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Articles from December 6, 2013

32 World Cup Coaches Anxiously Await Draw for '14 Finals ; Stakes Are High as All Hope for Beatable Foes in Event's Early Stages
The draw for the soccer tournament takes place Friday, and all 32 teams involved are hoping to avoid top-tier opponents in their first round.The World Cup draw has the anxiety of the N.C.A.A.'s Selection Sunday in college basketball mixed with the confusion...
A Division in Rugby, and in England
The shadings of English rugby reach beyond its image of mass pugilism and point to a persistent north-south divide in the country.To the untutored eye, there may be no immediate, evident distinction: Muscular players take to the field pursuing an oval ball...
A Late Encore for Village Troubadour ; A New Film Revives the Memory of the Folk Musician Dave Van Ronk
A new film by the Coen brothers revives the memory of a patron saint of folk music.CORRECTION APPENDED He was the big fish in the small pond that was the Greenwich Village folk music scene circa 1960, sought out and emulated by newcomers like...
American Retailers Look for Growth in Hispanic Market
Macy's joins media companies, political parties and other retailers that have been showering attention on the fast-growing Hispanic population in the United States.A few words used repeatedly start to sound like a chorus when Macy's talks about introducing...
Apps to Make Your Journey Smoother
From discovering Wi-Fi hot spots to booking last-minute hotels to finding restaurants at the next highway exit, these apps can help make travel a little easier.Many travel apps, while great in principle, are too complicated, wonky or simply not helpful...
A Run That Inspires a Gamut of Emotions ; Norwegian Has 3 Wins at Beaver Creek, but Also Had a Brutal Crash There
The Norwegian downhill skier Aksel Lund Svindal has had three victories at Beaver Creek, but also had a brutal crash there.On a cold, snowy day in mid-November at the Copper Mountain Speed Center in Frisco, Colo., a group of Swiss, Italian and German coaches...
A Villa in South of France's Cheaper Half ; Maison De Maitre Nestled amid Lavender and Olives Has Reduced Selling Price
The home is situated near Montpellier, an area that has seen prices stabilize after declining sharply during the global financial crisis.The Languedoc region of southern France has long been an alternative for prospective home buyers unwilling or unable...
Bangladesh Rivals Stir Worries ; Tensions over Elections Bring Perilous Impasse and International Concern
The poisonous rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia is eliciting growing international concern.The two ladies, as they are often known, had not spoken in years when aides arranged a telephone call recently...
Berenice Bejo Finds Her Voice
The actress Berenice Bejo, one of the stars of the silent film "The Artist" may have a shot - a long one, perhaps - at a nomination for an Oscar in the best-actress category for her role in "The Past."When Berenice Bejo talks about her 2012 Oscar loss...
Biden Assails China for Its Stance on Journalists ; Withholding of Visas Draws Rebuke as He Raises the Issue Directly with XI
The vice president raised the issue as Beijing withholds accreditation for journalists from The New York Times and Bloomberg News.CORRECTION APPENDED Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has taken up the cause of foreign correspondents facing...
Bitcoin Banned from Chinese Banks ; Officials Say Virtual Cash Poses Risks, but People Are Allowed to Trade It
Chinese banks were banned on Thursday from using Bitcoin. The government said people could use it for trade but must take full responsibility for any problems.China moved on Thursday to restrict its banks from using Bitcoin as currency, citing concerns...
Breaking Down the World Cup Draw ; Top 8 Teams Are Seeded by Strength, with the Rest of the Field Set by Regions
The draw may seem confusing, but one thing is certain: No one wants to be the one European team that is placed in the same pot as the African and South American countries.Not long after the 32-team field for the 2014 World Cup was settled in November,...
Buyers Rush to Cash in on China's Pile of Bad Debt
A huge bet on China's bad debt shows a shifting approach of Hong Kong investors.The hottest deal among investors in Hong Kong this year is a huge bet that a slowdown of the Chinese economy will create a new wave of bad debt.On Thursday, China Cinda Asset...
By Focusing on the Long Term, Europe Missed out in Ukraine
But the protests show the lure of shifting allegiances more toward Europe remains strong among many, if not a majority, of Ukrainians.Beyond igniting mass protests among Ukrainians, their government's decision to spurn closer ties with the European...
Car Bomb and Gunfire Hit Yemeni Defense Ministry
A car bomb detonated at one entrance to the building, and attackers on foot opened fire at another, leaving at least 20 people dead, news reports said.Assailants launched a two-pronged attack on the Yemeni Defense Ministry's headquarters here on Thursday,...
