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Articles from April 22, 2014

A Brotherhood Inquiry in Bad Faith
Prime Minister David Cameron's investigation of British Islamists is a disingenuous attempt to curry favor with autocratic gulf allies.Imagine that an elected president is ousted by the military. That the president's party is declared a "terrorist" organization....
Afghan Tally Signals Likely Runoff for Presidency
Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani seem to be on track to enter a runoff for the presidency.A runoff election in the Afghan presidential race seems increasingly likely with the release of further partial returns by the Independent Election Commission,...
Airlines' Windfall from Unused Tickets Spurs Push for Candor in Pricing
The pot of gold for airlines is growing, with customers in the United States paying a total of $2.5 billion in cancellation fees alone in 2012.Here is the explanation for why I booked two one-way trips for the same day, from two different cities 2,500...
An Odd Hostility in the Americas
Brazil and the United States should be natural allies. They are not.Two vast countries in the same hemisphere, with the same can-do appetite for the future, populated by far-flung immigrants subsuming their differences into the same powerful sense of...
A Ray of Literary Hope on Italian TV
In recent decades television has done major cultural damage, but it may be our best tool for change.Last November, I found myself in a glass elevator speeding to the top of Turin's Mole Antonelliana tower. I wasn't there for the view: I had exactly 59...
AstraZeneca Spurns a Merger with Pfizer ; Analysts Are Divided on Whether Such a Union Would Even Make Sense
Even though the drug company has said no to a tie-up with Pfizer, analysts are divided on whether such a union would have made sense in the first place.The British drug company AstraZeneca has apparently said no to a tie-up with Pfizer, turning down...
Barclays Plans to Exit Commodities Business ; Bank Joins Other Lenders in Leaving That Arena Because of Falling Profits
Barclays is said to be planning to exit large parts of its commodities business, following other major investment banks that are struggling with falling profits.The British bank Barclays planned to announce on Tuesday that it would exit large parts of...
California Farms Struggle to Slake Growing Thirst ; Food Prices Set to Rise as Acres Are Left Fallow While Drought Worsens
A prolonged drought is forcing many California farmers to make difficult choices that could leave about 7 percent of the state's cropland fallow.This summer, Todd Allen's only crop will be Pima cotton.He and his brother, Joel, usually also grow cantaloupes...
California Watches Closely as City Fights Pension Giant ; San Bernardino Wants State Agency to Absorb Share of Bankruptcy Pain
Other struggling municipalities are watching closely as San Bernardino tries to reach a deal with Calpers, the agency that administers the state's huge pension system.When this bankrupt, working-class city took the unprecedented step in 2012 of stopping...
Cameron Talks of Faith but Draws a Backlash
The fuss fit into the kind of "identity debate" going on all over Western Europe in the face of more immigration, especially from non- Christian societies.Prime Minister David Cameron's effort to describe his own faith at Easter has backfired, with some...
Conquering Wind Energy ; on Crown Estate Land, a Nationwide Push to Harness Green Power
The Crown Estate, which owns property across Britain and is now independent of the British monarchy, is at the heart of the country's push into green energy.When William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, he could not have imagined what would happen...
Crimean Life Thrown into Confusion by Annexation ; Belonging to Russia Brings Long Lines as Well as Questions of Identity
One month after the lightning annexation, residents find themselves living not so much in a different state, Russia, as in a state of perpetual confusion.After Russia annexed Crimea practically overnight, the Russian bureaucrats handling passports and...
Determination Is the Winner at Boston Race ; Runners and Onlookers Undeterred by Memories of the Bombings Last Year
Meb Keflezighi, an American, and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the Boston Marathon on Monday amid heightened security and determination after last year's deadly bombings.Meb Keflezighi, a 38-year-old immigrant from war-torn Eritrea, became the first American...
Errors and Chaos as Ferry Sank ; Questionable Decisions by Crew Members Came amid Mechanical Failures
A portrait of the Sewol's last voyage is emerging from crew members and survivors, who paint a scene of rapidly building chaos as the ship sank.CORRECTIONS APPENDED Of all the images from the loss of a ferry in the cold waters off the southwest...
Euro-Zone Fiscal Colonialism
The European Commission has done Germany's bidding: featherbedding its banks at Southern Europe's expense.Last Tuesday, the European Parliament finally approved a mechanism for restructuring and closing down failed banks across the euro zone. But the...
Expectations Mount for iPhones with Bigger Screen ; Recent Talk Converges on Likelihood That Apple Will Offer 2 New Sizes
There is never a shortage of rumors about what Apple is up to, but it is rare for so many people to say they have heard precisely the same thing.Many people have developed an appetite for smartphones with larger screens, and expectations are growing...
For Afghan Newlyweds on the Run, a Brief Respite ; A Young Couple Fleeing Angry Relatives Find Hide-Out, but Not for Long
Mohammad Ali, 21, and Zakia, 18, are fugitives, but they are together at last, married after being kept apart by disapproving families.They eloped from their village in the Bamian Valley on the first day of spring, but their month on the run has taken...
