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Articles from December 11, 2014

2 Recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize Get Awards ; Indian Rights Campaigner and Pakistani Education Activist Appear in Oslo
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist, and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner for the rights of children, were honored at Oslo City Hall.They came from lands that had fought wars against each other, and that still skirmish -- an older...
A Bonanza of Holiday Discounts for Shoppers, but Very Few Actual Deals
Many items that look like holiday-season steals are in fact not. A watchdog group found under 1 percent of the "deals" it looked at actually were.On the American shopping holiday of Black Friday, Kohl's offered what looked like a terrific deal on the...
A Critic of 'Fat Cats' Is Painted as One
James J. Cramer, co-founder of TheStreet.com and supporter of the "little guy," is painted as just another greedy Wall Street executive.James J. Cramer, the frenetic host of "Mad Money" on CNBC and co- founder of TheStreet.com, has always argued that...
Afghan Census Doesn't Just Count headsAfghan Census Doesn't Just Count Heads ; Canvassers Duck Taliban, Push Surnames and Wait for Men to Come homeCulture Plays a Big Role as Surnames Are Lacking and the Taliban Lurk
Culture is a census obstacle: Many Afghans lack surnames, most do not know their birthday, and women will not speak if their husbands are out.Khaliddudin, who like many Afghans goes by a single name, has already picked out a second name to go alongside...
Airlines Expect Big Rise in Profits in 2015 ; Cheaper Fuel and Growth in Global Economy Will Help, Industry Group Says
A 26 percent jump in collective profit was forecast by an industry group, which also estimated that passengers would see fares drop 5 percent on average.The sharp drop in oil prices and stronger global economic growth are expected to bolster airline...
An Actress Hones a Rock 'N' Roll Vibe
The young British actress, now a star of "The Theory of Everything," spurns plunging necklines for gamine grace.NAME: Felicity JonesFILM:"The Theory of Everything"BACKGROUND:At 31, Ms. Jones, an Oxford graduate, has already been acting for 20 years,...
A Push to Put Men in Spotlight ; Designers Are Seeking to Create a New Fashion Week in New York
Men's wear designers in New York are agitating for a fashion week of their own.Men's wear designers of America: Uncle Sam wants you -- for New York Men's Week this summer. Though the calendar is strafed with sequential and ever- lengthening international...
A Record of Torture and Lies
An investigation into the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program reveals depravity that is hard to comprehend.The world has long known that the United States government illegally detained and tortured prisoners after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,...
Armenians Poised to Join Putin-Backed Trade Bloc ; Group of Ex-Soviet States Is Seen as an Alternative to the European Union
Russia's lower house of Parliament voted to allow the former Soviet republic to join the Eurasian Economic Union.Russia's lower house of Parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a treaty allowing Armenia to join a trade bloc of former Soviet...
At C.I.A., Conflicts over Use of Torture ; Senate Report Reveals Depths of Infighting and Deception at Agency
The report paints a devastating picture of an agency that was ill equipped to question terrorism suspects, bungled the job and misrepresented the results.In January 2003, 10 months into the Central Intelligence Agency's secret prison program, the agency's...
Ban on Uber Puts Burden on Travelers
Uber is staying put, and by making it illicit, the government has probably relieved the company of the pressure to ensure the safety of its users.There is never a bad time to state a plain fact. Uber is a greater friend of urban women in India than the...
Big Concessions Mark U.S. Deal on Spending
Campaign finance changes are among dozens of compromises that have cheered industries like coal and finance while infuriating watchdogs and environmental groups.The $1.1 trillion spending agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday night...
Bills Cheerleaders Fight for Wages and Respect
One former cheerleader said she made $420 for 800 hours of work and that what was required of her made her feel "like a piece of meat."Alyssa cannot recall the precise moment she realized her dream gig as a Buffalo Bills cheerleader had turned into a...
Bloomberg's Longtime Chief to Exit ; Editor of the Economist Is Named to Replace the Head of the Newsroom
After nearly 25 years as a force at Bloomberg News, Matthew Winkler will become editor in chief emeritus to make way for John Micklethwait.In September, when Michael R. Bloomberg reassumed control of the company he left while serving three terms as New...
BP Joins Cost-Cutting Trend as Price of Oil Falls Further
Faced by difficult market conditions, the British oil giant is to spend $1 billion on restructuring.As oil prices continue to fall, the British oil company BP said on Wednesday that it would eliminate jobs and take $1 billion in restructuring charges...
