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"The only future for my son in El Salvador was to become a gang member. I don't want to wake up one day and see him dead on the street," said Patricia de Jesús Flores, who journeyed 1,500 miles through Guatemala and Mexico to Reynosa, a town just across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, with her 7-year-old son Joan.⠀

Ms. Flores (seen with her son in the second photo) explained that she was headed to Los Angeles, where she wanted to seek asylum and enter the U.S. legally. If denied, she said she was prepared to sneak in—even at the risk of losing Joan. ⠀

The mother was relieved when President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end a policy separating children from parents arrested crossing the border illegally. ⠀

"I know that God wouldn't allow them to take my son from me," Ms. Flores said. "I know that God has helped me to get here, enduring hunger and perils, and will keep helping us."⠀

Mr. Trump said families seeking asylum should be detained together when "appropriate and consistent with law and available resources," a reversal after weeks in which he insisted he had no choice but to separate children and adults who cross the border illegally. ⠀

Meanwhile, changes to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of detaining all adults illegally crossing the southern border were creating confusion throughout the immigration bureaucracy, from front-line law enforcement to social-service agencies supporting thousands of children.⠀

Read the latest on this story at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷 for @wsjphotos: 1, 2, 3 @adriamalcolm; 4. Ginnette Riquelme


Thousands of years ago, Bedouin breeders began noting lineages of Arabian mares and stallions, prized for their ability to withstand extreme heat, cold and thirst. Camels were reliable for carrying loads across the desert, but on a raid or in battle, a #Bedouin would trust his life only to an Arabian horse. They ruthlessly selected for stamina, speed, soundness and courage, allowing only the very best horses to breed.⠀

Many places in the Middle East are known as hotbeds for Arabian horses. According to legend, the breed originated from the "south wind," which some have interpreted as meaning they came from #Yemen. Others credit the Bedouin tribes on #SaudiArabia's Nejd plateau as the nucleus of breeders from which the horses arose. #Bahrain, the #UnitedArabEmirates, #Jordan, #Syria and #Egypt can all point to famous stables that have produced refined and prolific Arabian lineages.⠀

On the southeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, #Oman is known for its limestone mountains, blue fiords, limitless deserts and unspoiled beaches. What's lesser known, however, is that it's a surprisingly luxurious destination for travelers. Although horses are ingrained in Omani culture, horse-riding tourism is still developing.⠀

For Far & Away, a collaboration between @wsj and @natgeo, @petergwin explores the horses that changed history. ⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @anastasiatl for Far & Away/National Geographic⠀

#horsesofinstagram #horselove


At work as an executive vice president at Sony Pictures, John Naveira's parking spot sits at the bottom of a 94-foot tall rainbow sculpture in Culver City, Calif. The rainbow is a nod to "The Wizard of Oz," which was filmed on what is now the @sonypictures lot in the late 1930s. When the Burbank, Calif., resident parks his 1972 #Datsun 240Z there, everyone can see it—and the symbolism is obvious. It's like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, he says. ⠀

It was 2012 when Mr. Naveira's son came home and told him he saw a 240Z for sale three blocks away. The Z has always been an important car for him, but he had never owned one. When he was in junior high, a neighbor parked her red Z next to his mother's Chevy Impala, and Mr. Naveira fell in love with the car. His wife once owned a 280Z, and both of her brothers have owned 240Zs. "You have to buy that car," his brother-in-law told him. So he did—for $2,200.

Datsun, formerly a division of @nissan in the U.S., created the 240Z in 1969. It was an affordable and reliable mass-produced Japanese sports car to compete against more expensive British sports cars—a poor man's Jaguar, as Mr. Naveira calls it, with a 2.4-liter engine. The car was so successful that Nissan still builds Zs, but to him, nothing rivals the first generation, model years 1970 to 1973. He often hears Z fans say that 1972 is the best year.⠀

Mr. Naveira's 240Z had a bigger 280ZX engine and a five-speed manual transmission installed at a local restoration shop that Nissan has commissioned to restore old Zs. He keeps the passenger window open when driving, because he always gets a reaction from someone.

