International New York Times

Articles from June 17, 2014

A Cheer for Semi-Staged Opera ; Does Paring a Work Down to the Bare Score Make It More Potent?
Where is the drama located in an operatic performance, and what kind of production brings it out most effectively?When the vengeful husband enters his wife's bedroom to kill her in the final act of Verdi's "Otello," he is accompanied by the muted snarl...
Acquisition of Alstom Depends on the Political ; EUR 7 Billion Counteroffer by G.E. Rivals Is More about Control Than Cash
The offer indicates how the battle has become largely a political contest, with bidders lobbying the French government more than shareholders.Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries presented a counteroffer on Monday for Alstom designed to assuage French...
A Cramped View of Antitrust Laws
A flawed ruling could curb the enforcement of antitrust laws against cartels that supply products Americans buy.American antitrust laws have protected consumers against monopolies and cartels for more than a century. But a recent appeals court decision...
'Actively Thinking of Ways to Harm Her' ; New Findings Shed Light on Disorders Linked to Postpartum Depression
Scientists say recent studies contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks after childbirth.Postpartum depression isn't always postpartum. It isn't even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very...
Airbus and Safran Plan a Merged Satellite Venture ; European Companies Hope to Gain on Russian and American Launchers
The move by Airbus Group and Safran of France comes in response to mounting pressure from big commercial satellite companies for more affordable launches.The Airbus Group and Safran of France plan to merge their satellite launching activities into a...
Alibaba Sheds Light on Inner Circle
Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has disclosed the names of the 27 individuals running it, as it nears its market debut.For weeks, potential investors have wondered who would be in the select inner circle running the Alibaba Group, the Chinese...
Amazon Wants a Direct Line to Customers ; Retailer's Smartphone Would Be a Big Gamble in a Highly Competitive Field
The retailer is expected to introduce a smartphone on Wednesday, a project aimed at closing the gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act.Amazon wants to burrow even deeper into our lives.The company is expected to introduce a smartphone on...
A Mission to Defend the House That Botox Built ; Chief of Allergan Fights Personal Battle to Block a Takeover by Valeant
The chief of Allergan, the man behind Botox, is fighting to keep the company from being taken over by Valeant of Canada.David E.I. Pyott spent a couple of hectic days in Manhattan last week, paying calls on institutional investors and Wall Street analysts,...
A Tough Guy Puts Image before Words
There's something about the Russian president's body language that draws attention, and it's not always flattering.President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is known for a peculiar muscular pose, carefully cultivated over the past 14 years. He shows it off...
Briefly: Asia/Pacific
As compiled by editors of The International New York Times.CORRECTION APPENDED Pakistan presses airstrikes on Taliban district for 2nd day Pakistani fighter jets attacked Taliban strongholds on Monday and Islamist fighters retaliated with...
Casey Kasem, 'Top 40' D.J., Dies at 82
The disc jockey built a long and lucrative career by creating and hosting one of America's most popular syndicated pop music radio shows.Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock 'n' roll but who built a long and lucrative career from...
China Overtakes the U.S. in Issuing Corporate Debt
A study by Standard & Poor's highlighted the rising risk to the global economy posed by China's shadow banking sector.China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest issuer of corporate debt, despite worsening cash flow at Chinese companies...
Competition Heating Up for Takeover of Alstom ; Siemens and Mitsubishi Are Seen Preparing Joint Challenge to G.E.'S Offer
Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were said to be be preparing a joint bid, which would press General Electric to raise its $13.5 billion offer.Competition to acquire the French energy equipment maker Alstom was expected to intensify on Monday,...
Critics Sidelined at U.S. Hospitals ; Veterans Affairs Staff Report Being Punished for Exposing Impropriety
Veteran Affairs hospitals face a growing scandal, as current and former employees claim they were punished after exposing improper medical practices.Staff members at dozens of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the United States have objected...
Deadly Riots over Religion Break out in Sri Lanka ; Buddhists and Muslims Battle in Southwestern Town; 3 People Are Killed
Three people were killed and scores injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in a southwestern coastal town.In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists...
Despite a Shadow, Messi Shimmers for Argentina ; Team's Best Player Puts Critics to Rest with Role in Opening Win over Bosnia
Eager to match the legacy of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi led Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.Lionel Messi can never be the man Argentina wants him to be, since that man is Diego Maradona, and in their eyes not even Messi...
