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 March 9, 2013

23 Seasons, 18 Teams, 5 Countries ; Puerto Rican Journeyman Plans to Retire at End of World Baseball Classic
In 23 seasons, Pedro Valdes, 39, has played for 18 teams, in 13 leagues and in five countries. Now with Puerto Rico, Valdes plans to retire after the World Baseball Classic.Pedro Valdes stepped inside the batting cage at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Thursday...
A Chance to Remake U.S.-Cuba Relations
The death of Hugo Chavez offers Washington an opportunity to put an end to the Cuba embargo.For most of its history, the United States assumed that its security was inextricably linked to a partnership with Latin America. This legacy dates from the Monroe...
A French Hostage's Wife Battles Uncertainty ; Military Action in Mali and Militant's Death Give New Cause for Concern
French officials believe Daniel Larribe and three other hostages are probably being held in the same mountainous region of Malil where figihting is intense, while his wife, Francoise, back in France, campaigns for his release.Three years after she, her...
Aid as a Weapon in Syria ; Most Humanitarian Relief, Funneled to Areas Held by Assad, Bolsters Regime
The opposition argues that humanitarian assistance from the West is in effect helping President Bashar al-Assad survive in a war of attrition.The United States and other international donors are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on humanitarian...
Alarming Details Emerge about 787 Battery Fire ; U.S. Report Offers Insight into Extent of Problems, but Not a Definite Cause
A preliminary report from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board provides new details about the battery fire aboard the Boeing 787 parked in Boston.The first hint of trouble came just minutes after passengers and crew left the Boeing 787 jet that...
An Odd Season, Statistically Speaking ; Brooklyn Forward Grabs the Most Rebounds, but Scores Very Few Points
Nets forward Reggie Evans has accounted for nearly half of the team's rebounds nightly when he has been on the floor. But his scoring numbers have not been so impressive.With his shiny bald head, scraggly beard and Bunyanesque build, Reggie Evans is...
A Quiet Corner of the Arabian Peninsula ; Little-Visited Emirate Offers a Wealth of History and Natural Beauty
Rustic and wide open, Ras al-Khaimah is a two-hour drive, and a world away, from the skyscrapers of its neighboring emirate, Dubai.On a blistering day, I hiked a small, winding staircase to reach an ancient fort in Ras al-Khaimah, sun hat no match for...
A Rare Look at the Life of a Renaissance Man ; Exhibition Reunites Works Assembled by the Scholar and Poet Pietro Bembo
An exhibition in Padua, Italy, reunites works assembled by the scholar and poet Pietro Bembo.Seldom has a collection so eloquently expressed the personality of its creator as that of the Venetian poet and scholar Pietro Bembo. It acquired a mythical...
Are These End Times or a New Dawn?
The annual TED conference served up a heady stew of claims this year that the world either is going to the dogs or is awesome squared.This foolish, callous world of ours is en route to hell. Or this is the best the world has ever been.One of the stranger...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.TokyoFrancis Bacon National Museum of Modern Art. Through May 26. Thirty-three works, including three triptychs, by the Irish-born painter (1909-92) displayed in three sections, each a different approach to...
At Barclays, Pool of Those Getting Top Pay Shrinks
Barclays said Friday that 428 employees earned more than Pounds 1 million, or $1.5 million, each last year. That is 45 fewer people than in 2011.Barclays said Friday that 428 of its employees were paid more than Pounds 1 million, or $1.5 million, each...
A Tight Pack Heads Back to the Track ; Unpredictable Racing Likely as 2013 Season Begins Next Weekend
As Formula One teams prepare for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17, winter testing of the cars set the stage for a season that might be as close and exciting as the last three.As the Formula One teams set up their garages at the Albert...
At the U.N., a Call to Spare the Alcohol and Save the Talks
A U.S. diplomat has offered what he calls a "modest proposal" that he hoped would speed along the United Nations' notoriously protracted budgetary proceedings: He asked delegates to put a cork in it.When the United Nations began renovating its New York headquarters...
Bowie the Changeling Is Back ; First Album in a Decade Asserts His Enduring Power as a Musician
His first album in a decade asserts his continued power as a musician and songwriter.On "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," the new single from David Bowie's comeback album, "The Next Day," one line jumps out: "We will never be rid of these stars." In the...
