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Articles from December 12, 2014

A Barely Visible Alchemy in Battle of the Batons ; Elim Chan's Top Prize at Conducting Event Is a Rare Win for a Woman
Elim Chan's victory in the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition suggests how difficult it can be to explain what quality prompts an orchestra to give its best.The finals of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, run in collaboration with the London...
Accounts Differ on Raid in Yemen to Free Captives ; Villagers' Toll Comprises 6 Civilians and 2 Captors; U.S. Says 6 Militants Died
The official account of a mission to rescue an American hostage being held by the affiliate of Al Qaeda in Yemen was impossible to reconcile with villagers' accounts.As the raid got underway in his village, Mubarak al-Harad was woken first by barking...
Afghans Are Asked to Pick Name as Nation Tries to Tally Citizenry
Many citizens lack surnames, most do not know their birthday, and women will not speak if their husbands are not present.Khaliddudin, who like many Afghans goes by a single name, has already picked out a second name to go alongside the first. He has decided...
Americans at Risk for Trials Overseas ; If U.S. Doesn't Prosecute, Calls Are Likely to Grow for International Action
Calls for international prosecutions, legal experts say, are likely to grow as long as the United States chooses not to prosecute its own.The United States is obliged by international law to investigate its citizens suspected of engaging in torture,...
American Tells of His Captivity in North Korea ; Veteran, 85, Says in Book That He Erred in Seeking Contact with Ex- Guerrillas
Merrill Newman, an 85- year-old Korean War veteran from California, acknowledges that his war service and his desire to meet relatives of the anti-Communist guerrillas he had helped train were his undoing.In his 36th-floor hotel room overlooking Pyongyang,...
Amid Crises, a Golden Era for Markets
Financial crises have sometimes been misunderstood in ways that came back to haunt the world years later."There are good crises and there are bad crises. Every crisis breaks a deadlock and sets events in motion. It is either a disaster or an opportunity....
Appeals Court Deals Major Setback to Wall Street Crackdown
In a startling decision, a federal appeals court rewrote the insider trading playbook, imposing the greatest limits on prosecutors in a generation.The convictions had racked up in recent years, 85 people all told, as Manhattan prosecutors swept through...
Array of Apps Provides Weather Forecasts That Go Far beyond the Basics
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...
As Oil Prices Plummet, Airfares Stay Aloft ; Airlines Likely to Improve Services Rather Than Cut Prices, Analysts Forecast
While motorists have seen gasoline prices fall at the pump, air travelers should not expect to see fares, or even fuel surcharges, drop anytime soon.A recovering economy and rapidly falling oil prices have provided some breathing room for airlines in...
Bank of England Aims for More Transparency
The central bank said it would start publishing the minutes of its monetary policy meetings and its inflation report at the same time the decisions are made.The Bank of England announced a sweeping set of changes on Thursday to increase transparency...
Banks Show Tepid Interest in E.C.B.'S Cheap Loans ; Low Borrowing Level Adds to Expectation of a Wider Eurozone Stimulus
The response in the second round of the lending program may reinforce expectations that the central bank will have to begin asset purchases.Banks showed only moderate interest on Thursday in a second round of the cheap loans that the European Central...
Brazil Names 377 in Rights Abuses under Military Rule
President Dilma Rousseff, once a victim of the military rulers, broke into tears during a speech about the publication of the rights violations.Agents of Brazil's military dictatorship crucified some torture victims, beating the palms of their hands...
Bulls Guard Sees Taking a Stand as a Responsibility ; Former M.V.P. Kicked off a Trend as First to Wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirt
In Derrick Rose's hometown of Chicago, he was already known as someone with a social conscience before he became the first N.B.A. player to don an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt.Derrick Rose was in his downtown apartment one night late last week with two...
Cargill Weighs New Bid for Dutch Feed Supplier
The company may go ahead with a revised offer for the feed company Nutreco, which already has a $3.7 billion offer from SHV Holdings of the Netherlands.Cargill said Thursday that it was still interested in acquiring Nutreco, a Dutch supplier of feed...
China Ride App Raises $700 Million
Didi, which is backed by Tencent Holdings, the operator of China's biggest social network, is one of the two dominant apps of its kind in the country.Didi Dache, a Chinese taxi-hailing app, has raised more than $700 million from investors. The move comes...
