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Articles from October 26, 2015

All Blacks Outlast South Africans ; New Zealanders Handle Springboks' Pressure and Gain 4th World Cup Final
In the semifinals, New Zealand edged South Africa in a thriller to prove it could win the close games, too.In the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, New Zealand showed it could dominate an opponent, as it rolled over France. In the semifinals, the All Blacks...
Ambiguity Defines Report by Bishops ; Varying Interpretations Poised to Widen Rather Than Bridge Divisions
The bishops' final report to Pope Francis, each passage of which was voted on separately, amounts to their recommendations. But it is also as much a political document as a theological one.Any good compromise allows everyone to claim victory. And that...
A New Meaning to 'You Are There' ; Virtual Reality Techniques to Intensify Film Thrills in 'The Martian' Next Year
20th Century Fox is preparing for the commercial release of a VR experience to accompany the film "The Martian."The hands might be the scariest part. They are very much your own. You can feel them, wrap them around the joystick, make them move.But they...
An Insider Leads Women's Tour
The arrival of Steve Simon, director of the Indian Wells tournament in California, at the head of the W.T.A. provides tennis with a clear opportunity for greater cooperation on thorny issues.At age 60, Steve Simon said he had planned to spend the rest...
Australia Beats Argentina, 29-15
Australia gained a 29-15 victory over Argentina on Sunday in London and will meet the New Zealand All-Blacks in the final of the Rugby World Cup.Australia versus New Zealand has been played more than any other international Rugby Union match, 179 times.But...
Bush Patriarch Baffled by Election Antics ; Ex-President Watches His Son Jeb Wade into a Wild Republican Race
George H.W. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, watches with rapt attention as another son tries for the highest office in the nation.He has given up his "C.S.I." reruns, consuming campaign coverage on Fox News -- intently but fretfully -- when...
Business: The Week Ahead
As compiled by the editors of the International New York Times.Leadership positions at stake in Communist Party gathering The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party is to hold its annual policy session Monday through Thursday in Beijing....
Calling Her Shots to the End ; Flavia Pennetta Is Set to Finish Career on a High Note in Singapore Finals
After winning her first Grand Slam singles title last month in New York at age 33, the Italian veteran is set to finish her playing days in style, at the W.T.A. Finals in Singapore.It was an end-of-career odyssey: Flavia Pennetta went from Tianjin, in...
Catholic Bishops Open Door on Divorce ; New Recommendation Backs Pope's Vision of More Tolerant Church
Pope Francis called this assembly to reconsider the church's approach to marriage and family at a time when the very definition of family is changing.After a three-week global assembly on family issues that exposed their deep divisions, Roman Catholic...
China's Slowing Economy
The decision to remove caps on the interest rates banks can pay is a step in the right direction.Chinese officials signaled that they are increasingly concerned about the country's slowing economy when they cut interest rates on Friday and lowered the...
Coach Flipped Hitter's Power Switch ; Mets' Batting Instructor Credited with Abetting Murphy's Long-Ball Surge
Heeding Kevin Long's advice has helped Murphy, who has seven home runs and a 1.026 slugging percentage this postseason.Kevin Long had heard all about Daniel Murphy. When the Mets named Long their hitting coach last fall, he knew that Murphy was a highly intelligent...
Ex-Leader Looms over Ivorian Vote ; President Runs Again, but Jailed Predecessor Still Has Many Loyalists
For now, President Alassane Ouattara's chief challenge is keeping the peace on Election Day, the baseline needed for any future economic gains.New highways crisscross parts of this once-beleaguered nation. A $330 million toll bridge has relieved traffic...
Export-Import Bank Dispute Reverberates at Closing Factory
G.E. plans to close an engine factory in Wisconsin that President Obama visited in 2014 and move hundreds of jobs to Canada.When President Obama visited General Electric's sprawling, red- brick engine factory here in January 2014, he praised it as a...
Eyes on the Defending Champion Warriors, a Target for All
Golden State won an N.B.A. title last season, but a bevy of retooled challengers aims to make the reign a short one.It is hard to imagine how the Golden State Warriors could have been more convincing last season. They quieted the critics of their flamboyant...
Fed's Rate Decision Hinges on a Chart from 1958
If you believe in the traditional Phillips curve, as some at the Fed do, inflation should be taking off any day now.This week, when Federal Reserve officials meet to decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years, one question...
Fighting for Greece's Real Farmers ; Union Leader Campaigns to Block Subsidies for Those with Other Jobs
Christos Gontias, a farmer and union leader, uses dramatic tactics in seeking the reform of Greece's agricultural poliicies.In a stone cottage beside his pomegranate fields here in northern Greece, Christos Gontias, 46, is chain smoking and trying to...
