International Herald Tribune

Founded in Paris in 1887, the International Herald Tribune is a daily newspaper that was, originally, the European edition of the New York Herald. That paper merged with the New York Tribune and became the Herald Tribune in 1924. The Herald Tribune ceased publication in 1966 and the Washington Post, together with the New York Times, took over the International Herald Tribune. In 2002, the Times bought out its partner and assumed control of the paper. It covers news throughout the entire world and its editorial headquarters are in Paris, France.The International Herald Tribune reports on world events, business, politics, economics and sports. Over the years, its audience has changed and, today, two-thirds of the readership is non-American. About 51 percent of its readers live outside their country of citizenship, and 29 percent have incomes between $100,000 and $249,900. Printed at 35 sites, the paper is sold in over 180 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.In 2009, the International Herald Tribune ran a series of articles written by Roger Cohen on the turmoil in Iran and the election campaign of Mir Hussein Moussai, the reformist candidate who sought to unseat Mohmoud Ahmadinejad. As reported, there was an exuberance that vanished after the election and a subsequent clamp down on freedom by the regime, which led to baton wielding police on motorcycles beating people in the streets of Tehran. Alison Smale is the Executive Editor, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the Publisher, Phillip McClellan is the Managing Editor and Serge Schmermann is the Editor of the Editorial Page.

Articles from January 31, 2013

3-D Printer Technology Poses Challenge for U.S. Gun-Control Advocates
Recent gunmaking efforts have stoked concerns that inexpensive and increasingly popular 3-D printers might make access to weapons even easier.A man in Wisconsin viewed it as a technical challenge. Another, in New Hampshire, was looking to save some money....
Amazon's Future Outshines Its Past ; Though Sales Disappoint, Investors Are Lured by Chance of Margin Growth
Amazon.com lost money in 2012, but investment is more about promises than results, and the company has long seemed on the verge of converting its online presence into buckets of cash.A glorious future beats a glorious past.Investors decimated Apple ...
Antibiotics Found to Aid in Treating Malnutrition ; Feeding Alone, 2 Studies Find, May Not Be Enough to Cure Most Severe Cases
The lives of tens of thousands of children could be saved each year if a short course of a cheap antibiotic were added to the treatment of severe malnutrition, two new studies say.The lives of tens of thousands of children could be saved each year if...
A Paradise for All Who Take Offense
The first reaction of the state in India is to appease those who claim to have been offended.One of India's favorite spectator sports is "taking offense." People go about their lives, brushing their teeth, ironing their shirts, waiting for the bus. Then...
As Political Unrest Flares, Egypt's Big Businesses Feel Left out in the Cold ; Heads of Largest Firms Appeal for Attention from Government Leaders
Some of Egypt's biggest employers have criticized the government for undermining the economy and the role of larger multinational companies in the country's political stability.In the haze around Egypt's latest bout of turmoil, the nation's largest companies...
Australia Elections Slated for Autumn ; Political Stability Is Goal of Early Announcement, Prime Minister Says
Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted that she was aiming for political stability in her unusually early announcement that elections will be held in September.Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Wednesday that national elections would be held in September,...
Awash in Shootings, despite Strict Gun Laws ; Crackdown in Chicago Is Thwarted by Uneven Regulations Elsewhere
Gun shops are outlawed in the city, but uneven state and local rules allow guns to flow into Chicago from the outside.Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010,...
Beijing Seeks Quick Fix for Its Toxic Air ; Emergency Measures Include Shutting Factories and Taking Cars off Roads
This month, Beijing has suffered some of the most polluted air in recent records as pollution has surged across northern China, angering many ordinary people.The Beijing government imposed emergency measures on Wednesday in response to thick smog that...
BlackBerry Bets Its Future on New Touch Screens ; with Revamped Phones and Name, It Aims to Lure Back Corporate Customers
The long-awaited smartphone has been designed to retain, and bring back, the corporate users who once propelled the BlackBerry maker to success.The maker of the BlackBerry introduced a new operating system and a new line of telephones on Wednesday, along...
BlackBerry Springs Back from Abyss
The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is finally here. And it is lovely, fast and efficient, bristling with fresh, useful ideas.CORRECTION APPENDED I'm sorry. I was wrong. This apology is for the bespectacled student at my talk in Cleveland and the...
Coming of Age at the Pop Music Factory
Teddy Wayne's sad-funny, sometimes cutting new novel, "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine," follows the rising stardom, and daily pressures, of a young heartthrob right out of the Justin Bieber mold.The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. By Teddy Wayne. 285...
