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Articles from June 21, 2014

36 Hours In: Madrid
A quick visit to Madrid.In the five years since Spain's economy took a nose dive, madrilenos never stopped going out, but they did become more judicious in their spending. While not easy on businesses, this has ultimately been good for consumers, as...
6 New Ways to Measure Personal Financial Goals ; Experts Say Replacing Delusional Thinking with Reason Is a Good First Step
Some metrics that we cling to in our financial lives can end up being wildly counterproductive. But what should we replace them with?Most of us want goals to shoot for, but all too often we pick the wrong ones.This month, Adam Nash, the chief executive...
A Conversation with Colum McCann
The author of "TransAtlantic" and "Let the Great World Spin" says choosing a favorite living novelist is like walking the plank: "Inevitably you end up drowning, but at least it's in a sea of heroes."Colum McCannThe author of "TransAtlantic" and "Let...
Ads Feature Partners of Gay G.O.P. Candidates
For gay candidates, talking openly about a partner or loved one has traditionally proved tricky, and the Republican Party has been struggling to adjust to the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage.Richard Tisei's new campaign ad offers a scene of domestic...
After a Drought, Benzema Turns It on for France ; Left out of Team in 2010, Real Madrid Standout Seizes Cup Opportunity
The striker Karim Benzema failed to make France's squad in 2010. After a long scoreless spell with Les Bleus, he scored twice in his first World Cup game.The opportunities and the goals came in rapid succession for Karim Benzema in his first World Cup...
A Literary Lone Wolf Assimilates ; Sole Agent for the Greats of Spanish Letters Finally Finds a Business Partner
For years the sole conduit to the greats of Spanish literature, Carmen Balcells announced a joint venture with the New York literary agent Andrew Wylie.Carmen Balcells was never just a literary agent. Nicknamed La Mama Grande, after a story by Gabriel...
Alps and Other Attractions
A look at what's happening around the site of the Formula One race in Austria, near Graz, this weekend.The Austrian Grand Prix returns this weekend to the Formula One calendar after a decade-long absence. Set in the small town of Spielberg, in the isolated...
Amazon Standoff Allows Booksellers to Show Some Spine
Amazon's decision to take a hard line with Hachette seems to have provided a sudden competitive advantage for other booksellers, large and small.Robert Sindelar, the bearded, redheaded managing partner at the Seattle independent bookseller Third Place...
Are There Lessons for Iraq in Rwanda?
Murderous sectarian violence is a top-down phenomenon produced within a specific political context.Just over two decades ago, Rwanda was swept up in a murderous wave of ethnic violence that was as bad or worse as anything happening today in Iraq and...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.MadridEl Greco and Modern Painting The Prado Museum. June 24-Oct. 5.Twenty-five of El Greco's (1541-1614) works, including "Laocoon," below, will be on display in this exhibition, which explores the artist's...
At Art Basel, a Museum Presence ; with 34 Countries at Fair, Event Is Still a Magnet for Contemporary Art World
With 285 galleries from 34 countries participating, the Art Basel fair in Switzerland is still a magnet for the contemporary art world.In an old market hall adjacent to the cavernous center where Art Basel, the gold standard of contemporary art fairs,...
A War to End All Innocence ; after 100 Years, WWI Remains Embedded in Our Cultural Consciousness
After 100 years, World War I remains embedded in our cultural consciousness.CORRECTION APPENDED "I feel like a soldier on the morning after the Somme." This line of dialogue, from an episode in the second season of the BBC series "Call the Midwife,"...
Beijing Assails Hong Kong Referendum ; Officials Call Vote 'Illegal'; Organizers Say More Than 300,000 Have Taken Part
More than 300,000 residents of Hong Kong participated in a unofficial free vote over their political future. The vote was called "illegal" by China.More than 300,000 residents of Hong Kong did something on Friday that no one in mainland China can do:...
Big Demand for Shares in Lloyds Unit
The British banking group sold 35 percent of the outstanding shares in TSB and could offer as much as 38.5 percent of the unit if an overallotment of shares is fully exercised.The Lloyds Banking Group said on Friday that it had sold more shares in the...
Buying into Solar, No Roof Access Needed ; Shared Approach Allows People to Receive Credit on Their Electricity Bills
"Community solar gardens" allow people to receive credit on their electricity bills for solar panels installed elsewhere.Like many consumers, David Polstein had already done much to reduce energy use in his large Victorian home in Newton, Mass. He replaced...
Challengers Jockeying to Replace Iraqi Premier ; Alarmed over Insurgency, Leaders Want a Successor Supported by All Sects
Iraqi leaders, alarmed over the Sunni insurgency, are actively seeking to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki with someone supported by all Iraqi sects.Iraqi officials say that political leaders have started intensive jockeying to replace Prime...