Chinese City Briefly on Edge after Killing of at Least 4 ; Fight Occurred in Area Where Tension between Han and Uighurs Is High
The outburst of violence prompted worry over a potential flare- up in ethnic tensions, common in parts of Xinjiang where relations between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese are stressed.At least four people were killed and eight wounded in what appeared...
Doubts as U.S. Banks Pass Stress Tests
The tests, some argued, underestimated potential losses and the effects of the collapse of several major financial firms, which could paralyze the entire system.Four years after the financial crisis, regulators say that many of the largest banks in the...
Dow Average Completes Its Recovery
The Dow set a nominal record Tuesday though it remains nearly 10 percent below its 2007 level when adjusted for inflation.More than five years after the stock market began to slide in the autumn of 2007, the Dow Jones industrial average recovered all...
Election of Pope Is Scheduled to Start Tuesday
Papal conclaves usually open with a single round of balloting after a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, and voting then proceeds until two-thirds of the cardinals agree on the new leader.The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church will begin their conclave...
Facebook Adds Bigger Photos and Links ; Redesigned Social Site Increases Topic Streams in Effort to Draw Ads
The changes are designed to address two challenges: how to hold on to users at a time of competing social networks and how to draw more advertising dollars to please Wall Street.Hoping to tame the blizzard of information that has turned off many users...
Fierce Words between 2 Koreas after U.N. Vote ; Most Hostile Rhetoric in Years Follows Stiffening of Sanctions on the North
The exchange of heated rhetoric Friday came just after the Security Council unanimously backed tough new penalties against the North for its underground nuclear test last month.Angrily responding to the U.N. Security Council's unanimous decision to impose...
Fitch Downgrades Italy's Sovereign Debt Rating
The agency cut its rating on Italy's credit by a notch, saying political gridlock could deepen the slump in a pivotal euro zone economy.The Fitch ratings agency cut its assessment of Italy's sovereign credit by a notch on Friday, citing the abrupt emergence...
For Dieters, Tips from the Cold War
Economics can help in picking a diet that works better. More specifically, the game theory that economists applied during the Cold War.Last month, I visited the southern New Jersey plant of Robard, a company that makes meal-replacement products for dieters....
Fragile Van Gogh Drawings See the Light ; Dutch Museum Lends 18 Works on Paper for Exhibition at Fine Art Fair
Eighteen van Gogh works on paper will come out of their boxes this month for the exhibition "Van Gogh's Drawings" at the European Fine Art Fair, known as Tefaf, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.Stars swirling in a deep blue night, aureate sunflowers, sun- choked...
Hardware Taking Its Turn in the Spotlight ; A U.S. Culture Festival Turns Its Back on Apps and Social Networks
The most talked about devices this year include a camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds, a new video game console and a gadget that lets people control their computers by waving their hands.Each year, thousands of technology enthusiasts flock to...
In New Euro Boss, a Hard-Line Future ; Dijsselbloem Doctrine: Investors, Not Taxpayers, Should Feel Bailout Pain
The doctrine of Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup, could mean that bondholders may end up absorbing steep losses if euro zone members are called upon to prop up failing banks.When George Zannakis, a Greek sound engineer, heeded his investment...
Jobless Rate in U.S. Drops as Private Sector Grows ; Lowest Level since 2008 Contrasts Sharply with Slump in Euro Zone
The U.S. economy gained 236,000 jobs in February, well above what had been expected, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.The U.S. economy, bolstered by a healthier private sector, gained more jobs than expected in February, while the unemployment...
Kenyan Election Presents Tough Choices for U.S. ; Washington Doesn't like Front-Runner, but It Needs a Strong Ally in the Region
Uhuru Kenyatta, who is leading in the race for the presidency of Kenya, has been charged with heinous crimes, leaving the United States with a tough choice if he ends up winning the election.CORRECTION APPENDED He has been charged with heinous...
Learning from Doctors, Law Schools Hope to Solve 2 Acute Problems
As newly qualified lawyers face tough competition for jobs, a number of schools are planning to establish their own firms. As well as offering employment to graduates, these outfits aim to provide services.When Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of the law school...
London's Odd and Crooked Corners ; on the Hunt for Quiddity in Alleys, House Museums and a Real- Life Bookstore
Hunting a city's texture, in its arcades, shoulder-wide alleys, house museums and specialty shops."You know, guv, that really gets on my goat," Billy Allardyce said from the front of the taxi, his amplified voice a warble of Abbey Road reverb.We were...
