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Articles from July 12, 2014

36 Hours In: Graz, Austria
A quick visit to Graz, Austria.Ask most travelers about Austrian cities beyond Vienna and you'll probably hear suggestions to go to Salzburg or Innsbruck. Austrians, however, might tell you that Graz -- the country's second-largest city, with a population...
A Billion-Euro Calculus for Airbus ; European Plane Maker Contemplates a Major Refit of Aging A330 Jet
With the A330 starting to show its age, Airbus must decide whether to overhaul the wide-body plane or focus on its newer models.Inside a vast, 185-acre assembly hall not far from the airport in this quiet corner of southwestern France, a dozen of Airbus's...
A Conversation with Larry McMurtry
The author of "The Last Kind Words Saloon" says that meth-heads are the worst part of being a bookseller. "Anyone can walk into our bookstore in the age of meth -- it's a constant worry."Larry McMurtryThe author, most recently, of "The Last Kind Words...
A Damaging Separation
Israelis and Palestinians once worked and even socialized together. Now they are divided by distrust and fear.Days after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down in 1995 by an Israeli Jew who opposed compromise with the Palestinians, Shimon Peres,...
A Global Showcase for Winged Weaponry ; Global Strife Could Mean Ready Buyers for the Latest in Fighter Planes
The F-35, built by Lockheed Martin, is one of the world's most ambitious weapons programs, with estimated development costs of around $400 billion.The business battle between Boeing and Airbus traditionally dominates the Farnborough International Airshow....
Alarm Bells on Explosive City Growth
Just eight of the 30 largest cities are located in countries that the World Bank defines as high income, down from 20 out of 30 in 1950.Really big cities used to be located primarily in rich countries. But as the world has urbanized, that has changed.The...
American Tobacco Rivals Confirm Talks over Merger ; Reynolds and Lorillard Explore Deal amid Rising Popularity of E- Cigarettes
The deal would create a company worth about $56 billion and unite some of the best-selling brands in cigarettes, including Camel and Newport.Reynolds American and Lorillard confirmed on Friday that they were in discussions about a multibillion-dollar...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.Buenos AiresLe Parc: Lumiere MALBA. Through Oct. 6.The Argentine artist Julio Le Parc (born 1928) has created works out of materials ranging from gouache to metal and concrete in a career that reaches back...
As Their Teams Vie in Cup Final, Two Popes May Just Pass
The question is whether Francis, 77, of Argentina, and Benedict, 87, of Germany, will be watching at all, given that the match begins at 9 p.m. in Italy and may not end until nearly midnight.They have prayed together and embraced one another as brothers, but...
A Threat from Sony to Bypass Licensers ; Dispute over Royalties Has Music Publishers Considering Big Changes
The announcement came as the music publishing world considers major changes in response to online services, which critics say pay too little in royalties.A month after the United States Justice Department said it would review the decades-old regulatory...
Bahrain's Bad Decision
Ejecting a U.S. official calls into question the monarchy's commitment to its American alliance.Bahrain would seem an unlikely country to expel a senior American diplomat on a trumped-up complaint, since the Persian Gulf state is home to the United States...
Barcelona Reaches Deal for Suarez ; Striker Won't Be Able to Train with New Team until Suspension Ends
Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday.Luis Suarez, who was suspended from all soccer activities for four months after biting an opposing player during the World Cup, will return from his ban with a new club:...
Blackstone Buys Unit of Friends Life
Blackstone will acquire two units of the insurer Friends Life Group that focus on estate and succession planning for high-net- worth individuals.The insurer Friends Life Group said on Friday that it had agreed to sell its wealth management arm in Luxembourg...
Changes Promised by Chief of Microsoft ; Message to Staff Appears to Hint at Coming Moves to Trim Vast Work Force
In a rallying cry to the staff, the chief executive, Satya Nadella said, "we will do things differently."Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, has written a company manifesto of sorts.His 3,100-word essay, distributed by email to Microsoft employees on...
Children of Cartels
They come to America's border to escape murder, rape and conscription in the drug gangs.Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon...
China Looks into Report of Laundering
A program on state television said a major Chinese bank was helping clients transfer large amounts of money overseas in violation of currency controls.China's central bank is investigating a report by state television that a major Chinese bank is helping...