British Plan to Rein in Tax Dodgers Is under Fire ; Critics Say Legislation Undercuts International Effort Led by O.E.C.D
The O.E.C.D., which is seeking an international deal on such issues, said it would have been better to await the outcome of its talks.CORRECTION APPENDED Business groups warned Britain's government on Wednesday that it risked undermining international...
Bush Approved, but Was Kept in Dark, Report Says ; Senate Study Suggests He Was Misled on Extent of Interrogation Tactics
Documents examined by a Senate committee portray a White House that approved the brutal questioning of suspects but was misled about the program.For four years, according to Central Intelligence Agency records, no one from the agency ever came to the...
Calendar Apps for Setting Your Agenda for the Days, Weeks or Months Ahead
Among other things, calendar apps let users make entries through natural language and arrange conference calls.Smartphones are slimmer and smarter calendar managers and event planners than the options of yore. But calendar apps can vary greatly.Sunrise...
C.I.A. Defenders Say Program Saved Lives ; Ex-Officials with Agency Quick to Counterattack against Senate Report
The agency stood by its longstanding view that tactics such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation had helped disrupt terrorist plots.Senator Dianne Feinstein was still speaking on the Senate floor about the Intelligence Committee's report excoriating...
Climate Fiction Fantasy
The real stretch? The idea that humanity will be able to remove itself from the disaster.The end is near.At least, Hollywood seems to think so. When it comes to the steady unraveling of essential earth systems -- ocean health collapsing, biodiversity...
Club Drug Being Used to Treat Depression
Some see ketamine as an effective drug for some patients and others see it as a dangerous hallucinogenic that has not been studied enough.It is either the most exciting new treatment for depression in years or it is a hallucinogenic club drug that is...
Compound in Airbags Has Long Vexed Takata ; Supplier's Patents Show Struggle to Tame Unstable Mixture Used in Inflater
For nearly two decades, the company has struggled to tame ammonium nitrate, an inexpensive but unstable compound used to inflate its airbags.For nearly two decades, Takata has struggled to tame an inexpensive but unstable compound thought to play a central...
Considering Reality TV as a Hip-Hop Incubator
Hip-hop reality TV shows have helped to develop and revive the musical careers of K. Michelle and Omarion, who both have new albums.Perhaps the most preposterous part of the reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," the first season of which concluded...
Cubs Snag Top Pitcher with $155 Million Deal ; Chicago Beats out Boston to Sign Lester, Who Will Be Ace of a Young Team
The Cubs signed Jon Lester to a six-year deal to anchor a team that has a top manager in Jon Maddon and plenty of young prospects.The Chicago Cubs' opening game of the baseball season will be April 5 at a renovated Wrigley Field with a new manager in...
Dollree Mapp Dies; Defied Police Search in Landmark Case
When officers in Cleveland could not prove they had a warrant, Ms. Mapp's objections led to a 1961 Supreme Court ruling that limited police power.On May 23, 1957, three police officers arrived at a house in Cleveland and demanded to enter. They wanted...
Draft Climate Pact Clears a Key Hurdle ; Governments Would Set Own Targets, Reducing Impact of Emission Curbs
A draft climate accord being circulating among negotiators would have every country pledge to curb fossil fuels, but each would set its own goals.Diplomats from 196 countries are closing in on the framework of a potentially historic deal that would for...
Ex-President Admits to Polish Prison
The ex-leader, Aleksander Kwasniewski, who was in office at the time the prison operated, along with former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, for years had pleaded ignorance on the subject.One day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report...
Fed's Plan May Push Big Lenders to Shrink ; JPMorgan Chase Seen as Hardest Hit by Changes to Capital Requirements
The proposed regulation could require JPMorgan Chase, one of the eight large banks targeted, to come up with an additional $20 billion in capital.The Federal Reserve, fearing complacency six years after the financial crisis, is moving to preserve the...
France Faces Political Facts in Efforts to Lift Economy ; Proposal, Though Narrow, Angers Socialists While Disappointing Economists
The proposals, including allowing more stores to open on Sundays, fall far short of what some experts say is needed to revive the stagnant French economy.Moving to battle high unemployment and a stagnant economy, the Socialist government of President...
Geek out or Get Just the Facts with an Array of Weather-Forecasting Apps
The technology for weather apps for iPhones and Android phones is evolving quickly. But not all apps are created equal.Weather can be a great equalizer. It can also be a way to make conversation with just about everyone.No wonder, then, that the weather...
