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Articles from April 7, 2014

A Brittle Calm Settles in Syria ; Assad, with Upper Hand against Rebels, Still Faces Deep Political Grievances
The government claims it is winning the war and is offering reconciliation to repentant opponents. Some are accepting.The change of atmosphere here in the Syrian capital is unmistakable. The boom of shelling no longer dominates the days and nights. Tensions...
A First in Irish-British Relations ; in Reciprocal Gesture, President to Make State Visit to London
Ireland's president, Michael D. Higgins, is to arrive London on Monday for the first state visit to Britain by an Irish president in a sign of the continued warm relations between the two countries.Ireland's president, Michael D. Higgins, is to arrive...
A Summer Semester Online Offered by 13 Universities
A group of 13 United States and foreign universities has teamed up with 2U, an online education provider, to offer online undergraduate summer courses.A group of 11 United States universities, plus Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland and the University...
Breast Cancer Drug Appears Promising ; in Study, Pfizer Product Delays Disease's Progress; Further Tests Called For
In a clinical trial, a drug created by Pfizer cut in half the risk that cancer would worsen, although it did not appear to prolong survival by a statistically significant amount, researchers said.Researchers say a new type of drug can help keep advanced...
Cash-for-Citizenship in Malta Stirs Security Fears ; Program Could Allow Criminals or Terrorists into Europe, Critics Say
Critics fear the program could open a door into Europe and the United States for swindlers, criminals or terrorists.A program in Malta that offers citizenship for cash is raising concern among officials who fear it could open a back door into Europe...
Civil Rights Sins to Be Curated by a Sinner ; Mississippi Plans to Open State-Run Museum, but There's Much Skepticism
Mississippi officials hope that a state-operated civil rights museum scheduled to open in 2017 will be a symbol that the state is reckoning with its past.In the woods off Monroe Road, a truck is so rusted that it is melting into the earth. It was Vernon...
College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change ; Environmental Studies Can Be Combined with Disciplines like Literature
A growing number of United States university courses are using the creative arts, including "climate fiction," to respond to what many students consider one of society's central challenges.University courses on global warming have become common, and...
Connected, for Better or for Worse
Several entrepreneurs are developing apps to tap a market not yet fully explored by mobile communication: couples.Last Sunday, I spent a lazy afternoon with my boyfriend. We chatted while I made brunch, discussed the books we were reading, laughed at...
Country Music Sheds Its 'Hick' Stereotype ; Audience Has Grown Stronger, Younger and More Mainstream in U.S
Country music's audience has become more hip, a fact that has not escaped the notice of media companies, which have doubled down on the genre.On the radio, it has displaced Top 40 as America's most popular musical format.Its biggest star is Taylor Swift,...
Driving an iTesla on the Surface of Mars, and Other Ideas for Apple's Cash
Apple has $159 billion in cash and little apparent desire to spend it. If it did, what could it buy?Big technology companies have a problem anyone would love to have: They are sitting on vast amounts of cash. According to a report by Moody's Investors...
Fighting Technology's Man Culture ; in Computer Engineering, Women Can Be Outsiders in an Alpha-Male Society
Even after so many barriers have fallen for women, the computer industry remains behind.Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged. She was at a friend's house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch...
For C.I.A., Drone Wars Are Hard to Give Up ; Effort to Refocus Agency on Espionage and Analysis Prove Difficult
Despite avowals about the need to refocus the agency on its original missions, the paramilitary operations prove hard to give up.In the skies above Yemen, the Pentagon's armed drones have stopped flying, a result of the ban on American military drone strikes...
For Confident Comcast, a Few 'Serious Questions' over Its Megamerger Plans
Comcast is feeling pretty confident about its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, but some reasonable concerns deserve to be addressed.It is hard to say how rugged the questions will be when Comcast goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday...
Francis Bacon's Moment ; with New Triptych Sale, Will Prices for the Artist Continue to Soar?
After the record-breaking sale of "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" in November, Christie's will include another trio of Bacon's canvases in its next flagship sale of contemporary art in the United States.Francis Bacon triptychs are like London buses....
G.M. Recalls Prompt Scrutiny of Regulator ; National Safety Agency Is Asked Why It Neglected to Open a Formal Inquiry
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is facing questions over its handling of the General Motors scandal involving defective ignition switches.There is a truism in Washington that was confirmed last week in Congress: Even less popular than...
