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Articles from March 14, 2015

36 Hours In: Los Cabos, Mexico
A quick visit to Los Cabos, Mexico.Cancun meets San Diego on the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula where two towns, rowdy Cabo San Lucas to the west and quieter San Jose del Cabo to the east, bookend a booming 20-mile tourist corridor of lavish...
Accepted? Rejected? Relax
America's college admissions madness is a great, brutal culling. What nonsense.Here we go again. At Harvard, Emory, Bucknell and other schools around the country, there have been record numbers of applicants yearning for an elite degree. They'll get...
A Conversation with Erik Larson
The author, most recently, of "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," keeps a book full of photographs of miniature dioramas of bloody crime scenes on his shelves. "A gift from a friend."Erik LarsonThe author, most recently, of "Dead Wake: The...
Adapting a Legacy for a New Century ; Few Events Rival the Size, Structure and Breadth of the Venice Biennale
Despite changing tastes and world upheavals, the Venice Art Biennale still manages to flourish."Venice is a great survivor," said Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian- born critic, curator and director of this year's Venice Art Biennale.Older than today's premier...
A Duty on Authorizing Force
The U.S. Senate appears to be at an impasse on approving the war on ISIS.The Republicans in the Senate seem to have had no trouble inserting themselves into the Iran nuclear negotiations, when they had no business interfering. Yet they have shown little...
Alibaba Takes a Piece of Snapchat ; Chinese Online Company Is Said to Buy a Stake in Smartphone Photo App
The investment by the Chinese e-commerce giant would value the messaging start-up at $15 billion, according to a person familiar with the deal.Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has invested $200 million in Snapchat, according to three people with...
A Lingering Controversy from Dramatic 1994 Race
The Australian Grand Prix that year was a title-deciding, final- race showdown that ended one of the most dramatic and controversial seasons ever, and the outcome continues to divide opinion today.In 1994, one of the most dramatic and controversial seasons...
A Moment atop the World for Bhutan's Last-Ranked Team ; No.209 on FIFA List, It Knocks off Sri Lanka in World Cup Qualifier
Crediting the ability of the current generation to watch soccer on TV, Bhutan's national team won its first World Cup qualifying match, beating Sri Lanka.Nikola Kavazovic sat alone in the hot and sticky interior of Sugathadasa Stadium this week, waiting...
Architecture Biennale Succeeds with an Eclectic Presentation ; Attracting General Public and Experts Alike, Event Is Now Leader in Its Field
By developing a careful mix of sophistication, education and entertainment, the Venice Architecture Biennale has established itself as the most important international event in its field.Ceiling, window, corridor, floor, balcony, fireplace, facade, roof,...
Art Basel Brightens Hong Kong's Luster ; Show's Popularity Reflects Artistic Shift in City Still Building Its Cultural Scene
The popularity of the annual Art Basel in Hong Kong is testament to how rapidly this city's art market has grown, and how far it still has to go.Collectors and museum directors from around the world had the chance on Friday to deal discreetly with the...
Arts Guide
A look at selected arts events worldwide.TokyoToho Studios: Innovative Filmmakers in Setagaya Setagaya Art Museum. Through April 19.Storyboards, photographs, sketches and period posters are on view in this wide-ranging exhibition about Toho Studios --...
A Surgery That Works -- Usually ; Tommy John Procedure Allows Up to 80 Percent to Pitch as They Did Before
The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka is trying to beat a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, but Kris Medlen and Ryan Madson are examples of pitchers who had arm surgery with varying outcomes.Kris Medlen could not help noticing Matt Harvey's spring...
Bespoke Scents, the Latest in Personalized Products ; A Signature Perfume Can Cost Up to $50,000; but to Some, It's Worth It
Getting your own signature scent can cost thousands of dollars, by one estimate $30,000 to $50,000. For some women, it's worth it.As part of a trip to France in 1984 to study floral painting, Dianne Bernhard spent time in Monet's gardens at Giverny....