C.I.A. Buried Plan to Avert Torture at 'Black Sites' ; Detainees Were to Have Rights, but Pentagon Refused Use of Its Bases
The agency first envisioned a path very different from the one it ultimately followed, one in which detainees would be offered the same rights as inmates held in federal jails.Just six days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President George W. Bush...
Comet Data May Settle Debate on Earth's Water ; European Mission Leads Cosmic Scientists to Look Elsewhere for the Source
Results from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission suggest that comets most likely did not supply early Earth with its water.One of the first scientific findings to emerge from close-up study of a comet has all but settled a question that planetary scientists...
Copyright Fees Lead Google News to Quit Spain
The search giant plans to stop offering Google News after Spanish lawmakers passed rules allowing publications to charge Google for using their content.Google News is saying adios to Spain.The web site, which compiles headlines and summaries of news articles...
Deal Cycle: Buy, Divide and Repeat
Who is creating more value? Is the bigger-is-better crowd right? Or is the smaller-and-more-focused pack the one to follow? Is it an either-or proposition?In the fall of 2001, Hewlett-Packard announced a momentous $25 billion merger with Compaq."This...
Detroit Emerges from Bankruptcy, but a New Set of Challenges Begins
As Detroit exited bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, it faced what might be a more difficult, lengthy test of rebuilding the city.This city has formally emerged from court protection, bringing to a close the largest municipal bankruptcy in American...
Dispute over Palestinian's Cause of Death ; Israelis Point to Coronary, Contradicting Assertion on Troops' Fatal Violence
Israeli pathologists said Ziad Abu Ein had died of a heart attack, but a Palestinian forensic expert told reporters that Mr. Abu Ein had died as a result of violence.Israeli and Palestinian pathologists on Thursday offered contradictory interpretations...
Drug Trade Transforms Amazon Outpost ; Gangs Battle One Another, and Police, in Turf War Fueled by Cocaine Profit
The city of Manaus is reeling from expanding drug violence, including the targeting of the police and grisly murders in gang turf wars.With their hands and feet bound, the two dead men who were recently found by police officers in the trunk of a Peugeot...
Editor of Guardian to Step Down
The newspaper said the editor, Alan Rusbridger, would become in 2016 the chairman of the Scott Trust, the sole shareholder of The Guardian.Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, who oversaw a period in which the newspaper expanded from a British...
Exoneration Comes Too Late for 2 Hedge Funds ; Raids by F.B.I. in 2010 Reassessed after Traders' Convictions Overturned
It took only the government's suspicions of insider trading for investors to lose faith in the funds where Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson worked.Before they were convicted of insider trading, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson were two highfliers of...
Forgive and Forget? Not Her ; Kristin Scott Thomas Plays "Electra" in Tale of Revenge at Old Vic
Kristin Scott Thomas plays the emotional lead in "Electra," the Greek tale about a woman and familial revenge, at The Old Vic.The movie star gloss has been thoroughly wiped from the perfect planes of Kristin Scott Thomas's face in the new production...
How to Make Skiing Fun for Beginners
Joe Hession, the president and chief executive of Snow Operating, offered some tips to first-time skiers.For first-time skiers, expectations and reality can often diverge on the slopes. They imagine gracefully swishing down an Alpine mountain, but then...
Indonesian Police's 'Virginity Test' Draws Criticism
A report has refocused attention on a practice by law enforcement of gauging a female recruit's morality with an invasive procedure.Col. Sri Rumiati made her career in the Indonesian national police force, but the day she was tested for it, in 1984,...
In Oceans, Trillions of Pieces of Plastic ; Computer Models Gauge Scope of Debris in Seas, Much of It Fishing Nets
New computer modeling suggests that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing 269,000 tons are floating 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 Praise of Leaders, Artists and Troubled Kids ; 'Boyhood,' Citizenfour' and 'Selma' Are among A.O. Scott's Top Films
"Boyhood," "Selma" and other movies on A. O. Scott's Top 10 list. (With some runners-up, too).I'll skip the usual laments about the cruel arbitrariness of list making. There were a lot of movies this year, and quite a few good ones. Here are 21, a 10...
Investors Flood into Chinese Health Care ; Changing Demographics Are Fueling Growth, but Many Challenges Remain
For all the challenges of China's health care system, demand for more and better medical products and services is surging.Investing in China's health care sector is not for the faint of heart.The country's pharmaceutical supply chain is rife with corruption....
