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Articles from May 14, 2015

6.5 Million Cars Added to Takata Airbag Recall
The recalls included more recent models than the companies had previously said needed fixing.Japanese automakers on Wednesday sharply expanded recalls of cars equipped with airbags made by Takata Corporation, adding 6.5 million vehicles worldwide to...
A '70S Revival
Fashion designers have been playing with the look and spirit of the era, including reworking some of its most iconic jewelry styles.For some, the 1970s is when 20th-century style hit rock bottom; for others, it encapsulated hedonism, outre glamour, languid sensuality...
Adorning a Creative Life ; the Gems and Artistic Pieces Owned by the Makeup Entrepreneur Terry De Gunzburg Are Mostly Gifts from Her Husband and a Reflection of Their Lifelong Interest in Beauty
The gems and artistic pieces owned by the makeup entrepreneur Terry de Gunzburg are mostly gifts from her husband and a reflection of their lifelong interest in beauty.Terry de Gunzburg's jewelry collection is as original as she is. There are diamonds,...
A Family Legend of a Bracelet and a Queen
The Paris jewelry house Mellerio dits Meller believes the queen bought the piece from a Mellerio ancestor.Sometimes luck just finds you. After decades of searching, the Paris jewelry house Mellerio dits Meller received a telephone call last year from...
A Financial Pressure
The practice of paying for a piece only when it sells strains designers, and ultimately limits buyers' choices.In recent years the jewelry industry has experienced a surge of growth, with an explosion of new designers, as well as outlets offering their...
'A Fine Possession'
Exhibition includes almost 700 pieces from its collection and others throughout the country.A gentleman's seal with a puzzle faintly etched across its surface; a thumb-size, diamond-encrusted airplane, a token of the aviator Charles Kingsford Smith's...
A Museum at the Forefront of Digitization
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has embarked on a sweeping digitization project that aims to digitize all one million objects in its collection by 2020.While many major museums have embarked on sweeping digitization projects, the one at the Rijksmuseum...
An American Tax Nightmare
Regulations aimed at foreign banks offer troubling lessons in government overreach and the law of unintended consequences.No one likes tax cheats. They should be pursued and punished wherever they are hiding. But recent efforts by the United States Congress...
A Narrow Opening for Arctic Oil
Shell will get its chance to drill. It will also be bound by strict rules.The Obama administration's conditional grant of approval to Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska raises obvious concerns about the damage a major spill could...
A New Home for Restaurant Guy Savoy
The signature restaurant of the chef Guy Savoy is moving inside the Monnaie de Paris.For 28 years, one of this city's most famous restaurants operated out of a dark, starkly modern site on rue Troyon, a banal street in the 17th Arrondissement close to...
AOL Is Given Chance to Reshape Itself Again ; Internet Pioneer Rescued from Having to Continue Its Turnaround Alone
The head of AOL says its sale to Verizon will create a next- generation media company and also rescue it from having to continue its turnaround alone.Soon after Tim Armstrong was named chief executive of AOL in 2009, he started reading the management...
A Player or Team Seeks an Edge. So What's New?
Fans may act suddenly shocked about deflated footballs, but for decades, we have celebrated, or at least winked at, sports' mischievous deceptions.It was four decades ago -- no, the helmets were not still as leathery as the footballs -- when, as a high...
A Rothko Tops Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction ; Artists Who Are Favored by American Collectors Raise $379.7 Million
Artists favored by American collectors headlined the sale at Sotheby's, a day after a mega auction at Christie's.It was a hard act to follow. Just one day after Christie's raised $705.9 million from its auction of 20th-century masterworks, Sotheby's...
As Obama Stumbles, XI Pursues Own Trade Deals ; in Subtle Competition, China's Leader Is Picking off U.S. Allies to Join Bank
In a subtle form of competition, President Xi Jinping is picking off American allies to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.President Obama has toured Nike's headquarters and busy American ports in recent weeks to try to convince Democrats...
At 11, a Bali-Born Jazz Sensation Who's Caught the Notice of Stars
The Bali-born prodigy is famous, his bookings are piling up, and his first album is out this week.The cheers rang loud and long for Joey Alexander after he had played his last delicate piano chord in a recent sold-out set at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in...