China, Japan and a Pile of Rocks
Old hatreds and new weaponry are creating dangers in the Pacific, and drawing in America.When I studied Chinese many years ago, my teacher in Beijing explained to me the meaning of the word "hen" for hatred: It's the way we Chinese feel about Japan.And,...
Diplomats Charged in $1.5 Million Graft Scheme ; Russians and Spouses Alleged to Have Falsified Medicaid Applications
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan says the Russians illegally obtained $1.5 million in benefits.The federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid...
Door in China Opens for Apple's iPhone
The world's largest cellular operator has received a license to use 4G technology in China, and many analysts expect a deal with Apple soon.China Mobile, the world's largest cellular operator, has received a license from the Chinese government to run...
Do You Get in Any Reading over the Holidays?
Anna Holmes and Pankaj Mishra on travel, solitude and guilty pleasures.Anna HolmesThe ugly truth about my holiday reading routine is that I make every attempt to avoid reading holiday books. Listen, there are lots of ways I could answer this question...
Egypt's Latest Constitution
After dabbling in democracy, Egyptians face the choice of reverting to a security state.Egyptians are squandering another chance to build a broadly inclusive democratic system with the latest constitutional revisions. The new charter defies the revolutionary...
E.U. Panel Backs Bank Nominee
If the full European Parliament backs her next week, Daniele Nouy of France will take over the thorny job of overseeing the largest banks in the euro zone.Daniele Nouy, the French official proposed to lead Europe's new banking regulator, on Thursday...
Finance Groups Sue over Derivatives Push
Banking trade groups have filed a lawsuit that challenges new guidelines put in place recently by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.Banking trade groups, fearful of a push by the United States to scrutinize the overseas trading activities of large...
For E.C.B., a Day Comes to Look on Bright Side ; Central Bank Assessment of Euro Zone Fits Upbeat U.S. and Britain Reports
The central bank chief's euro zone assessment fit with upbeat economic reports from the United States and Britain.On a day when much of the world economy looked a bit brighter, even the European Central Bank on Thursday could offer a more optimistic...
For Ukrainian Activists, a Holy Sanctuary
Unlike the coziness of the Orthodox Church in Russia with the state, Ukraine's Orthodox Church opposes the government and backs ties with the European Union.After helmeted riot police stormed Independence Square here early Saturday, spraying tear gas,...
France Takes First Step against Paying for Sex ; Lower House Backs Bill, but Prostitutes and Others Stake out Their Opposition
After months of debate, the French Parliament took the first step in criminalizing the purchase of sex, approving a package of legislation to discourage prostitution.After months of heated debate, the French Parliament's lower house has taken the first...
Get off the Budget Treadmill
Biennial budgets bring better policy planning and less political bickering.There is no denying that America's chronic fiscal problems are political rather than economic in nature. It is politics that explains why, according to the Congressional Budget...
G.M. to Pull Back on Chevy Sales in Europe
Starting in 2016, the automaker will focus on its Opel and Vauxhall brands in a bid to trim losses.General Motors said Thursday that it planned to scale back its Chevrolet brand in Europe over the next three years as it strives to stanch losses and become...
Gunmen Kill U.S. Citizen Working at Libya School ; Victim Was Teaching Chemistry in Benghazi; Motive Is Undetermined
Authorities have yet to give a motive for the killing of the victim, who was out jogging and had been teaching at the International School in Benghazi.Gunmen on Thursday shot and killed a United States citizen who had been working as a teacher in an...
Head of Deutsche Unit in Tokyo Is Arrested on Bribery Charge
The head of Deutsche Bank's Tokyo unit was arrested Thursday on bribery charges, along with a local pension fund manager.An employee of Deutsche Bank's brokerage unit here was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of showering a local pension fund manager with...
How to Make LinkedIn Work for You
The networking site for professionals is "the next-generation resume" and a way to connect with potential clients or employers.If you've ever attended a local business networking breakfast in hopes of making new contacts or finding a new job, you'll...
In Mexico, Truck with Radioactive Load Is Found
After a two-day search, a Mexican nuclear official said the missing radioactive isotope that had been aboard a stolen truck was found.The theft of a truck carrying radioactive material, the kind used in hospitals but also potentially as a dirty bomb,...
In Tripoli's Public Square
Libyans are finally taking to the streets of the capital to push back against militias and fundamentalists.I thought we had accomplished something bold. Twenty minutes earlier, we had finished screening several short films against violence on a makeshift...
