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Articles from February 19, 2014

2 Russian Activists Tell of Sochi Arrests
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said that she and her Pussy Riot bandmate, Maria Alyokhina, had been detained three times in three days.Two members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot, recently released from prison under an amnesty program initiated by President Vladimir...
4 Die as Thai Police Try to Oust Protesters ; Dozens Are Injured as Activists Confront Thousands of Officers
At least 64 people were injured on Tuesday in Bangkok when thousands of riot police officers tried to dislodge protesters from the streets around the prime minister's office.Four people, including a police officer, were killed and at least 64 were injured...
A Black Hole's Highly Anticipated Snack ; Giant Gas Cloud Hurtling toward Milky Way Is Expected to Be Consumed
A giant gas cloud hurtling toward the Milky Way is expected to be consumed.Black holes, the ultradense collapsed objects predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, are often depicted as voracious feeders whose extraordinary gravity acts like...
A Class Act to the Very End
It has been more than 53 years since Finney last played soccer, yet the sport has not forgotten him.Tom Finney eyed the players' Porsches, Mercedes and Ferraris in the stadium parking lot some years ago. "Good luck to them," he said. "I don't envy them."But...
A Film Artist Faces the Camera ; in 'Playtime,' Isaac Julien Turns Spotlight on His Own Artistic Circle
In "Playtime," Isaac Julien tackles how speculators make art a commodity.One amusing scene in the British artist Isaac Julien's new film installation "Playtime" shows the actor James Franco impersonating a smarmy art dealer. Sporting three-day stubble...
After Title, Red Sox Aren't Afraid to Change ; Team Lost Free Agents, but Boston Has Plenty of Young Talent on Its Roster
Every staff is fragile, but the coldhearted truth of the matter is that the Red Sox have several young arms that are eager to develop at the major league level.In hoping for an extension of a contract that will expire after the 2014 season, Jon Lester...
A New Era of U.S. Antitrust Enforcement
The investigation into the manipulation of Libor is just the beginning of more vigorous antitrust enforcement by the American government.Compliance chiefs on Wall Street have had their hands full lately, thanks to sweeping reforms initiated by the 2010...
A Reminder and a Departure ; 'Bark' Is First Collection of Stories by Lorrie Moore in over 15 Years
"Bark," to be released next week in the United States and on March 6 in Britain, is her first story collection in well over a decade.Lorrie Moore doesn't much resemble a Lorrie Moore character. She's shy and self-deprecating but not melancholy, witty...
A Solitary Journey Tied to a Shoestring ; Athletes without Backing of Sponsors Get Creative in Chase for Gold Medals
Not all elite athletes benefit from the deep pockets of their respective nations. Some must become much more creative to chase after gold.As she walked beside the Mzymta River on Sunday, Megan McJames was wearing the same Olympic gear as the other American...
At Olympics, a Toll That's Not So Equal
Women athletes, using the same courses as the men in sports such as snowboard slopestyle, are suffering a disproportionate number of serious injuries.Sarka Pancochova, a Czech snowboarder, was leading the slopestyle event after the first run. On her...
Attacks Propel a New Exodus from Syria ; Fleeing 'Barrel Bombs,' Refugees Overwhelm City across Turkish Border
The displaced, as many as 500,000 to date, have flooded the Syrian countryside and pushed a new wave of refugees into Turkey.Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo in recent weeks under heavy aerial bombardment...
Automakers in E.U. Report a 5th Month of Rising Sales
The January figure adds to growing confidence that the European Union passenger car market has finally passed the worst.European auto sales rose for a fifth straight month in January, an industry report showed Tuesday, as the Continent's mass-market automakers...
Bach's 'Art of Fugue' Inspires Ballet ; Royal Ballet Unveils an Energetic New Work by Wayne McGregor
"Tetractys," by Wayne McGregor, includes body popping and pedestrian movement as well as point work, multiple pirouettes, extreme hyperextension and leg-beating ballet jumps.You could assemble a rewardingly hybrid festival of all the choreography of...
Bahrain's Hijacked Reform Efforts
Islamic parties purporting to advocate "democracy" are really playing a double game.Ever since it gained independence from Britain in 1971, Bahrain has diligently sought to build a modern state. But the fallout from Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979...
Banning Ivory Sales in America
Rigorously enforced, new rules should help slow the elephant slaughter.The slaughter of the dwindling elephant herds in Africa grows worse by the year as organized criminals get rich from selling elephant tusks in lucrative black markets around the world,...
Blackstone's Hard-Charging Tactics Raise Hackles in Ireland ; What Some Analysts See as a 'Perfect Deal,' Others Slam as Vulture Capitalism
The private equity giant's biggest bet in the country has been one cooked up largely in the shadows. It stands to make a $2 billion profit.Bankers have been blanketing Ireland in search of cheap assets and lucrative deals, and few firms have been as...