At Porsche Meeting, a Big Absence
The Porsche clan's most controversial member, Ferdinand Piech, did not show up for the annual shareholders' meeting.Anyone hoping that the Porsche shareholders' meeting Wednesday would devolve into an episode of "Family Feud, Billionaire Edition," would...
A Victorian Fad Has Regained Some of Its Allure
A London designer is drawing new attention to jewelry made of jet.India, China, Russia, Spain and the United States all have deposits of jet, the pitch-black gem that actually is a form of coal. But the jet found along a seven-and-a-half-mile stretch...
Bank of England Signals Hope on Consumer Prices
The Bank of England expects consumer prices, which have been stuck at a zero-percent inflation rate for two months, to pick up by the end of the year.The Bank of England expects British consumer prices, which have been stuck at a zero-percent inflation...
Barca Heads to Final Looking like a Champ ; Front Line Shines Again as It Knocks Bayern out of Champions League
Bayern Munich won the night, but Barcelona was victorious on aggregate in their Champions League semifinal and appears to be the favorite for the final.The drama, such as it was, lasted seven minutes.Those seven minutes? They were glorious, sure. Medhi...
Beauty and Balance
A Smithsonian exhibition showcases the work of a Navajo family, designs that have inspired some contemporary jewelry makers to use the evocative blue stone.One morning last month, Lee Yazzie -- the Navajo jeweler whose life's work is on display at the...
Behind Bars, with Rape a Constant Threat ; Transgender Inmate Asks for Protection as Efforts to Halt Prison Assaults Stall
After decades of societal indifference, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003. But progress in stopping prison assaults has stalled.The inmate, dressed in prison whites with a shaved head and incongruously tender eyes behind wire-rimmed...
Beyond Green
As the price of traditionally colored jade has soared, some designers have increased their use of alternatives such as lavender, black, yellow and even colorless.It's often called the stone of heaven and is believed to ward off evil. The Chinese have...
Briefly
As compiled by editors of The International New York Times.SEOUL, South Korea North Korea is said to execute high-ranking military chief The second-highest officer in North Korea's military was recently executed as a traitor for disrespecting the nation's...
British Artist Says Hello to America ; Grayson Perry, Celebrity at Home, Tries to Debunk Contemporary Art World
A celebrity in his native England, Mr. Perry is eager to debunk the rarefied world of contemporary art."I don't normally dress up for an interview," the artist Grayson Perry said, opening the door of his studio. "But I'm going to a Royal Academy council...
British Leader Will Seek New Tools to Fight Extremism ; Emboldened by Election, Cameron Revives Plans to Broaden Police Powers
The British prime minister is seeking to aid authorities in their fight against the radicalization of Muslims in the country.Stoking a debate over the balance between security and civil liberties, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Wednesday to...
Carats at Cannes
Put the parure back in the vault. The film festival set now wears statement pieces, color and ethically mined gems.CORRECTION APPENDED What would a red carpet be without jewels? And where better to observe them than under the soft spring sun...
Changing Tastes
Men who once shunned it as, well, unmanly are taking another look at that chunky ring or leather bracelet.When Tom Fitzgerald proposed to his boyfriend Jamie Holloway in March 2014, he unveiled a ring that was a far cry from the traditional diamond solitaire....
China's Feminist Awakening
Many women took the entrenched discrimination for granted, but I didn't.I didn't think much of it when the police took away five of my friends and fellow feminist activists in early March for planning a protest against sexual harassment on public transportation...
Chinese Chase Convictions by Any Means
Many convictions depend on confessions that lawyers, legal experts and defendants say are obtained through coercion.It did not matter to the police that the man they seized in August 2013 was nearly 20 years older than the one wanted on fraud charges....
Color Is King
The change in the public's attitude toward colored gems is reflected in the prices they are commanding this spring.The rarity of gems, craftsmanship and provenance -- where a piece of jewelry originated and who has owned it -- are integral to value at...