Marriage, Hollywood Style
Jeanine Basinger's new book examines the history of married life in film, from classics like "The Thin Man" movies to "The Kids Are Alright."I Do And I Don't. A History of Marriage in the Movies. By Jeanine Basinger. 395 pages. Alfred A. Knopf, $30.One...
Mr. Brennan's Excuse
The C.I.A.'s newly confirmed chief should make a classified Senate report on torture open to the public.CORRECTION APPENDED John Brennan, the newly confirmed chief of the C.I.A., has been at the agency for most of 25 years. He had two counterterrorism...
Myanmar's Leading Light Courts Ex-Jailers ; Aung San Suu Kyi Has Dismayed Colleagues with Pro-Army Comments
Rattling even some of her own party members, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said recently that she was "very fond" of the military, even as the army pounded ethnic minority fighters with artillery and air power.She endured years of house arrest and was steadfast...
New Leader of Pentagon Visits Kabul in First Trip
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his visit was aimed at getting a better sense of the situation on the ground, which would enable him to offer better advice to President Barack Obama.In his first overseas trip as defense secretary, Chuck Hagel landed...
No Pope, No Government: Italy's 24-Hour Reality Show
Even for Romans, who over the centuries have endured looting, pillaging and hourlong lines at the post office, these are interesting times.The leader has resigned. There are scandals over sex and corruption. Finances are in disarray. And no one knows...
Outside Shanghai, Excitement in Chinese Super League
The imports are not quite as eye-catching as this time last year. But, on average, greater number of Chinese clubs are getting a better class of foreign player.With the arrival of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba at Shanghai Shenhua last season, the...
Over 4,000 Years, It's Never Been Quite This Hot ; No Warming Episode in That Span Equals Last Century's, Study Suggests
In research scheduled for publication in the journal Science, earth scientists compiled the most meticulous reconstruction yet of global temperatures over the past 11,300 years.Global temperatures are higher than at any time in at least 4,000 years,...
Reality TV for the Red Planet ; Dutch Engineer's Show Would Generate Cash to Send Astronauts to Mars
A Dutch entrepreneur's financial plan for a colony on Mars is based on selling the television rights to cover the project every step of the way.As the spaceflight pioneer Wernher von Braun used to say, the most overwhelming obstacle to exploring the...
Rebels Issue Demands over U.N. Personnel ; Forces Held by Syrians Appear to Be Unharmed, Authorities in Manila Say
There was no immediate indication when the 21 captives, all from the Philippines, might be released. The authorities in Manila, though, said that the troops had not been harmed.A group of U.N. peacekeepers from the Philippines who were seized in the...
Seal the Deal with Iran
By crafting a diplomatic framework that covers both economic and security issues, the great powers can better impose significant curbs on Iran's nuclear appetite.In the aftermath of the summit meeting in Kazakhstan between Iran and the great powers,...
Seeking a Solution by Breaking Bread ; Obama and Republicans Find Something They Can Both Agree On: Dinner
A convivial dinner between the president and a group of Republican senators raised difficult questions about whether the gap between two parties can be bridged.For all they fail to agree on, Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama have come...
Shareholder Power
Swiss measures are the newest and most far-reaching of the say- on-pay policies now in place or under consideration in many European nations.Voters in Switzerland have overwhelmingly approved a referendum to give shareholders a binding say on executive...
Sizing Up Prospects for Teams and Drivers
A look at the 11 teams and 22 drivers who will line up on the grid on March 17 for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.There will be 11 teams with two drivers each racing in the 2013 Formula One season. Below are overviews, predictions,...
Son-in-Law of Bin Laden Facing a Trial in New York ; Transferred from Jordan, the Ex-Qaeda Spokesman Could Get Life in Prison
The arrest and transfer of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former Qaeda spokesman, represented another high-profile strike against the core of the terrorist group.Weeks after he was first arrested in Turkey, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as...
Spinoff of Time Inc. Seals a Transformation
With the confirmation that it would spin off its Time Inc. magazine division, Time Warner has completed its evolution into a cable TV and movie production company.The sprawling media conglomerate that Steven J. Ross joined together, Jeffrey L. Bewkes...
Tax Has Chinese Couples Feigning Divorce ; Filings Are on the Rise in Effort to Avoid Levies on Sales of 2nd Homes
Divorce filings shot up around the country this past week after a rumor spread that one way to avoid a 20 percent tax on a housing sale was to separate from a spouse, at least on paper.When the Chinese government announced new curbs on property prices...
