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Articles from March 1, 2016

Accessories, Italian Style
The fashion week presentations ranged from sequin-striped boots at Giuseppe Zanotti to crystal-covered heels at Rene Caovilla.A love affair with the '70s continued to echo through Milan Fashion Week this season, particularly when it came to its accessories...
A Change at Second, but Only a Slight One ; Mets' New Infielder Has Stats Remarkably like His Predecessor's
Like Daniel Murphy, whom he replaced as the Mets' second baseman, Neil Walker is 30 years old with seven seasons in the majors.The Mets would not have reached the World Series without Daniel Murphy. His joy ride through the National League playoffs,...
A New Libya, with 'Very Little Time Left' ; Qaddafi's Fall Vindicated Clinton at First, until Civil War and ISIS Took Hold
The fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seemed to vindicate Hillary Clinton. Then militias refused to disarm, neighbors fanned a civil war, and the Islamic State found refuge.It was a grisly start to the new era for Libya, broadcast around the world. The...
A Novel of Self-Discovery in Sri Lanka
Cliche be damned, a young American woman revisits Sri Lanka in this novel of self-discovery.Wreck and Order. By Hannah Tennant-Moore. 292 pages. Hogarth. $25."If you count drinking a bottle of wine by yourself and crying in public parks as going to school...
Argentina Reaches a Deal with Hedge Funds on Debt
The funds declared legal war on Argentina 12 years ago, refusing to partake in the country's restructurings after it defaulted on $100 billion of debt in 2001.Argentina agreed on Monday to pay $4.65 billion to four hedge funds in a deal that could put...
Attacks Kill 20 in Somalia as Shabab Violence Rises
The Shabab, an Islamist militant group, said they had carried out consecutive suicide bombings in the city of Baidoa, a regional capital.Two popular restaurants in a regional capital of Somalia were hit by suicide bombings, killing at least 20 people...
A Warning on Autonomous Arms
A former Pentagon official who helped establish United States policy on such weapons says they could be uncontrollable in real- world situations.A new report written by a former Pentagon official who helped establish United States policy on autonomous...
Beyond the Red Carpet
Milan Fashion Week closes with Salvatore Ferragamo, Marco di Vincenzo, Stella Jean and others.It was probably always going to be anticlimactic. Stuck between the Oscars (rock) and Super Tuesday (hard place), not to mention the news that the unthinkable...
Border Riot in Greece Signals Perils of Disunity ; with Route North Closed, Migrants Revolt against Fragmented E.U. Strategy
Migrants hit a razor-wire fence separating the two countries with a battering ram after the Macedonian authorities sealed the frontier.It was a scene of the type that could become all too common in coming months: Thousands of increasingly desperate people...
Chemical Safety Bill Could Shield Monsanto in Court ; Paragraph in Legislation Would Protect Company from Lawsuits over PCBs
A single paragraph in the sweeping legislation could shield the company from costly liability for making the now-banned chemicals known as PCBs.Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits, the giant biotechnology company Monsanto last year received...
China Moves to Ease Lending and Spur Growth ; Decrease in Requirement for Cash Reserves Could Put Pressure on Renminbi
The move comes as the country's top financial policy makers try to reassure the rest of the world that their handling of the economy remains on track.China said Monday evening that it would free up banks in the country to lend more, as the government...
Clinton's Gamble in Libya ; Secretary of State Played Crucial Role in Decision by Washington to Intervene
The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven.By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget Airport and sped into Paris, the American...
Curry's Heave Wins a Game and Silences His Doubters ; Former N.B.A. Stars Questioned If He Would Have Thrived Decades Ago
After some former N.B.A. stars wrote off Curry's success as a product of bad defense, he drilled a winning 3-pointer from more than 32 feet out.Stephen Curry heard the criticism last week -- that his success was due in part to a lack of legitimate perimeter...
Driving in Circles to Evade Scandal ; in a Crisis Complicated by Its Global Scale, VW Stumbles in Its Response
Volkswagen made serious mistakes in its public response to the uproar over cheating on diesel emissions, and it is still scrambling to correct them.Someday, Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal will be studied in crisis communications textbooks. And...
Elias Demetracopoulos, Journalist Who Fled Greece, Dies at 87
The enigmatic Mr. Demetracopoulos exasperated the State Department, once sued the C.I.A. and was honored back home as a champion of freedom.CORRECTION APPENDED Elias Demetracopoulos, an enigmatic journalist who fled Greece after a military coup...