Despite Samsung's Pledge, Chinese Factory Used Child Labor
The presence of at least three under-age workers at a Shinyang Electronics factory casts a cloud over the labor practices of Samsung and its suppliers.After work, the three teenage girls giggle and pull at one another's hair. But when questioned, they...
Doctors Discover Evidence of H.I.V. in a Child Who Was Said to Be Cured
A child in Mississippi who was thought to have been cured of H.I.V. with aggressive drug treatment after birth is now showing signs of infection with the virus.A child in Mississippi who was thought to have been cured of H.I.V. with aggressive drug treatment...
Exotic Experiences for the Privileged Few
In travel, too, the wealthiest are pulling away not just from average Americans but also from the merely rich, and they are driving demand for exclusive trips.James Barber yearned to travel to exotic places when he was a boy reading National Geographic....
Fischer Aims to Refocus Central Bank
Mr. Fischer, the Federal Reserve's new vice chairman, wants financial stability to be an explicit priority of the Fed.Stanley Fischer, the Federal Reserve's new vice chairman, has said that Congress should consider making financial stability an explicit...
France Is Not Anti-Semitic
The number of hateful acts against Jews has fallen over the last decade. Fighting prejudice remains our moral duty.Few democratic societies are as rich in populations of diverse origins as France's. This is one of the many traits France shares with the...
From Child to Man: Growing Up in Real Time
Richard Linklater's tender and profound feature film "Boyhood," which follows a boy and his family over a dozen years in real time, is a model of cinematic realism.Boyhood. Directed by Richard Linklater. The first shot in "Boyhood," Richard Linklater's...
Girding for World Cup Dramatics ; Fierceness of the Final Can Bring out a Player's Best -- or His Worst
If recent history is any indication, something strange and compelling will occur in Sunday's World Cup final.Apart from Germany, the Champagne fizz has suddenly gone flat at a World Cup that was being hailed earlier as the best in recent memory.Goals...
Google Plans Europe Tour to Explain Privacy Effort
The series of meetings are part of Google's response to a European court ruling that lets people ask that links about themselves be removed from Internet searches.Google is about to start a grand tour of Europe.The company will soon send a group of executives...
Hieroglyphics That Won't Be Silenced ; Graphic Artist Ganzeer Takes His Protest Art beyond Streets of Cairo
The street artist Ganzeer takes his protest art beyond the streets of Cairo.When the people of Cairo took to Tahrir Square in January 2011 to depose Egypt's longtime ruler, Hosni Mubarak, the streets exploded with murals and graffiti that mirrored the...
In Consolation Match, Losers Get Chance to Lose Once Again
After falling in the semifinals, the Netherlands and Brazil will play on Saturday, continuing the odd and often scorned sports tradition of third-place games.Brazil lost its World Cup semifinal match to Germany by a devastating 7-1 score. The Netherlands...
In Turkey, Looking East, West and Inward ; Classical Music Scene Facing Challenges from Traditionalists in Power
Turkey's classical music ensembles face growing challenges, from proposed budget cuts to accusations of a Western-style elitism.On a recent evening here, young people tossed Frisbees on the grassy lawns of an American-style college campus, while elegantly clad...
Iraq Plans to Oust Minister as Kurds Seize 2 Oil Fields ; Taking of Kirkuk Facilities Condemned by Official as Violation of Sovereignty
The prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, moved to replace the current foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, with Hussain Shahristani, a Shiite.The dangerous struggle between the leadership of Iraq and the country's Kurdish minority intensified Friday,...
Israelis Look within after Killing of Teenager ; Speculation Ties Suspects in Palestinian's Death to Right-Wing Extremists
Speculation abounds about the attack on a Palestinian boy and what the killing means for Israel.Even as the Israeli public offers strong support for airstrikes on Hamas fighters and their weapons stocks in Gaza, there is a good deal of reflection over...
Italian Wins Longest Stage of the Tour
The stage, which began beside the Champagne houses in Epernay, was won in a sprint by Italy's Matteo Trentin in Nancy.Although it verges on the profane to compare the suffering of the riders at the Tour de France to what occurred on the World War I battlefields...
