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  • The best answer to commercial cybertheft

    The US-China summit last week produced an agreement on tackling commercial cyberespionage. The pact will only succeed if Chinese leaders now understand their people are quite capable of generating creative ideas, more so than stealing from others.

  • Colombia's breakthrough for peace and justice

    A key agreement to achieve a final peace balances the need to end Colombia’s long civil war with meting out some justice for those who admit war crimes and affirm civil rights and peaceful means.

  • Europe’s hopes for fewer Greek tax dodgers

    In a key election, Greeks returned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to power knowing he must implement one vital reform demanded by the EU: a curb on tax evasion. This will take more than tough enforcement.

  • Europe’s test of tolerance over Muslim influx

    Russia’s bombing of Syria may push millions more Muslims to flee toward Europe, forcing the Continent to quell anti-Muslim bigotry and reinforce the concept of citizenship based on inclusivity.

  • The outrageous fortune of fantasy sports

    The rising popularity of ‘daily fantasy sports,’ driven mainly by those gambling on imaginary teams, is now under scrutiny. Government officials must avoid the tired debate over whether such games are ones of skill or ‘luck.’

  • How Europe, US can solve Internet privacy

    Europe’s highest court ends an agreement that allows data to flow freely between the EU and the US. Both sides must now find ways to build trust into data collection and lower fears of a loss of privacy.

  • The value, and values, of a Pacific trade pact

    Nearly a decade in the making, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will shape up-to-date rules for 40 percent of the world economy. Its benefits are mainly in tying the US, Japan, and others to set the highest values for global commerce. 

  • Oregon shooting: Is it time for national peacemaking?

    The mass shooting at an Oregon school again raises frustrations about the level of gun violence. Perhaps the focus should be on peace as something other than the absence of violence.

  • Will a humbled VW now adopt a leadership model of humility?

    Volkswagen’s emissions-deception scandal has exposed a culture of corporate hubris. Leadership experts say arrogance often brings down great companies. Can VW alter its culture to one that listens and learns?

  • The wafting influence of nonsmokers’ rights

    The number of nonsmokers worldwide keeps rising, a result in large part of a focus on the right to clean air. A basic freedom to breathe more easily helps many people to either quit smoking or not start up at all.

October 9, 2015

Photos of the day 10/09

An attendee talks on his cell phone in the food court on Day Two of New York Comic Con in Manhattan, New York, Friday. The event draws thousands of costumed fans and panels of pop culture luminaries, and features a sprawling floor of vendors in a space equivalent to more than three football fields at the Jacob Javits Conventi...

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