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Articles from May 9, 2014

A Former Culture Capital Thrives ; Estonian City Still Derives Benefits after Having Being Chosen 3 Years Ago
The designation, bestowed on Tallinn in 2011, has continued to bolster tourism in the city and its art scene.Since its inception in 1985, the European Capitals of Culture program has often been criticized as bureaucratic and lacking a clear evaluation...
Aiming Squarely at Apple and Samsung, Huawei Makes a Global Push
Huawei hopes the new phone will help it gain traction with global consumers who are still not familiar with the Chinese brand.Huawei is taking another run at the global smartphone dominance of Apple and Samsung.On Wednesday, Huawei, already the third-largest...
Alibaba Bets on Reliable Trends in China, Not Reinvention
Instead of promising to disrupt an existing market, the company wants to do something far more straightforward, but potentially far more lucrative.When American technology upstarts float their companies on the stock market, they often sell investors...
Among the Sugar Cane, a Killer Roams ; Mystery Kidney Disease Is Striking Down Workers in Nicaragua's Heartland
A painful disease that afflicts the kidneys is killing workers in Nicaragua's sugar cane fields. But it is so poorly understood that it still does not have a name.Every harvest season, the young men of this town prepare for the exam that will shape the...
A Sculptural Take on Mapplethorpe ; 2 Paris Exhibitions Offer Photographer's Nudes and Still Lifes in a New Light
Two Paris museums are showcasing the importance of sculpture to the American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's oeuvre, 25 years after his death.In an interview published in 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe mused, "If I had been born 100 or 200 years ago, I...
Aspiring to the Trophy Garden ; Having an Artful Estate Signals Membership in a Rarefied Club of Collectors
As the ranks of the super-rich swell, pride in property has expanded from the house and its trappings to the groundsCollectors have long appreciated the outdoors as a subject for art. Now savvy art lovers are moving beyond the painter's canvas. Those...
A Turkish Windsurfing Town Goes Arty
A new set of stylish city dwellers is setting up businesses in Alacati on the Aegean coast.A Turkish town populated mostly by retirees and known for its prime windsurfing conditions was, without employment opportunities for its young, headed for desertion...
Bank of America Shareholders Press Officials ; after $4 Billion Error, Investors Raise Concerns about Board Oversight
The $4 billion error forced Bank of America to suspend its planned dividend increase and raised broad issues about oversight.This year's annual meeting was supposed to be a victory lap for Bank of America, with many of its mortgage problems receding...
Capturing the Spirit of the Tattoo ; Musee Du Quai Branly Examines the Art and Mystery of Marking Skin
Musee du Quai Branly examines the history of marking human skin.Tattoos are beautiful; they are crude. They are declarations of protest, politics, beauty, religion, mourning, hatred or love. They have been used to identify, cure, honor and subjugate...
China's Monroe Doctrine
Vietnam pivots to the United States and fights a little sea battle with China as Beijing pushes to expand its sphere of influence.In the new edition of his classic "The Tragedy of Great Power Politics," John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago makes...
Chinese Journalist Detained over Leak ; Communist Party Critic Charged with Providing Secret Document to Media
The detention of Gao Yu comes as the Chinese government seeks to stifle dissent ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.An outspoken Chinese journalist who was jailed after the armed crackdown of 1989 has been detained in Beijing...
Climate Disruptions for America
A chilling new report warns of serious impacts all across the nation.Apart from the disinformation sowed by politicians content with the status quo, the main reason neither Congress nor much of the American public cares about global warming is that,...
Delhi's Air Found to Be World's Most Polluted ; Indian Capital Is Followed by 3 Other Cities in Hindi Belt, the W.H.O. Reports
New Delhi's air is the most polluted in the world, followed by that of three other cities in India's central Hindi belt, the report found.An international effort to quantify air pollution levels has found that New Delhi's air is the most polluted in...