British Entry to Asia Bank Likely to Lure Other Allies ; Washington Is Worried China-Led Institution Is a Rival to Its Organizations
The move will almost certainly encourage other American allies to become members of what could become a rival to United States-led institutions.A surprise decision this past week by Britain to join China's new development bank for Asia, despite opposition...
Cameron, Vote near, Opens Rift with U.S. ; Joining China Bank and Cutting Defense Spending Defy Obama
David Cameron, Britain's Conservative prime minister, has distanced himself from the United States on two key issues - defense spending and China.In a tough election campaign, David Cameron, Britain's Conservative prime minister, has distanced himself...
Can an Evil Man Change?
Over the years, a South African killer transformed himself into somebody who helped the families of his victims.South Africa's most notorious apartheid-era assassin, Eugene de Kock, has received parole after spending 20 years in prison. The government's...
Chief's Pay at UBS Rises despite Woes at the Bank ; Compensation Totaled $11 Million Even as Firm Was Settling Lawsuits
Sergio P. Ermotti's total compensation was about $11.1 million despite the bank's performance being "tempered" by legal and regulatory charges in 2014.Sergio P. Ermotti, the UBS chief executive, saw his compensation increase nearly 5 percent in 2014,...
Choosing a 'Samurai' to Portray the 'King' ; the Japanese Movie Star Ken Watanabe Goes out on a Limb for Broadway
A movie star in Japan, Mr. Watanabe, who still keeps a translator nearby, makes his Broadway debut with a role about a cultural divide.CORRECTION APPENDED In the wrong hands, "The King and I," with all those adorable children scampering about,...
Deciphering 'Fedspeak,' Linguistically
Ten years after Ben Bernanke proclaimed the end of "Fedspeak," the Federal Reserve, try as it might, still seems to be speaking in ambiguities.patient adj. "bearing or enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-control; refusing...
Ending Ukraine's Other War
The struggle to develop a functional state and robust economy is crucial. The West must do all it can to support Kiev.Twenty-five years after the Cold War's end, the struggle for Ukraine's survival as an independent nation has become a test of the character...
F.C.C. Releases Rules on Net Neutrality, Setting Up Battles
The agency said it would decide on what was acceptable on a case- by-case basis, taking on a more prominent role in the high-speed Internet arena.The Federal Communications Commission has released extensive details of how it would regulate broadband...
Floor Retailer to Offer Free Air Tests ; Lumber Liquidators Denies Product Has High Levels of Formaldehyde
Lumber Liquidators said it would provide free air testing to consumers after a report that its laminate flooring from China had high levels of formaldehyde.Lumber Liquidators has said that it would provide free air testing to consumers after a report...
Flying through the War
Daniel Torday's "The Last Flight of Poxl West."The Last Flight of Poxl West. By Daniel Torday. 291 pages. St. Martin's Press. $25.99.Early on in "The Last Flight of Poxl West," Daniel Torday's expertly crafted first novel, an irksome grad student...
France Seeks Criminal Suit for HSBC's Swiss Unit ; Financial Prosecutor Asks That a Tax Evasion Case Be Brought to Trial
France's financial prosecutor's office said on Friday that it had recommended to magistrates that HSBC's Swiss operation be criminally charged with encouraging tax evasion. France's financial prosecutor's office said on Friday that it had recommended...
Free at Last, Free at Last? ; Some Mondrian Works Lose Copyright Protection, but Rules Are Bewildering
Differences in copyright protection between Europe and the United States mean that only a portion of his work can be used freely by museums and others.Piet Mondrian, the Dutch modern master, died 71 years ago. Are his works now copyright-free? The answer...
From Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants
The philanthropic giant is deploying funds and influence into for- profit companies with bright ideas, instead of focusing only on grants to nonprofits.The Ebola crisis underscored a problem that vexes experts in global health: Vaccines are one of the...