Briefly: Science
As compiled by editors of The International New York Times.HUMAN BIOLOGY Smell of earwax found to be influenced by ethnicityThe smell of a person's earwax depends partly on ethnicity, a new study reports, suggesting that the substance could be an overlooked source...
Brutality, Twists and Paradoxes in the Life of Ariel Sharon
In his biography of Ariel Sharon, the journalist David Landau examines the life of one of the country's most controversial leaders.Arik. The Life of Ariel Sharon. By David Landau.Illustrated. 635 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $35.When Ariel Sharon was elected...
Chinese Firm and France to Buy Stakes in Peugeot ; Troubled Automaker Clears Rescue Plan That Will Bring in EUR 3 Billion
The board of the struggling automaker has approved a plan to raise 3 billion euros in fresh capital.PSA Peugeot Citroen, the struggling French automaker, was set to announce on Wednesday that it would receive big injections of capital from the Chinese...
Chinese Vision in London Outpost ; Developer Sees Dock Area as a European Hub, but Critics Question Viability
The capital's mayor has said the plan will add $10 billion to Britain's economy and create "a world-class international business district."Known for ambitious plans in China for business parks the size of cities, Xu Weiping says he cannot wait to start...
Coal Surge Upsets Germans ; Booming Mines Encroach on Towns as Merkel Tries to Drop Nuclear Energy
Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy to phase out nuclear energy has led to a growing reliance on the country's domestic coal industry.A grove of apple saplings grows on the lee side of Ulrich Schulz's barn. He did not plant them for the fruit, he said,...
C.V. Starr Leads Health Care Deal ; $4.4 Billion for MultiPlan Highlights Expansion into Arena of Private Equity
A group of investors led by an affiliate of Maurice R. Greenberg and the investment firm Partners Group have acquired MultiPlan.A group of investors led by an affiliate of C.V. Starr & Company and the Swiss investment firm Partners Group have acquired MultiPlan,...
Deal on Bank Union Proves Elusive ; Finance Ministers Offer Proposals to Win over European Parliament
Though finance ministers have agreed among themselves on a plan to unwind failing banks, they need the approval of the European Parliament.With their plans for a banking union facing deadlock, European finance ministers pledged on Tuesday to explore...
Documenting Detroit Ruin, One Forlorn Street at a Time
Scores of workers have been wending their way through Detroit's streets, cataloging tens of thousands of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.A midnight blue Chevy rolls slowly down a snow-covered street, an emergency strobe light on its roof and a sign...
Donor Plans Major Election Push on Climate ; Hedge Fund Tycoon Seeks $100 Million War Chest to Counter Conservatives
The hedge fund founder Tom Steyer is rallying other donors to help build a war chest to push for climate change measures.A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal...
Driving and Marijuana Presents Legal Gray Zone
There are effective tests for alcohol intake, but it is difficult to judge who is driving under the influence of marijuana.If you are pulled over in the United States on suspicion of drunken driving, the police officer will probably ask you to complete...
Drug Makers Forge $25 Billion Takeover
Actavis has agreed to acquire Forest Laboratories for $25 billion in cash and stock,combining two fast-growing specialty pharmaceutical companies.Actavis said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to acquire Forest Laboratories for $25 billion in...
Europe Flirts with Deflation
Policy makers should stimulate economies with lower interest rates.Some analysts and public officials say the beleaguered euro zone is finally on the road to recovery. Unemployment has decreased slightly, though it remains high at 12 percent, and the...
Europe's Leaders Seek Way to Guard Individuals' Data ; Merkel and Hollande to Discuss Steering Clear of American Networks
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Francois Hollande to discuss plans for networks that keep people's data inside Europe.Some European politicians want to take the world out of the World Wide Web.On Wednesday, Chancellor...
Ex-Workers at Barclays Charged in Libor Case ; British Regulators Accuse Trio of Conspiring to Manipulate Key Rate
The Serious Fraud Office of Britain said it had begun criminal proceedings against the three for possibly manipulating the London interbank offered rate.Regulators in Britain say that they have begun criminal proceedings against three former Barclays...
Fine-Tuning the Sobriety Test as Marijuana Laws Are Relaxed
As more states in America legalize marijuana, science looks for ways to test for impairment, and at how the risks compare with driving drunk.If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, the police officer is likely to ask you to complete three...
Foreign Cash Returns to Cyprus ; Bailout and Its Aftermath Fail to Deter Investors Seeking Stable Tax Haven
Despite efforts by international officials to curb Cyprus's allure as a tax haven, it remains a magnet for investors and companies from Russia.When the Cypriot government forced bank depositors -- many of them Russian -- to pay their share of an international...
