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Articles from July 1, 2014

Afghan Candidate Presses Fraud Claim ; Presidential Hopeful Says He Will Reject All Decisions by Election Commission
The nation's election commission is set to announce preliminary results, although Abdullah Abdullah has accused officials of rigging the vote against him.After a potential opening last week to ease Afghanistan's political crisis, the presidential candidate...
After Supreme Court Ruling, Aereo's Rivals Seize Opening in TV Streaming
A victory for traditional American broadcasters in a copyright case does little to protect them from an Internet-powered onslaught.Mark Ely saw an opportunity, and he took it.The day after the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo in a copyright case brought...
After West Bank Abduction, Mothers Mirror Divide ; Israeli Crackdown Raises Questions of Asymmetry in Palestinian Conflict
Israel's security crackdown has raised questions about the asymmetry of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.CORRECTION APPENDED It was about 4 a.m. on a Friday when the police banged on Rachel Fraenkel's door in this Jerusalem suburb looking for...
Allen Grossman, Poet's Poet, Dies at 82
Allen Grossman's work bridged the Romantic and Modernist traditions. He was also a critic and a teacher.Allen Grossman, an award-winning poet whose work bridged the Romantic and Modernist traditions, claiming nobility and power for poetry as a tool for...
A Most Unlikely Candidate in Iraq's Chaos ; Bush-Era Figure Emerges as Alternative to Maliki in an Improbable Twist
Once the darling of neoconservative Washington, Ahmed Chalabi has emerged as an alternative to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in an improbable twist.He took millions of dollars in money from the C.I.A., founded and then allegedly defrauded the second...
A Musical Remembrance of World War I ; Vienna Philharmonic Recalls Conflict's Outbreak with Considerable Care
The Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo that remembered World War I.If there was a moment that captured better than any other the light and the dark in Sarajevo's centenary weekend, marking 100 years since...
Awakening the 'Dutch Gene' to the Danger of Rising Waters
Fears of complacency over rising sea levels have prompted the Netherlands to re-emphasize training in water management, starting with the young.Along a rugged, wide North Sea beach here on a recent day, children formed teams of eight to 10, taking their...
Belgium Hopes Its Inspirational Leader Can Face Americans ; Injury-Prone Kompany, One of the Best at His Position, Anchors Defense
Belgium's captain is Vincent Kompany, a charismatic figure and oa top central defender. But he's hurt a lot and may miss facing the U.S. team.Vincent Kompany, Belgium's captain, jumped to head a corner kick during a World Cup qualifying match against...
Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas
The state's economy is in terrible shape after huge income-tax cuts -- another case of big money selling bad ideas.Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It sharply slashed income taxes without any clear idea of what would replace...
China Antigraft Push Snares Senior Target
In the most far-reaching public move so far in President Xi Jinping's drive against corruption, the Communist Party leadership on Monday expelled a retired military commander.In the most far-reaching public move to date in President Xi Jinping's drive...
Club Med Attracts a Rival Takeover Bid ; Hostile Offer Is Higher Than Friendly Approach Already Backed by Board
Andrea C. Bonomi announced a hostile offer for the French vacation resort group that could torpedo an existing takeover deal for the vacation resorts company.An Italian private equity investor on Monday announced a hostile offer for Club Mediterranee...
Costa Rica Advances to Quarterfinals for 1st Time ; Victory on Penalty Kicks Brings Drama to Listless Contest against Greece
Not every game can be an instant classic, even if this Cup has had many. Costa Rica will take an ugly shootout win after playing with 10 men for an hour.Not every team can conjure attacks out of thin air with grace and panache. Not every goal is a firecracker...
Court Orders Sex Club to Drop Use of 'DSK' Name ; Former French Politician Had Accused the Brothel of Abusing His Initials
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is widely known in France by his initials, DSK, had demanded the Belgian brothel change its name.In another legal victory for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French politician who faced charges, later dropped, of sexually assaulting a...
