding, but how fast?


    There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

    In an image provided by NASA, a Hubble Space Telescope image of a group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. Recent measurements of the distances and velocities of faraway galaxies don? t agree with a hard-won ? standard model?  of the cosmos that has prevailed for the past two decades. (NASA via The New York Times) -- FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. -- XNYT56
  3. Food truck rules outnumber patrons in Hong Kong


    HONG KONG — For the 23rd year running, Hong Kong is, in the opinion of the conservative Heritage Foundation, the freest economy in the world. With low taxes, an efficient government and private businesses running the city buses and its spotless subways, this place is a libertarian dream come true.

    So the …

    The Pineapple Canteen food truck parks at Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, earlier this month. Food trucks are a part of the government’s plan to attract more tourism.
  4. In Madagascar, water's a luxury


    KOBOKARA, Madagascar — Tiny wooden houses are scattered across the harsh gray sand of Kobokara hamlet in southern Madagascar. A woman squats in one of them, looking out her low door. Her small stick house is bare, but for a blanket, a mosquito net and a homemade straw mat.

    There are nearly 850,000 people in Madagascar that desperately need food and water, but humanitarian agencies are overworked and underfunded, and the country is suffering through a crippling drought that has left no water and damaged needed crops.
  5. Analysis: A struggle for food, hope in Venezuela


    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

    In April, people sign a petition, organized by the opposition, to initiate a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.