Investors, and Swindlers, Flock to Bitcoin ; Virtual Currencies Ripe for Fraud, but Authorities Have Taken Little Notice
Frauds are hard to track in markets for virtual currencies, where there is an increasing amount of real money but few rules and even less oversight.The call went out on Twitter on a recent Monday night: "For insane profits come and join the pump."This...
Iran Uses Its Charm Offensive to Mend Ties ; Foreign Minister Tours Gulf Region, Trying to Undo Years of Tensions
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is touring the region, trying to undo years of tensions with Arab neighbors, which harbor deep suspicions of Tehran.Iran's top diplomat, who only last month brokered a groundbreaking nuclear deal with the...
Is Rouhani an Iranian Gorbachev?
Tehran might be trying to find a new balance between the street and the mosque.The young woman walking down the steps of the Niavaran Palace in Tehran glares angrily into the sun. She has just finished a tour through the splendor and Versailles-like...
Kerry Floats Security Deal to Israelis in Peace Accord
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed security arrangements that could be put in place in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, a move that seemed to signify a more active American role in Israeli- Palestinian talks.Secretary of State John Kerry said...
McIlroy Rediscovers Form and Gains New Perspective
Rory McIlroy, who began the season ranked No. 1 in the world but has since fallen to No. 6, earned his first victory of 2013 at the Australian Open.For Rory McIlroy, fans shouting his name have become background noise, as natural as the pounding surf...
Miami Museum's Rival: The Beach ; Design of City's Art Gallery Makes a Virtue of Limited Collection and Remote Site
Challeneged by its location and limited art collection, the Perez Art Museum Miami needed a design that would attract visitors on its own.Visitors who turn off Biscayne Boulevard at the entranceway to the new Perez Art Museum Miami may wonder for a moment...
Microsoft Produces a Tablet Winner
The company tries again with the Surface, and this time gets it right.I can't be the only person who needs fewer gadgets in his life.Over the past decade, my home has turned into an electrical- outlet battle zone, with family members bouncing one another...
Minorities Are New Face of H.I.V. in U.S. ; among Young Gay Men, 80% of Newly Infected Are Black or Hispanic
The AIDS epidemic in the United States is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men.The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex...
Mobile Cash Catching on in India ; Ease of Making Payments with Ordinary Cellphones Attracts Millions of Users
India's huge population, broad use of cellphones and low airtime rates soon could make it the world's largest market for wireless money transfers.In a narrow room filled with acrid fumes in one of the world's largest slums, Chinak Ramtheol earns about...
N.S.A. Said to Track Millions outside U.S. ; Eavesdropping Agency Collects 5 Billion Records on Cellphones Each Day
The National Security Agency is tracking cellphones abroad to find suspicious activities by intelligence targets, according to files leaked by Edward J. Snowden.The National Security Agency is tracking the location and movements of hundreds of millions...
Obama on Economic Inequality
The president says he will devote the rest of his term to the crucial issue of social mobility.The issues that have obsessed Washington for the last few months - - the government shutdown, the broken health care website, the stalemated Congress -- mean...
Officials Report Central African Republic Battle
Gunfire was heard early Thursday in Bangui, the capital, on the eve of a United Nations vote about authorizing a larger force there.Gunfire, at times heavy, was heard on Thursday morning in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on the...
OPEC, Foreseeing No Surplus, Agrees to Keep Oil Production Level Steady
The big exporters, meeting in Vienna, saw no reason to make changes that would affect prices, which have held relatively high this year.Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have agreed to leave their combined daily quota for...
Paul Aussaresses, 95, Algeria Torturer
Gen. Paul Aussaresses wrote a book describing in graphic detail torture and executions by the French in the 1950s.Gen. Paul Aussaresses, who stunned France in 2000 when he asserted that he had cold-bloodedly tortured and summarily executed dozens of...
Pope Plans Commission to Help Tackle Sexual Abuse ; His First Move to Address Issue Comes Days after Criticism by a U.N. Panel
Pope Francis and his closest advisers appear to want to be seen to be tackling the sexual abuse issue with greater firmness than in the past.Pope Francis will set up a commission to advise him on protecting children from sexually abusive priests and...
Preparing to Pay the Price for Emissions ; Big Oil and Large Firms Split from Conservatives with Carbon Tax Plans
The departure from conservative orthodoxy reflects growing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters.CORRECTION APPENDED More than two dozen of the biggest corporations in the United States, including the five major...