Fighting the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat
Airplane seat size has become a hot topic not just in the air, but in Washington, too.Can plane seats get any smaller?Those of us who prefer not to find out were cheered when a bill that would set minimum seat size standards for commercial airlines was...
Fine Print Released on E.U.-U.S. Privacy Pact
The agreement revamps the rules for how companies collect and use online data, including social media posts, search queries and e- commerce purchases.American and European officials released details on Monday about a new trans-Atlantic data transfer...
For a Natural Talent, Swimming Isn't Always Easy
Caeleb Dressel, 19, has set records at the University of Florida and is preparing to race in long-course meters on a bigger stage.The calm, clear water beckoned Caeleb Dressel, who stripped to his swimsuit and jumped into an unoccupied lane for the 6-and-under boys'...
Hope and Fear Await Freed Basque Leader ; Release of Separatist Jailed over Ties to ETA Raises Anxiety in Spain
The release of Arnaldo Otegi, jailed over ties to an outlawed separatist group, and what it might mean for the Basque cause is raising alarm in Spain.A terrorist to some, an independence leader to others, Arnaldo Otegi has been in and out of Spanish...
How Clinton and Sanders Seek Change
Scholars distill the rival theories of change fleshed out by Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders as they compete for the Democratic nomination.How, actually, does the world change?As Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Senator Bernie...
Icahn Makes a Bid for Another Auto-Parts Supplier
Federal-Mogul said that it had received a proposal from Mr. Icahn's firm to acquire the remaining 18 percent of the company that he did not already own,Two months after winning a bidding war for the car-parts retailer Pep Boys, Carl C. Icahn has his...
In a Messy Breakup, MSNBC Cancels a Weekend News Show
The cancellation comes after the show's host, Melissa Harris- Perry, said she felt "worthless" to NBC News executivesIt all began to unravel for Melissa Harris-Perry four weeks ago.It was a day before the Iowa caucuses, and despite being in Des Moines,...
In Europe, Trump Elicits Laughs -- and Gasps ; News Accounts View Candidate with Disbelief That Is Now Evaporating
Once dismissive, news organizations are adjusting to the prospect of a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut for the Republican presidential nomination.He has been depicted as a snarling demagogue in France, equated with Donald Duck in Spain and described...
In Iran, Conflicting Reports on Actual Result of Election ; Moderates Win Tehran, but State Media Suggests Hard-Liner Victory over All
After reformist candidates won in large cities where results were announced, the state media suggested hard-liners had triumphed in areas waiting for results.A day after results in the capital showed a landslide victory for reformist and moderate allies...
In Letter to Shareholders, Buffett Sees Bright Future
The billionaire investor wrote that "the babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history."Warren E. Buffett has taken aim at the "negative drumbeat" of this year's presidential campaign, saying that the view that children today would...
Japan Indicts 3 for Failures in Disaster at Fukushima
The indictments were the first stemming from the event, which spread radiation across a wide area in the country's northeast and led to evacuations that left more than 100,000 people homeless.Japanese prosecutors on Monday indicted three former executives of...
Learning to Play like a Girl Made Him a Star ; Paul George Developed His Skills by Losing Game after Game to Older Sister
The N.B.A. All-Star Paul George developed his skills by trying in vain to outplay his sister while growing up.Long before Paul George emerged as a star forward with the Indiana Pacers, he played countless games of one-on-one in the quiet street outside...
Lenders' Overdraft Strategies Gut Americans' Bank Accounts ; with Details in Fine Print, Many Poor Customers Are Surprised by High Fees
The banking fees are borne by ordinary American consumers, disproportionately by the poorest, and many miss details tucked into fine print.Angelina Lemus was puzzled. She had no idea why every month as much as $96 was disappearing from her Citibank checking...
Martial Arts in Search of a Story
A fight-ridden sequel of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" tries to recapture the feel and success of the 2000 original.Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Directed by Yuen Wo Ping.When "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" opened in 2000, it...
Migrants in France Resist as Police Tear Down Camp ; Violence Erupts at Site near Calais as Officers Act on Order by Court
The interior minister had said that the authorities would not conduct a "brutal evacuation" of the camp, but as workers tore down tents and dismantled ramshackle huts, clashes quickly erupted.The French authorities faced angry protesters on Monday as...