Confirmed, Kerry Faces Tough Agenda at State Dept
The U.S. Senate, by a nearly unanimous vote, has confirmed Senator John Kerry as secretary of state, filling a critical position on President Barack Obama's retooled national security team.The U.S. Senate, by a nearly unanimous vote, has confirmed Senator...
Daring Flair for Vegas-Style 'Rigoletto' ; the Hits and the Misses in a Contemporary Version of a Verdi Opera
The director Michael Mayer's version of the Verdi play has its high moments, but its setting, in Las Vegas in the 1960s, feels ill- conceived.Shortly into Act I of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Verdi's "Rigoletto," which opened this week,...
Early Concern about 787's Battery ; 10 Units Were Replaced by One Airline in Months before Planes' Grounding
Officials at All Nippon Airways said the airline had replaced 10 of the batteries in the months before fire and smoke in two cases caused regulators around the world to ground the Boeing 787 jets.Even before two battery failures led to the grounding...
Enjoying Snow, While We Still Have It
Join me on a Dickensian tour of the ghost of winter future - also known as Britain.Snow was my first love. From November's first flakes and the season's first blizzard, to unexpected midnight dustings and late March blasts, snow fell frequently and happily...
Europe Officially Bars U.P.S. Merger with TNT
Regulators said Wednesday that the combination of the two shipping companies would have resulted in a major reduction of choice for European customers.The European Commission continued to flex its antitrust muscles on Wednesday, officially blocking United...
French Seize Airport in Northern Mali
Meeting no resistance, French forces on Tuesday took control of the last major town that was occupied by Islamists in the region of Kidal in the remote northeast.French troops took control overnight of the airport of the last major northern Mali town...
Gallic Shrug for Carmakers in France ; with Sales at the Lowest in 15 Years, Sector Weighs on Jobs and the Economy
Vehicle sales in France last year sank to their lowest level in 15 years, and the economic downturn doesn't bode well for the industry.Shoppers at the Citroen showroom on the Champs-Elysees were conspicuous mostly by their absence on a recent weekday....
Google Takes Peek into North Korea ; 'Citizen Cartographers' Help Chart Last Country to Get a Detailed Map
The new map of North Korea, built with the help of what Google called "a community of citizen cartographers," offers ordinary people a view of places they previously only read about.North Korea may be the world's most shrouded country, but Google Maps...
Happy Ending in Sight for MF Global
On Thursday, a bankruptcy court will review a proposal that would return 93 percent of the missing money to the firm's U.S, customers.When Mahesh Desai checked his MF Global account 15 months ago, his $580,000 nest egg was gone.Like thousands of investors...
Hitting the Sore Spots: Politics and the Weather
The laws of the global game remain FIFA's to impose. But while there is a vacuum of leadership, three of the principle European nations in soccer appear to be making their own arrangements.Who governs soccer? The answer should be simple. Some 209 countries...
Immigration Reform
President Obama offered his own ideas for reform, with a citizenship path at the center of his proposal.President Obama hit the right notes when he made the case for overhauling the immigration system in a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday. He spoke one...
In Indonesia, a New Freedom to Explore ; as Country Opens Up, Contemporary Artists Are No Longer Holding Back
Contemporary artists, taking advantage of new liberties, are expressing their feelings in their works and getting noticed far outside of their country.Wiyu Wahono admitted that the first time he came across a contemporary painting while on a student...
In Jordan, Progress in Small Steps ; Surprisingly, Recent Vote Managed to Stall Hopes of Muslim Brotherhood
A recent election for Parliament had a high rate of participation after promises from the king fostered hope of a more open political system.The political turmoil in the Middle East over the last two years has not been kind to Jordan's king, Abdullah...
Internet and Federal Act Ease Overseas U.S. Voting
The growing use of technology and a 2009 law reponding to complaints about a frustrating system seem to have helped streamline the process.Voting from abroad continued to become easier in last year's U.S. election, thanks to the combined effects of federal...
Iraqi Kurds Hope Syrian Kin Follow Example
The semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has been providing aid and refuge to Syrian Kurds, who are hoping to emerge from the war in their country with a level of autonomy.As war rages across the border in Syria, the semiautonomous Kurdish region of...
