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Articles from January 29, 2015

2 Israeli Soldiers Are Killed by Missile on Lebanese Border
The missile attack was the latest in a string of events along Israel's disputed northern frontiers.Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in a missile attack on Wednesday as they drove in a disputed area along the Lebanese border, Israel...
A Contemporary Twist on Rubens's Legacy ; the Artist Jenny Saville Adds Modern Works to a Show on the Master
The British artist Jenny Saville adds some of her favorite modern works to a major show on the Flemish master at the Royal Academy of ArtsThe British artist Jenny Saville is best known for painting monumental close-ups of large nude women exposing things...
A Corner Is Turned, but a Roadblock Is Just Ahead ; Keys Shows Her Maturity Beating Venus Williams, but Now She Faces Serena
Madison Keys shows how much she has matured as she beat Venus Williams, but now she faces a tougher test: SerenaBefore leaving the United States for Australia, Madison Keys and her new coach, Lindsay Davenport, had lunch, just the two of them."I told...
After a Father's Death, Going on a Pilgrimage to Japan
Marie Mutsuki Mockett's book opens with the tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in 2011 and deals with the anguish of personal grief.Where The Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. A Journey. By Marie Mutsuki Mockett. 316 pages. W.W. Norton &...
After Swiss Let Franc Soar, It's Poles Who Pay the Price ; Mortgage Bills Spike for Many Who Thought They Had a Good Deal
Switzerland's move to untie its currency from the euro has caused the franc to soar, along with hundreds of thousands of mortgage payments in Poland.Piotr Szczepaniak, an apartment manager here, had just finished work checking faucets and making sure...
A Haven for Roasted Meat in Singapore
Two brothers are quietly trying to revolutionize the island's Chinese-style roast meat scene.Along a sleepy stretch not far from the dark alleys of the often seedy Geylang neighborhood, two brothers are quietly trying to revolutionize Singapore's roast...
A Lauded Russian Film Gets Little Love at Home ; despite Awards Abroad, 'Leviathan' Is Condemned as Pro-West Propaganda
"Leviathan" has admirers and won a Golden Globe, but some Russian detractors want it banned and accuse its director of acting under Western orders.In many ways, the movie "Leviathan" is Russia's greatest cinematic accomplishment in years, maybe decades....
Alibaba Is Criticized by Regulator
A regulator complained about what it said were unlicensed merchants, fake goods and other illegal practices on the company's shopping websitesIn unusually blunt criticism, a Chinese government agency on Wednesday took aim at the e-commerce giant Alibaba...
A Literary Agent Pitches Himself ; Bill Clegg Finds Selling His Debut Novel to Be a Whole New Experience
Bill Clegg, the literary agent, faced a different pressure when seeking a publisher for his debut work of fiction.The literary agent Bill Clegg is renowned in the publishing world as a ruthless negotiator who wrings six- and seven-figure advances out...
A New Level of Refugee Suffering
Nothing prepares you for the reality of so much individual human misery in the camps in Iraq.I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I'm witnessing now. I came to visit the camps and informal settlements...
Apple's China Strategy Pays off with Profit Surge ; Big iPhones Help Propel Earnings to $18 Billion and Sales to $74.6 Billion
The introduction of a large-screen iPhone in China helped propel Apple's profit to $18 billion and its revenue to nearly $75 billion.Apple is famous for setting trends.In China, though, Apple has found success by following one.For years, Apple's rivals...
Aquino Says He Didn't Give Go-Ahead in Botched Raid ; Key Lawmakers Withdraw Support for Peace Deal after 44 Officers Killed
Key Philippine lawmakers withdrew their support for a proposed peace agreement after a botched raid on militants in the south left dozens of police officers dead.President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines said on Wednesday that he had not specifically...
Ateliers, Art and Arguments
While any dress, even a handmade one, is a product, designs from houses such as Valentino and Armani Prive reflect a special view of reality.There are shows and then there are shows. As couture ran its course in Paris, the chatter runway-side had turned...
Balti Curry Seeks Place in British Food Lore ; Adapted from Pakistan for English Tastes, Its Fans Push for E.U. Recognition
Some say Balti curry, adapted from Pakistan for British tastes, should gain European recognition alongside the Cornish pasty.The year after opening a restaurant here in 1977, Mohammed Arif spent two weeks in his native Pakistan, where he saw spicy, aromatic curries...
Bits of Wells Fargo History Stolen
Masked robbers stole nuggets dating from the corporation's early years from a San Francisco museum.Three masked robbers smashed a stolen sport utility vehicle into the entrance of Wells Fargo's corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial...