Design's Call to Action ; Amsterdam Conference Aims to Inspire Projects That Benefit Society
"What Design Can Do," a two-day conference this week in Amsterdam, is bringing together some of the world's leading thinkers on design and challenging them to use their skills to help improve the world.Can we create buildings that heal the environment?...
Developer Mixes Business with Theater ; A Personal Interest in the Arts Has Shaped Company's Charity Efforts
The head of a London construction company has sponsored a theater production to celebrate a redevelopment project on the Thames.It was in the mid-1960s on a steamship somewhere between London and Australia that the property developer Jeffrey Adams had...
Do Critics Make Good Novelists?
The tools of the critic are unabashed expertise, heightened self- consciousness and an impulse to explicate.Daniel MendelsohnAt the beginning of "In America," Susan Sontag's novelization of the life of a 19th-century Polish actress, the suspiciously...
Do Critics Make Good Novelists?
We seem to have more patience for the novelist who writes criticism than for the critic who writes novels.Leslie JamisonWhen we talk about the novelist as critic, or the critic as novelist, the as matters. It creates a hierarchy by tucking one identity...
E.C.B Says Stimulus Is Likely, but Not Yet ; Central Bank Holds Rate Steady but Indicates It Might Act Next Month
While holding its benchmark interest rate at its already record low, the bank indicated it might act next month to spur the euro zone's economy.The European Central Bank on Thursday held interest rates steady but signaled that it was likely to take action...
Eurovision's Glorious Silliness
Sure, the song contest is corny and camp, but it brings Europe together like nothing else.It's a strange time for Europe. The Greek debt crisis has disappeared from the news but remains fundamentally unresolved, the long-term viability of the euro remains...
Ex-BP Chief Gets a Chairmanship
Tony Hayward becomes the permanent nonexecutive chairman of Glencore after an interim role in the post. Ivan Glasenberg will continue as chief executive.Glencore Xstrata, the big commodities trading and mining company, said Thursday that it had named...
Expansion Leads Emirates to 43% Rise in Profit
Some analysts warned that the airline risked slower growth as heavy investments in planes and premium services could erode its profit margins.Emirates, the fast-growing Persian Gulf airline, reported a 43 percent jump in annual profit on Thursday as...
Exploring an Island of Galleries ; Just 3 Years Old, Frieze New York Draws Broad Support and Major Artists
The American edition of Frieze has drawn 190 galleries from 29 countries this year, with New York galleries making up nearly a third of the exhibitors, some with major artists in solo booths.Now in its third year, Frieze New York opens Friday on Randalls Island...
Explosion Levels Hotel Used by Troops in Syria
Activist groups and state television said rebels tunneled underneath a hotel in Aleppo to plant remotely detonated explosives.A hotel used by Syrian government troops in the northern city of Aleppo was leveled by a huge explosion on Thursday after Islamic militants...
Expressing Sensuality
Judith Benhamou-Huet, the co-curator of the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibitions in Paris, discusses her book about the artist.Judith Benhamou-Huet is co-curator of the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibitions in Paris, at the Musee Rodin and the Grand Palais. She is...
Farley Mowat, a Canadian Champion of Wildlife, Dies at 92
Farley Mowat was one of Canada's most popular and prolific writers, as well as a defender of native Canadian rights and a critic of environmental abuse.Farley Mowat, one of Canada's most popular and prolific writers, who became a champion of wildlife...
Fighting Health Care Assumptions
People are often terrible at understanding risk. These misunderstandings make creating health policy much more difficult.In an effort to reduce childhood injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2001 recommending that all...
Fight over Legacy Roils Palazzo ; Guggenheim Descendants Sue Foundation over Handling of Collection
Descendants of Peggy Guggenheim have filed suit in a Paris court, arguing that the handling of the museum she founded in Venice is crassly commercial and violates her wishes.The battle now raging over the Peggy Guggenheim Collection started with just...