For Sledding Spectators, It's All a Blur
Don't blink! Spectators barely can catch the action in sports like bobsled, luge and skeleton.Sergei and Oksana Barilo traveled to Sanki Sliding Center from Novocherkassk, a city about 400 miles away.They dressed warmly. They took their two children....
France Acts as Big Test for Welfare State
A question focusing European minds in 2014 is this: Will France arrest its slide into the Continent's second division?During a recent dinner, the Nobel laureate economist Christopher Pissarides proposed in jest that the euro area stamp half its bank notes...
Games Roll on, Homeward?
Greek land near ancient Olympia could be a permanent site for the Olympics.A universally popular event common to both the Summer and Winter Olympics is the debate over whether the current host is up to the task or whether maybe the Games should find...
Happy to Fly after Hanging over a Cliff
Kim Metcalf-Kupres, the chief marketing officer of Johnson Controls, is a fearless flier, but riding in a car with her husband can be different.I've traveled most of my career, but until about five years ago, most of my business trips were domestic....
Hollande Tries to Lure Businesses to France ; Pledging Fiscal Stability, President Tells Executives the Country Is Changing
The French president, Francois Hollande, has ramped up a major charm offensive to lure foreign investment.President Francois Hollande of France has begun a major charm offensive to convince the world that France is open for business in a bid to lure...
In U.S., Big Bets Placed on Gluten-Free Products
American companies are increasingly investing money so that they can offer gluten-free products. And consumers are responding with gusto.The Girl Scouts recently introduced a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie to their annually anticipated...
I.P.O. Is Next for Maker of Candy Crush
But prospective investors in King Digital may worry that players could soon tire of paying to line up shiny virtual pieces of sugar.The company that brought the world the addictive puzzle game Candy Crush Saga is hoping that investors will line up for...
Iran Expects Lengthy Talks over Nuclear Program
Senior Iranian officials said on Tuesday that they were ready for long and complicated negotiations but that Iran would not accept the dismantling of its nuclear facilities.The effort to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue...
It Happened in Santa Fe
Cowboy boots were the footwear of choice at Tom Ford's show.They were boots to put the Rodeo back in Rodeo Drive. In deep pile velvet, set on a high heel, they were curved to encompass an elegant leg and to send a slim skirt, hips swaying, on its way."Cowboy...
Japan Stocks Face a Test after a Year of Growth ; despite Tuesday Gain, Nikkei Is Down Sharply since Start of 2014
The Nikkei 225-stock average has fallen 8.9 percent since the start of the year, underlining worry that Japan's economic acceleration could dissipate.For all the headline-grabbing news about troubles in emerging markets over the past few weeks -- including...
Joyce Does It Her Way
The story of a Brazilian musician's twisting career teaches us how to make peace with what life throws at us.I'd like to tell you a story about a Brazilian musician you've probably never heard of. Her name is Joyce Moreno; she is 66 and has been singing...
Just Ahead, Your Next Office ; Co-Working Spaces Open Doors to Offer Travelers Desks and Camaraderie
The concept of co-working, in which independent workers share office space, is being expanded to provide work spaces on the road.Joe Bunner, a sales executive from Austin, Tex., recently found himself in Denver for the day, with no place to work after...
Kane's Bags; Crafty Burberry
The designer has gone commercial, although in a beautiful way, with jolts of color to a dark collection and new leather goods designs.It had to happen. Christopher Kane, the brightest star in London's fashion firmament, has gone commercial. But beautifully...
Kerry Accuses Russia of Thwarting Syrian Effort ; U.S. Says Moscow's Aid and Arms Are Allowing Assad to 'Double Down'
Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that the Kremlin was undermining a solution to the war with its continued support of the Syrian president.Secretary of State John Kerry has sharpened the Obama administration's criticism of Russia's role in the...
Kiev Spirals into Chaos in Bloodiest Day of Protests ; with Heavy Force, Police Push into Central Square; at Least 9 Reported Dead
In the course of a wild day of clashes between protesters and the police, the authorities in Kiev reported nine people killed on Tuesday.Mayhem gripped the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening as riot police officers tried to drive two...
Leading Spanish Paper Is Latest to Oust Top Editor
El Pais, Spain's leading daily, ousted its editor on Tuesday in a fresh sign of economic turmoil in the newspaper industry.El Pais, Spain's leading daily, ousted its top editor on Tuesday in a fresh sign of economic turmoil in a newspaper industry in...
Man Breaks Artwork by AI Weiwei in Miami Show ; Suspect Tells Newspaper He Was Protesting Lack of Local Artists at Museum
A spokeswoman for the museum said that the incident occurred when a local artist walked into the museum and picked up one of the vases and then threw it to the ground.Officials at the recently inaugurated Perez Art Museum Miami have confirmed that a...