Botswanan Is Named to W.H.O. Africa Post ; Appointee Promises to Revamp Office Blamed for Slow Ebola Response
The much-praised appointee, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, promised to overhaul the regional office, which has faced criticism over its response to the Ebola crisis.A defining moment in the life of Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization's new regional...
Chevron and BP Will Unite on Gulf of Mexico Project ; Joint Effort Reflects Desire to Reduce Spending and Share Risks, Analysts Say
The joint effort reflects an effort to reduce spending and share risks, analysts say.Chevron and BP said on Wednesday that they would work together to explore, appraise and, possibly, develop 24 offshore leases in an emerging new geological trend in...
China's Computer Tech Rules Draw Protest ; Western Firms Complain That New Regulations Are a Form of Protectionism
Stringent cybersecurity regulations in China are serving as another form of economic protectionism, Western technology companies say.The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks...
Citizenship Exams as High School Requirement ; Arizona Pupils Must Pass Test Given to Immigrants Who Want to Be Citizens
Arizona became the first state to require its high school students to pass the test that is given to immigrants who want to become United States citizens.CORRECTION APPENDED Like high school civics students around the country, the juniors and...
Czar Putin's Next Moves
If the Russian leader decides to fully invade Ukraine, or one of the Baltic states, the price of oil will go up.Last March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine, supposedly...
Deal May Alter Air Industry ; Aer Lingus Could Set off Consolidation of Europe's Fragmented Market
If the International Airlines Group's bid to take over Aer Lingus is successful, it will be a small but vital step in the consolidation of the European market.The European airline industry is one of the biggest in the world, on par with that of the United...
Djokovic Dominates and Will Face Wawrinka in Semifinals ; with His Other Skills, Serb Player Has Added an Improved Serve
Novak Djokovic faces the defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals, for a rematch of last year's Australian Open quarterfinal that Wawrinka won.Facing one of the best servers in the game, the top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia turned in an...
DuPont Fight Sets Up Clash on Investor Activism
A battle over DuPont could perhaps lead to the setting of limits on who controls corporate America.Shareholder activism is in full roar as hedge funds prowl and companies retreat, but Nelson Peltz's campaign to replace four directors at DuPont may just...
Dystopian Reality of China's Urban Smog Is Captured in Airpocalypse App
Airpocalypse is a sleek, color-coded app that shows air quality measurements from official American and Chinese sources for 16 Chinese cities.China's notorious smog can feel like a physical manifestation of the country's political repression: suffocating,...
E-Commerce Giant to Offer Consumer Credit Ratings
Sesame Credit Management will use data on online spending habits in an effort to make credit more available to millions of consumers across China.The Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is unlocking its vast stores of data on the online spending...
Edgar Froese, Inspired Leader of Tangerine Dream, Dies at 70
In Tangerine Dream, a band that evolved through many incarnations and spanned decades, Mr. Froese is the musician who stayed the longest.Edgar Froese, the leader of the long-running and prolific German group Tangerine Dream -- first an improvising avant-garde...
Failed Bomber at Center of ISIS Demand ; Jordan Agrees to Release a 'Bride of Al Qaeda' in Exchange for Its Pilot
In exchange for a downed pilot, Jordan agreed to free a woman who failed in her suicide bombing and has been held for nine years.During the nine years that Sajida al-Rishawi, 46, has been sitting in self-imposed solitary confinement in her cell at the Juweidah...
For Sale: The Life of an Italian Nobleman ; Foreign Buyers Snap Up Castles and Mansions as Inherited Wealth Withers
Italy's long heritage of inherited wealth and property has withered thanks to cuts in government subsidies and high maintenance costs, among other factors.Nestled on a gentle Tuscan hill near this town just east of Florence, and caressed by the morning...
French Comedian Stands Trial over Jewish Comment
The provocative humorist, Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, had lamented that the journalist, Patrick Cohen, did not die in "the gas chambers," prosecutors said.The provocative French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala stood trial in criminal court on Wednesday...
Gas Prices at the Pump Inch Upward in U.S. ; End of Steady Decline Attributed to Temporary Closing of Refineries
The small increase is less likely to be a trend than to be the result of some partial or temporary refinery shutdowns, energy experts said.For 123 consecutive days, the AAA motor club reported a daily drop in national gasoline prices, bringing hundreds...