Geopolitics, France and a Ship Order
For workers at a French shipyard building two Russian military ships, what matters above all are the jobs, not the politics of the Ukraine standoff.Here on the Atlantic Coast, workers at France's largest shipyard are closely following the standoff along...
Glaciers under Siege, Sculptor Turns to the Desert ; Self-Contained Structure Makes Artistic Statement While Recreating Nature
SunGlacier, a leaf-shaped sculpture by the Dutch artist Ap Verhaggen, has a built-in solar-powered refrigerator that produces water by freezing moisture from hot desert air.Over a career of more than 20 years, the Dutch artist and filmmaker Ap Verheggen...
Heat Start Title Defense with an Air of Vulnerability ; 2-Time Defending Champ Didn't Dominate This Year, but Still Finished 54-28
Questions asked over James's defense, over Bosh's propensity to disappear from the offense, over Wade's inability to supply big minutes.Seconds before the opening tip, Dwyane Wade ambled toward one of the baselines at American Airlines Arena, turned...
Hong Kong Finance Turns Political
Financial industry activists say Hong Kong's economic health and social integrity have been jeopardized by threats to news media and political cronyism.In this city awash with money from China, a former hedge fund manager, Edward C.K. Chin, hopes to...
Hospitals in U.S. Are Turning to House Calls for Palliative Care
Hospitals are sending physicians, nurses and social workers to patients' homes after they are discharged to provide better treatment and to cut costs.A relic from the medical past -- the house call -- is returning to favor as part of some hospitals'...
Hurricane Carter, Wrongly Jailed Boxer, Is Dead
Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction and who became an international cause celebre while imprisoned for 19 years, was 76.Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by...
If Cardinals Were an Orchestra, He Would Be the Conductor ; None Can Match Molina in the Subtle Things He Does to Help Win a Game
Yadier Molina of St. Louis is considered a master of improvisation, based on the clues he reads from his pitchers and opposing hitters.Baseball on television is nothing like basketball and football. In those sports, the primary camera angle shows most,...
In Reversal, General Mills Drops Legal Terms ; New Policy Was Criticized Widely for Affecting Consumers' Right to Sue
The food company said it would take down new terms it had posted on its website.General Mills, one of the largest United States food companies, has announced in a stunning about-face that it is withdrawing its controversial plans to make consumers give...
Internal Strife Roils Pakistani Taliban ; Violent Rifts Cast Doubt on Group's Ability to Talk Peace with Government
Since talks with government negotiators started last month, the question is not just whether the Taliban wish to deliver a deal, but whether they even can.When the Pakistani Taliban said they were willing to make peace, many Pakistanis were skeptical...
Jeb Bush's Moneymaking May Be a Hurdle
Mr. Bush's efforts to expand his wealth after he left office have thrust him into situations that may prove challenging to explain if he runs for president in 2016.As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company...
Lawmakers Extend Fight against U.S. Sex Crimes
As the congressional fight over military sexual assault recedes, lawmakers are widening their focus to crimes like college campus assaults, abuse of children and human trafficking.As the high-profile congressional fight over military sexual assault recedes,...
Looking Anew at 3 European Cities
Paris, London, Venice: hardly the most mysterious places on the planet. Yet beyond Notre Dame, Big Ben and the Basilica di San Marco lie hidden iterations of these well-trodden citiesParis, London, Venice: hardly the most mysterious places on the planet....
Magic Ebbs from Colombia Town That Molded Author's Work
For Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aracataca served as the model for the fictitious town of Macondo in "One Hundred Years of Solitude".Beyond the cellphone stores and the motorcycles buzzing like flies in the 100-degree heat, the hometown of Gabriel Garcia...
MoMA's Director Draws Fresh Critics ; Latest Expansion Project by Glenn D. Lowry Has Sharpened Complaints
The Museum of Modern Art's latest expansion has sharpened complaints from art critics, artists, architects and patrons about the museum's direction and its director, Glenn D. Lowry.Glenn D. Lowry, who will soon begin his 20th year running the Museum...
More Bloodshed Breaks Fragile Truce in Eastern Ukraine
The report of two more deaths came a day after at least three people died in a shootout, and an international observer mission was unable to enter the city of Donetsk.A city in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian militants descended into a deeper...
Naples, the Haven of Hand Work ; Tailors Find Inspiration in Personal Relationships with Clients Worldwide
Tailors find inspiration in their relationships with clients around the world.In a basement room on a street where motor bikes and honking horns drown out even the insistent church bells, Davide Tofani is working on a typical Neapolitan soft jacket....
Photos Link Masked Men in Ukraine to Moscow ; Growing Accusations Tie Them to Russian Military and Intelligence Forces
Despite Kremlin denials, photos and descriptions from eastern Ukraine suggest the armed "green men" there are Russian military and intelligence forces.For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as "green men" have seized Ukrainian...