Israel to Transfer Tax Funds to Palestinians ; Move Reverses Strategy of Withholding Revenue as Punitive Measure
This reverses an earlier decision to use the revenues to offset at least part of the Palestinian debts to Israeli utility companies as a punitive measure.Israel has decided to transfer tax and customs revenues collected last month on behalf of the Palestinian...
Judge Approves BP Plea on Spill ; the British Company Avoids a Lengthy Trial and Harsher Penalties
The British oil company avoids a long trial and possibly harsher penalties after earlier agreeing to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges and pay $4 billion in penalties for the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.A U.S. judge in New Orleans has approved...
Judge Orders Son-in-Law of Spain's King to Post Bond
Inaki Urdangarin, son-in-law of King Juan Carlos, and a former business partner were ordered Wednesday to post bond of EUR 8.1 million as part of an investigation into possible embezzlement of public funds.A Spanish judge on Wednesday demanded that the...
Killing Machine Behind a Cute Face ; Feral, Stray and Pet Cats Hunt Billions of Animals a Year, U.S. Study Finds
Domestic cats in the United States kill billions of birds and mammals a year, according to a new report, a rate that is much higher than previous estimates.For all the adorable images of cats that play the piano, flush the toilet, mew melodiously and...
Long-Suffering New Zealand Fans Suffer a Little More ; Turmoil over Captain Just One of Many Chaotic Events Plaguing Team
A year ago, it looked like things might be turning around for New Zealand's national team. Then the chaos returned.Just over 12 months ago, long-suffering New Zealand cricket fans had hopes that their national team might be on the verge of finally turning...
Modesty Squads in ... New York? ; Therapist Trial Casts Light on Ultra-Orthodox Jews Who Intimidate Faithful
A recent trial in New York City revealed details of self- appointed committees of ultra-Orthodox Jews who keep faithful in line through intimidation.The Brooklyn shopkeeper was already home for the night when her phone rang: A man who said he was from...
Morsi Rejects Calls for Shifts at Top ; President Defends Curfew in 3 Cities and Insists That Egypt Is 'Stable'
The new president said no new government would be formed before a coming parliamentary election and he also defended his decision to impose a state of emergency and curfew in three cities.President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt on Wednesday rejected calls for a...
Nintendo Cuts Forecasts for Wii U Console
The company's latest console has not been as popular as executives hoped, but the company made a small profit in the first nine months of its financial year.Nintendo said Wednesday that it expected to sell far fewer units of its Wii U game console than...
'No Pay' Vow Has No Pain for Many in Congress
Many of those in Congress who support the concept of "no budget, no pay," are so wealthy that their congressional paychecks represent little more than a rounding error.In principle, it sounds self-sacrificing, even noble: Congress swears off collecting...
Pro-E.U. Side Stirs in U.K. to Battle Referendum Talk ; with European Voices, Cabinet Members Contest Cameron's Recent Pledge
Along with high-level voices from Europe, two cabinet members contest Prime Minister David Cameron's recent pledge.A promised referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union on new terms, or quit the bloc, provoked fresh tensions within...
Quarterback Lost His Job, but Still Has Purpose ; Smith Tutors Replacement on 49ers as He Makes Best of Awkward Situation
Alex Smith is not bitter that he lost his starting job after he suffered a concussion in the middle of the season, and he has mentored his replacement, Colin Kaepernick.Alex Smith put on the headphones and then did what he has done for the past two months...
Reeling from Warlike Attack ; White Phosphorus Used to Suppress Protests in Myanmar, Lawyers Say
Burmese lawyers together with a U.S. human rights specialist gathered evidence at the site of the November protest and determined that white phosphorus was used to disperse the crowds.A group of lawyers investigating a violent crackdown in Myanmar that...
Rodriguez's Denials Put Yankees' Patience to Test ; Latest Report Linking Him to Doping Just Adds to Mistrust and Discontent
While New York can blame no one else for giving Alex Rodriguez a huge contract, the latest report linking him to performance- enhancing drugs continues to erode his image.The New York Yankees had dated Alex Rodriguez for four years before popping the...
Shell Cleared over Most Claims in Nigeria Spills ; Court Finds One Instance Where Company Should Have Prevented Pollution
A Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell was responsible for the damages for one oil spill in Nigeria, but had no role in three others.In a legal dispute that had been closely watched by multinational companies and environmental organizations, a Dutch...
Sour Deal Offers Lesson on Banks' Limits
One lesson to be learned from Goldman Sachs's victory in a legal dispute over Dragon Systems may be an old one: If you do not know who the chump is, then you are probably it.One lesson to be learned from Goldman Sachs's victory in a legal dispute over...