Iranians Are in the Mood to Do Business ; Anticipating Nuclear Deal, They Are Preparing for Prosperous Days Ahead
Confidence is building in Iran's business circles, with executives in the major export industries preparing for what they see as prosperous days ahead.The text message, received as the deadline for nuclear talks was expiring, gave Fatemeh Moghimi a thrill...
It's Simple: Just Trust in the Talent
In the Champions League, Samir Nasri provided the finishing skills that City supposedly was lacking, while Barcelona's Big Three all scored in a win over Paris St.-Germain.When Manager Manuel Pellegrini was asked how his Manchester City team won in Rome...
Keep Torture Reports Secret, U.S. Tells Court ; Suit Sought Summaries of Interviews to Explain the Lack of Charges
The New York Times has filed a request that the Justice Department disclose documents from an investigation into C.I.A. torture of detainees.The Obama administration has urged a court to reject a request to disclose hundreds of pages of documents from...
Lending Club I.P.O. Inspires Peers ; Alternative Bank Carves a Niche That Dozens More Could Potentially Emulate
The eight-year-old company priced its stock at $15 a share, which values the company at $5.4 billion.The debut of Lending Club on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday carries the hopes of an entire industry.The company, whose online marketplace matches...
Let India Make Cheap Drugs
America is pushing for India's patent laws to be restructured to favor Big Pharma -- at the expense of the poor.Last month, the United States and India announced an important breakthrough concerning India's "right-to-food" program. The Indian government...
Living the Good Life on an Italian Island
International buyers are now searching for deals on luxury homes on Capri.Say "Capri." Most people immediately think of beautiful young things on blindingly white yachts, lazy afternoons on a terrace with the clink of cocktail ice in the background,...
Malaysia's New Migrants
Rapid growth means that millions of foreigners are drawn to work here, but not to make the land their home.Shyam is a skinny 32-year-old who looks barely out of his teens, the father of a young boy whom he has not seen for nearly two years. I first met...
Manchester City Moves on in Champions League ; Manchester City Avoids Liverpool's Fate with 2-0 Victory over Roma
City advanced to the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League when it won at Roma, a day after Liverpool was knocked out.England avoided a second consecutive nightmarish night as Manchester City beat host Roma by 2-0 on the final day of group- stage...
New Mob Scandal Stuns Even Italians ; No Average Crime Ring, Gang Is Said to Squeeze Millions from the Capital
Prosecutors say they uncovered a wholly new criminal ring smack in the heart of the capital, leading to staggering array of charges involving politicians across the spectrum.Shortly after Rome's municipal elections last year, Massimo Carminati, a reputed...
New Witness Comes Forth in Munich Bomb Case ; Inquiry Will Be Reopened in Oktoberfest Explosion That Killed 13 in 1980
With a new witness coming forth, officials will reopen their investigation of Germany's deadliest rightist terrorist attack, which took place at the 1980 Oktoberfest in Munich.More than 34 years after a bomb ripped through a festive Friday night crowd...
Obama Catches Blame on C.I.A.'S Tactics ; President on Defensive despite Ending Extreme Interrogation Techniques
The debate over interrogation techniques has left the president facing an uncomfortable rift between two allies, the C.I.A. director and Democrats.President Obama on Wednesday found himself caught in the middle of a collision between the Central Intelligence...
Old Berlin Address Is Given a New Sheen ; in Heart of Old West, Apartment Complex Sold out before Completion
A new boutique luxury development features access to Berlin's most-storied department store and concierge service.CORRECTION APPENDED Stepping out of the metro station and onto Wittenbergplatz, a visitor gets a glimpse of modern Berlin: a bustling...
Panel Faults Australia on Rights of Migrants ; Delay on Asylum Claims Led to Rioting at Offshore Site, Senate Report Says
The government failed to protect asylum seekers locked up in Papua New Guinea during two days of riots in February, a Senate inquiry concludes.The Australian government failed to protect asylum seekers locked up in Papua New Guinea during two days of...
Political Fight Hinders Effort to Stoke French Economy
A long-promised package of government proposals, though narrowly drawn, angered Socialists while disappointing economists.Moving to battle high unemployment and a stagnant economy, the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande has announced...
Poll Shows Lost Confidence in American Dream ; Economy May Be on Rise, but Public Pessimistic on Riches through Hard Work
The economy may be on the rebound, but many are pessimistic about the ability to become rich through hard work.Despite an improving economy and jobs picture in the United States, the public is more pessimistic than it was after the 2008 financial crisis...
