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In Prague, a House Without a Key

Set on a sloped plot above Prague in the city’s Troja district, Villa Sophia has no keys, no light switches and a piano that can play by itself. The house can close the windows when it rains and read aloud material it has selected from the internet, based on the owners’ interests.…

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Rare Hurricane-Force Mediterranean Cyclone Heads for Greece

A rare Mediterranean cyclone began to rake western Greece with heavy rains on Thursday and was expected to slam into the country in full force on Friday, with hurricane-force wind and life-threatening flooding in some places, forecasters said. Cyclone Ianos is an example of what meteorologists sometimes call a Medicane — a…

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Europe’s Economy, German Police, China: Your Thursday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the challenges facing Europe’s economic recovery, a domestic abuse case in China that drew outrage and the German police officers suspended for sharing neo-Nazi propaganda. ImageCanary Wharf in London is home to many financial firms. Britain is facing…

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China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims. The United States government presented the allegations in a set of three…

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TikTok’s Proposed Deal Seeks to Mollify U.S. and China

WASHINGTON — After more than six weeks, two White House executive orders, new Chinese regulations and multiple bidders, a deal for the social media app TikTok has boiled down to one main strategy: mitigation. TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, said on Monday that it had offered a…

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Belarus Protests, Migrants, U.K. Coronavirus: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the fifth Sunday of protests in Belarus, the surge in coronavirus cases in Britain and the lives of Kamala Harris’s immigrant parents. ImagePolice officers and protesters in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday.Credit…Tut.by, via Reuters Police and protesters clash in…

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The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Vanessa Pappas, 41, was worried. TikTok’s North American business, which she has run since 2018, was dealing with an uproar. President Trump had…

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