Czech Women Crowd the Short List at Wimbledon
Three Czech women have made it into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon this year.The top 10 women's tennis players in the world hail from 10 different countries, which is why the surge of Czech players into the second week of Wimbledon is an unexpected curiosity.For...
Disclosure No Cure-All in Boardroom
A study suggests that the disclosure of cozy ties between board members and a chief executive can actually weaken the board's oversight.It was probably a coincidence, but then again maybe not.Just days earlier, the board of American Apparel finally ousted Dov...
Dramatic Late Tumble Sets Up Dutch Victory ; Mexico's Lead Evaporates after Sneijder Goal and Disputed Penalty Ruling
Miguel Herrera's Mexico team had been just a few minutes from advancing to the quarterfinals. Instead, it is going home after a brutal 2-1 loss to the Dutch.Mexico's coach, Miguel Herrera, has become an icon during this World Cup for his impassioned...
Edging toward Court Equality ; All England Club Shifts Ratio of Who Plays Where, and the Women Notice
Male players have often had more exposure on Wimbledon's primary courts, but at this year's tournament there has been a swing toward women.Lindsay Davenport has been coming to Wimbledon, the world's most prestigious tennis championship, for more than...
Escaping the Crowds by Flying Private
The obvious advantages for those able to fly private include far higher levels of comfort and efficiency.Here it is summer, when the fun really begins in air travel, as seasonal crowds push into already packed planes, challenging the laws of both physics...
Experts Say Errors Aided Deadly Virus ; Doctors Blame Response by Saudi Authorities for Helping MERS Spread
Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have more than tripled since the end of 2013, leading health experts to cite grave flaws in the way Saudi health officials have handled the crisis.As the virus tore through the city's largest hospital, jumping from...
Facebook Draws Fire for Using News Feed in Psychology Study ; Users' Responses Studied to Determine Influence of Positive vs. Negative Posts
The criticism came after Facebook disclosed that it had manipulated the news feeds of randomly selected users as part of a psychological study.To Facebook, we are all lab rats.Facebook routinely adjusts its users' news feeds -- testing the number of...
France Keeps Mum as U.S. Prepares Its BNP Penalty ; after Months of Lobbying, Officials Seem Resigned to Record Fine and Trade Ban
As American authorities prepared to announce a record penalty against the bank, the French political establishment was absent from the airwaves.As the American authorities prepared to announce a record penalty on Monday against BNP Paribas for violating...
Germany Backtracks on Retirement Age ; Berlin to Allow Benefits for Some at 63, after It Pressed E.U. for Austerity
Germany's decision to allow some workers to retire early with full pension benefits has drawn rebukes from younger workers and from countries that Berlin urged to adopt harsh austerity measures.In 2007, the German government led by Chancellor Angela...
G.M. Payouts Start at $1 Million for Each Life Lost through Faulty Switches ; Carmaker Moves Quickly as Part of Effort to Avoid Challenges in the Courts
After years of delay, the automaker is moving rapidly to try to settle death and injury claims from accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in its cars.A $1 million starting point for each death anchors the formula to pay families of those who died...
G.M. to Set Payouts for Victims of Ignition Flaw
Kenneth R. Feinberg, a compensation expert, was to announce the G.M. payouts in a Monday morning news conference.A prominent compensation expert hired by General Motors was scheduled to announce a plan here on Monday to distribute money to victims of...
Hardship in the Midst of U.S. Oil Riches ; Shantytown Residents Passed by as a Giant Boom Engulfs Texas
Poverty endures in makeshift, barely governed Texas communities called colonias within sight of rich new oil fields.From the window of her tin-roofed trailer, Judy Vargas can glimpse a miraculous world. It is as close as the dust kicked up by the trucks...
How the Terrorists Got Rich
They're making money off trade, taxes and charity, and we're not keeping up.A few feet from the Bab al-Salam border crossing near the Turkish town of Kilis, there is a shabby cafe where the most interesting items for sale are not found on the menu. The...
In Corsica, Rebelling by Other Means
As the National Liberation Front of Corsica declares it is ending its 38-year armed struggle for independence from France, some question whether it's a real olive branch, or a ruse.The good news on the French island of Corsica last week was the declaration...