Hope and Charity at Hotel Holiday Events
Hotels have become partners with nonprofit organizations and developed programs where holiday packages also benefit charities.This year, hotel holiday packages in the United States come with a dash of charity.At Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, Calif.,...
Hostage to Market Fortunes ; in 'The Invisible Hand,' Banker Teaches Terrorists How Global Finance Works
Ayad Akhtar's 'The Invisible Hand,' a Play About Terrorism.The beheadings of journalists and aid workers that have become a grisly aspect of the tumult in the Middle East hover like ugly ghosts behind "The Invisible Hand," the latest play by Ayad Akhtar, whose...
I Can't Be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib
As a former interrogator in Iraq, I was not surprised by the torture report, and what it says about our painful history.I spent this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I've been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. So...
In Latin America, Tension between Growth and Environment
In countries like Brazil, where the economy has been slowing, government policy is prioritizing growth over plans to cut carbon emissions.Eco-warriors on the front lines of climate diplomacy often frame the environmental conflict between the developed...
Insider Trading Convictions Voided
The court tossed out the case against two former hedge fund traders, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, citing the trial judge's erroneous instruction to jurors.A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned two of the government's signature insider...
L.P.G.A. Expands Its Geographic Diversity ; New Crop of Players Includes First from Israel and Northern Ireland
Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland is among several notable players who gained L.P.G.A. membership at the qualifying tournament in Florida last week.Each day last week when Stephanie Meadow, an Irish rookie professional, walked from the practice green...
Made Rich by U.S. Presence, Now Left to an Uncertain Future
Many in Kandahar, Afghanistan, prospered in the past 13 years. But foreign forces have departed, and fear and hope remain.Floating over the tightly clustered homes and streets buzzing with rickshaws is the most visible symbol of the fading Western legacy...
Malaysia a Winner in Solar Panel Trade War ; as Chinese Sector Is Hit by Tariffs, More Factories Head to Southeast Asia
As Chinese companies have been hit by American tariffs and European quotas, Malaysia has attracted multinationals.Tucked away in this former tin mining town, past the small farms of banana trees and oil palms, is one of the solar industry's best- kept...
Norway Stays an Investor in Fossil Fuels
A panel for the sovereign wealth fund, bucking a trend toward divestment in fossil fuels, said they were likely to be a part of the global economy for decades.If the decision had been different, it might have made a dramatic headline: "Norway to sell...
Obama Stays Neutral on Effectiveness of Torture ; President Faces Division between C.I.A. Chief He Installed and Democrats
The debate has left the president facing a rift between two allies, the C.I.A. director and Democrats on the committee that produced the report.The C.I.A. maintains that torturing terrorism suspects a decade ago worked. The Senate Intelligence Committee...
Over 5 Trillion Pieces of Plastic? It's Enough to Cover the Oceans
A study published on Wednesday estimates that plastic weighing a total of 269,000 tons can be found in the world's oceans.It is no secret that the world's oceans are swimming with plastic debris -- the first floating masses of trash were discovered in...
Palestinian Official Dies in Clash ; Witnesses Say Minister Was Hit by Israeli Soldier at West Bank Protest
Witnesses said Ziad Abu Ein, 55, was struck and shoved by an Israeli soldier and inhaled tear gas, an event that raised tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.A prominent Palestinian official with the Fatah party died on Wednesday after inhaling...
Prosecutors to Fight Case on Pistorius
Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa allowed an appeal against the athlete's acquittal on murder charges, but not against his five- year sentence.South African prosecutors on Wednesday won the right to appeal the acquittal on murder charges of Oscar Pistorius,...
Ravens on Rise as Playoffs near ; Baltimore Is Excelling in All Phases of Game, Yet Is Flying under the Radar
Above-average play in all three phases of the game, which include offense, defense and special teams, is driving the Baltimore Ravens' success.With three weeks remaining in the N.F.L. regular season, the cream is rising to the top.The Green Bay Packers...
Refugees, Jazz and Ne'er-Do-Wells: Istanbul between the Wars
Charles King's timely new book, "Midnight at the Pera Palace," tells how interwar Istanbul transformed itself from the Ottoman imperial capital to a European city of refugees, jazz bars, muezzins and spies.Midnight at the Pera Palace. The Birth of Modern...
Royals Keep It Real in New York
While it may seem paradoxical, in their absolute boringness the Windsors' clothes made a serious statement.So was it amazing, trend-setting, hemline-changing? Will it transform forever the fortunes of an obscure but hugely talented young designer, or...