Dozens Die as Somali Militants Hit Kenya Town ; Shabab Extremists Take Responsibility for Attack That Kills at Least 48
The government blamed a Somali extremist group, the Shabab, for the attacks that began late Sunday as residents of the coastal town of Mpeketoni were watching World Cup soccer matches on television.At least 48 people were killed after dozens of militants...
Evacuating Ukrainian Children on a Dangerous Route to Safety
Volunteer-run minivans are getting children out of the besieged eastern city of Slovyansk, driving them beyond the reach of artillery fire and twitchy gunmen.It was a trip no mother would wish to take. But faced with few options, a group of women and...
Flying Lost Its Appeal? Try Rowing
For already weary business travelers, it seems as though each new change in airline policy has been for the worse, not better. But one couple's four-month rowing trip across the Atlantic puts it in perspecrive.Summer is coming, airplanes are more full...
France Puts Scoring Troubles in the Past ; 3-0 Win over Honduras in Opener Helps Wipe out Bad Memories of 2010
Scoring twice and creating a third goal that was confirmed by goal-line technology, Karim Benzema provided a dominant win that was a relief for France.It was a rocky start to the World Cup in Porto Alegre.After France and Honduras arrived on the field...
France's Atos to Spin off Payment Unit
Worldline, an Atos subsidiary that provides electronic payment products, said it would price its shares at 16.40 euros to 20 euros, valuing the unit at up to EUR 2.4 billion.The French computer services provider Atos said on Monday that it would spin...
High Hopes for New World Transplant in Old World ; His Retirement Cut Short, Verrazano Gets His Shot on Grass at Royal Ascot
Verrazano, who began his career in the United States, is continuing his shift from dirt to turf at the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.When the Queen Anne Stakes starts the proceedings at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, the punters may have little...
Hints in America of Aligning with Europe on Death Penalty
In the United States, where nearly two-thirds of the states still allow the death penalty, there is new pressure to scale it back or eliminate it.On the eve of World War I, a laborer in Algiers robbed and killed a farm family, including young children,...
In Britain, Many Still Scorn Blair over Iraq ; after 7 Years out of Office, Former Prime Minister Continues to Be Defensive
Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, remains defined by many for his steadfast support of President George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq.Twiggy Garcia, a part-time bartender, had talked with friends about making a citizen's arrest if he...
In Ireland, the Joys of 10 Years of Fresh Air
A decade after the country banned workplace smoking, reflections on how it has changed pubs, hotels and lives.On the morning of March 29, 2004, global television crews gathered outside a Dublin restaurant stocked with celebrating lawmakers to witness...
Iraq Loses Fighters and Another City to Rebel Force ; Setbacks Add to Urgency of U.S. Calls for Baghdad to Forge a United Front
The new setbacks for the government in Baghdad added urgency to demands from Iran and the United States that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki move quickly to reach out to Sunnis and Kurds.Sunni rebel extremists have ambushed and killed more than two dozen...
Israel Tells Abbas to Aid in Search ; Further Reprisals Weighed against Hamas after Abduction of 3 Teenagers
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority that he expected his assistance in finding three abducted teenagers.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian...
Italy's Mafias: All in the Famiglia
In "Blood Brotherhoods," the British scholar John Dickie has written the histories of Italy's three major criminal organizations from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present.Blood Brotherhoods. A History of Italy's Three Mafias. By John Dickie....
Italy's Never Boring, Always Beautiful Soccer ; Italy's Best Performances Have Come in the Wake of Defeat and Scandal
The national team's best performances have always come in the wake of defeat, disaster and scandal.Some people party too soon. I was in Brazil in spring 2006, and Brazil was in a festive mood. The World Cup in Germany was on the way, and Brazilians,...
Kaymer Never Wavers in U.S. Open Win ; the Former No. 1 Player Set a Course Record and Finished Nine under Par
Martin Kaymer, who opened the tournament with a course-record 65, closed with a 69 at Pinehurst No. 2, for a 72-hole total of nine- under-par 271.Martin Kaymer arrived at the first tee dressed appropriately for a methodical man with a modest, logical...
Let North Korea Collapse
However destabilizing, the collapse of the house of Kim would be a necessary step toward reunifying the peninsula.North Korea is a threat that keeps on threatening. Satellite imagery recently revealed increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear site....