Poverty Tightens Its Grip on Appalachia
McDowell County is a sobering reminder of how much remains broken in the United States, in drearily familiar ways and utterly unexpected ones.CORRECTION APPENDED When people visit with friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia, where paved...
President Keeps Distance from Eclectic Obama Clan
President Obama, who has in the past embraced his Kenyan roots, has kept his distance from his colorful and sometimes eccentric African relatives.The day after Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing...
Running out of Time on Climate
In an ominous report, the world's top scientists say a global energy revolution must begin within 15 years.Next year, in December, delegates from more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to take another shot at completing a new global treaty on climate...
Sigmar Polke Found and Tried Everything ; Retrospective Tries to Get a Handle on the German Artist
Get confused is the first and last message of "Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a retrospective on the German artist.Get confused is the first and last message of "Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010" at the Museum...
Silicon Valley Giants Seek to Resolve Antitrust Suit on Hiring
A deal appears to be imminent in an antitrust lawsuit that claims a pact of non-poaching involving Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe.After years of legal skirmishes, four leading Silicon Valley companies are scheduled to go on trial next month on claims...
Spare Us the Advice: Betrayed by the Technocrats
The world's poor have been betrayed by the technocrats in charge of global development, William Easterly writes.The Tyranny of Experts. Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. By William Easterly. 394 pages. Basic Books. $29.99.Almost...
Stung by Disaster, Sherpas Consider Strike ; Some Everest Guides See Nepalese Government's Payment Offer as Too Little
After an avalanche on Mount Everest killed at least 13 Sherpas, some guides proposed a work stoppage to protest the government's compensation offer.The 22 Sherpas who set out together toward Mount Everest's Camp 2 on Friday morning were "full of joy...
Sweden Turns Japanese
The sadomonetarists have transformed an economic success story into a tale of stagnation and deflation.Three years ago Sweden was widely regarded as a role model in how to deal with a global crisis. The nation's exports were hit hard by slumping world...
The Conductor Simon Rattle Rescues a Puccini Classic ; "Manon Lescaut" Gets High-Profile Production for Third Time in One Year
The Puccini opera, which has had several recent productions, has something to offer to those who love Puccini and to those who don't.What is it about Puccini's "Manon Lescaut"? The Rome Opera performed it in February with Anna Netrebko and Riccardo Muti; Covent...
The High Costs of Wasted Food ; despite Global Poverty, One Third of Production Is Never Consumed
Around the world, there is increasing awareness of the resources squandered to produce food that is never eaten.Chinese diners are posting pictures of empty plates online, urging friends not to order more than they can eat. South Korea is charging for...
This Season, Mourinho Displayed All His Sides ; A Key Moment Will Be If Chelsea Manager Can't Grasp a Top Europe Title
A key moment will be if the Chelsea manager can't grasp the Champions League title.Although the dismal portents over the Easter weekend suggested that his season might be in an irreversible meltdown in part because of his own untamed passions, this could...
Toronto's No.1 Fan, through Good and Bad ; Season Ticket Holder Has Cheered Team on since Franchise Started in '95
Nav Bhatia has been a season ticket holder since the franchise started in 1995, and he is a familiar face to both Raptors and opposing players.Nav Bhatia has watched a lot of bad basketball, the inevitable result of being a Toronto Raptors season-ticket...
Uber App Set Back in Europe
Court rulings in Germany and Belgium against the ride service Uber add to the obstacles the company already faces in the United States.The international expansion of the ride-hailing service Uber is not going as planned.On Thursday, a Berlin court banned...
Union Won't Appeal VW Vote ; U.A.W. Had Been Trying to Overturn Rejection of Unionization at Plant
The United Automobile Workers appeal of a vote against union representation at the plant had been scheduled to be heard Monday.The United Automobile Workers union unexpectedly announced Monday that it was dropping its effort to force a new unionization...
U.S. Backs Network to Foil Digital Surveillance
Since the mesh project began three years ago, its original aim -- foiling government spies -- has become an awkward subject for U.S. officials who backed it.This Mediterranean fishing town, with its low, whitewashed buildings and sleepy port, is an unlikely...
U.S. Group Drops Effort to Unionize a VW Plant
The United Automobile Workers appeal of a vote against union representation at the plant had been scheduled to be heard Monday.The United Automobile Workers union unexpectedly announced on Monday that it was dropping its effort to force a new unionization vote...
Where Gas Kingpins Cast a Long Shadow
With another energy crisis looming, brokers may not have the same political capital as before.Natural gas pricing wars between Russia and Ukraine, like the one breaking out now, have generally ended badly for the two countries and for Gazprom, the Russian...
Yes, There Is a Doctor on Board
A surgeon was on an international flight when a request was made to help a fellow passenger.When I travel, I try to remember a quotation often attributed to William Butler Yeats that there are no strangers, only friends you have not yet met.I'm a retinal...
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