For Many Norwegians, Ghosts Fill a Void ; Interest in Supernatural Grows in Some Highly Secular Modern Countries
Belief in ghosts has been around for centuries, but they have now found a particularly strong following in some highly secular modern countries.Like many Europeans, Marianne Haaland Bogdanoff, a travel agency manager in this southern Norwegian town,...
Future without Serena Is Now ; 2015 May Have Been Her Year, but Williams Opted out of the Finale
After a draining season in which she unsuccessfully pursued the Grand Slam, the world's top-ranked women's player ended up withdrawing from the W.T.A. Finals in Singapore.In victory or defeat, this tennis season belonged to Serena Williams. She sparked...
Improving Management by Giving More Chiefs the Steve Jobs Treatment
C.E.O.s might lead differently if they believed that their achievements could land them in the history books or, as with Mr. Jobs, on the movie screen.I once had the pleasure of visiting the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at her home in Massachusetts....
Indonesian Leader to Discuss Trade Pact with Obama ; Joko Planning to Open Southeast Asia's Largest Economy to the World
Southeast Asia's largest economy, worth about $1 trillion, may join the Trans-Pacific Partnership as its tries to open up to the world.The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said he would decide whether Southeast Asia's largest economy would join the...
In French Village, an Outpouring of Grief for Dozens Killed in a Bus Crash
About 28 of the victims of Friday's accident were from Petit- Palais-et-Cornemps, France, a hamlet of about 600, perhaps the hardest-hit in the Bordeaux region.PETIT-PALAIS-ET-CORNEMPS, FranceThe news spread quickly as neighbor called neighbor or knocked next...
In Making Decisions, Favor the Long Term over the Short Term
Yannick Bollore, the chairman and chief executive of the Havas advertising agency, on leadership and being a good manager.Yannick Bollore is chairman and chief executive of the French advertising agency Havas, which is controlled by the Bollore Group, run...
Israel's Irresponsible Arabs
The Arab leadership must remember that their community has a stake in coexistence with the Jewish majority.The northern Israeli city of Nazareth witnessed an incredible confrontation on Oct. 11. Two Muslim men, both leaders in the Arab Israeli community,...
Japan Runs out of Steam in Spite of Abenomics ; Recurring Economic Cycle of Spurts and Slowdowns Raises Doubts for Future
Nearly three years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office, there are signs that growth is faltering again, despite his efforts to stimulate the economy.Japan's economy has contracted so many times in the last few years that the meaning of recession...
Kill the Witches. Then, Celebrate Them
Salem carried off the neat trick of making Halloween its very special holiday, transmuting its secret shame into its saving grace.Holidays restore us, reassure us and remind us of who we are -- a reason some of us hesitate to head home for Thanksgiving....
'Kingdom of Daughters' Becomes a Tourist Draw in China
Fascination with the Mosou, an ethnic minority where daughters are prized and marriage is not traditional, has brought tourism but also fears its practices could fade away.A young man clad in a white shirt, black pants and red belt suddenly scrambled...
Lessons of Past Helped Mexico Sidestep Hurricane's Brunt ; Experts Attribute Lack of Major Damage to Luck and Government Planning
The country had no immediate reports of deaths or damage to major infrastructure, a result that experts attributed to a combination of luck and planning.Meteorologists called Hurricane Patricia one of the most ferocious ever seen in the Western Hemisphere,...
Maureen O'Hara, the 'Queen of Technicolor,' Dies at 95
The cinema star played strong-willed beauties in escapist movies of the 1940s and '50s like "Miracle on 34th Street" and "The Quiet Man."Maureen O'Hara, the spirited Irish-born actress who played strong- willed, tempestuous beauties opposite all manner...
Meet a 21st-Century Slave
In 2015, isn't it finally time to abolish slavery forever?When readers hear about "modern slavery" in America or abroad, they may roll their eyes and assume that's an exaggeration. Slavery? Really? Modern slavery? If you're one of the doubters, then...
Merkel Convenes Leaders over Migration ; Some outside E.U. Join Bloc in Fifth Such Attempt to Find a Common Policy
The meeting called by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was the fifth consecutive meeting of so far fruitless efforts to deal with Europe's biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany met here on Sunday...
Microsoft Opening Flagship Store among Upscale Titans of Fifth Avenue
The doors of a striking new flagship Microsoft Store were to open to the public on Monday.Most of the luxury brands on the storefronts of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, one of the world's most famous shopping thoroughfares, seem to belong together, like...
New Wounds for Staff of Charlie Hebdo ; Solidarity Is Challenged as Unexpected Success Follows Terrorists' Attack
The satirical paper now has money, but that has led to bitter internal squabbling over how the money should be used.Days after two gunmen burst into the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, slaughtering nearly a dozen of...