Dancing as Art, All Day Long, While Mingling with the Public ; Performance Transforms into a Hybrid Museum Event Seen in Pieces
"Work/Travail/Arbeid" is a dance piece that is also a museum exhibition at the Wiels Contemporary Art Center. The performance is held during the seven hours a day that the Wiels center is open.The dancer tilted her body to one side with slow exactitude, lifting...
Data Recorders Are Found in Amtrak Derailment That Killed at Least 7
Emergency crews searched for more survivors and victims of a crash that killed at least six people and injured more than 200.Investigators recovered the so-called black box data recorders from the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train on Wednesday, while emergency...
Deal Talks Underscore Reliance on Digital Maps ; Bids for Nokia Division Are Motivated by Efforts to Avoid Google Service
If a new owner decides to restrict access to Here's vast trove of mapping data, some of the largest tech companies could find themselves relying on Google's mapping services once more.When people look up a company's Facebook page on their smartphones,...
Deutsche Telekom Profit Gets Lift from U.S. Growth
A weak euro and the company's United States operations bolstered its first-quarter pretax profit to EUR 4.6 billion.Deutsche Telekom of Germany, Europe's largest carrier by revenue, on Wednesday reported an 11 percent increase in pretax profit for the...
Downturn for Economy in Finland
Hurt by the sanctions on Russia and the fall of Nokia, the Finnish economy has contracted for a second straight quarter.What a comedown.Not too many years ago, Finland was seen as a "Nordic tiger" with a world-leading technology company, the cellphone...
Earthquake Shatters Nepal's School System
Officials say that thousands of schools were destroyed by last month's earthquake, potentially setting back decades of progress in primary school attendance.The concrete walls of the high school here shattered like a mirror, leaving a latticework of...
E.U. Plan for Migrants: Share the Burden ; but Some Countries Resist Quotas, Raising Doubts the Bloc Can Act in Unison
The system, which would oblige most member states to take in more migrants, at least temporarily, generated sharp opposition from several countries.After months of criticism that it had been too slow and timid in addressing the flood of migrants heading...
Eurozone Improves, with Surprise French Surge ; as Bloc's Economy Rose in First Quarter, Greece and Finland Contracted
The gross domestic product of the 19 nations that form the euro currency bloc grew 0.4 percent in the period, but the two countries slid into recession.The eurozone economy grew modestly in the first quarter, an official report showed on Wednesday, as...
Expert Confirms Role in Hacker Site ; Web Security Consultant Says His Service Was Not Created for Illegal Activity
Charles Tendell, a war veteran who owns a consulting firm in Denver, said the site, Hacker's List, grew faster than he had anticipated.He calls himself an ethical hacker who helps companies and individuals fight back against the bad guys operating online....
Facebook Starts Hosting News from Media Outlets
The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.CORRECTION APPENDED Facebook's long-rumored plan to directly host articles from news organizations was set to...
For Verizon and AOL, Mobile Is the Magic Word
The tech and media business is equally panicked and excited about the vast possibilities for making money from the shift to mobile computing.In a memo to employees after announcing that Verizon Communications would buy his company for $4.4 billion, Tim...
France Benefits from U.S. Rift with Gulf ; Tough Stances on Syria and Iran Open Door to Flurry of Business Deals
The French have been ideally positioned in recent weeks to take advantage of the growing rift between Arab monarchies and the United States.The French have been ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing rift in recent weeks between the Arab...
General in Burundi Claims to Oust President
An army general in Burundi said that the military had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, setting off celebrations in the streets.CORRECTION APPENDED An army general in Burundi announced on Wednesday that the military had ousted President Pierre...
Greece's Split-Personality Problem
There are two Greeces: one official, one unofficial. One works, one doesn't.If the way we deal with money is the way we deal with life generally, what does this tell us about the underlying problems facing Greece? During a recent trip to Athens, I put...
In the Global Push for Education, a Failure to Consider Quality
More children are going to primary school, but a peek under the headline statistics suggests that much of the world has, in fact, progressed little on education.A quarter of a century ago, barely half the children of primary school age in sub-Saharan...
