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Articles from April 12, 2014

36 Hours In: Seville, Spain
A quick visit to Seville.You don't have to spend long in Seville to see why so many operas have been set there. A sense of drama pervades the Andalusian capital, from its Moorish royal palaces and extravagant Catholic festivals to the way the strum of...
A Conversation with Michael Lewis
The author of "Liar's Poker," "The Blind Side" and, most recently, "Flash Boys" says it's hard to dramatize the quotidian in a way that makes it fresh for readers: "It's like describing the air we breathe."Michael LewisThe author of "Liar's Poker," "The...
Afghan Press Gives a Free Pass ; Journalists Play Down Troubles at What They Term a Critical Juncture
Though there has been much to be upbeat about in the Afghan presidential election, local reporters seem to have deliberately played down trouble spots.As the raucous news outlets of Afghanistan -- and there are hundreds of them -- have come into their...
A Global Rise in Tax Rates on Wages
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that the average tax on wage income is climbing in many countries.After the financial crisis, many countries cut taxes to stimulate their economies. But since 2010, with concerns about...
A New 'Winter's Tale' for Royal Ballet ; Christopher Wheeldon Turns Shakespeare's Play into a Dance Drama
Dance drama acquires a different character in Christopher Wheeldon's new full-length adaptation of the Shakespeare romance at Covent Garden.CORRECTION APPENDED In the Bohemia scene in the Royal Ballet's new full-length "Winter's Tale," the very...
A Pep Talk for Rebels of Finance
Felix Martin, the author of "Money: The Unauthorized Biography," says money could foster peace, prosperity and freedom if we could agree to rethink the system.Money. The Unauthorized Biography. By Felix Martin. Illustrated. 320 pages. Alfred A. Knopf....
A Private Equity Titan with Unconventional Ways
Vista Equity Partners' success can be traced to the unconventional tactics of its hands-on chief executive.One of the best-performing private equity firms of the past 15 years doesn't have a big name like K.K.R., Blackstone or TPG. But Vista Equity Partners,...
Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?
Iranians are gradually liberalizing while increasingly orthodox Israelis are drifting toward theocracy.Although the Israeli and Iranian governments have been virtually at war with each other for decades, the two countries have much in common. Both are...
Armstrong's Positive, If Reluctant, Step in Sport's Purification
In a roundabout way, Armstrong may have done something to help clean up the sport of cycling by naming names in a lawsuit about doping.Last summer, Lance Armstrong sat a few feet from me and said he would never "rat out" his friends by publicly revealing...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.CORRECTION APPENDED New Delhi The Body in Indian Art National Museum. Through June 7. This major exhibition brings together work from across Indian art history, exploring the various...
A Shoot-Out and a Bitter Controversy in Ukraine ; Mysterious Death Reflects Lack of a Consensus on Post-Revolutionary Order
The life and mysterious death of Oleksandr Muzychko reflect the deep rifts in Ukraine over its post-revolutionary order.For more than 20 years, Oleksandr Muzychko battled and somehow survived Russian power, taking up arms against Moscow-backed rebels in...
A Tale of Friendship, Sex Included ; John Turturro Brings Woody Allen in on His Latest Film, 'Fading Gigolo'
John Turturro brings Woody Allen in on his latest movie, "Fading Gigolo."Ask John Turturro about his newest project, "Fading Gigolo," and he will excitedly tell you about the streetwalker films, like "The Life of Oharu" or "Midnight Cowboy," that helped...
Bank Cancels 43 Bonuses after Big Loss
The embattled lender said that about $8.38 million in bonuses would not be paid as the bank reported a Pounds 1.3 billion pretax annual loss.The Co-operative Bank said on Friday that it would cancel 4.97 million pounds in bonuses for current and former...
Big Bang to Little Swoosh
The discovery of gravitational waves in the fabric of space may go down as one of the greatest in the history of science.The shock waves are still reverberating from the bombshell announcement of the discovery of cosmology's holy grail: telltale signature...
Bug Looking More Dangerous Now ; Devices That Connect to Internet May Have Flaw Built into Hardware
Hardware like home routers and printers is connected to the Internet, and the Heartbleed bug is built into some of it.When the Heartbleed bug was disclosed on Monday, the attention focused on the fallout for major Internet companies like Yahoo and Amazon....
Central Figure in Health Act Resigns
The secretary of health and human services saw her tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of the president's health care law.Kathleen Sebelius, the United States health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred...
Changing of the Guard on Late-Night Television
Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of CBS's late-night franchise, created when Mr. Letterman arrived at the network in 1993.CBS made its choice, quickly and definitively: Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host...
China Shows Power, and Its Frustrations
In his official visit, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel encountered combative public warnings and private complaints that Beijing felt besieged by hostile neighbors.When Robert M. Gates visited China in 2011 as the United States defense secretary, the military...