N.F.L. Sows Seeds to Grow Overseas ; Annual London Games Sell out, but Expansion Remains Long-Range Goal
The N.F.L. will increase the number of games played in London from three to four, despite the fact that the league is still operating at a loss in England.The N.F.L. shield is again flying beside the Union Jacks on Regent Street. Banners with pictures...
No Loser, but Alas, Also No Winner
Manchester United and Manchester City played to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the English Premier League on Sunday.Some 137 years ago, Karl Benz invented the first gasoline-fueled automobile. Hot on the heels of that, the two major clubs of Manchester...
Ovechkin Nears Mentor's Record for N.H.L. Goals by a Russian Player
Alex Ovechkin needs four more goals to become the leader in goals by Russian N.H.L. players, overtaking his former teammate and friend Sergei Fedorov.It is a season of milestones for Alex Ovechkin. He cracked the 900-point barrier against the Calgary...
Palestinians Shift Tactics on Security with Israelis ; Alliance of Coordination Unravels amid Violent Protests in West Bank
Amid violent protests in the West Bank, a longtime security alliance with Israel may be redefined in the face of public anger and mistrust.CORRECTION APPENDED The Palestinian security officers in civilian clothes were nearly indiscernible amid...
Paying for America's Military
President Obama is right to veto a bill that includes budget gimmicks and onerous provisions on the closing of Guantanamo.President Obama's decision to veto a $612 billion defense spending bill sets the stage for a fight that could force Congress to...
Premier Managers Looking over Their Shoulders
Managers at Aston Villa and Swansea City went into their match hearing that their jobs were on the line, and Chelsea's "Special One" may soon feel the heat.It is not yet Halloween, but already some managers in England's Premier League look haunted and...
Researchers See Contagion in Misstating of Earnings
The study also found that when companies playing accounting charades run into trouble, their corporate peers are deterred from mimicking their conduct.One bad corporate apple, it seems, can spoil a whole bunch.That's the conclusion of a fascinating academic...
Sotheby's $500 Million Bet to Restore Image of Ex-Chairman
A. Alfred Taubman dragged Sotheby's into a price-fixing scandal. Now, after his death, the auction house is trumpeting the sale of his treasures.When A. Alfred Taubman, the chairman of Sotheby's, was convicted of leading a price-fixing scheme with Christie's...
South Africa's Student Revolt
Extending access to higher education is not some socialist dream; it's a vital part of stabilizing the country.Last Wednesday, I arrived at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I work, and couldn't get inside. Some major entrances to the campus...
South Korea Erases Defectors' Scars ; Plastic Surgeons Provide Aid to Ease Burdens That Continue from Trauma
Dozens of defectors from North Korea have signed up for a free surgery program, including a woman whose face was scarred in a factory accident.Nearly 20 years ago, Lee Geung-ja was working the night shift at a factory in North Korea when an accident...
The Disproportionate Risk of Driving While Black
An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct.Rufus Scales, 26 and black, was driving his younger brother Devin to his hair-cutting class in this genteel,...
The Empire Strikes Back
Hillary Clinton beats back the right-wing conspiracy, but it's not so much vast as vapid.Nobody plays the victim like Hillary.She can wield that label like a wrecking ball.If her husband humiliates her with a girlfriend in the Oval Office, Hillary turns...
Uber Plans to Seek More Capital
Just three months after a new funding round valued the company at more than $50 billion, Uber is said to be going back to the well.Just three months after raising an enormous sum of money from investors, Uber is at it again.Uber, a ride-hailing service,...
U.S. Fears Russian Peril on Undersea Grid of Cables ; Most-Serious Breach Would Cut Remotest Lines, Crippling Global Network
The ultimate hack could involve severing the cables at their most remote locations and halt the communications on which the West has grown dependent.Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry...
U.S. General to Investigate Fatal Assault on Hospital ; Death Roll Rises to 23 after Airstrike on Doctors without Borders Location
The death toll in the bombing raid on a Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Kunduz has risen again, and civilian casualties have been confirmed.With an initial military assessment confirming civilian casualties in the bombing of a Doctors Without...
U.S. Stung by Drop in Demand for Commodities ; America's Heartland Hurt by Economic Slowdown among Emerging Markets
In China and other emerging markets, growth is waning and demand for the raw materials that drive the global economy has dried up.A thousand miles south of Granite City, Ill., a gritty steel town on the Mississippi River, West Texas oil rigs have shuddered...
VW Delayed Telling Board of Deception with Diesels ; Executives Acknowledged Cheating Weeks before Directors Were Informed
Senior Volkswagen board members say they learned of the company's emissions scandal not from executives, but from news reports.At least three members of Volkswagen's board said they were left in the dark about the company's emissions cheating for two...
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