From Nightmare to Dream Come True ; Michaela DePrince Lived through War to Become a Celebrity at Dutch Ballet
The American ballerina Michaela DePrince lived through a civil war in Sierra Leone to become a celebrity at the Dutch National Ballet.Michaela DePrince was appearing here in the third act of Balanchine's "Jewels" with the Dutch National Ballet on a recent evening....
'Frozen 2' Will Help Extend a Lucrative Franchise ; Disney Confirms Sequel to Animated Musical That Led Firm to a Record Profit
The company used its annual shareholder meeting to make several movie announcements, which also included a release date for "Star Wars: Episode VIII."The blizzard continues: "Frozen 2" is coming to theaters.The Walt Disney Company on Thursday used its...
Fruits of Friendship: Dialogue in Pictures ; Show in Budapest Traces Mutual Influences of Maillol and Rippl- Ronai
An exhibition in Budapest shows how the friendship of the French painter Maillol and the Hungarian painter Rippl-Ronai inspired both of them."Why do you have to stay so far from us?" the French painter and sculptor Aristide Maillol once wrote to his...
German Bank Settles U.S. Charges ; Commerzbank Will Pay $1.5 Billion to Resolve Money Laundering Case
The case against Commerzbank is the latest black eye for a major global financial institution that sent tainted money through the American financial system.Pursuing a trail of illicit money from Geneva to Paris with stops in London, the United States...
Germany Says Teachers May Wear Head Scarves ; Muslim Advocates Praise Ruling, but Some Fear Anti-Immigrant Backlash
At a time of rising tensions in Europe over the increase in the Muslim population, some lauded the decision as an advance for religious freedom.Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that female Muslim teachers may wear head scarves in...
Gravehopping: Le Corbusier
'How nice it would be to die swimming toward the sun.'Jason is excited that our rental car has a manual transmission. He views it as a perk, though it was our only option. We drive down a steep hill that snakes toward the sea, and follow brown signs marked...
Harper Lee's Agent Says Author Is Fine ; He Rejects Any Suggestion That She Is Not in Full Possession of Her Wits
Andrew Nurnberg, the agent handling international rights for the new novel, was responding to the disclosure that Alabama was looking into a complaint of elder abuse involving Ms. Lee.The literary agent for Harper Lee said Friday that the author was "in...
Hillary Clinton's Big Test
Is she strong enough to rise above hostility, to reveal vulnerable parts of herself? Can she get voters to trust her?The political world is stuck in the middle of an accelerating protocol crisis. All sorts of customary acts of self-restraint are being...
Hitting ISIS with Humor, Satirists Take Fight Online ; Videos and Songs Mock Hypocrisies and Excesses of Media-Savvy Jihadists
At the risk of offending sensibilities in finding humor in the horrific, many parodies that have flourished on the Internet aim to cut the extremists down to size.Viewed more than a million times on YouTube, the blooper reel shows a knife-wielding executioner...
Honda Ad Campaign Aims to Hasten Airbag Repairs ; Carmaker Targets Owners as Millions of Recalled Autos Still Need Attention
With millions of its cars still under recall, Honda Motor said it was beginning an advertising campaign aimed at persuading owners to get them fixed.With millions of its cars still under recall but not yet repaired, Honda Motor has said it is beginning...
In China, a Building Frenzy's Fault Lines ; Many Foreign Investors, Lured by Real Estate Boom, Overlooked Risks
As foreign investors clamored for a piece of China's real estate boom, it was easy to overlook the type of risk that brought down the property developer Kaisa.As the real estate market in the United States was collapsing in the mid-2000s, Wall Street...
In Our Pages
Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: Mi- Careme is celebrated gaily in Paris in 1890; the former governor of Punjab is assassinated in 1940.1890 Revelers Pack Paris StreetsParis offered yesterday a perfect picture of metropolitan...