James Shuns Heat to Rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers ; League Is Shaken as Star Moves to Strengthen a Team That Has Struggled
Four years after he bolted from Cleveland to Miami in pursuit of the N.B.A. championships that had eluded him, LeBron James is returning home.Four years after he bolted from Cleveland to Miami in pursuit of the N.B.A. championships that had eluded him,...
Kerry Seeks to Quell Crisis over Afghan Election Fray ; T
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan to help settle a dispute between the two candidates that puts the viability of the government at stake.Secretary of State John Kerry began a series of meetings here Friday in hopes of finding a way out...
Kierkegaard and Other Influences
New releases include those from My Brightest Diamond, Matt Pavolka, Wray, Mndsgn and People. New releases include those from My Brightest Diamond, Matt Pavolka, Wray, Mndsgn and People.Shara Worden, the operatically trained singer at the core of My Brightest...
Marijuana Clubs Add New Reason to Visit Barc
Fashionable lounges bend a decades-old law on private, members- only cannabis clubs to attract young tourists.On a recent evening, two vacationing German college students, armed with addresses they had gotten off the Internet, were trying to get into...
Old Vic's 'Crucible': A Case for Greatness
In a riveting revival, Yael Farber has restored the greatness to Arthur Miller's play.The Puritan torturers who try to break the spirit of John Proctor, the honor-bound hero of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," have nothing on the devastating revival of...
Once Again, Art in Russia Carries Political Overtones
In Russia, art itself is a form of action, and exhibits in St. Petersburg provide a counterpoint to Putin's agenda.The "white nights" are an enchanting time in "Piter," when darkness never falls and a carnival atmosphere settles over the grand palaces,...
Open a Nuclear Fuel Bank
An international facility to ensure access to supplies could help support and reinforce an agreement with Iran.As the United States and its negotiating partners continue nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, the pressure is rising. The deadline for a final...
Pakistan Claims Win, but Enemy Escapes ; Tribal Enclave Becomes Ghost Town after Rebels Flee Military Takeover
A tribal enclave that is usually home to 100,000 has turned into a ghost town, after fighters flee a military takeover.A solitary donkey wandered through the deserted streets of this once-bustling tribal town of 100,000, but no other inhabitants were to...
Pipeline vs. Pastures in an Energy-Hungry Region ; Landowners Dig in Heels against Natural Gas Route through U.S. Northeast
New England governors want new supplies of natural gas, but owners of the land that a pipeline would cross are digging in their heels.Standing on a dirt road outside his aging barn, Walter Jaworski, a former veterinarian turned cattle rancher in this...
Refinery Closures Test Eni's Resolve ; Energy Giant Faces Fight with Government and Unions to Shutter Plants
The plants that are likely to be shut employ more than 1,500 people and account for about 40 percent of the company's refining capacity in Italy.The new chief executive of Eni, the Italian energy giant, has put himself on a collision course with workers...
Republicans Resume Bid to Curb or Eliminate Fed ; Central Bank Critics Aim at Reining in Expansive Stimulus and Regulation
Bills in the House of Representatives include proposals to require the central bank to use a formula to set monetary policy, and to eliminate the Fed.Republicans in the House of Representatives, frustrated by the Federal Reserve's expansive economic...
Reynolds and Lorillard in Talks to Join Forces ; Merger of Tobacco Giants Would Create Challenger to Industry Leader Altria
Confronting a shrinking market of smokers, a deal would unite some of the best-selling brands in cigarettes, including Camel and Newport.Two of the biggest American tobacco companies said on Friday that they were in talks to merge and create a $56 billion...
Ruthless Germans Face a Genius
If this World Cup has taught us anything, it is to take nothing for granted, though Germany looks formidable as it prepares to face Argentina in the final.If this World Cup has taught us anything, it is to take nothing for granted. Spain came to defend...
Science Journal Retracts 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud
The papers are linked to a researcher in Taiwan, who is accused of creating fake online accounts to judge the work favorably.A scientific journal has retracted 60 papers linked to a researcher in Taiwan, accusing him of "perverting the peer-review process"...