L.P.G.A.'S Turn to Tame Pinehurst ; Women's Championship Follows Men's in Bid to Raise the Tour's Profile
For the first time, the women are sharing a major course with the men.On the Pinehurst No. 2 driving range, a teenage girl shyly approached Sergio Garcia, who greeted her with a warm embrace. She walked away as if there were clouds beneath her feet.Lydia...
Medical Device Makers to Merge
Medtronic, of Minneapolis, is buying Covidien, of Dublin, and moving its headquarters to Ireland, which has a lower tax rate.Medtronic has agreed to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion, combining two of the world's biggest medical device makers and helping Medtronic...
Meditations on the Beautiful Game
Soccer can be a source of many illusions, both good and bad -- but mostly good.Every four years, the world offers us a respite from our personal and national problems, a month of immersion in the fantasy of vicarious, ritual confrontation known as the...
Mix of Old and New Carries San Antonio to 5th Title ; Ginobili and Duncan Still Are Vital, but M.V.P. of Finals Is Leonard, 22
San Antonio erased an early 16-point deficit to capture its fifth championship in 16 seasons and avenge a finals loss against Miami last year.The arena rumbled. It was only the first half, but there was already a growing sense of inevitability with each...
More Money to Fight Terrorism
Past counterterrorism efforts showed that arming and training troops may not address the threat.If all goes according to President Obama's plan, the United States will soon be making a major new investment of $5 billion so that other countries can help...
Out-of-Towners Transforming U.S. Politics ; in States like Mississippi and Virginia, 'Nonnatives' Are Swaying the Outcome
In states like Mississippi and Virginia, more voters are "nonnatives" who are not steeped in the local political culture.When William E. Davis was growing up in DeSoto County in Mississippi, just across the state line from Memphis, there were more than...
Pakistani Jets Attack Taliban Strongholds ; Islamist Fighters Retaliate against Military Action with Roadside Bombing
The Pakistani military command said it had attacked six targets in North Waziristan and killed 27 militants. Islamist fighters retaliated with a roadside bombing.Pakistani fighter jets attacked Taliban strongholds on Monday and Islamist fighters retaliated...
Portuguese Firm Picks London for Africa I.P.O
The engineering and construction company, which is based in Johannesburg, intends to float at least 25 percent of its share capital in the offer.Mota-Engil Africa, a subsidiary of the Portuguese conglomerate Mota-Engil, said on Monday that it planned...
Promising Peace with Rebels, Colombia President Re-Elected
President Juan Manuel Santos, running on a campaign that emphasized peace talks with rebel groups, won a second term.Voters have elected President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to a second term, giving him a chance to complete peace negotiations with rebel...
Qatar's Thoroughbred Stake ; Members of Royal Family Are Changing the World of European Horse Racing
With nearly unlimited resources, members of Qatar's royal family are changing the world of European horse racing.For years now at Royal Ascot, the world's two largest racing outfits, Godolphin and Coolmore, have shown off their embarrassment of equine...
Redefining Who Deserves a Bank Account
The New York State attorney general's office was expected to announce that Capital One had agreed to change its use of the largest database.In her early years of college, when Charlette Williams started routinely mismanaging her finances and pushing...
Russia Halts Delivery of Natural Gas to Ukraine ; Moscow Uses Dispute as Leverage over Kiev and Warning to Europe
The Russian energy company said it would no longer supply on credit after the government in Kiev failed to pay a nearly $2 billion bill.The Russian energy giant Gazprom stopped supplying natural gas to Ukraine on Monday, warning that the reduction could...
Schumacher Leaves a French Hospital ; Driving Champion Is Said to Be 'No Longer in Coma' after His Skiing Accident
Michael Schumacher, the former Grand Prix racing champion, will continue his rehabiliation elsewhere after a skiing accident in December.The family of Michael Schumacher said on Monday that the former Formula One champion had left the hospital in the...
Some New and Cutting-Edge Video Games to Sink Your Claws Into
A reviewer offers a rundown of a range of new games being showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual video game trade show in Los Angeles.One of the hardest things to do at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual video game trade...
Spain's Hunt for Militants Starts in Africa ; Authorities Say Network Turns to Enclaves to Fuel Islamist Insurgencies
The police say a network of militants with footholds in Spain and Morocco has recruited and sent volunteers to join insurgencies from Mali to Libya to Syria.Starting in this tiny North African enclave, the Spanish police have cracked down in recent weeks...