Protest Ends in Surrender, but Divisions Only Harden ; Pro-Democracy Activists Vow to Return as Camps Are Cleared in Hong Kong
Dozens of the most prominent members of Hong Kong's pro- democracy movement offered themselves up for arrest.In the finale of street protests that choked streets in downtown Hong Kong for 11 weeks, the police arrested dozens of the city's pro- democracy...
Putin Visits India, a Friend Whose Interests May Lie Elsewhere
The two nations were bound throughout the Cold War by a mutual mistrust of the United States, but there is now uncertainty in the old relationship.President Vladimir V. Putin flew into New Delhi in need of a friend.China is a friend, but a giant and...
Quarterback Is a 'Mess' for Redskins ; Former Rookie of Year a Shell of His Former Self, and Backups Have Flopped
The former rookie of the year Robert Griffin III is a shell of his former self in Washington, and his backups haven't done much better replacing him this season.Jay Gruden, in his first year as the Washington Redskins' coach, describes his team's uncertainty...
Rules of Engagement, Still Missing
As Obama gets in deeper against ISIS without explicit constitutional authority, Congress must impose limits.Nearly five months and 1,100 airstrikes into the American-led war against the Islamic State, Congress has barely begun to fulfill its constitutional...
Russia Denounces U.S. over C.I.A. Torture Report
Often castigated by the United States over its record on rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia seized on the report to turn the tables on Washington.Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties,...
Russia Raises Key Rate to Halt the Ruble's Slide
The central bank is trying to rein in inflation and slow the decline of the ruble.Russia's central bank raised its key interest rate on Thursday in an effort to curb inflation and slow the plunge of the ruble.The rate increase is the latest sign of problems...
Society's Bad Deal in Donor-Advised Charity Funds
A boom in donor-advised funds run by money-management firms has so far turned out to be a bad deal for society.Donor-advised funds run by huge money-management firms are exploding.Fidelity Charitable runs the second-ranked charity in the United States,...
Sony's Dirty Laundry Aired after Hacking ; All Hollywood Riveted by Email Clash between Executive and Producer
Personal information as well as email exchanges have been revealed in the hacking attack of Sony's movie studio last month.Salaries of its top executives. Unpublished scripts. Sensitive contracts. Aliases that stars use to check into hotels. Those are...
Spain's Copyright Fees Lead Google to Pull News Site
The search giant plans to stop offering Google News after Spanish lawmakers passed rules allowing publications to charge Google for using their content.Google is in another spat in Europe.The search giant said on Thursday that it would shut down its Google...
The Path to Zero Ebola Cases
We have underestimated the danger in the past; we must not do so again.In my career as a medical doctor and global health policy maker, I have been in the middle of monumental struggles, including fights to make treatment accessible in the developing...
Tories Hope to Lure North of England
Recent talk of turning a string of northern cities into a regional powerhouse has highlighted how the outlines of England's north-south divide have shifted.They were among Britain's most durable stereotypes and, for some, they still are: the flat-voweled...
What Curse? Cubs Manager Savors His Luck ; Lester Deal Is Latest Sign of a Changed Philosophy from Long- Suffering Club
Deal for Jon Lester is the latest sign of the changed philosophy at the Chicago Cubs, who have not won it all in over a century.Joe Maddon stood by the front door of the Manchester Grand Hyatt around dinnertime Tuesday, chatting casually about his charmed...
What If Whites Were the Minority?
This could be what a white dad tells his teenage son about respecting black authority: It's a matter of life or death.In the responses to my "When Whites Just Don't Get It" series, I've been struck by the lack of empathy some whites show for members of...
What's the Best Book, New or Old, You Read This Year?
Bookends columnists make selections from "Moby Dick" to Nora Ephron's "Heartburn."Padgett Powell's novel "The Interrogative Mood" works for me as a dappled, strange, brilliant Book of Common Prayer. I can open it on any day, to any page, and after reading...
William R. Salomon, Prominent Wall St. Banker, Dies at 100
Mr. Salomon made Salomon Brothers a powerhouse investment bank, transforming it into a full-service firm with particular expertise in trading bonds.William R. Salomon, a Wall Street lion of a bygone era, who built his father's firm, Salomon Brothers,...
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