China Workers in Iraq Will Stay Put, for Now ; Beijing Says Most Citizens Are Safe, but Companies Set Up Contingency Plans
China said that most of its 10,000-plus citizens in Iraq were "in relatively safe areas."As sectarian fighting continues to roil Iraq, Chinese companies say they are preparing contingency plans to evacuate their workers from the country. But workers...
Court Rules Google Must Remove Links Worldwide ; Company Plans Appeal; If Upheld, Canadian Decision Could Reach Far
If upheld, the Internet could go from being perceived as a lawless place to "one where all courts apply," setting up conflicts between nations on issues like freedom of expression.Google will appeal a decision by a Canadian court that requires the company...
Drug Maker in Ireland Rejects Bid of $46 Billion ; Shire Says Takeover Offer from AbbVie, a U.S. Firm, Underestimates Its Value
AbbVie is looking to take advantage of a loophole that allows them to avoid higher corporate taxes in the United States by reincorporating in countries with lower rates.The Irish pharmaceutical company Shire said Friday that it had rejected a takeover...
Eat, Stretch, Turn off Your Cellphone ; in Rishikesh, India, a Mythic Cradle of Yoga Still Beckons the West
A journey to Rishikesh, India, the cradle of yoga that once inspired the Beatles and that still beckons the West.It was a hot and dusty afternoon, about 30 hours into my Indian journey, when the bus driver dropped me off in a small town that he said...
Egypt's Sexual Violence
It doesn't matter where you stand on the political spectrum -- if you are a woman, your body is not safe.There is a fierce battle raging in Egypt, and it's not the one between Islamists and military rulers -- the two factions that dominate most coverage...
Events That Ponder a Grim Centennial ; Hundreds Are Planned in Europe and America to Observe World War I
Hundreds of cultural events are planned across Europe and the United States to observe the 100th anniversary of World War I.A century ago this month, the great powers of an earlier order began to unravel. World War I redrew the world map, ending the Hapsburg...
Familiar Name Seeks Consistency on Tour
Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods's niece, is ranked No. 37 on the L.P.G.A.'s developmental Symetra Tour and is playing in her second United States Women's Open.Walking along the fairways of Pinehurst No. 2 at the United States Women's Open, Cheyenne Woods...
Farming Rebounds after Drought
Agriculture is a small part of the United States economy, but last year it was the best part.Agriculture is a small part of the United States economy, but last year it was the best part.The output of the agriculture sector grew 16.4 percent after inflation...
Fed's Stimulus Won't End When Bond-Buying Does
The Federal Reserve is poised to keep purchasing large volumes of mortgage bonds, and potentially Treasury securities too.The Federal Reserve is poised to keep purchasing large volumes of mortgage bonds, and potentially Treasury securities too, even...
Former German Business Leader Campaigns to Abolish Euro
Hans-Olaf Henkel', who once was the top IBM executive in Europe, says hard-working countries shouldn't be propping up laggards.He was once one of Germany's most prominent business leaders, head of a major industry lobby and IBM's top executive in Europe. But...
For-Profit Colleges Bridge Education Gap in Brazil ; Private Equity Funds Join Banks and Corporations in Buying Institutions
Despite concerns about an emphasis on the business of education, private equity funds and investment banks are buying and merging educational institutions at a rapid pace.Higher education in Brazil is increasingly in the hands of profit- seeking entrepreneurs.Although...
France Backs G.E.'S Bid for Alstom, with a New Twist ; Government to Buy 20% of Industrial Company It Deems a National Asset
But in a surprise move, the government said it would take a 20 percent stake in the parent company, ensuring that a national treasure remains in French hands.The American business giant General Electric emerged on Friday as the apparent winner in the...
From an Indian Muslim's Brush
Art, itself a form of worship, can spread truths where religions divide.On June 7, a lovely Saturday afternoon, I visited an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum: "M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting." The air was redolent with the...
House Republicans Turn to a Moderate for No. 2 Post
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California will be majority leader, but a more conservative member who has the loyalty of the Tea Party will become No. 3.House Republicans have reached for continuity and stability in electing a new leadership team,...
Innocence to Experience
London Collections: Men, the three-day fashion event, reflects the British system's skill at turning fledgling designers into global names.One of the standout shows of London Collections: Men, the three- day men's fashion "week," was by a 27-year-old...
Iraq's Kurds Sense Opportunity in Chaos ; Leaders Act to Reinforce Borders and Push Their Goal of Independence
The Kurds are using the crisis with the militants to gain ground in the country's north, but there is still too much uncertainty for them to celebrate.The chair Col. Imad Muhammad sat in belonged to a commander in the Iraqi Army. So did the tiny cup...
Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, 15, in Sweep
The government forces were carrying out searches and arrests in a campaign to find three Israeli youths abducted a week ago.Israeli troops killed a Palestinian youth before dawn on Friday and seriously injured several adults as their sweeping West Bank arrest...
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Puda Coal Auditor
A shareholder class-action lawsuit against the auditor Moore Stephens is dismissed by a federal judge in New YorkIn 2010, Puda Coal, a Chinese company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, raised $116 million from American investors in two public offerings....
Kershaw's No-Hitter Ranks among Best
While it's difficult to compare baseball's greatest pitching performances, the no-hitter by Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday deserves a spot on the list.Years from now, Charley Steiner said, when he recalls one of the greatest pitching performances in major...
Lebanese Act to Stop Crisis from Spilling over Border ; Fearing a Militant Plot to Kill Shiite and Enflame Unrest, Officials Arrest 17
Investigators were exploring whether the men, said by intelligence reports to be part of a new ISIS cell, were planning to kill a leading Shiite.Lebanese security forces arrested 17 men in two Beirut hotels on Friday, as the authorities investigated...
N.C.A.A. Chief Rebuffs Hypocrisy Claims ; Group President Calls Amateur Model a 'Social Glue' Binding Campuses
The N.C.A.A.'s president was on the stand in a case that alleges the organization violated the law by refusing to allow players to profit from their images.In the months before he took over as N.C.A.A. president in 2010, Mark Emmert received two important...
Obama Set to Extend Benefits for Gay Couples ; Federal Agencies to Treat All Marriages Equally, Regardless of Gender
After decades of blocking gay married couples from receiving the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts, most federal agencies will now treat married couples alike, regardless of gender.The federal government on Friday was to extend a wide...
Out of School and Nowhere to Go
A destabilized economy in America has affected all workers but particularly those just embarking on their careers.Annie Kasinecz has two different ways of explaining why, at age 27, she still lives with her mom. In the first version -- the optimistic...
Playing with Fire in Afghanistan
The political crisis over the presidential runoff could be disastrous.At this pivotal moment for Afghanistan, one of the two candidates for president, Abdullah Abdullah, is creating a political crisis by trying to interrupt the vote-counting in Saturday's...
Quotas for Women Have Little Success in Real Life ; Study Shows Mandates for Board Seats May Not Lead to Improved Policies
Just getting some women at the top doesn't remove obstacles blocking other women from the upper echelons, a study shows.One of the most perplexing questions about women in business is how to increase their numbers in the upper ranks, where their progress...
Red Bull Finally Comes Home ; after Decade Away, Series Returns to Austria, Where Major Team Is Local Hero
After a decade away, Formula One is returning to Austria this weekend, where the dominant energy-drink company's team is the local hero.When the Formula One cars take to the track this weekend in Spielberg, Austria, for the first time since 2003, they...
Renaissance in Italy May Hold Lessons for Spain ; Early Exit in South Africa Was Impetus to Rebuild the Defending Champion
Since its 2010 Cup debacle, Italy has undergone an impressive rebranding and renaissance and is once again among the top teams in the world.It was a shocking about-face: Four years after lifting the World Cup trophy and charming fans around the world...
Scientists Stand by Their Contentious Big Bang Findings
A group of scientists reaffirmed their announcement in March that they had detected space-time disturbances from the beginning of the universe.A group of astronomers who announced in March that they had detected space-time disturbances -- gravitational...
Shares Slip in Chinese Chemical Firm's Debut ; Business Was Enmeshed in Bribery Investigation of Wall St. Underwriters
Tianhe Chemicals Group of China became enmeshed in a bribery investigation this year into the hiring practices of Wall Street banks.Shares of Tianhe Chemicals Group closed lower on Friday in their debut in Hong Kong after the company raised about $650...
Smartphone Makers Raise Antitheft Defenses
Kill switches to make mobile devices unusable in the event they are stolen will be widely availabale by next summer.CORRECTION APPENDED By next summer, most new smartphones may no longer be quite so attractive to thieves. Microsoft and Google...
Spain Plans to Cut Taxes and Still Hit Deficit Goals
The government has approved plans to cut company and income taxes in 2015 and 2016 in a bid to boost spending and investment.Turning its back on fiscal austerity, the Spanish government presented a broad package of income and corporate tax cuts on Friday that...