In Italy, Separating Wheat from the Pasta
My wife is gluten-intolerant, so my plan for an Italian vacation sounded like a nightmare. It turned out to be more like a dream.My wife is gluten-intolerant, and hasn't eaten wheat in three years. And so, at first thought, my plan for an Italian vacation bordered...
In New York, Shapes of an Extroverted Life ; Koons Retrospective at the Whitney Tracks a Career of Provocations
The Whitney Museum of American Art's largest survey devoted to a single artist chronicles Jeff Koons's ever-changing provocations.There are so many strange, disconcerting aspects to Jeff Koons, his art and his career that it is hard to quite know how...
Israelis Find Bodies Said to Be Those of 3 Teenagers ; Abductions Convulsed Country and Strained Palestinian Relations
A senior Israeli official said Monday that the army had found three bodies in a field near Hebron and believed them to be those of the missing teenagers.Israeli military searchers have found three bodies thought to be those of the missing Israeli teenagers...
Italian Navy Finds about 30 Bodies on Migrant Boat
The bodies were discovered during a rescue operation by the Italian Navy. Some 60,000 people have reached Italian shores this year from North Africa.The Italian Navy said Monday that the authorities had found the bodies of about 30 migrants in the hold...
Justices Say Firms Can Opt out of Coverage for Contraceptives
The justices ruled, 5 to 4, that closely held corporations cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance...
Leaning on Thailand's Junta
Sanctions against the junta could prove surprisingly effective in the push to restore democracy.Over the past two months, Thailand has been wrenched backward into a dark age. In May, partisan judges forced Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office,...
Lending Falls Further in Euro Zone
Consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in the bloc in June, far below the official target, while private-sector lending shrank, keeping pressure on the E.C.B.Dangerously low inflation in the euro zone persists and lending to the private sector continues to...
Levi's Campaign Rekindles a Relationship
The apparel brand is reuniting after 16 years with an agency that was its soul mate for almost seven decades.When the duo Peaches and Herb, known as the sweethearts of soul, got back together, they sang, "Reunited and it feels so good." Now, an apparel...
Malaysia's Trafficking Record
Men, women and children are forced into slave labor and the commercial sex trade.In its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report released June 20, the U.S. State Department downgraded Malaysia to its lowest Tier 3 status. The downgrade puts Malaysia at risk...
McCann's Bat No Cause for Concern ; Former Braves Catcher Seen as Team Leader Who Makes Pitchers Better
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi isn't too concerned about Brian McCann's low batting average. He's handling the pitching staff well and driving in runs.Brian McCann made seven All-Star teams in nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, but he also offered something...
Monday Sees an End to Hopes for Americans
Madison Keys, the last American woman in the Wimbledon singles draw, was forced to withdraw from her third-round encounter against Yaroslava Shvedova because of an injury.Madison Keys had arrived at her third-round match on Saturday afternoon at Wimbledon...
Murdoch Empire Thriving after Scandal ; Although Clouds Linger, News Corporation Has Been Largely Unscathed
Clouds remain from a phone-hacking case that arose in 2011. But after initial stumbles, the News Corporation has emerged largely unscathed.Less than three years ago, a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers was seen by some as the...
New Satellite Is Set to Help Space Agency Track Carbon
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 should give scientists a better understanding of how plants have kept pace with fossil fuel emissions.On an average day, some 100 million tons of carbon dioxide is liberated from oil and coal by combustion, wafting into...
North Korea Planning to Prosecute 2 Americans ; Detainees Will Be Able to Meet Consular Officials, State News Agency Says
The detainees will be tried on charges of committing "hostile acts" against the country, the state news agency said.North Korea said on Monday that it planned to indict and try two Americans it held on charges of committing "hostile acts" against the...
N.S.A. Chief Says That Damage from Snowden Leaks Is Manageable
Adm. Michael S. Rogers described the agency's efforts to ensure that no one can download data on the scale of Edward J. Snowden, a former contractor.The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist...