Scandal for British Populist Party ; U.K. Independence Party Sees Official Get Caught Up in Sex Harassment Case
The U.K. Independence Party has positioned itself as the defender of traditional British habits and values. Appropriately, perhaps, it now finds itself in the middle of its first sex scandal.The U.K. Independence Party has positioned itself as the defender of...
Scant Clues to a Secret Identity ; Elena Ferrante, Author of the Naples Series, Remains Mysterious
Elena Ferrante, the popular Italian author whose identity has never been revealed, talks about her Naples novels, her reasons for anonymity, the intensity of motherhood and what women need to watch out for.The Italian writer Elena Ferrante's gripping...
Senate Report Rejects Claim on Hunt for Bin Laden ; Panel Disputes Notion That Torture Was Essential to C.I.A. in Finding Him
The report disputes the notion that torture of detainees was critical to finding Osama bin Laden.Months before the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, the Central Intelligence Agency secretly prepared a public- relations plan that would stress...
Standard Chartered Faces More Scrutiny from U.S
The British banksaid that it was cooperating with "an ongoing U.S. sanctions-related investigation" and that the extension was needed for prosecutors to determine whether any violations had occurred.The British bank Standard Chartered says it has agreed...
Standing Alone in a Lost Cause for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard tried his best to keep Liverpool from being knocked out of the Champions League, but he got little to no help from his teammates.While the Champions League has been kind to Steven Gerrard, now it appears to be calling time on his career.A...
Syndicate Wins U.S. Auction of Seized Bitcoins
SecondMarket , an upstart exchange, won all but one of the 20 Bitcoin blocks in the government's auction.The Bitcoin frenzy appears to be fading. But an upstart exchange made a big bet last week that the virtual currency still holds promise as an investment.The...
The Myth of the Oligarchs
Some of Putin's opponents predict the oligarchs will eventually take him down. But there are no oligarchs in Russia anymore.Moscow's most popular joke today is unfunny: "Next year Putin, the ruble, and a barrel of oil will converge at just over 63."...
The Rise of Burgundy Wine
When it comes to the 50 most expensive bottles of wine in the world, more than three quarters of them now come from Burgundy, according to the global wine price database wine-tracker.com.Move over Bordeaux. When it comes to the 50 most expensive bottles...
Top Editor at Guardian Says He Plans to Step Down
Alan Rusbridger will leave the post next summer, and will head the Scott Trust, the nonprofit that is the sole shareholder in the newspaper.Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, who oversaw a period in which the newspaper expanded from a British...
Uber Driver Accused in Rape Was out on Bail
Shiv Kumar Yadav was free on bail in at least three other serious criminal cases, including a rape, the police said.A cabdriver accused of raping a female passenger in New Delhi over the weekend was free on bail in at least three other serious criminal...
Uber's System for Vetting Drivers Draws Scrutiny
The ride-sharing service has fought against legislation requiring background checks as strong as those demanded of traditional taxis.Uber champions its "industry-leading standards" for vetting its drivers. On its website, it describes its background...
U.K. Agency Punishes Its Own ; 4 Give Up Annual Bonuses over Briefing That Sent Insurance Stocks Lower
The head of the Financial Conduct Authority and three others will give up their bonuses because an agency briefing in March to a London newspaper sent life insurance stocks lower.The Financial Conduct Authority said on Wednesday that four senior leaders,...
U.N. Faults Anti-Domestic Violence Efforts
A report based on detailed data collection from 133 countries said nonfatal violence had taken an insidious toll on women and children.Homicide accounts for nearly a half-million fatalities worldwide each year and is the third-leading cause of death...
Valentino, Still the Ultimate Party 'Get' ; the Retired Designer Is an Ubiquitous Figure in New York's Social Scene
The retired fashion designer is among the most ubiquitous figures on the New York social scene.It was 9:30 p.m. in mid-November and Valentino Garavani was in his element.The fashion designer had just finished conducting an hourlong Q- and-A about his...
We're Always Still Americans
The Senate committee's torture report shows that fear after the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks was terribly corrosive.Why do people line up to come to this country? Why do they build boats from milk cartons to sail here? Why do they trust our diplomats and...
What Mexico's President Must Do
To ease the present crisis, Pena Nieto needs to appear before the nation and offer an apology to the people.President Enrique Pena Nieto has shown remarkable leadership in passing key reforms to reanimate the economy and further the development of Mexico....
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