Greek Leaders Pose Challenge to E.U. ; New Finance Minister Has Described Austerity as 'Fiscal Waterboarding'
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new cabinet includes Yanis Varoufakis, an economist who has called the eurozone austerity policy "fiscal waterboarding."From the makeup of his cabinet to an early warning sent to the European Union over Russia policy,...
Hip-Hop Drama Gives Fox a Needed Hit
Starring the Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard and featuring a lineup of original songs, "Empire" answers a desperate need for the network.Fox's new hip-hop drama "Empire" is proving to be a platinum property for a network that desperately needed...
In Republicans' Dream Match, Warren Would Face Clinton
Many Republicans think that Elizabeth Warren is their party's best hope to weaken, and potentially defeat, Hillary Rodham Clinton in a contentious Democratic primary.They have called Senator Elizabeth Warren "an extremely attractive candidate" in the...
In Upbeat Assessment, Fed Sees 'Solid' Growth
The central bank gave its most upbeat economic assessment since the recession began, though it did say prices continued to be constrained.The Federal Reserve remains on course to raise its benchmark interest rate as soon as June, citing "solid" economic...
In Yemen, Violence Pays
Houthi militants have taken over the capital, and only the United Nations is surprised.When I moved here in 2010, not a single gunman could be seen on the streets. Anti-gun laws were strictly enforced by the police, and violence was almost unknown.Nowadays,...
Jordan TV Announces Prisoner Swap for Pilot ; Statement Leaves Unclear Fate of Japanese Hostage Also Held by Islamic State
The move was prompted by concern that a failed suicide bomber would be traded for a Japanese journalist instead of his son, a Jordanian pilot.The Jordanian government has agreed to release a convicted terrorist in exchange for the freedom of an air force...
Leaders of German Anti-Islam Group Quit
Pegida, the protest group that shook up German politics and spawned large rallies around the country for and against immigration, announced on Wednesday that several of its leaders had resigned.The protest group that shook up German politics and spawned...
Mormons Seek Middle Ground on Gay Rights
The church's condemnation of discrimination against gays and vow to support nondiscrimination laws could reconfigure the state's debate over gay rights.Mormon leaders have tried to stake out a middle ground in the escalating battle between gay rights...
Netanyahu Stirs Anger at Home with U.S. Speech ; Rivals in Israel Make Planned Talk to Congress on Iran a Campaign Issue
Critics of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress accuse him of politicizing a key interest: curbing Iran's nuclear program.Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ambassador to Washington,...
Net-Connected Devices Pose Risks, Agency Says ; Internet of Things Brings Threats to Privacy and Even Safety, F.T.C. Warns
The agency said the devices, which make up the so-called Internet of Things, raise serious security and privacy risks.The United States Federal Trade Commission has confirmed some of the worst fears about Internet-connected devices, saying the technology...
New Chapter for America and India
Obama and Modi make real headway on national security issues, but not nearly as much on trade or the climate.After years of near misses and unfulfilled promises, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India appear to have set relations between...
New Clout for Canary Wharf Bid ; Zone's Big Shareholders Backing All-Cash Buyout Proposal by Qatari Fund
The support means that Qatar's sovereign wealth fund and Brookfield Property Partners are likely to succeed in their $3.9 billion bid for Songbird Estates, which controls the Canary Wharf Group.Canary Wharf, the office and retail development where more...
Obama Plans Push in Atlantic Drilling ; Proposal Would Protect Some Arctic Waters from Oil and Gas Exploration
The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling.The Obama administration has moved to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound...
Pepsi Super Bowl Ads Aiming for Big Payoff ; Marketing Efforts Expand beyond Game Day with Events across the U.S
The food and beverage giant has expanded its marketing efforts beyond game day to include events across the country.A giant crop circle appeared in fields around Phoenix this week, the first in a series of strange desert sightings expected in Arizona...
Reining in Argentina's Spymasters
Don't blame the government for Alberto Nisman's death. Look instead to Argentina's corrupt and violent past.On Jan. 14, a prosecutor named Alberto Nisman accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and her foreign minister, Hector...
Romantic Sensitivities
Jamie Cullum's "Interlude" skews heavily toward the American songbook, and Charlie Wilson's "Forever Charlie" plays lightly with nostalgia.There is an implicit warning in the title of Jamie Cullum's standards album, "Interlude." In case it needs spelling...
Seattle Coach and Player Are Perfect Odd Couple ; Seahawks' Carroll Lets Players Be Themselves, Which Fits Lynch Perfectly
A strength of Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll's has been his ability to relate to players of all backgrounds -- like running back Marshawn Lynch.The ranch-style house where Pete Carroll grew up sits on a suburban cul-de-sac near San Francisco in Marin County,...