In the Netherlands, a Boom in Shoes ; One-of-a-Kind Footwear Emerges as Designers Bridge Art and Function
Though the world may associate the Netherlands with rustic wooden clogs, shoe art in the country is experiencing something of a boom.Deniz Terli is a Dutch shoe designer who has piled up awards and attention for her vertiginous, one-of-a-kind footwear,...
Iraq Balances Its Allies in Claiming Advances in Tikrit
A major step for the Iraqi government in fighting the Islamic State came with Shiite militias and Iranian military officials in a leading role.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared that victory in Tikrit is near and "achieved totally by Iraqi hands"...
ISIS Extends Reach despite Inner Strife
In the seven months since allied warplanes in the American-led campaign began bombing select Islamic State targets, the Sunni militancy is holding its own.The Islamic State is facing growing dissension among its rank- and-file fighters and struggling...
Jane Goodall, Still Wild at Heart ; after Changing How We See Chimpanzees, She's Now Trying to Save Them
Jane Goodall journeyed into the jungle half a century ago to change how the world saw chimpanzees. Today she travels the world to save their lives.Jane Goodall was already on a London dock in March 1957 when she realized that her passport was missing....
Latest Kremlin Mystery: Putin's Whereabouts
Speculation mounted in Russia as to why President Vladimir V. Putin had not been seen in public in more than a week.Where's Putin?It was the question preoccupying Moscow and much of Russia on Friday, as speculation mounted about why President Vladimir...
Liberia's Day to Honor Lives Stolen by Ebola
Decoration Day is for sprucing up burial sites and celebrating life, but after 3,000 bodies were cremated, the rituals could not go on the same way.CORRECTION APPENDED Finda Fallah sat in her tiny one-bedroom apartment, boiling up rice and leftovers...
Life or a Film? Sometimes It's Hard to Tell ; Two Movies Approach Reality and Then Blur Elements of the Truth
'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' and 'The Wolfpack' blur the lines.In a dark apartment in Tokyo, a lonely woman is transported to the snowy vistas of Minnesota. She gets lost in the fuzzy images on her television, fast-forwarding, rewinding and pausing,...
Manchester Revives Its Oasis for the Arts ; Renovated Whitworth Expands Galleries and Embraces Surroundings
The newly expanded Whitworth Art Gallery reopened in Manchester, with new gallery space and a closer connection to its park surroundings."I have come to the conclusion that a good museum or gallery should be a place where people feel comfortable."Margaret...
Mexican Oil Industry Urgently Seeks Investors ; with Prices Plummeting, Big Energy Players Have Scaled Back Major Plans
Falling oil prices are causing big energy companies to scale back their investment plans in Mexico. As a result, the government is sweetening some contract terms and delaying certain license auctionsMexico kicked off the opening of its oil industry to...
Netanyahu's Test on Settlements ; Growth of Communities Complicates Prospects of a Two-State Solution
Benjamin Netanyahu's settlement policy resembles his predecessors' in many ways, but it is a march toward permanence in a time when prospects for peace are few.Singing and dancing greeted a triumphant Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited Eli, then a young...
New Mix Likely Behind Same Leader ; Mercedes Still Strongest, but Test Results Suggest a Shake-Up in Chasing Pack
Winter test results suggest that Mercedes, defending world driver and constructor champion, is still the strongest team, but the challengers may be different as the 2015 season begins Sunday in Australia.After 12 days of winter testing in Barcelona in...
Once Unique, LeapFrog Now Fights Many Rivals ; A Dominant Toymaker in Education Market Has Seen Its Sales Plummet
Critics say LeapFrog has become something of a modern-day fable for how quickly technology has unseated the toy industry's titans.On a weekday afternoon, Flora Bojadziev, a chef from Harlem, browsed through a Toys "R" Us in Manhattan.She was looking...
On Iditarod Trails, Gender Is Irrelevant
Dog sledding is one of the few sports where men and women compete equally, and about a third of the mushers in this year's race are women.Sporting a giant puffy red parka and wind-blown face protector covered in frost, it's impossible to tell if the...
