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Articles from July 16, 2015

Afghan Therapist Struggles to Cope ; While Caring for Others, Counselor Carries Many of the Same Burdens
A few hundred therapists mainly treat women in a nation of people besieged by war, malnutrition, post-traumatic stress, depression and domestic violence.As one of only five female therapists in the northeastern Afghan province of Kapisa, Farkhunda Shahab...
After Long Wait, NASA Cheers as Spacecraft Sends Signals from Pluto Back to Earth
Mission controllers finally received confirmation Tuesday night that the craft had performed its scientific tasks.After a long day celebrating the arrival of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto and wondering about its fate while it was out of radio...
Airbag Flaw Investigated at a Second Supplier ; Company in Tennessee Uses the Same Explosive Found in Takata Inflaters
U.S. safety regulators are investigating airbag inflaters made by ARC Automotive, a supplier that uses the same explosive as Takata.Federal safety regulators are investigating airbag inflaters made by ARC Automotive, a Tennessee supplier that uses the...
Amazon Adds New Sale in a Calendar Bursting with Them
Tepid consumer demand is pushing retailers to keep discounting to get shoppers to spend more, even though it's a drag on margins.Rollback. Doorbuster. Blowout prices. Do those words mean anything anymore?Some of the biggest retailers in the United States...
A Military Drill, or Messing with Texas? ; Vast Training Exercise Prompts Paranoia about More Sinister Intentions
Much of the paranoia over the drill is the outgrowth of an anti- Obama sentiment that is widespread in Texas and parts of the Southwest.The beige metal community center on Main Street here next door to the fire station, the scene of 4-H Club meetings...
A New Look at le Corbusier ; 3 Books and Exhibition Set off Controversy over His Work and Politics
Three new books and an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris put new focus on his work and politics.Was the paradigm-changing architect known as Le Corbusier a Fascist-leaning ideologue whose plans for garden cities were inspired by totalitarian...
A New Oil Stream, but Not Quickly ; U.S. Agreement with Iran Opens Way, but Facilities Are in Need of Upgrading
Years of neglect mean that Iran's oil industry will not be able to increase production much in the short term, experts say.The nuclear agreement with Iran opens the way for a flood of new oil eventually to pour onto world markets, setting up a potential windfall...
As China's Film Platform Shrinks, Movies Receive New Life in U.S. ; after Authorities Shut Down Festival, Directors Get Opening in New York
After Beijing shut down a popular festival of independent film, supporters in the United States stepped in.Last August, Li Xianting, the organizer of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, received an unexpected visit from dozens of police officers and...
At All-Star Game, Pitchers Are in Awe -- of Each Other
Even at a game in which every pitcher was among the best in the world, envy was everywhere.Beneath every striped cap, somewhere in the psyche of each player in the All-Star Game, were two competing emotions."You've got to pinch yourself and go, 'What...
At Reddit, Users Need to Be Owners
It might be time for Reddit to move away from its reliance on volunteers to run its operations and give its contributors a financial stake in the company's success.Imagine you've just been hired as the manager of an aging local sandwich shop. Let's call...
At St. Andrews, the New Is Old, Too ; but Course Built in 1895 Is Overshadowed by Its Iconic Elder on the Links
But at the historic birthplace of golf on the Scottish coast, the course built in 1895 is still overshadowed by its iconic elder, created in 1552 and home this week to another British Open.Old, old, old. It always seems to be about the old at St. Andrews,...
Atticus Finch Gets a Dark Side
Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman."Go Set a Watchman. By Harper Lee. 278 pages. Harper. $27.99.We remember Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," as that novel's moral conscience: kind, wise, honorable, an avatar of integrity...
Auschwitz Worker Gets 4-Year Sentence ; Saying Former SS Soldier Had a Choice, Judge Finds Complicity in Murders
The former soldier, 94, was found guilty of complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews brought to the Nazi death camp in 1944.In what is likely to be among the last chances to bring justice for the Holocaust, a German court convicted a 94-year-old...
China Detains 9 Foreigners over Alleged Terror Videos
Nine tourists, from South Africa, Britain and India, have been jailed since Friday, accused of watching "terrorist propaganda videos" at their hotel.A group of foreign tourists, including a veteran anti-apartheid activist from South Africa, have been...
Clinton Plan Falls Short of Its Goals
The candidate's economic agenda is grounded in research but falls short of helping "everyday Americans" get ahead.Could President Hillary Clinton restore the American middle class?On Monday, during her first major economic policy speech, Mrs. Clinton...