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @davidwalterbanks

#240z #cars #classiccar #carspotting


Since a revolt broke out in #Nicaragua two months ago, President Daniel Ortega has lost control over most of the country, including Masaya, a city 17 miles south of the capital of Managua. ⠀

The streets of this largely indigenous city are strewn with rubble and mostly deserted. Bullet holes dot the colonnade of the city’s main plaza. The police station is the last remaining government stronghold.⠀

"We are going to make hamburger meat out of them," said a masked man armed with a homemade bazooka, referring to dozens of police who remain loyal to Mr. Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader.⠀

The insurrection began as a protest against tax increases to fund the country's pension system. But a brutal response by the president's security forces angered many Nicaraguans, who demand he immediately step down. Many also resent a creeping autocracy, as the president has dismantled most of Nicaragua's democratic institutions. ⠀

Young rebels have erected more than 120 barricades on the country's main roads, leaving Managua almost totally isolated by the blockades. At each of 12 checkpoints between Managua and Masaya, vehicles are stopped by machete-wielding men with ski masks.⠀

Last week, hundreds of mourners accompanied the coffin of Jorge Zepeda, whose nom de guerre was Commander Chabelo, to the cemetery. Insurgents say the 33-year-old mechanic was shot dead by a sniper in Masaya's main square.⠀

"They will need 150,000 coffins if they want to defeat us," said a defiant Guillermo García, a local shopkeeper.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @photojuancarlos for @wsjphotos


"Somebody sneezes on the street, we're going to catch the sneeze." Five years ago, a group of @dukeuniversity scientists developed a pioneering gigapixel camera to provide long-range surveillance for the @usnavy through a sponsorship from the Pentagon.⠀

The technology, never picked up by the U.S. government, is now being used by Chinese police to identify people from nearly a football field away, after lead researcher David Brady moved to China in 2016 to kick-start his business.⠀

Surveillance startups using artificial intelligence are booming in China as Beijing spends $30 billion a year on public-safety projects, including a vast network of cameras. To feed that demand, Mr. Brady's Aqueti China Technology Inc. developed Mantis, a 19-lens camera with processors that combine images into a 100-megapixel frame that users can zoom in on in extraordinary detail.⠀

The cameras are linked to facial-recognition technology that enables police to identify people, part of the surveillance web that tracks criminals as well as citizens. Aqueti cameras are now installed around Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on main streets in Kunshan, a city near Shanghai, and they are spreading to other towns.⠀

See the full video and story at the link in our bio. ⠀

Reporting: Wenxin Fan ⠀

#tech #artificialintelligence #ai #china


Russia has spent the past seven years fretting over every detail of the world’s most popular sporting event amid security fears, tense foreign affairs, and the sudden realization that its soccer team might not be very good. Somewhere along the line, the main concern had become avoiding embarrassment at its own World Cup.⠀

A million things could yet go wrong, but Russia will always have its opening-day party to look back on, a 5-0 dismantling of Saudi Arabia.⠀

Surprising as it was, Russia's rout on the field was perhaps the least incongruous sight of a bizarre evening in Moscow. With the eyes of the world on the Luzhniki Stadium, the largest nation on Earth kicked off the tournament with a faded British pop star giving way to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who plans to use the World Cup as a month-long pulpit to address outsiders’ perception of Russia.⠀

"Our opponents really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win by a landslide," Saudi Arabia’s Argentine manager Juan Antonio Pizzi said after the game.⠀

"He probably overlooked how disciplined we played, how compact we were," Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov replied. "But I think I understand what he is saying."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

Reporting: @joshrobinson23

📷: ⠀
1) Matthias Schrader/AP Photo, ⠀
2) Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images, ⠀
3) Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Sputnik/Getty Images, ⠀
4) Sergei Bobylev/TASS via ZUMA Press, ⠀
5) Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press ⠀

#worldcup #worldcup2018


Bhekindlela Mwelase has lived and worked on contested South African land his entire life. Like other members of the small community about a mile from Hilton College's manicured lawns and gabled schoolhouses, he can't expand the home he shares with more than a dozen members of his family, keep more than three adult goats or even invite visitors without approval from the exclusive boys' boarding school that has educated #SouthAfrica's elite for the past century.⠀

Who the land belongs to—the college that bought it in 1860 or the 87-year-old Mr. Mwelase, whose family has lived on it for many generations longer—is at the center of an intensifying political debate roiling Africa's most developed economy 24 years after the end of white minority rule.⠀

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling African National Congress have pledged to pass laws letting the government expropriate land without compensation, a high-stakes move they say is necessary to remake some of the deep inequalities plaguing South Africa. White Afrikaner interest groups have threatened to take legal action against the planned expropriations bill and warned that it could drive them out of the country.⠀

Mr. Mwelase says his family should benefit from a 1996 law that promised labor tenants government help to buy the plots they have been living on. Barred from owning property under apartheid rules, black labor tenants—similar to sharecroppers in the U.S.—swapped work for the right to live, raise crops and graze livestock on white-owned land.⠀

Mr. Mwelase, his health fading, is waiting for a ruling on his land claim, which was first entered in 2001 and is disputed by Hilton College (shown in the second photo).⠀