Seeking Murdoch's Favor, Getting the Cold Shoulder ; Influential Mogul Finds Romney Falls Short as '16 Republican Candidate
Rupert Murdoch denied Mitt Romney a warm embrace during his 2012 presidential bid and looks set to repeat the snub if Mr. Romney runs again.The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many...
Senate Democrats Agree to Short Reprieve on Iran Sanctions
Ten Senate Democrats said they would wait until after the late- March deadline for completing the outlines of a deal to restrain Tehran's nuclear program.Ten Senate Democrats who advocated placing more sanctions on Iran have given the White House a two-month...
Separatists Blamed for Stalemate in Yemen ; Houthi Rebel Leader Calls on Southern Group to Join Talks on New Government
In a speech, the Houthi leader also called for talks to end the crisis, and his group freed a presidential aide.The Houthi rebel group that has seized control of Yemen's capital has said that separatist forces in the south are responsible for the impasse...
Singapore Moves to Put Rein on Its Currency ; Central Bank Joins Wave of Global Policy Easing amid Falling Oil Prices
The Monetary Authority of Singapore said it would take measures to slow the appreciation of its currency, the Singapore dollar.Singapore's central bank eased its monetary policy on Wednesday, becoming the latest central bank to use policy tools to help...
Stories Get Weirder and Weirder on PGA Tour ; Tales of a Missing Tooth and a Mysterious Assault Are Grabbing Attention
With many top players -- like Tiger Woods -- missing from recent PGA Tour events, off-the-course news has dominated the golf reports.Toward the end of the state-of-his-game address, Tiger Woods delivered a line that should be appropriated posthaste by...
Stronger U.S. Economy Is a Weakness for Industry
American multinationals that will report slower earnings include big exporters, oil companies hurt by lower oil prices and commercial banks.What is good for the American consumer may be less so for big American companies.For some time now, the United...
Talk of Swap as Russians Are Charged in Spy Case
With another espionage ring exposed in New York, the question re- emerges: What do you do, especially in post-Cold War times, with an accused spy?In the summer of 2010, an unlikely espionage ring based in the suburbs of New York ended in an even more...
There's More to Winning an Oscar Than Meets the Eye
A look at how much money Hollywood studios spend promoting a film for Oscar glory.Hollywood studios spend exorbitant sums of money promoting their Oscar-nominated films to voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But exactly how much...
The Russians Aren't Coming, the Russians Aren't Coming
The fall of the ruble has made a change in many fashion front rows this couture season.It wasn't long ago that the Russians mobbed fashion week. They bought dresses, and houses like Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel were lining up to...
Top Market for Bitcoin Lacks License in New York
Coinbase said this week that it had opened as the first regulated Bitcoin exchange in several states, but it does not have licenses in New York or California.The most well-funded company in the Bitcoin industry appears to be operating without the proper...
Twitter Adds New Features in Bid to Draw More Users
In an effort to catch up with rival services like Facebook, Twitter will now allow people to shoot, edit and post video directly from its mobile apps.Faced with slow growth in new users and usage by existing users, Twitter executives have repeatedly...
Uber Model May Point to Work's Future
New technologies have the potential to divide a variety of traditional jobs into tasks that can be assigned to people just when they're needed.As Uber has grown to become one of the world's most valuable start-ups, its ambitions often seem limitless.But...
Uber's Rise Puts a Spotlight on Licensing
Licensing regulations for many occupations are creating bottlenecks across the United States, raising the prices of many goods and services.What lesson should we draw from the success of Uber?Customers have flocked to its service. In the final three...
Web Users Are Cut off and Fed Up
As it tightens Internet restrictions, the Chinese government is provoking complaints that it is stifling innovation and productivity.////DO NOT POST ONLINE. ANDREW PLANS TO REFILE, AT GREATER LENGTH, FOR NEW YORK PRINT////////Jing Yuechen, the founder...
We Dodged Icy Doom. Let's Gripe
Whether they prepare for too little snow or too much, politicians can be assured of our unhappiness."You can't be a Monday morning quarterback on something like the weather," Bill de Blasio said right after the snow. Oh really? On Tuesday morning we...
Yahoo to Resolve Alibaba Question with a Spinoff ; by Separating from Stake, Internet Company Can Avoid $16 Billion in Taxes
Creating the spinoff avoids $16 billion in corporate taxes that Yahoo would have owed if it had simply sold the stake, executives said.Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, has said that the Internet company will spin off its 15.4 percent stake in...
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