Cooling of China's Market Dents Major Driver of Growth
The market rally had an outsize role in the economy, and the slump could put pressure on the government.As the usual drivers of economic growth have faltered in China, the stock market euphoria has helped pick up the slack, with a slate of businesses...
Court Is Asked to Restrict N.S.A
The A.C.L.U. has asked an appeals court to overrule the nation's spy court, which allowed the collection of phone data to resume after it was ruled illegal.The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal appeals court to partly shut down the National...
Crisis Dulls Allure of Joining the Euro ; for Small Economies, Having Common Currency Is Seen as Rife with Costs
From Poland to the Czech Republic to Hungary, joining the euro is increasingly seen as rife with risks and costs.CORRECTION APPENDED Once, it was an exclusive club that nearly all of Europe aspired to join. Now, in the wake of Greece's latest...
Disney to Take a New Turn with Shanghai Resort ; Plan Is Big on 'Pirates,' but Familiar Favorites like Space Mountain Are Out
The company's resort, its first in mainland China, represents a major bet on westernized leisure travel and an effort to stoke sales of Disney products.The Walt Disney Company unveiled on Wednesday the designs and attractions at the new megaresort that...
Eco-Tour Follows Cork from Tree to Bottle
From June to August, three rural regions across Spain are transformed into otherworldly landscapes; trees in the heart of the cork forest are sheared of their bark, becoming brick-red sentinels with leafy tops that guard the woods. And this year, for...
England Ditches Its Conservative Style and Finds Taking Risks Can Pay Off
The team has quit being conservative under its new coach, and its aggressive style has given it an early lead in the Ashes.Joe Root knew what he had to do when he came in to bat with the top of England's order crumbling: Attack."When I came in I knew...
Ex-SS Soldier Sentenced to 4 Years ; 94-Year-Old Convicted of Complicity in the Killing of 300,000 Jews
Oskar Groning, 94, was charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews.In a belated act of justice 70 years after the end of World War II, a German court on Wednesday convicted a 94-year-old former SS soldier of complicity in mass murder...
Fashion and Art ; Azzedine Alaia's Designs Look Right at Home amid a Palace Collection
Azzedine Alaia's designs look right at home amid a palace collection.The riskiest, potentially most contentious fashion show of couture week did not, as it happens, take place during couture at all. It was not held in Paris, it was not on the official...
Firm's Hunt for a Bargain Turns to Scandal
A scandal concerning the sale of a loan portfolio in Northern Ireland has cast light on the search for profit in the wreckage of the financial crisis.An unfolding scandal in Northern Ireland has cast a harsh light on what can happen when a private equity...
From Syrian Captain to German Refugee ; after Leading His Country in Under-16 Tournament, He Flees Fighting at Home
Mohammed Jaddou, 17, once captain of Syria's under-16 team, is a refugee in Germany after what he described as a frightening 3,500- mile journey.Mohammed Jaddou performs a special trick when the ball is at his feet. On the training field of F.V. Ravensburg,...
From Thom Browne, a Fashion Fun House ; from Thom Browne, a Fashion Fun House That Includes Gray Suits
The designer often shows gray suits but this time the studio's mirrored walls made it look as though there were thousands."The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" has been invoked so often where Thom Browne is concerned (and he does, in fairness, make a great...
Germany's Destructive Anger
Acting like an aggrieved victim of Greece is no way to lead Europe.A deal has finally been reached that could keep Greece in the eurozone. Few are happy with the outcome. We've heard a lot about how the Greeks feel humiliated. But we've heard less about...
Greek Leader Retains Support While Selling Bailout ; by Striking Populist Note on Deal, Tsipras Seems to Have Helped His Standing
The prime minister seems to have helped his standing by calling for more of the required sacrifices to fall heavily on the country's oligarchs.Outside Parliament here Monday night, a small crowd had gathered to protest the bailout deal that Prime Minister...
Haste, Hustle and Scott Walker
Less authentic than ambitious, the Wisconsin governor typifies too many candidates today.In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher's son and invoked religion...
Holding Lead, Froome Parries Suspicions ; Skeptic Releases Data about British Rider That He Says Raises Questions
On the day of an uneventful mountain stage, a French cycling blogger made news by releasing data that he said made him suspicious of the British rider.The Tour de France has seen it before, and not all that long ago. A team leader and teammates rub out...