The Market Speaks
False priests convinced our policy makers to pursue austerity or face the wrath of the invisible market gods.Four years ago, as a newly elected president began his efforts to rescue the economy and strengthen the social safety net, conservative economic...
The Party and Its Waning Star ; Chinese Communist Icon Loses Luster for Society Disenchanted by Scandals
National celebrations of "Learn From Lei Feng Day" turned into something of a public relations debacle after it was revealed that many theaters struggled to sell even a single ticket to three films about his life.What would Lei Feng do? It has been five...
The Rise of 'The Albanian Tenor' ; Saimir Pirgu Once Begged for a Place to Stay; Now He's an Undisputed Star
Saimir Pirgu at one point had to beg at a Catholic home for students for a place to stay. Now he's playing the Met and is in demand as one of the world's premier tenors."This is the house of God. You can't turn me away."Admittedly, the language is reconstructed...
The Wait-and-See Culture
An increasing number of people are finding themselves in this "follow up in six months" mode.Just as the captain of the Rachel in "Moby-Dick" searched for his lost son and instead found Ishmael, doctors routinely reveal the unexpected while scanning...
The Year Picasso Experimented with Style ; Courtauld Show Focuses on 1901 as Turning Point in Artist's Development
An exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art focuses on 1901 as turning point in Picasso's development."Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901," on view at the Courtauld Institute of Art, is one of those fascinating exhibitions that forcefully make a point...
Thousands Attend Chavez Funeral ; Ceremony Draws Leaders from over 50 Countries to Honor Popular President
Leaders from more than 50 countries arrived Friday while massive lines formed for the final ceremonies to honor Hugo Chavez.Foreign dignitaries and Venezuelans continued their extended goodbye to Hugo Chavez on Friday as the government began a stately funeral...
Trying to Define the Perfect Pope ; Benedict's Shortcomings May Guide the Cardinals; Conclave Date Still Not Set
The cardinals seem to be looking for someone with the charisma of Pope John Paul II and the grit of what one Vatican analyst called "Pope Rambo I."No candidate for pope can have it all. But the cardinals who will elect the next head of the Roman Catholic...
U.S. Drops Egyptian from Honor List over Twitter Posts
Samira Ibrahim, who shattered taboos in Egypt by speaking out about sexual abuse she suffered after being detained in Cairo, was to be honored with other women in Washington.The U.S. State Department dropped an Egyptian activist from a list of women...
U.S. Takes Action against Text Spam ; F.T.C. Files 8 Lawsuits Aimed at Companies That Focus on Cellphone Users
The Federal Trade Commission has filed eight lawsuits aimed at companies that focus on cellphone users.The Federal Trade Commission has recently filed eight lawsuits in District Courts around the United States against companies it accused of having ordered...
Web Future: Big Exchange for Unloading Used E-Books ; Apple and Amazon Lead Movement toward Digital Rights of Ownership
Amazon and Apple are leading efforts to establish a framework that would permit customers to buy and sell used e-books in a vast digital used bookstore.The paperback of "Fifty Shades of Grey" is exactly like the digital version except for this: If you...
What the Tsunami Left Behind
The hulk of a building, the hull of a ship, a "miracle" pine tree? Japan debates what to preserve as memorials of the tragedy.The deserted white apartment building tells its story floor by floor. The street level has only gaping open spaces where there...
Why the Future Lies in Art Fairs ; Even as Supplies Dry Up, Maastricht Event Still Yields Finds for Collectors
The annual European Fine Art Fair offers a striking contrast to the big-city auction circuit.The 26th European Fine Art Fair will open its doors to a private viewing on Thursday in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The selling show is widely acknowledged...
Women in the Workplace: Beating Fear
In "Lean In," Sheryl Sandberg examines whether the dearth of women in top jobs is due to a lack of ambition or a lack of support? Or both?Lean In. Women, Work and the Will to Lead. By Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. 228 pages. Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95;...
Yankee Legend Moves to Close His Career ; Nearing Retirement, Rivera Continues to Elicit Awe among His Peers
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, revered as one of baseball's gentlemen and perhaps its greatest closer, is expected to announce that this season will be his last.The New York Yankees had been thrashed in Game 6 of the World Series, and their...
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