Leaks from Egypt Gain in Credibility ; Unflattering Recordings Suggest Mockery and Manipulation by Leaders
Recordings appear to show President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's inner circle laughing at Egypt's Persian Gulf patrons and manipulating courts and the news media.For months, a steady trickle of leaked audio recordings has appeared to offer a rare chance to...
Liberian Soldiers Play to Mend Fences ; Slum's Ebola Quarantine Trapped Community and Caused Rift with Military
As residents of a slum in the capital were trapped behind barricades in August, riots erupted, soldiers fired shots, and a teenager was fatally wounded.The chief of staff for the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Ziankahn Jr., hung up his...
Mass Media That's Hard to Watch
India has more than 800 television channels, and about half of these are news channels, run by billionaires and others with their own agendas.CORRECTION APPENDED There is a coup underway in India: Some people who are inconvenienced by democracy...
Meenakari, an Enamel Art from Persia
Meenakari, which originated in Persia, is now done by just a few masters in India.The jewelry designer Alice Cicolini pointed to a ring on her finger. Its design -- a peacock perched on a flowering vine -- was rendered in traditional Jaipur enamels of...
Moore's Law Turns 50
It is amazing how many predictions he got right about what these steadily improving microchips would enable.On April 19, 1965, just over 50 years ago, Gordon Moore, then the head of research for Fairchild Semiconductor and later one of the co- founders...
New Facets ; While Buyers May See Little Change in the Price of a Solitaire, a Global Credit Squeeze and Sales Regulations Introduced by De Beers Are Reshaping the World's Diamond Market
Buyers may see little change in the price of a solitaire, but the credit squeeze and De Beers's new sales rules are having an effect on the industry.Diamonds and bank regulation would not, at first glance, seem to have much to do with each other.But...
New Options for Getting off the Grid
For now, home batteries remain a novelty. The market seems poised for growth, though, after Tesla Motors said it would offer batteries at a lower cost.Christian Kasberger, a telecommunications engineer in the Austrian town of Waizenkirchen, wanted to...
North Korea Has Executed a Top Officer, South Says ; Minister of Armed Forces Is Reported Killed after Disrespecting Leader
The minister of the People's Armed Forces, Gen. Hyon Yong-chol, was reportedly executed as a traitor for disrespecting for the nation's leader, Kim Jong-un.The second-highest officer in North Korea's military was recently executed as a traitor for showing...
Nuclear Race Feared Even as Iran Deal Takes Shape ; Sunni Arab Leaders Say Allowing Enrichment Will Force Them to Follow Suit
Saudi Arabia and many of the smaller Arab states are vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that delayed, even if it would not halt, Tehran's...
Obama Foiled on Asia Trade Deal ; Senate Democrats Block Giving President Power to Accelerate Accord
A vote halted consideration of legislation granting President Obama "fast track" power to complete a major trade accord with 11 nations in the Pacific Rim.Senate Democrats, in a rebuke of President Obama, have blocked consideration of giving him power...
On the Edge: A Jeweler's Skills Put to the Test
Lorenz Baumer created an epee for an inductee to the Academie Francaise.When the Academie Francaise inducts an "immortal," as these guardians of the French language are known, the newcomer dons the traditional bolero-style jacket embroidered with gold...
Pension Funds' Middlemen Come under Scrutiny
Placement agents are supposed to help pension funds select better investments. But their track record has been mixed.Placement agents have been maligned, banned and even imprisoned. And yet, pension funds continue to use them. Despite various scandals,...
Prince Loses Battle for Letters' Secrecy
Private letters exchanged between Prince Charles and British ministers displayed the prince's detailed knowledge of pet issues.Private letters exchanged between Prince Charles and British ministers that were released on Wednesday after a decade-long...
Putin Critic Linked Troops from Russia to Ukraine ; Released after the Killing of Its Author, Report Tracked Death Payouts
The report by Boris Y. Nemtsov, who was killed in February, documents the deaths of 220 Russian soldiers in southeastern Ukraine.Members of Russia's political opposition have published a posthumous report by the politician Boris Y. Nemtsov that documented the...