Push for $15 Wage in U.S. Fast Food Stirs Debate over Effects
Restaurant executives, labor leaders and economists disagree over whether raising wages would sharply increase fast-food prices and reduce employment.As fast-food workers planned yet another round of one-day strikes on Thursday in cities around the United...
Ruling Jolts Assumptions and Promises on Pensions
In a wide-ranging decision that is rippling across the nation's states and cities, a bankruptcy judge said the Detroit city could cut retiree pensions.Someday, Detroit's bankruptcy may well be seen as the start of an era of broken promises.For years,...
Solar Batteries Offered to Reduce Power Costs
The solar power system uses batteries to allow businesses to use stored electricity in times of highest demand, when power utilities charge higher prices for electricity.Commercial building owners, even those who reduce their overall energy use, have...
Thai King Urges Unity; Rallies Pause
The antigovernment rallies that have left five people dead took a pause to allow celebrations for the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Antigovernment demonstrations that have left five people dead and several hundred injured over the past week...
The New Buzzword in Surfing: Safety ; Riders of Big Waves Gather at Summit to Trade Tips on How to Survive
The Big Wave Safety Summit, now in its third year, advises surfers on the newest strategies and equipment for improving safety in a dangerous sport.Surfers around the world descend every winter on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, where a five-mile...
Top German Official Assails Co-Head of Deutsche Bank
Wolfgang Schauble, the German finance minister, took aim at the co-chairman of Deutsche Bank, one of several banks fined for rigging interest rates.Wolfgang Schauble, the German finance minister, made a sharp and unusually personal attack on Thursday...
U.K. Finance Chief Claims Victory ; Chancellor of Exchequer Says Austerity Measures Work, and Vows More
The chancellor of the Exchequer says the government's austerity budget is working, and he vows more of the same.With growth in Britain steaming ahead of its Continental rivals, the chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, claimed victory Thursday...
U.N. to Add Troops in Central African Republic ; Fighting Erupts in Capital Just before Unanimous Vote by Security Council
Fighting broke out in Bangui, the capital, just before the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to expand a force in the country.Fighting tore through parts of the capital of the Central African Republic on Thursday, hours before the...
U.S. Calls for Tighter Global Bank Rules
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew says the overhaul of the financial system is close to reaching its goal of shielding society from dangers posed by giant banks.The United States Treasury secretary, Jacob J. Lew, on Thursday urged Europe and Asia to match...
U.S. Colleges Are Tested by Overseas Partnerships ; Schools, Seeking Revenue, Largely Wring Hands in Academic Freedom Debate
As skirmishes over academic freedom become more common, U.S. universities are showing that they are driven by administrations and money.The Wellesley College faculty reacted strongly when word spread that Peking University might fire Professor Xia Yeliang,...
U.S. Escalates Effort to Counter Qaeda Recruitment in West
The State Department is stepping up efforts to combat violent extremists' recruiting of English speakers in cyberspace.Concerned by the attempts of Al Qaeda and its global affiliates to attract more Americans and other Westerners, the United States State...
U.S. Report on Growth Is Unexpectedly Rosy ; Changes in Inventory Largely Fuel Revision in Quarterly Figure to 3.6%
The 3.6 percent increase reported for the third quarter was the fastest growth since the first quarter of 2012, and well above the initial reading of 2.8 percent.The United States economy expanded much faster than first thought in the third quarter,...
U.S. Warns over Use of Sponsored Content ; Digital Ads That Resemble Articles Pose Challenge for Viewers and Regulators
Faced with digital advertising that is intended to look like news articles and features, the United States government is warning advertisers that it will enforce vigorously rules against misleading advertising.What happens when advertising stops being...
Washington Never Slept Here, but He'd Recognize the Place ; Reproduction in France of Mount Vernon Has Some Modern Touches
A reproduction of Mount Vernon in France has some modern touches.In this affluent suburb between Paris and Versailles, there is one prestigious property that is distinctly different from its Gallic neighbors.Mount Vernon, which stands behind a white...
Web Firms Race to Tighten Their Security after Snowden Leaks ; Yahoo and Microsoft Are the Latest to Upgrade Safeguards for Data
In the era of revelations of mass government surveillance, companies are competing to show people how well their data is protected from prying eyes.When Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's chief executive, recently announced the company's biggest security overhaul...
Winter Games, Caucasian Misery
A wave of repression before the Olympics is inflicting deep damage.The Black Sea resort of Sochi, with its breathtaking views of the nearby Caucasus Mountains, was once a favorite holiday destination of Communist Party bosses in the Soviet era. Now reincarnated...
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