Financial Regulators See Both Progress and Threats ; View That Some Banks May Be 'Too Big to Fail' Persists, Report Says
The perception that big, interconnected financial firms may be "too big to fail" persists, a report by a U.S. oversight council warns.Some of the same weaknesses that contributed to the disastrous 2008 financial crisis persist today, the Financial Stability Oversight...
Foreigners Mine Gold from China's Start-Ups ; Lack of Venture Capital Left Opening in the '90S for Passive Investments
The lucrative returns have raised concerns that China could tighten restrictions to ensure control over one of the most dynamic parts of its economy.It is one of the best investments of the digital age.In June 2001, a South African media company called...
Growing Pains for Goldman Fund ; Investors Do Not Appear to Be Flocking to Revival of Lackluster Petershill II
Investors do not appear to be flocking to the Petershill II fund.One of Goldman Sachs's most notable investment vehicles, Petershill, has been less than extraordinary, effectively saved by one good bet among a number of duds, and the bank even came close...
Honoring the Missing Schoolgirls
Let's use this Mother's Day to honor the several hundred girls kidnapped by Boko Haram fanatics in Nigeria.When Boko Haram fanatics attacked a girls' boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, kidnapping several hundred girls whose only offense was to...
How to Deter Nonresident Home Buyers
Suppose a city wanted to restrict investors to ensure more apartments were available to actual residents. Would it be a good idea?When you try to figure out how to solve the housing affordability problem in the world's "superstar cities," it quickly...
In Odessa, Street Fighting between Neighbors Is Personal
Although the city is predominantly Russian-speaking, a fierce, grass-roots, anti-Russian movement now has de facto control of the streets.In a basement headquarters behind a home electronics store, Ruslan Forostyak pored over a map of the city's defenses...
In the Cross Hairs of a Gun Debate ; Death of German Student in U.S. Highlights Cultural Gulf on Self- Defense Laws
Montana has begun to reassess its laws on lethal force after the shooting death of a visiting German student.Teenagers call it garage hopping. The goal was to sneak into an open garage, steal some beer or other items and slip away into the night. It...
Italian Port Sees Hope in Shipwreck ; Cruise Ship's Dismantling Sets off Competing Bids among Far-Flung Groups
A big restoration project in Piombino, Italy, has taken on new urgency as the town's port tries to get the demolition contract for the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner.Workers are hurriedly revamping the aged port in this smoggy Tuscan city, trucking...
Japan's Pacifist Constitution
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire to expand the military's role is a genuine test of his nation's democracy.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is pushing for an expanded role for the Japanese military that would allow it to fight alongside allies beyond...
Kidnappings in Nigeria Dismay Even Al Qaeda ; Reaction to Targeting of Girls' School Reflects Disparity among Jihadists
The recent abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram appeared too much even for fellow militants to abide.As word spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook that Nigerian militants were preparing to auction off more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls...
Law Firm Settles Chevron Dispute ; Outcome Eases Problem with Ecuador Court That Has Plagued Company
The settlement came as another major victory for Chevron in a case that has been a headache for the company for more than two decades.The powerful Washington law firm Patton Boggs dropped out of an effort to force Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion Ecuadorean...
Libya's Unexpected Strength
Although the country faces debilitating weaknesses, a popular consensus on major issues transcends cleavages over smaller ones.Libya remains in deep chaos. Various militias are competing for political and economic power, carrying out attacks and otherwise buffeting...
Looking for Answers from Bank of America ; at Meeting, Investors Press Lender to Explain $4 Billion Capital Error
Bank officials said they were conducting a "third-party review" of how the problem happened, but declined to identify the firm conducting the review.This year's annual meeting was supposed to be a victory lap for Bank of America, with many of its mortgage...
Mediocre Night at Sotheby's as a Third of the Art Fails to Sell ; Impressionist Works Were Not Quite Good Enough to Tempt Buyers
Despite active buying from Asian bidders, nearly a third of the stock went unsold at an auction in New York, the latest difficult moment for the auction house.It was another bumpy night at the spring auctions, the second of the week's evening sales of...