Real Estate in London Sizzles off Campus ; Influx of Foreign Students Turns Building Portfolios into Red-Hot Commodities
Investors are betting that a surge in international students will increase the imbalance in the supply and demand of student housing.Joyce Ge, a student from China who is studying business management at King's College London, pays 880 pounds a month...
Remembering Fierce Designs and Pheasant Claws
The designer's new jewelry was inspired by his relationship with Alexander McQueen.For Shaun Leane, the "Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been both bittersweet and inspiring - - a chance to reminisce about his...
Strategic and Economic Balancing Act Awaits Modi in China ; Both Countries' Leaders Hope to Expand Business and Cultural Relations
The verbal sniping leading up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China is a reminder of the thicket of territorial and historical tensions dividing China and India.The days before Narendra Modi left for his first visit to China as India's prime...
The $100 Million Art Club Swells with Rising Tide of Very, Very Rich
The astronomical rise in prices for the most sought-after works of art over the last generation is in large part the story of rising global inequality.We don't yet know who agreed to pay $179.4 million for a Picasso in an auction Monday night -- or where...
The Bicycle Mechanics from Ohio Who Ushered in the Age of Flight
David McCullough tells the story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.The Wright Brothers. By David McCullough. Illustrated. 320 pages. Simon & Schuster. $30.It has been nearly half a century since David McCullough published...
The Bitter Backdrop to 2016
For a long time now, American voters have been pessimistic about the country's future -- and their own.Already the polling for the presidential race is feverish, with new findings daily. Which Republican is leading in New Hampshire? How do voters feel,...
The Ideal of Luxury ; A Beautiful Villa in Milan Sets the Scene for Jewelry Design by the Italian Master Giampiero Bodino
A beautiful villa in Milan sets the scene for jewelry design by the Italian master Giampiero Bodino.Behind the stately iron gates of the Villa Mozart, Giampiero Bodino spends his days creating objects of desire. Yet, as the veteran Italian jewelry designer...
The Rohingya Refugees, Adrift
Southeast Asian governments must take emergency action to protect the victims of human trafficking.Thousands of people, both Muslim Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis seeking jobs in Malaysia, have been abandoned at sea recently...
To Fix Bayern, It Needs Longer Than a One-Year Commitment from Coach
The question Bayern Munich should be asking isn't if Pep Guardiola will still be manager next year, but if he is willing to be coach three years from now as it rebuilds.Where now for Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich? The coach and the club have been dodging...
Traces of Banned Toxins Found in Syria ; Inspectors Discover Ricin and Sarin amid Reports of Chlorine Bomb Attacks
The discovery came as government forces were accused of continuing to bombard insurgent-held areas with chlorine bombs.International inspectors have found traces of banned toxic chemicals in at least three military locations in Syria, four diplomats...
Vatican Is Set to Recognize Palestinian Statehood ; Decision Is a Strong Sign of Validity for Territories, but Unwelcome in Israel
The decision in Rome lends a powerful signal of legitimacy, but the move was not welcomed by the Israeli government.The Vatican said on Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed...
Vicious Cycle of Debt and Payments Traps Greece
Analysts say the Greek economy is unlikely to recover soon, prolonging a cycle in which it continues to lean on creditors to help pay its debts.By now it has become familiar: Greece warns that it is about to run out of cash, then manages to scrape together...
William Zinsser, Author and Genial Writing Teacher, Dies at 92
Mr. Zinsser was a prolific author, editor and teacher, but it was his role as an arbiter of good writing that resonated widely and deeply.William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book "On Writing Well" sold more than 1.5 million copies by...
With Deal, Verizon Bets on Video Ads
The deal illustrates how the communications industry has changed from the days when AOL told users, "You've got mail."The biggest wireless operator in the United States sees its digital future in a company that still offers dial-up Internet service.However...
Young Player Soars Even as He Shakes Things Up ; American, 17, Prepares for French Open as He Works with New Coach
Frances Tiafoe has soared in the rankings since the beginning of the year, from 1,145th to 292nd, and has earned entry into the main draw of the French Open.At 17, Frances Tiafoe, one of the most eagerly anticipated new arrivals for American tennis,...
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