EBay Settles Board Fight with Icahn, Ending Often Bitter Feud
EBay announced that it had reached a settlement with Carl C. Icahn, a billionaire activist investor, putting an end to an often bitter feud.Last month, Carl C. Icahn appeared ready to take no prisoners in his battle with eBay, calling the online commerce...
False Allure, Yet Again, in Tech Shares
The sell-off is providing a rare moment in the sun for so-called value investors, who focus on out-of-favor stocks with relatively low valuations.In January, Seth Klarman, a billionaire who runs the Boston- based Baupost Group investment partnership,...
Fashion in the Age of Instagram ; Digital Media Has Profoundly Altered the Way the Industry Works
The photo-sharing app has changed the way fashion is made, seen and shared.In the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris is a video that stitches together sequences from 20 years of his runway shows -- a "supercut," in online...
For Greece, a Sign of Stability
The country's return to global capital markets was met with enthusiasm, but its economic struggle isn't over.After years of agonizing austerity and the biggest debt restructuring in history, Greece had some good news on Thursday when investors reacted...
France Moves to Limit Off-Hours Work Email
Labor unions and corporate representatives have agreed on an "obligation to disconnect from remote communications tools" that would apply to several hundred thousand employees.Given France's 35-hour workweek, generous vacations and persistent, if not...
G.M. Places 2 Engineers on Leave
The General Motors scandal widened as another repair was added in the recall of models linked to 13 deaths.The ignition-switch scandal at General Motors widened on Thursday as the automaker suspended two engineers and added another repair to its recall...
Health Care Nightmares
Reform has brought into the open a startling ugliness of spirit in today's America.When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster. They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure...
In a Gesture, an Institution Aims to Shed Its Nazi Past ; as Vienna Philharmonic Returns Art, Questions about Why It Took So Long
How the orchestra returned an early work from 1883 by the French artist Paul Signac to its rightful heirs.It is a simple oil painting, showing a sailing ship moored in a harbor, an early work from 1883 by the French artist Paul Signac. For decades it...
Irish Republican Held in '98 Attack ; Seamus Daly Denied Bail and Charged with Murder of 29 in Omagh Bombing
Seamus Daly has been charged with the murders of 29 people in a car bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland.A dissident Irish Republican charged with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 car bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland, was ordered held without bail on...
Israeli Soldiers Seize a Radical Yeshiva
Israel moved a company of border police troops into the area of a Jewish settlement after radical settlers clashed with soldiers and destroyed army property there over the past week.The Israeli military on Friday took over a religious seminary known...
It's Time to Tweak Tax System
The current progressive tax system in the United States eases the worst effects of disparity in incomes, but it doesn't go far enough.Paying taxes is rarely pleasant, but as April 15 approaches it's worth remembering that the United States tax system...
Journalists Plan Visit to U.S. to Get Awards ; They Reported on Spying by N.S.A. Based on Snowden Documents
Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras reported on documents about government surveillance leaked by Edward J. Snowden.Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, two of the journalists who reported on documents about government surveillance leaked by Edward J. Snowden,...
JPMorgan Profits Take a Pummeling ; Bank's Revenue Declines; Wells Fargo Earnings Rise on Increase in Lending
As America's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase has become a kind of bellwether for the broader industry.JPMorgan Chase reported an 18.5 percent slump in first-quarter earnings on Friday, as it grappled with dual challenges: sluggish revenue from trading and...
Judge Approves Investment Firm's Plea ; Deal to Resolve Fraud Case Requires Hedge Fund to Pay $1.2 Billion Penalty
The agreement with federal prosecutors requires the once-mighty hedge fund run by Steven A. Cohen, to pay $1.2 billion to the government.In the span of a week, Steven A. Cohen's investment firm changed its name, hired a former federal prosecutor and...
Laemmle's List: A Mogul's Heroism ; Hollywood Chief Assisted the Emigration of Many Jews from Germany
When Hitler came to power, the Hollywood studio chief Carl Laemmle, unlike his peers, decided to save as many Jews as possible.Among the pioneering moguls of Hollywood, Carl Laemmle, who commanded Universal Pictures for more than 20 years and who died...
Latest Signal Probably Wasn't from Jet
Australian authorities searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane said the latest potential signal was probably not from the flight recorders.The Australian authorities searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane said Friday that the latest...
Letting Water in to Stop the Flooding ; in U.S., Dutch Engineer Pushes a New Approach to Controlling Surges
Henk Ovink, a Dutch water-management expert, is trying to persuade Americans that as sea levels rise, the nation needs to live with water and not simply resist it.In December 2012, Shaun Donovan, the U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, was...
Mideast Tensions Sideline Gaza Runner ; Citing Security, Israel Refuses to Allow Olympic Athlete to Cross Country
Israel, citing the present diplomatic-security situation, refuses to let the Olympic athlete Nader al-Masri cross the country to compete in a marathon in Bethlehem.As a boy growing up in this town close to the border with Israel, Nader al-Masri was the...