How Computing Can Help Art Historians
Can computers make sense of art? Might they even be able to find connections between works that humans can't see? Computer scientists at Rutgers University recently published two papers that explore how artificial intelligence could aid -- or, some might...
How to Sell the Iran Deal
The Iran accord is not a Nixon-in-China watershed. But it's an effective arms control agreement that deserves support.In the long run-up to Tuesday's nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration repeatedly suggested that the accord was part of...
I.M.F. Insisting on Debt Relief as a Condition of Greek Bailout
The International Monetary Fund said in an analysis submitted to Greece's creditors that the country's debt load was unsustainable.The International Monetary Fund has threatened to withdraw support for Greece's bailout unless European leaders agree to substantial...
I.M.F.'S Call to Ease Debt Complicates Greek Deal ; Fund's Comments Fortify Critics as Legislators Prepare to Ratify Terms
Despite a revolt by some in his party, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seemed likely to have the votes necessary to pass the measures in Parliament.Greece headed toward a critical vote Wednesday night on its bailout package as its creditors renewed a divisive...
In Congress, a Vow to Kill Obama Pact with Iran ; Opponents Would Need a Two-Thirds Majority to Block Veto If They Reject It
Opponents of the deal could derail it only if they can rally the required two-thirds vote of Congress to override a possible presidential veto.Before Congress had even begun its official review, Republican leaders vowed to kill President Obama's nuclear...
Inquiry of FIFA Touches on Qatar Deaths ; Senate Examines Plight of Migrants as It Weighs World Cup Corruption
The action comes more than 15 months after a report found that migrant workers continued to labor under conditions akin to indentured servitude.CORRECTION APPENDED When a law firm hired by Qatar, the site of the 2022 World Cup, issued a report...
In Southern California, Ojai's Golden Hour ; the Hippie Hideaway Is Welcoming, More or Less, Its Newcomers
The hippie hideaway is welcoming, mostly, its newcomers.On a recent Sunday morning the sidewalk in front of Porch Gallery Ojai buzzed with shoppers toting organic grocery bags to and from the nearby farmers' market. Every now and then someone -- a surfer dude...
Iran Accord Nods to Experts' Worries ; Bipartisan Group Warned in Public Letter That Gaps Needed to Be Addressed
The deal addresses perceived gaps raised by experts on whether the pact represented a formidable bar to Iran as a nuclear power or a muddle of half-measures and unwarranted concessions.A bipartisan group of nuclear and Middle East experts, including five...
Iran Accord Pits Obama's Faith in Talks vs. Skeptics ; Many Question Wisdom of Pursuing Diplomacy with Longtime Adversary
The accord represents a conflict of visions between the president's faith in diplomacy and his critics' deep skepticism over negotiating with adversaries.On one thing, at least, both sides in the fierce debate over President Obama's nuclear accord with...
Iranians Eager to Get Back in Business ; despite Sanctions Relief, Nation Faces Long Path to Opening Its Economy
A day an agreement that could see the dismantling of one of the strictest sanctions regimes in the world within months, it is clear that the opening, to the extent that there is one, will take time."Happy nuclear deal," Cyrus Razzaghi, a consultant,...
Joan Sebastian, Mexican Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 64
Mr. Sebastian, who won four Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammys, was nicknamed the People's Poet and King of the Mexican Rodeo.Joan Sebastian, a Mexican singer and songwriter whose sultry ballads won a total of 11 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards and...
Not the Usual Suspects at the Public School Lineup ; Not the Usual Suspects at the Public School Presentation Lineup
The fashion label's models included a street-style mainstay and a jewelry and accessories designer.There they were, their heads hovering around the line marking 6 feet, arrayed like perps in a jailhouse lineup. They wore solemn- colored sportswear, in...
N.Y.S.E. Glitch Puts Focus on Cuts ; Hundreds of Workers Have Been Shed since ICE Took over in 2012
Personnel reductions in New York have been under scrutiny because of the possibility that the exchange lacked people who could manage the crisis.When the New York Stock Exchange's systems went down during the trading day last week, few longtime employees...
Obama's Case for the Nuclear Accord
The president indicates no second thoughts on the deal he has struck with Tehran.Only hours after the conclusion of an agreement with Iran to lift oil and financial sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear capabilities, President Obama is a man...