"I was born here," Mr. Mwelase said as he sat in his backyard. "I worked there from the first day I remember to the day I retired."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: @jamesoatway for @wsjphotos


President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands at a summit in Singapore, a landmark moment in an ambitious and uncertain bid to bring about nuclear disarmament. 📷: @afpphoto #TrumpKim #TrumpKimSummit #SingaporeSummit


Twanna Rogers grew up seeing hot rods in movies and fell in love with them. As the oldest of eight kids, she was already driving the family's Pontiac station wagon by 13. ⠀

Last year, the 75-year-old resident of Palos Verdes, Calif., was at a party at the house of a man who had a collection of cars, including Porsches and Ferraris. In the corner of his garage, under a spotlight, he had the 1932 Ford hot rod pictured above. Twanna says she must have circled the car for an hour and swears it spoke to her to say: "Twanna, take me home."⠀

She asked the owner if he would sell it, and it took three days for him to get back to her. As soon as he said yes, she put the money in his bank account.⠀

The 1932 Ford became a favorite car for hot rodders. The Beach Boys famously eulogized it with their song "Little Deuce Coupe," the "deuce" standing for the two in 1932. This particular Ford has a 350-cubic-inch, high-performance Chevrolet V-8 capable of 385 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. It is not the easiest car to drive, Twanna said, as there is no power steering. But it is very comfortable.⠀

When Twanna pulls up in her hot rod, people turn their heads. She get thumbs up everywhere. People are surprised to see a woman driving this car, she thinks. "I can see it in their faces."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio.⠀

📷: @davidwalterbanks


The U-2 spy plane has been in service for more than 60 years and still flies missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. It takes an entire team to suit up a @usairforce pilot for an ultra-high altitude recon mission, and a muscle car tailing at high speed on the tarmac to land the aircraft succesfully. But the payoff remains huge. ⠀

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips got a rare opportunity to fly to the edge of space and explore why America's oldest working spy plane is still flying above 70,000 feet. Watch the full video at wsj.com/spyplane


Its sheer size defies gravity. Its grace and elegance defy reason. The @boeing 747, mother of all jumbo jets, is in its twilight years for passenger service, leaving multitudes of travelers nostalgic for a time when air travel was comfortable and exhilarating.⠀

Only 180 of the original jumbo jets, dubbed the Queen of the Skies, remain in passenger service. Boeing built more than 1,500 of the 747s—passenger and cargo versions—but is unlikely to be building any more of the passenger variety, as the 24 orders that remain are all freighters. @Delta and @United, the last U.S. airlines flying the two-aisle humped giant, both retired their remaining 747s late last year.⠀

On Saturday, United hosted five 747 aficionados who bid frequent-flier miles, along with their guests and some employees, for a final tour and celebration of the airline's last one, tail number N118UA, in Tupelo, Miss. The aircraft is to be stripped of parts and cut up for recycling. ⠀

"I never had a bad flight on it," said Ted Birren, a school administrator from the Chicago area who was one of the 420,000-mile bidders. Like many travelers, he says the physics of the 747 still boggle his mind. ⠀

"To get something that big off the ground is amazing," he added. "This plane really set the pace for the airline industry as we know it today."⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @_andrea_morales, Nurphoto/Getty Images, AFP/Getty Images⠀

#aviation #boeing #instaaviation #747


The jean, a quintessential American fashion item, is getting reimagined by a small group of Japanese brands using old Japanese looms and old-fashioned indigo-dyeing techniques. To the uninitiated, jeans from labels such as @momotarojeans_official @kapitalglobal and @warehouse.co might look like $25 pairs at Target, but devotees note details like invisible rivets hand-stitched inside the fabric or vintage-looking uneven yarn.⠀

A typical pair of hand-stitched jeans from Momotaro costs $300, but the price can go as high as $2,000 for a pair in which the fabric is made on a hand-operated shuttle loom that produces less than a yard a day. Momotaro sells its products at a handful of its own shops in Japan as well as small boutiques New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles.⠀

Japanese denim has achieved cult status among denim snobs in the U.S., with high-priced pairs selling at the likes of @barneysny and @neimanmarcus. But even @gap notes that it "now consistently offers Japanese selvedge within its denim assortment."⠀

While early Japanese denim brands from the 1960s and '70s were known for reproducing American denim, today's crop is taking a more artisanal tack, touting the kind of craftsmanship that might go into a piece of Japanese lacquer ware or pottery—with a price to match.⠀

"American tradition made better? Many people have said that to us. We're not thinking about making something American," says Tatsushi Tabuchi, general manager of Momotaro (pictured in the third photo).⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: Shiho Fukada for @wsjphotos