Selfies Posing a Problem for Tour Riders ; Fan Pictures along Route Add Danger to a Sport Already Filled with Them
An increasing number of spectators lining the Tour de France's route are taking self-portraits with the riders as the background, adding another danger to a sport already fraught with them.Seeing the Tour de France in person usually involves waiting around,...
Sensational Tale of Clinton Overshadows Her Memoir ; Conservative's Expose Comes in for Criticism, but Tops Best- Seller Lists
Edward Klein's "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas," a 320- page unauthorized and barely sourced account, has toppled "Hard Choices" from its spot on the best-seller list.Of all the headaches of her current book tour -- the declining sales, the...
Shadowy Figure Leads Rebels in Ukraine ; Former Intelligence Agent Exerts Firm Authority over Pro-Russian Fighters
Once marked as a dead man, Igor Strelkov made his first public appearance in Donetsk in a move to assert authority over fractious separatist militias.Late one afternoon last month, as separatist militia fighters and Ukrainian forces exchanged fire, a...
Shares of Portuguese Bank Suspended from Trading ; Move Shakes Markets, Raising Concerns about Europe Financial System
The move against Banco Espirito Santo sent markets from Germany to Greece wobbling and was a reminder of how quickly bad news spreads in the euro zone.The European markets have been exuberant for months. Propelled by an improving economic climate, investors...
Shortages and Fear in a Wartime Ramadan ; Gazans Mark Holy Month amid Tensions of Conflict with Little Cash to Spend
To add to the anxiety of airstrikes in a crowded city, Egypt has largely shut down the tunnels that fed the economy, and there is little money to spend.War during Ramadan has a particular tension. It's not just the normal anxiety of airstrikes in a crowded...
The Fault in Our DNA
Do genes shape behavior and history, or are they malleable?A Troublesome Inheritance. Genes, Race and Human History. By Nicholas Wade. 278 pages. The Penguin Press. $27.95.Inheritance. How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes....
The Indiscreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
A holiday near the Mediterranean leads to disaster for a doctor and his celebrity patient in this novel by the author of "The Dinner."Summer House With Swimming Pool. By Herman Koch. Translated by Sam Garrett. 487 pages. Hogarth. $24.Published in English...
The North Korean Puzzle
Beijing and Seoul profess concern about Pyongyang's nuclear program, but little else.President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and President Xi Jinping of China showed no sense of urgency in tackling the North Korean nuclear issue when they met last week...
Tracing D.H. Lawrence's Ink Trail in Sardinia ; in Exile from England, the Reluctant Traveler Chronicled a 1921 Visit
In exile from England, the reluctant traveler chronicled a 1921 visit to the island."I don't care for islands," D.H. Lawrence once wrote, an attitude I happen to share, though my wife doesn't, which is how we found ourselves in Sardinia last spring.Whether...
Turbulence in Europe Derails I.P.O. ; Portuguese Group Delays Plan for London Listing as Stock Markets Stutter
It was the second listing to be pulled since concerns about Portugal's second-largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, sent European stocks lower on Thursday.Recent market jitters have claimed another initial public offering in Europe.Mota-Engil Africa, a...
Turkey's and Australia's Destiny ; the Gallipoli Campaign, in 1915, Laid Roots for a Modern National Identity
For the Turks and the Australians, the Gallipoli campaign has taken on an outsize importance as the bloody event that became the foundation of a modern national consciousness.The trenches are still there, carved in the green hills of the slim Gallipoli...
Voting in China, a Distant Dream
Never in my life have I seen a ballot to elect the delegates who meet every year in Beijing.I am 54, but have never in my life seen an election ballot."Have you seen one?" I ask people, out of curiosity. Like me, most of them have no idea what a ballot...
Where Filth Starves the Young from the Inside out ; in India, Food Won't Cure Malnutrition Caused by Bacteria in Human Waste
Many children in India are exposed to a bacterial brew from human waste that may make it impossible for food alone to cure their malnutrition.He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud...
Who Wants a Depression?
The story of "sadomonetarism," what drives the 0.01 percent, and the politicization of economics.One unhappy lesson we've learned in recent years is that economics is a far more political subject than we liked to imagine. Well, duh, you may say. But,...
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