Hamilton Again Beats Rosberg as Mercedes Rules Bahrain
Mercedes added to its one-two punch in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton outdueled his teammate Nico Rosberg for the second straight Grand Prix race.It may have been the first night race in Bahrain, and the third race run in the spotlighted darkness for Formula...
Her First, and Last, Book
A young woman with a lesson for graduates about the meaning of life.Two years ago, Marina Keegan's life brimmed with promise. She was graduating with high honors from Yale University, already a precocious writer about to take up a job at The New Yorker.She...
In a First, Stadlers Hold Family Reunion at Augusta National
Kevin Stadler is playing in his first Masters this week. His father, Craig, the 1982 champion, said this year's would probably be his last.For Craig Stadler and his firstborn, Kevin, golf is the multivitamin that renews their father-and-son relationship....
Injury Specter Looms over Top Stars
A knee injury Saturday to Southampton's Jay Rodriguez underscores the way the specter of injury looms over potential World Cup stars globally.It is the best and the worst of times in a young man's career.Jay Rodriguez has been in the form of his life...
In Rural Districts, Fear and Apathy ; Many Polling Sites Close amid Taliban Threats and Frustration with Leaders
In some rural districts, residents were too frightened by insurgents' threats to punish voters or too disenchanted with the government to vote.While polling centers across Kabul and other Afghan cities were celebrating record turnouts, Tahir Khan, a...
It's Impossible to Make Everyone a Winner
Kim Bowers is the chief executive of CST Brands, a gas-station and convenience-store retailer.Kim Bowers is the chief executive of CST Brands, a gas-station and convenience-store retailer.Q. Did you know what career you wanted to pursue when you were in...
Japan-China Feud Ensnares U.S. ; Beijing Bars Tokyo from Pacific Fleet Parade, So Americans Opt out, Too
China this month will host the Western Pacific Naval Symposium but says Japan won't be allowed to join the fleet review.Heading to China for his first trip as the American secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel is finding himself in the middle of a feud that would...
Japan's Death Row
The Hakamada case puts a devastating spotlight on a complacent justice system.The world's longest-serving death row inmate, Iwao Hakamada, was released after 48 years in prison, when a judge last month found that "the possibility of his innocence has...
Jet Search Focuses on Possible Undersea Signals
Chinese and Australian vessels were said to have detected signals three times, but there was no confirmed link to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.The Australian authorities coordinating the multinational hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane...
Lagos by Bus: Theater of Chance
Though danfos are robbed at gunpoint from time to time, they do offer moments when people unite.Ojuelegba, one of the city's major crossroads, never sleeps. At 5 a.m. the beer parlors are still open, even as hawkers begin clogging the sidewalks with...
Like, Degrading Language?
Casual American speech is becoming more polite and more subtle.If there is one thing that unites Americans of all stripes, it is the belief that, whatever progress our country might be making, we are moving backward on language. Just look at the crusty...
New Replay Setup Doesn't Seek Perfection
Some challenges of umpires' on-field rulings have been resolved within two minutes, while others have taken longer. Managers are learning to cope.The least shocking news of the first full week of the baseball season should be this: The new instant replay...
Peter Matthiessen, 86, Prize-Winning Author and Naturalist
His nonfiction explored the remote wilds of the world, and his prize-winning fiction often placed his mysterious protagonists in the heart of those wilds.CORRECTION APPENDED Peter Matthiessen, a roving author and naturalist whose impassioned...
Putin's Czarist Folly
This Crimean adventure may, like that of Nicholas I, end in humiliation for Russia.Russian school textbooks praise Peter the Great as an industrializer and cultural visionary who turned his country into a European power. Russia became feared but also...
Questions on Stripping Britons of Citizenship ; with Nationality Revoked, Terrorism Suspects Are Killed in Strikes Abroad
Prime Minister David Cameron's government is pushing legislation, scheduled to be debated in the House of Lords on Monday, that would give it additional flexibility to use the power.The letter informing Mohamed Sakr that he had been stripped of his British...
Sheldon: Iran's Best Friend
How Sheldon Adelson and Iran are both trying to destroy Israel.It occurred to me the other day that the zealously pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, actually have one big thing in common. They are...