Passing the Baton
The New York Philharmonic will anoint a new music director in 2017. But who? Classical music critics for The Times posit some possibilities.So who should succeed Alan Gilbert when he steps down as the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017?...
Politesse Dissolves in Greek Crisis ; Blunt Confrontation between Athens and Berlin Turns Personal
With Greece and its European creditors locked in bitter negotiations over the terms of the country's bailout, the politesse of the talks has disintegrated.Greece's financial crisis has often been framed in the dry, impersonal language of finance. At...
Processed Cheese Gets Nutrition Seal ; Health Advocates Criticize 'Kids Eat Right' Label for Kraft Singles
Kraft Singles earned the seal from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but some children's nutrition advocates sharply criticized the move.Kraft Singles, those individually wrapped slices of processed cheese that have long been a staple of school...
Researchers Battle Distrust in Search for Ebola Vaccine ; across West Africa, Fears That Helped Spread Virus Are Now Hindering Trials
The same mix of fear and distrust that helped the Ebola epidemic spread is hampering doctors conducting trials on new medicines.After a government minister called on Liberians to "step up" and volunteer to test a new Ebola vaccine, angry callers on talk...
Road Show in Pursuit of Global Growth ; for Formula One Racing, Expansion Means Going Where the Money Is
The 2015 Formula One season begins this weekend in Melbourne, with 20 races on the calendar as the elite racing series continues its worldwide geographic and financial expansion.As the 2015 Formula One season begins this weekend with the 20th edition...
Sailing to the End of the World in Patagonia ; Mountains, Glaciers and Penguins, and No Cellphone in Sight
A three-night cruise through southern Argentina brings views of mountains, glaciers and 100,000 penguins, with not a cellphone in sight.In Ushuaia, Argentina, the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, where I began a three-night cruise through...
Securing Peace in Mali
The country is fending off terrorist attacks as it tries to reach a peace deal with Tuareg separatists.The attack by a gunman who killed five people and injured many others at a bar popular with expatriates in Bamako, Mali, earlier this month showed...
Shots Deal a Setback to Progress in Ferguson ; Attack on Police Officers Threatens to Reignite Racial Tensions and Unrest
Ferguson, Mo., seemed to be moving past the abuses detailed in a federal report, but a shooting threatened to reopen the well of unrest and racial tension.CORRECTION APPENDED In her 17 years as a city councilwoman, Kim Tihen has not been afraid...
Strength Is Weakness
The strong dollar is actually bad for America, giving Europe a way to export its troubles to the rest of the world.We've been warned over and over that the Federal Reserve, in its effort to improve the economy, is "debasing" the dollar. The archaic word...
Swedes Offer to Question Assange in London
Prosecutors had previously refused to go there to interview Mr. Assange, who took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in 2012, about sexual assault allegations from 2010.In a move that could unlock years of stalemate, Swedish prosecutors on Friday offered...
The Fine Art of Funding ; Cultural Ground Shifts as States Spend Less and Private Donors Follow Suit
While the impact of the financial crisis has reduced state spending on culture, private donations for cultural projects and institutions have also slowed.Twelve years after France opened its doors wide to charitable giving, the role of private money...
The Other Iran Letter
The president is standing in for the supreme leader, who is standing in for the hidden imam. We hope this is clear.Tehran, March 12, 2015An open letter to the leaders of the United States of America:It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations...
Tsunami Survivors Wait in a Town Still Paralyzed
Residents of Otsuchi worry they may have to wait longer to rebuild as memories fade and focus turns to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.The spot where the town's center once stood is now a dusty construction site filled with diggers and dump trucks toiling...
Where Art Is a Woman's World ; in Developing Nations, Female Leaders Set Pace on Contemporary Scene
Unlike the West, Asia and the Middle East have nutured a strong contingent of female leaders in the contemporary art world.When Pearl Lam returned to Hong Kong in 1992 after her education in the United States and Britain, her father hit the roof when...
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