Obama Turns to Ex-C.E.O. to Rescue Veterans Affairs
President Obama was expected to to nominate Robert A. McDonald, who ran Procter & Gamble, to be the secretary of Veterans Affairs.President Obama was expected on Monday to nominate Robert A. McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to...
Pakistan Sends Troops to North to Oust Rebels ; after Airstrikes and Flood of Refugees, Ground Assault Starts in District
After two weeks of air and artillery strikes during which over 500,000 people fled the area, soldiers moved into town in North Waziristan early Monday.The Pakistani military said Monday that it had launched a ground assault in North Waziristan, marking...
Politics and Feuds Spur a Bank Run in Bulgaria
The run may have been the result of a rumor-mongering campaign linked to animosity among rival business tycoons.Even in an East European country with a history of financial panic and murky political intrigue, it was an alarming picture. Thousands of...
Psychiatric Assessment Finds Pistorius Fit
The psychiatric assessments concluded that Oscar Pistorius was not mentally ill when he killed his girlfriend last year.The trial of Oscar Pistorius, the disabled South African track star, resumed on Monday after psychiatric assessments that could have...
Reluctant Father Confessor for Seatmates Ready to Talk
A reluctant flier finds that seatmates open up to him with the private details of their lives.Traveling is just part of the deal if you're running a business. I'm the C.E.O. and founder of Rosenzweig & Company, a global executive search firm, and I have...
Rethinking the State: A New Call to Rally
In "The Fourth Revolution," by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, the bloated democracies of the West need to become as lean as their autocratic competitors, this manifesto urges.The Fourth Revolution. The Global Race to Reinvent the State. By John...
Russia and Ukraine Agree to Negotiations ; European Leaders Signal Delays on Sanctions; Talks Are to Focus on Borders
European leaders signaled on Monday that they would again delay new economic sanctions on Russia after a conference call in which the presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed to pursue "substantial tripartite negotiations."Even as fighting continued in...
Shame on the Blair Blamers
That he has become a divisive figure shouldn't blind us to what he is right about.Modern political culture is bipolar. It embraces the extremes of the celebrity world, adoration and vilification, with equal enthusiasm. And no contemporary figure has...
The Socialist World Cup
In Brazil, the culture of the group vanquishes the money culture of the superstar.Money talks in global soccer, as it does everywhere else, perhaps more so. The sport is big business. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are international...
They Catch Chickens with Hands of Lettuce ; in the Land of Jogo Bonito, Goalkeepers Rarely Receive Respect for Beautiful Play
In Brazil, goalkeepers are like poultry and produce, and rarely seen in a positive spotlight, so when Julio Cesar was a hero against Chile he cried tears of joy.For years, it has gone without saying in Brazil that fathers do not let their children grow...
Toshiba and GDF Suez Push Ahead on Nuclear Site ; Britain's Plan Bucks Trend Away from Nuclear Power after Fukushima Disaster
Plans for the facility, to be located in northwest England, buck the global trend away from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.Toshiba, the Japanese industrial giant, and the French utility GDF Suez have announced plans for moving ahead...
U.S. Curbed Iraq Inquiry after Threat by Contractor ; State Department Official Reported Intimidation by Blackwater in 2007
Not long after the security firm's top manager in Iraq told a State Department investigator "that he could kill" him, an inquiry was abandoned. Weeks later, the firm's guards killed 17 civilians in Baghdad.Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally...
U.S. Math Standards Frustrate Parents, Too ; Common Core Criticized as Too Complex; Reach of Washington Is Also Target
Parents feeling helpless when confronted with first-grade math work sheets are adding to the political debate over Common Core.CORRECTION APPENDED Rebekah and Kevin Nelams moved to their modest brick home in this suburb of Baton Rouge seven...
When Trading in Dark Pools, Beware of Sharks
Dark pools ware supposed to protect large investors from predatory trading, but a market based on a lack of transparency is almost sure to invite abuses.It should not come as any great surprise that a brokerage firm, like the proverbial used-car salesman,...
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