Miami Artist Destroys a Vase Made by AI Weiwei
A Miami museum said a local artist walked into the center, picked up a vase and, after being asked to put it down, threw it to the ground.Officials at the recently inaugurated Perez Art Museum Miami have confirmed that a valuable vase by the Chinese...
Nobel Prize Recipient Gives Frank Economic Advice to China's Leadership
To make the transition to a high-income economy, A. Michael Spence calls for bolstering domestic demand and exposing state firms to more market pressure.A. Michael Spence was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics in 2001 for esoteric research...
Obama and His Library: Go Small
It should be more of an archive and less of a museum, more of a house, less of a shrine.Although President Obama has nearly three years left in his second term, plans for his presidential library are starting to take shape. On Jan. 31 came the announcement...
Obama Uses Pen in Battle on Warming
President Obama continued his effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions over opposition from Republicans in Congress.President Obama continued his effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions over opposition from Republicans in Congress on Tuesday, directing...
Out of a Fog, Cigarette Ads Return to TV in Britain ; by Not Burning Tobacco, Electronic Devices Bypass Loophole in Broadcast Law
Electronic devices are bypassing a loophole in the 50-year-old advertising code.About 50 years after Britain banned television advertisements for cigarettes, they are back. Except this time they are for the electronic kind.British American Tobacco, one...
Phantom Melodies Yield Clues to Brain's Workings ; Musical Hallucinations Suggest Ways That We Are Able to Perceive Sounds
Scientists compared brain activity when a subject was experiencing musical hallucinations that were both quiet and loud, and found important indications as to how the brain generates these illusions.In 2011, a 66-year-old retired math teacher walked...
Putting Words to Skaters' Music
Next season, new rules will allow all figure skaters to use vocal music with lyrics in their programs.The music you hear during the figure skating competition this week is the sound of an era ending.Next season, new rules will allow men, women and pairs...
'Rigoletto,' Uprooted and Retold ; English National Opera Downplays Plot Points in Reimagining Tragedy
Christopher Alden's new production is set in a salon of a gentlemen's club, circa 1880, somewhere off Pall Mall.For more than a quarter-century the English National Opera ran, and kept on running, one of the most celebrated stagings in modern theater...
Shampoo Ads for Men Put the Emphasis on Results ; Old Spice Campaign Shows Consumers Getting Ahead through Hair Care
The shampoo aisle has remained a haven for unisex products, but that is shifting.While unisex personal care products proliferated a generation ago, today the antiperspirant and soap aisles, for example, are dominated by products marketed to just men...
Skiing with the Greatest of Ease, and a Healthy Dose of Fear
The men's freestyle aerials final was reminiscent of a diving competition in the snow.Few sports that take place on skis have less to do with skiing than aerials. Think of aerialists more like divers who got lost on the way to the swimming pool, gymnasts...
Slovenian Gets a Gold All to Herself ; Maze, Who Shared Medal in Women's Downhill, Wins Giant Slalom Race
Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second gold medal of the Games in the women's giant slalom on Tuesday, after tying for the downhill gold medal.Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second gold medal of the Games in the women's giant slalom on Tuesday. Anna Fenninger...
Spain Reconsiders Its Siestas and 10 P.M. Dinners
In a quest for efficiency, the government is considering realigning the nation's work hours with those of other European countries.Dipping into a bucket filled with Mahou beers, Jorge Rodriguez and his friends hunkered down on a recent Wednesday night...
Stuart Hall, 82, Trailblazer in the Studies of Culture and Race
The Jamaican-born British academic argued that culture is in fact multicultural -- not high or low, good or bad, or black or white.Stuart Hall, a pioneering Jamaican-born British academic who argued that culture is in fact multicultural -- not high or...
Sudan TV Show Stirs Youthful Ambitions ; 'Apprentice'-Like Program Offers a Chance to Rise amid Economic Hardship
At a time of national economic hardship, the TV show "Mashrouy" is inspiring viewers to break out of their workaday malaise.It was the final episode, broadcast live from Khartoum's 18- story, egg-shaped Corinthia Hotel tower, built by Col. Muammar el- Qaddafi...
Surveillance Gets New Eyes with LED Fixtures ; Newark Airport Is Latest to Install Web of Sensors to Illuminate, and Watch
LED lighting systems that can observe people and gather data are being introduced worldwide, but some experts say there is potential for misuse.Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that...
Verve and Vivacity
The Peter Pilotto collection included a wild amalgam of colorful prints.The return of wild patterns and colorful prints can be traced to London designers who have been frank, fearless and free with color and form.Yet there is a general sense that digital...