Suarez Delivers Blow to England's Hopes ; Liverpool Striker Notches Both Goals for Uruguay: Thunder Follows Finesse
Luis Suarez scored both of Uruguay's goals in a desperately needed 2-1 victory over England, which now requires plenty of help to advance.Luis Suarez's first goal on Thursday was a delicate touch of class, a deft header nodded in with precision and purpose...
Symbol of Excess Ousted from Top of Fashion Line
Dov Charney, the founder, chairman and chief executive of the fashion line, was ousted by the board because of his conduct.Dov Charney was no one's idea of a button-down executive.For years, Mr. Charney, the founder of American Apparel, has stood like...
Syrian War Pushes Global Refugee Total to Levels Not Seen since WWII
More than 51 million people have been displaced by violence around the world, according to the head of the United Nations refugee agency.The number of people displaced by violent conflict hit the highest level since World War II at the end of 2013, the...
Tension Mounts at Mercedes ; Drivers at Leading Team This Season Playing out Drama on Track and Off
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, rivals from contrasting background's at the Formula One season's most dominant team, are playing out a drama on track and off.The first seven races in this season, dominated so far by one team -- Mercedes -- have been...
The Age of the Natty Fellow
Fashion-forward men at the Pitti Uomo trade fair reflected a new clothing style: Snug trousers, a fitted blazer, shoes with proper hard soles and an assertive color palette.Maybe it was the unusual high-pressure weather system, what Kanye West called...
The Klinghoffer Tragedy
The Met's bad decision on a controversial opera.The Metropolitan Opera, which has scheduled "The Death of Klinghoffer" in the next season, has canceled plans to broadcast the opera live in movie theaters around the world. Peter Gelb, the Met's general...
The Slumdog Millionaire Architect ; A Star Designer Has Come to Define Mumbai, but Has He Helped the Poor?
Hafeez Contractor is best known for building luxury complexes cut off from the rest of the developing nation. But now, he is also redesigning its slums.The offices of Hafeez Contractor, India's most commercially successful architect, are on Bank Street,...
Through Eagle Eyes
The Internet has permanently altered the way we look at wildlife and raised debate about how we deal with the natural world.There was a situation with some bald eagles on the Internet the other day. The drama played out in a large, disheveled nest somewhere...
Trial Is Secondary in Libyan's Seizure ; Intelligence Gathering Trumps Legal Issues in Suspect's Interrogation
Senior American officials say the Libyan apprehended on Monday has been talking freely with interrogators.The Libyan suspected of playing a main role in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi is talking freely with American interrogators...
Trying the Benghazi Suspect
Over time it has become clear that Guantanamo is not the legal no man's land it was thought to be.Nearly eight years ago, 14 men arrived at Guantanamo after years in Central Intelligence Agency custody. Since then, only one has been tried and convicted...
Ukraine Orders Cease-Fire in East ; Pause Comes as U.S. Warns of Increasing Russian Military Activity
The Ukrainian announcement came as American officials said that Russia was increasing military pressure on President Petro O. Poroshenko.President Petro O. Poroshenko ordered a one-week cease-fire in eastern Ukraine where government forces have been...
U.S. Faults Thais and Malaysians on Trafficking ; State Dept. Gives Nations Lowest Score for Efforts to Fight Human Smuggling
A U.S. State Department report ranks two Southeast Asian nations at the bottom, along with North Korea, Iran and Zimbabwe.The American State Department released a report Friday that ranked Thailand and Malaysia among the two dozen countries doing the least...
U.S. to Send 300 Military Advisers to Help Iraq
President Obama stressed that he would not send combat troops to Iraq but said the United States would help the Iraqis "take the fight" to the militants.President Obama has said that he will deploy up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help its struggling...
Visions of a Culinary Future
In new works by David Sax and Dan Barber, fast-moving trends in American food culture are explored, including a search for the ideal wheat and a study of the evolution of the cupcake.The Tastemakers.Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up With Fondue....
Why Do We Import Our Own Fish?
Globalization has radically disconnected us from our seafood supply.In 1982, a Chinese aquaculture scientist named Fusui Zhang journeyed to Martha's Vineyard in search of scallops. The New England bay scallop had recently been domesticated, and Dr. Zhang thought...
Williams-Sharapova: The Path to a Reunion
If the seeds hold, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could celebrate their 10-year reunion at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals of the tounament, which begins Monday.If the seeds hold, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could celebrate their 10-year...
Young Tongan on Rugby's Biggest Stage ; Fekitoa Making First Start for the Storied All Blacks in Test against England
Malakai Fekitoa, a 22-year-old from a remote island of Tonga, is making his first start this weekend in the storied uniform of rugby's New Zealand All Blacks.Growing up on the remote Tonga island of Ha'apai, Malakai Fekitoa was hardly dreaming of suiting...
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