Spy Agencies in Britain See Right to Track Internet Use ; Privacy Group Contends Government Is Asserting Wider Surveillance Power
Britain argues in a legal defense that it has the right to track digital communications between people within the country, a privacy group saysThe British government has offered its most wide-ranging legal rationale yet for collecting information from...
Success Seen with Artificial Pancreas in Diabetes Test ; Using a Modified iPhone, System Shows Promise in Controlling Sugar Levels
A system built with a modified iPhone successfully regulated blood sugar levels in a trial with people who have Type 1 diabetes, researchers found.A portable artificial pancreas built with a modified iPhone successfully regulated blood sugar levels in...
Take Mosul Back
The blame game misses the point. Iraq and Syria were rotten to the core before America's mistakes.Less than 60 miles from Mosul, where the Sunni Islamic fanatics who have overrun the city are slaughtering their enemies as if the Middle Ages never ended,...
Taking the Hassle out of Smartphone Typing ; SwiftKey Aims to Rule the Keyboard by Knowing What You Intend to Say
SwiftKey has found success with enhancing keyboards on Android phones, and now is trying to move to Apple devices.Typing on the glass of a smartphone can be a headache. The keyboards are tiny. Errors are easy to make, even on the simplest of words. And...
The Fetish of Staring at Iran's Women
Western critics and Persian clerics alike have made women, and the way they dress, a false measure of Iranian society.I took a series of photographs of myself in 2007 that show me sitting on the toilet, weighing myself, and shaving my legs in the bath....
To Claim Enduring Success, Uber Must Leverage the Network Effect
The network effect is the concept in which users of a service benefit from the fact that everybody else uses the service as well.Most of the headlines about Uber, the rapidly growing transportation service, involve its battles to do business in more cities...
TV Veteran Completes Her Shift to the Web ; Couric Ends Talk Show and Focuses Full Time on Interviews for Yahoo
Katie Couric has shifted full time to Yahoo, where she is "global anchor," after three decades in television.After three decades of continuous work in television, Katie Couric has now officially moved on to what she is calling "my new chapter."That means...
U.S. Pushes to Regulate Map Aids in Cars ; Transportation Agency Seeks Explicit Authority to Restrict Navigation Apps
The Transportation Department is intensifying its battle against distracted driving by seeking the authority to restrict navigation apps on phones.Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the...
U.S. Pushing Iraqis to Form Unity Government ; Obama Weighs Airstrikes but Emphasizes Efforts to Mend Sectarian Rifts
As President Obama weighs airstrikes against militants, he has concluded that American military action must be conditioned on a political plan in Iraq.As President Obama weighs airstrikes against marauding militants in Iraq, he has concluded that any...
WeLab Gets $14 Million for Chinese Expansion ; Hong Kong Businessman and Sequoia Capital Buy into Financial Start- Up
In a deal that highlights the strong demand for the Chinese Internet sector, WeLab said it would use the cash to expand in mainland China.WeLab Holdings, an Internet finance start-up company in Hong Kong, said Monday that it had raised $14 million from...
What's It Take to Be Rich? Depends on Your Wallet
What annual income would it take for you to consider yourself rich? Is it possible you are rich already?"Congratulations, Joe! You're rich!" John McCain said to Joe Wurzelbacher in the 2008 presidential campaign. Joe was thinking of buying a small plumbing...
Window to a Nation's Soul Is Opened When the Play Begins ; Brazil's 'Poetic Soccer' Speaks to the Frustrations and Hopes of a Country
Soccer went from a sport of the wealthy to one dominated by blacks and mixed-race peoples, interwoven with the movements of dance.CORRECTION APPENDED In Brazil, soccer was initially played among elite clubs behind closed doors. Blacks were excluded....
Wiretapping of Officials Shakes Poland ; Government Scrambles to Explain 'Scandalous' Comments in Recordings
A newsmagazine's publication of secret recordings of high-level officials has shocked the country and revealed potentially questionable deals.Mysterious tapes of high-level Polish officials discussing what seem to be unsavory deals, recorded in the secluded...
Yes He Could
In terms of policy substance, Obama is having a seriously good year.Several times in recent weeks I've found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama. Why? I suspect that...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.