South Korea Sends Satellite into Orbit ; Rocket Launching Gained Urgency after Successful Mission by the North
The launching achieves South Korea's ambition of joining an elite club of space technology leaders and comes seven weeks after the successful launching of a satellite by its rival, North Korea.South Korea succeeded on Wednesday in thrusting a satellite...
Spanish Dining to Delight All but the Taxman
Beset by hard economic times, some in Spain have spawned many clandestine enterprises that skirt paying taxes.On a secluded street in a dimly lit basement here, Mikio, a Japanese-Chilean filmmaker, restaurateur and sometime professional clown, warns...
Strong Gains at Chrysler Help Fiat Avoid a Loss
Suffering under the worst European car maket in two decades, Fiat was saved from a loss by the profitability of its U.S. unit, Chrysler.The worst European automobile market in two decades has taken a toll on the Italian carmaker Fiat, but it managed...
Syrian Opposition Suggests Talks ; Leader's Offer Comes with Conditions and Provokes Criticisms
Syria's top political opposition leader on Wednesday expressed willingness to talk with representatives of President Bashar al- Assad. It was a tentative opening in an increasingly chaotic civil war.Syria's top political opposition leader on Wednesday...
Taking Israel to Court in the Hague
Palestinians should ask the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli war crimes.Last week, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, declared that if Israel persisted in its plans to build settlements in the vacant area known as E-1, which...
Taking U.K. Immigration Test? Remember Who's in Charge
In a revised guidebook on the country's culture for would-be immigrants, the authors concentrate more on the excitements of the British past than on the practicalities of the British present.The 100 Years' War actually lasted 116 years. Pantomime dames tend...
The Great Inflection
Everyone who wants a job now must demonstrate how they can add value better than the new alternatives.President Obama's first term was absorbed by dealing with the Great Recession. I hope that in his second term he'll be able to devote more attention...
Treat Greed in Africa as a War Crime
Corrupt heads of state are only part of Africa's problem. Avarice and exploitation are root causes.When the International Criminal Court made public an arrest warrant in November for Simone Gbagbo, a former first lady of Ivory Coast, on charges of crimes...
U.S. Growth Vanished in Last Quarter of 2012 ; Confidence in Europe
A decline of 0.1 percent in the final quarter of 2012 was driven by a plunge in military spending, as well as fewer exports and a steep slowdown in the buildup of inventories by businesses.The U.S. economy unexpectedly reversed course in the final quarter...
U.S. Immigration, Redebated ; as a Problem Stabilizes, Room for Perspective and Compromise in Politics
With the scale of the problem stabilizing for the moment, or even shrinking, some experts say, there is more room for political compromise than the last time around.In many ways it seems like 2007 all over again when it comes to addressing illegal immigration...
U.S. Seeks Guilty Plea from R.B.S. Unit in Asia ; Scottish Bank Expected to Agree to Settlement in Libor Rate-Rigging Case
Shares of the Royal Bank of Scotland stumbled Tuesday after reports that the U.S. authorities were pursuing a guilty plea against an Asian subsidiary at the center of an interest rate manipulation scandal.Using a template developed in the rate-rigging...
Violence and Thievery Find a Bit of Room for Lust and Honor
Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham star in "Parker," where action and revenge are central to the plot.Parker. Directed by Taylor Hackford."Parker" is an action movie, which means that it should be judged, first if not foremost, by the effectiveness of...
Weak Demand in Europe Weighs on Profit at Ford and Fiat
While Chrysler helped Fiat, Ford reported a 54 percent gain in adjusted fourth-quarter profit as strong results in North America overshadowed heavy losses in the European market.Last year, Ford Motor broke ranks with other auto companies when it announced...
Will Syria Bleed Hezbollah Dry?
The Lebanese guerrilla force is betting that Assad will retain power, and has much to lose if he doesn't."The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose." Henry Kissinger's observation, made during the Vietnam...
With Balotelli, the Truth Is ... Somewhere
Mario Balotelli was just a medical examination away from leaving Manchester City to join A.C. Milan.If truth is the first casualty of war, what is it in sports?On Wednesday morning, Mario Balotelli was just a medical examination away from leaving Manchester...
Wounded Ex-Lawmaker Urges Gun Limits
Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011, on Wednesday testified in Congress, urging lawmakers to take "bold" action on gun control.Speaking slowly but with discernible passion, former Representative Gabrielle...
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