Michael Jackson Demos Revived in a Bionic Remix ; A New Album, 'Xscape,' Surrounds His Lost Voice with New Technology
A new album, "Xscape," surrounds his lost voice with new technology."Xscape," the new album credited to Michael Jackson, revolves around the familiar voice of a ghost mourned worldwide. That voice is airborne and supple, tenderly concerned, playful and...
Modern Art's Northern Fringe ; Post-World War I Show Highlights Works from Baltics and Scandinavia
The exhibition "Electromagnetic: Modern Art in Northern Europe, 1918-1931" at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, focuses on the avant-garde in Scandinavia and the Baltic States.In the aftermath of World War I, the social, political and artistic...
NBC Extends Olympics Rights into the Unknown ; $7.75 Billion Deal Covers Whatever Technologies Viewers Use until 2032
NBC will have the exclusive rights to broadcast six Games from 2022 to 2032 on whatever technology emerges between now and then.NBC Universal has agreed to pay $7.75 billion for the exclusive broadcast rights to the six Olympic Games from 2022 to 2032, highlighting...
New Arms to Battle Thieves ; Advances in Technology Bring Powerful Tools to the Search for Looted Art
With tools ranging from websites to satellilte imaging, organizations are now able to share information about missing artworks, allowing them to be recognized and, it is hoped, returned.The Division of Looted Art at Poland's Ministry of Culture is a small...
N.F.L. Draft Grows into a Colossus ; Once a Sleepy Roll Call, It Now Is a Spectacle Broadcast over 3 Days
Once a sleepy roll call for football insiders, the draft is now a three-day spectacle that commands months of intense interest.Imagine a sporting event that includes no bats, balls or fields, yet compels thousands of fans to wait hours for seats and...
Norway Snubs Dalai Lama in Deference to China
The Dalai Lama's trip to Norway this week was overshadowed by an uproar over the government's refusal to meet with him.CORRECTION APPENDED The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader in exile, began a visit to Norway this week to commemorate the...
Revealing Comments by Auditors
The United States is considering proposals to follow Britain on new rules requiring auditors to discuss the risks that companies face.Rolls-Royce -- the jet engine maker, not the car company -- used estimates and assumptions in its financial results...
Scientists Add 2 Letters to DNA, Expanding the Language of Life
Scientists reported creating for the first time an organism with artificial building blocks in its genetic code.Scientists reported Wednesday that they had taken a significant step toward altering the fundamental alphabet of life -- creating for the...
Seeking Justice, but Settling for Much Less
The United States Justice Department has grappled with how to bring accountability to top executives but often runs into roadblocks that it fails to surmount.Don't get too excited about bank indictments.The Justice Department is talking tough. In an...
Separatists in East Vow to Proceed with Referendum on Autonomy ; Announcement Comes after Putin Appears to No Longer Support Vote
The declaration comes after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had appeared to withdraw his support for the referendum.Antigovernment rebels in eastern Ukraine said on Thursday that they would proceed with a referendum this weekend seeking autonomy, even...
Separatists in Ukraine Vow to Vote on Autonomy ; Referendum Will Proceed despite Putin's Call for Delay, Rebel Leaders Say
Leaders of pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine said they would move ahead despite Vladimir V. Putin's plea to postpone the vote.Antigovernment rebels in eastern Ukraine said Thursday that they would proceed with a referendum this weekend seeking autonomy,...
Skepticism over Putin's Claims of Troop Pullback ; NATO Says No Evidence That Russian Forces Have Left Ukrainian Border
President Vladimir V. Putin said Russian troops had pulled back from the Ukrainian border, and he urged separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone their May 11 referendum.CORRECTION APPENDED President Vladimir V. Putin, faced with rising violence...