N.H.L. Promoted Violence, Suit Alleges ; League's Latest Challenge over Players' Health Focuses on Enforcers
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Manhattan, is the latest in a string of challenges to the National Hockey League.Nine former professional hockey players have filed a lawsuit against the National Hockey League that says the league "intentionally...
Printers Play a Game of Digital Survival ; New Technologies Enable Plants to Adapt, but at the Expense of Workers
Industrial-strength laser printers can enable big printing plants to make quick and cost-effective small-batch runs on demand.At a media conference a few years ago, the editor of the Guardian newspaper, contemplating the future of print, recalled his...
Prosecutor Continues Barrage on Pistorius ; Tears and Contradictions from Athlete in Face of Tough Cross- Examination
Gerrie Nel ripped apart the athlete's account of events, at times reducing him to tears and prompting him to apologize to the judge for contradicting himself.The South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appeared flustered, agitated and tired at his murder...
Raising a Moral Child
The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather...
Real Madrid Will Meet Bayern in Semifinals
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, who will meet in the other semifinal, appeared to be the big winners in the draw, avoiding Bayern, the defending champion, and Real Madrid, which is seeking a record 10th title.Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were matched against...
Rugby Powers Reach Accord on Title Format ; Heineken Cup Replaced by 20-Team Tournament; Broadcasters Also in Deal
The future of European club rugby was resolved with a new elite competition replacing the Heineken Cup, ending a dispute that rumbled on nearly two years.After almost two years of acrimony and in-fighting, the powerhouses of European rugby have finally...
Satellites Show Russia Deployed near Ukraine, NATO Says ; Photos Reveal Fighter Jets, Tanks and Up to 40,000 Troops along the Border
A top NATO commander said the satellite photographs showed a menacing Russian force near the border with Ukraine.NATO has released satellite photographs showing Russian military equipment, including fighter jets and tanks, that it described as part of...
Security Flaw May Reach beyond Web ; Threat of Heartbleed Bug Could Extend to Devices That Connect to Internet
Security experts say the potential for harm from the Heartbleed bug could extend to many devices that connect to the Internet.When the Heartbleed bug was disclosed on Monday, the attention focused on the fallout for major Internet companies like Yahoo...
Signals from North Korea
In a shift, Pyongyang seems ready to reinvestigate kidnappings of Japanese.North Korea signaled to Japan early this month that it is prepared to reinvestigate the festering issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and '80s....
Sony Warns That the Batteries in Some Laptops Could Catch Fire
The company said batteries in some of its new Vaio laptop computers might burn or catch fire.Sony warned on Friday that batteries in some of its new Vaio laptop computers could burn or catch fire and asked owners of the units in question to stop using...
Stock Markets Suddenly Show a Fear of Heights
The Euro Stoxx 50 index closed Friday trading at 3,116.54, down 1.15 percent for the day and off 3.52 percent from the level of about 3,230 where it closed a week earlier.European stocks, which recently reached their highest levels since the collapse...
Syria's Lost Generation
I met so many children older than their years, refugees deprived of a future.Something about the boy was not right. He seemed disoriented, detached from his surroundings. He barely spoke, and when he did, it was in flat monosyllables, his eyes unfocused...
Thai Provinces Are Losing Patience ; Northern Areas, Weary of Bangkok's Influence, Want More Autonomy
Eight years into Thailand's political crisis, some of its ethnic identities are resurfacing, rekindling demands for greater autonomy from Bangkok.Each time Muean Chimoon leaves his wooden house in northern Thailand, he pays homage to a portrait of King...
The Mathematics of Love and Poverty
The protagonist of Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel "In the Light of What We Know" is a Bangladesh-born trader and lawyer.In The Light of What We Know. By Zia Haider Rahman. 497 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27.Another month, another bright young star...
The Week the Olympic Alarm Went Off
Preparation for South America's first Olympics, in 2016, is clearly not up to snuff and after repeated discussions, officials made public their concerns about the lack of construction and commitment in Rio.The smash-hit London Olympics were nearing a...
Warily, Jordan Assists Rebels in Syria War ; Fighters Say Covert Effort, Including U.S. Aid, Is Only Enough to Prolong Battle
As a result of anti-Assad operations from Jordan, rebels say they have come to doubt that the United States still shares their goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.When rebels want to return to Syria to fight, Jordan's intelligence services give...
When Is 'Wild' Wild Enough? ; Finding an Untapped Corner of Costa Rica for a Rainforest Adventure
Finding an untapped corner of Costa Rica for a rainforest adventure,By the end of our fourth day on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, we had seen, according to the tally kept by my 9-year-old, Sasha, dozens of species of animals. We had peered at leafcutter...
Why No One Goes to Naples
Tourism ought to be to southern Italy what oil is to Norway: a blessing and a source of wealth.Spring is here. In southern Italy, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the weather is balmy. Orange blossom fragrances mingle with wafts of jasmine. The...
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