Obama Seeks Criminal Justice Fix ; Bipartisan Effort Will Aim to Halt Mass Incarceration of Blacks and Hispanics
In a long and at times passionate address to a convention of the N.A.A.C.P., President Obama said that mass incarceration had gone too far.President Obama has called for a sweeping bipartisan effort to fix what he called "a broken system" of criminal...
Obstacles Loom in Chinese Bid for U.S. Chip Maker
The political difficulties that could hurt any deal highlight a growing wariness by both China and the United States of technology produced by the other.It is either the first step in the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese one or a...
Overregulating Life in Greece
It's not a matter of austerity versus stimulus. The country needs structural reforms.In dominating the debate over how to address the Greek crisis, Germany has shown that economic success brings political influence, which it wielded last weekend to brush...
Painful Scar Made Worse by Silence
Some say a deadly 1945 air raid on Taipei by American bombers has been ignored by the government.This month, after a military parade featuring troops riding motorcycles, helicopters flying in formation and shirtless frogmen waving paddles from the backs...
Premier to Step Down after Deal in Macedonia
As part of an agreement with opposition parties, the premier, Nikola Gruevski, who is reeling from a wiretapping scandal, will resign by Jan.15.Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of Macedonia, reeling from a long- running scandal over the wiretapping of...
Prison Break Adds to Strains with U.S. ; Mexico Resists Assistance in Hunt for Drug Kingpin, Fueling Mutual Mistrust
The United States has offered everything it has to help capture Joaquin Guzman Loera, but so far the Mexicans have kept the Americans at bay.Hours after the world's most infamous drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera, escaped Mexico's highest-security prison...
Rebuffed Once, Fiat Chrysler Backs Away from Its G.M. Bid
Sergio Marchionne said that his interest had cooled considerably since General Motor's board dismissed his overture in March.Four months after his proposal to merge with General Motors was rejected, Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,...
Separate Studies Back Guidelines for Wider Use of Statins
The studies lend support to controversial new guidelines that could vastly increase the number of Americans taking cholesterol- lowering drugs.Two studies lend support to controversial new cholesterol guidelines that could vastly increase the number...
The Best Chance to Rein in Iran
With strong limits on Tehran's nuclear program, the accord could potentially reshape Middle East politics.The final deal with Iran announced by the United States and other major world powers does what no amount of political posturing and vague threats...
The Place to Be at the Open ; Dunvegan Hotel, Bought on a Whim in 1994, Is a Labor of Love for Couple
The Dunvegan Hotel, bought on a whim in 1994, is a labor of love for the Scottish-American couple who have transformed it into a prime gathering spot whenever the Open is played at St. Andrews.When they bought the Dunvegan Hotel in 1994, it was a heart...
True Cost of Keeping Greece in the Eurozone
It lays out three options for achieving Greek debt sustainability, all of which are tantamount to the fiscal transfers that Germany has opposed.It reads like a dry, 1,184-word memorandum about fiscal projections. But the International Monetary Fund's...
Twitter Shares Spike on False Merger Report ; Hoax Is Latest Attempt to Make Quick Profit from Short-Term Market Moves
The article, about a $31 billion bid, was designed to look like a report from the Bloomberg News website but was a hoax.Takeover rumors about Twitter surface with seeming regularity every couple of months. But one on Tuesday showed a new level of sophistication...
U.S. Allies in Mideast See Heightened Peril in Newly Empowered Tehran
President Obama must placate Middle East nations that fear Iran will use the economic boost of sanctions relief to ramp up support for its militant proxies.Even in the final months of talks to peacefully resolve the conflict over Iran's nuclear program,...
U.S. to Give Web Access to Public Housing ; Obama Program Seeks to Improve Opportunities for Low-Income Groups
The sweeping effort is aimed at catching up the many low-income Americans who have been left behind in an increasingly technology- driven nation.The Obama administration announced on Wednesday a program to connect thousands of public housing residents...
Why I.M.F. Spoke out on Greek Debt Relief ; Fund's Stark Assessment Could Help -- or Simply Raise Hackles in Germany
While it could be the start of a more constructive dialogue, German politcians are likely to balk at the huge sums involved.The International Monetary Fund said what everyone knew but would not admit when it laid out in gory detail late Tuesday how Greece could...
Yellen Warns Lawmakers on Increased Fed Oversight ; She Says Wider Scrutiny Sought by Republicans Could Harm U.S. Economy
The central bank chairwoman says additional scrutiny, backed by Republicans, could cause collateral damage to the broader economy.Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, told lawmakers on Wednesday that proposals to increase congressional oversight...
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