Soccer Coach Hopes She's the First of Many ; 'I Opened a Door Today' Says Woman Hired to Coach Men's Club
Helena Costa will be the first woman to coach a men's professional team in a major European market.Helena Costa, whose father did not like soccer and who often had to go to neighbors' homes to watch games, will become the first woman to coach a men's...
Still No. 1? Golf Rankings Reflect a Longer View ; Points System Covers 2 Years, Not Just What Player Has Done Lately
The world golf rankings, with a two-year rolling points system, are the rare perch offering athletes a place to rest on their laurels.In sports, you either win or you don't -- a rigid bottom line underlying the "what have you done for us lately" attitude exemplified...
Swiss Museum Learns It Will Get Art Trove Gathered under Nazis
In a surprise, a collection of hundreds of European artworks amassed under the Nazis has been bequeathed to an art museum in Bern, Switzerland.Cornelius Gurlitt left his collection of hundreds of European artworks -- amassed by his father under the Nazis...
Tested by Rising Seas, Miami Finds Itself Ankle-Deep in Climate Debate
A government report warns that South Florida faces severe damage from rising sea levels, but key politicians in Florida seem reluctant to address the problem.The sunny-day flooding was happening again. During high tide one recent afternoon, Eliseo Toussaint...
Thai Elections in Doubt after Ouster ; Ex-Premier May Face Ban from Politics as Officials Call for Her Impeachment
An emboldened antigovernment opposition continued its campaign for a suspension of democracy.The Election Commission of Thailand on Thursday cast doubt on elections tentatively set for July as proceedings to impeach the ousted prime minister took another...
Thanks to Draft, N.F.L. Never Leaves the Spotlight for Long ; Quandary Facing League: Will Gay Prospect Even Be Picked by a Team?
Michael Sam, a defensive end from Missouri who is openly gay, is considered a middle-round to late-round N.F.L. draft pick, and may not be drafted at all.The N.F.L. draft, an auction of athletic aptitude with primeval roots and prime-time appeal, was...
The Russians Love Their Children, Too
The middle-class parents I met didn't want to discuss Ukraine; they wanted to know the optimal age to start preschool.I've just been to Moscow, and I have a few things to report: Russians like parenting books. I was there to promote mine (and to speak...
U.N. Body to Discuss Ways to Track Flights over Oceans
Frustrated by the failure to find the Malaysian jetliner, the United Nations' civil aviation arm will discuss ways to track planes flying over the open sea.Frustrated and alarmed by the failure to find any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after...
Venice Palazzo Gets Modern Update While Keeping Its History ; 18 Luxury Apartments Have Touch-Screen Panels That 'Control Everything'
The 18 luxury apartments have contemporary features but kept traditional details such as the terrazzo floors.The tour of Palazzo Molin del Cuoridoro began on a small bridge with views of the palazzo and the gondolas gliding along the flat, green waters...
Waking from a Wall Street Dream ; Barclays Plans Big Cuts to Its Investment Bank as It Scales Back Ambitions
Antony P. Jenkins, chief executive of the British lender, is looking to reshape the bank and revive its image after a series of scandals.After decades of trying to build a Wall Street-scale global investment bank, Barclays announced a major retrenchment...
Working Wood in Grand Style ; Sculptor Opens Horizons with Monumental Pieces Created with Cedar
Ursula von Rydingsvard has opened new frontiers in sculpture, developing techniques of creating works through a combination of construction and carving.Ursula von Rydingsvard has opened new frontiers in sculpture, developing original techniques of creating...
Yellen Won't Be Pinned Down on Plans
In generally upbeat testimony, the Fed chairwoman said that after a hard winter, the economy was "on track for solid growth in the current quarter."Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, told Congress on Wednesday that the economy was growing...
Young Ukrainians Brush Aside Crisis and Look to the Future
In spite of the daily chaos, conflict and crisis, 20- and 30- somethings insist that Ukraine has a brighter future in store, and they say they can build it.The din of dire news from Ukraine's restive east and south tends to obscure people like Nataliya...
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