Sports Concussions Spur a Debate in Europe
Debate over growing research linking brain trauma to sports injuries has spread from America to Europe, with some resistance from rugby and soccer officials.The debate over how to respond to the growing research linking brain trauma to injuries sustained...
Tending Their Wounds but Vowing to Fight on ; Recovering in Hospitals in 4 Countries, Ukraine Protesters Recall Violence
Several Ukrainians who were hurt during fighting were sent to other countries to recover. They say that they are chafing at being away from the action.CORRECTION APPENDED Shot twice at the bloody denouement of Ukraine's revolution, Yuri Kravchuk...
The Statistical Anomaly That Is Buffett, the Alpha Investor
A new statistical analysis of Warren E. Buffett's record at Berkshire Hathaway has come up with some fascinating insights.Warren Buffett is probably the most famous investor of his generation, and for good reason: His track record over the long term is...
Through a Child's Eyes, Survival during a Horrific War
It is the details that make Kenan Trebincevic's book, "The Bosnia List," a primer on the war in the former Yugoslavia, so painful to read.The Bosnia List. A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return. By Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro. Illustrated. 320 pages....
Travel Advice from Wonder Woman
In a recent conversation, the former "Wonder Woman" -turned jazz singer talked about keeping fit on the road and traveling at her own pace.Although most people know Lynda Carter from her memorable role in the "Wonder Woman" television series, she has...
Underdogs -- and Cats -- to Vie for N.C.A.A. Title ; Huskies Defeat Florida, the Top Overall Seed, for Second Time This Season
A year ago the UConn Huskies, under a postseason ban, refused to watch the N.C.A.A. tournament. This year they conquered Florida to play for the title.During the singing of the national anthem before the first national men's semifinal game, Connecticut's...
U.N. Leader Urges Action in Central African Republic
Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui, the capital, over the weekend in an effort to drum up world support to stanch the widening sectarian conflict.The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in the Central African Republic over the weekend in...
U.S. Reaches out to China on Cyberwar ; Officers from Beijing Get Briefing in Effort to Avoid Future Escalations
The idea was to allay Chinese concerns about the 6,000 American cyberwarriors the Pentagon plans to deploy around the world by the end of 2016, and to prompt the Chinese to give Washington a similar briefing.In the months before Defense Secretary Chuck...
Vivendi Picks Altice in Hostile Fight for SFR ; Loser in Bidding Contest, Bouygues, Refuses to Give Up Battle for Mobile Unit
Vivendi's decision to chose Altice as the winning bidder for its SFR mobile phone unit reflected a desire to avoid the regulatory headaches a teaming with Bouygues could have caused.In choosing Altice as the winner in a bitter contest for its SFR mobile...
Voters Weigh Policies over Religion in Indonesia ; Islamic Parties Continue to Weaken in a Country That's Heavily Muslim
For Indonesia's upcoming elections, polls suggest that Islamic- based parties may experience their worst showing since the country's democratic era began in 1999.Last September, ultraconservative Islamic groups telegraphed their power, railing against...
Why Leave a Great Paper? Because Journalists Need New Tools
Ezra Klein left a high-profile position at The Washington Post to start a new website, Vox.com, lured in large part by a superior publishing system.Ask Ezra Klein what prompted him to leave a high-profile position at The Washington Post to start a new...
With Late 3-Pointer, Kentucky Edges Wisconsin ; Another Late 3-Pointer from Aaron Harrison Puts a Young Kentucky in Final
Their N.C.A.A. semifinal was like a heavyweight fight between Wisconsin's wisdom and Kentucky's youth, with no telling who would win until the final buzzer.Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan had a player once who wanted to leave college early and go to the N.B.A....
With Turnout, Voters Defy Taliban ; across Much of Country, Afghans Flock to Polls to Elect Karzai Successor
The election will mark the first time Afghans have changed their leader at the polls in modern times as Hamid Karzai's dozen years in power end.Defying a campaign of Taliban violence that unleashed 39 suicide bombers in the two months before Election...
Yes He Can, on Immigration
There is much President Obama can do to repair the immigration system on his own.With nearly two million removals in the last five years, the Obama administration is deporting people at a faster pace than has taken place under any other president. This...
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