Moderates Appear to Make Strong Gains in Iran ; Forecast Results Are Seen as Setback for Hard-Liners Who Oppose Nuclear Deal
The voting, seen as a referendum on the nuclear deal, lends momentum to President Hassan Rouhani, despite efforts by the hard- liners to block moderate supporters.President Hassan Rouhani and his allies appeared on Monday to have made strong gains in...
Netflix's New Slate of Programming Aims for Family-Friendly Viewership
Starting with "Fuller House" on Friday, the streaming service has lined up shows harking back to the '80s and '90s, meant for family watching.Over the last couple of years, as Netflix has crashed the gates of the television industry, the service has...
Once I Saw Light in Iran. Now, Shadows
Genuine reformism, as a relevant intellectual and political culture or strategy, is effectively stalled.I remember vividly the first time I ever voted in an Iranian election. It was a balmy summer day in June 2001, in the election that won the reformist...
Pakistan Braces for Unrest after Execution ; Protesters Support Guard Who Killed Advocate for Change in Blasphemy Law
Protests in several cities were expected after the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, who killed Salmaan Taseer, an advocate for changes in blasphemy laws.The authorities in Pakistan were bracing for the possibility of violence and escalating protests...
Past Duels before Court Holds Sway on Obama ; Standoff with Senate over New Justice Is Fight over Law and His Legacy
President Obama's current standoff with the Senate over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia is a struggle over not just the law, but power and his own legacy.The first time President Obama sat down to pick a new Supreme Court justice, surprised aides discovered...
Planet on the Ballot
The goal of drastically reducing emissions may be within reach, but the wrong leader could still get in the way.We now have a pretty good idea who will be on the ballot in November: Hillary Clinton, almost surely (after the South Carolina blowout, prediction...
Privacy Fight Tests Apple's Ties to White House ; Encryption Policy Began to Split Former Allies Even before Action on iPhones
Apple's chief, Timothy D. Cook, and President Obama are the central antagonists in the debate over personal privacy and America's security.Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, was relentless during a private meeting of tech giants and President...
Prodigies and Autism
Passionate interests, extreme working memories and family ties are among the intriguing connections.Many parents remember a moment when their toddler astounded them. Maybe he outpaced his playgroup at mastering a song. Maybe she knew an esoteric fact...
Putting Masters on His Canvas ; at 84, John Baldessari Pays Tribute to Influences from History of Painting
Now 84, the conceptual artist John Baldessari pays tribute in his latest works to influences from the history of painting.Having taught many generations of Los Angeles artists, John Baldessari proudly displays a few of their creations on the walls of his...
Republican Race Gets More Rowdy ; Rubio Lunges Headfirst into Trump, Concluding High Road Leads Nowhere
Senator Marco Rubio has lunged headfirst into a bout with Donald J. Trump, reflecting a conclusion that his above-the-fray approach is ineffective.It is the kind of campaign he said he would never run. But Senator Marco Rubio, seeing his path to the...
Reviewing the Oscars from Afar
In Milan, the front row offered some hits and some misses.On Monday the fashion flock had just woken up to the Oscars of the night before when they had to hie themselves to the Giorgio Armani show, with barely a chance to scan the slide shows to see what...
See That Billboard? It May See You, Too
Clear Channel Outdoor Americas is joining with other companies to track the behavior of customers who pass its tens of thousands of billboards.Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, announced...
Set a Better U.S. Military Budget
Giving the Pentagon a blank check does not ensure security.Given recent history, the next American president can expect to face an even more unpredictable world than the one President Obama is dealing with. Russia, China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, the Islamic...
Small Banks Won't Face Bonus Caps
Large financial firms would still be required to comply with the cap, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority said.British financial regulators said on Monday that they would continue to exempt small banks and similarly...
Spike Jonze on the Small Screen ; the Eclectic Film Director Helps to Start Viceland, a New U.S. Cable Channel
The idiosyncratic film director helps to start Viceland, a new U.S. cable channel.Some days, even Spike Jonze goes into an office. One afternoon in late January, he was roaming the work space on a basement level at Vice Media, the nonconformist content...
Student in North Korea Apologizes ; American Is Accused of Trying to Steal Banner at Hotel in Pyongyang
It remained unclear whether the student, Otto F. Warmbier, who has been in custody since Jan. 2, was coerced to apologize at a news conference.An American student detained in North Korea appeared in a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang,...
The After-Party Becomes a Family Meal
Pasta, drinks and warm feelings turn a wet Sunday evening into an event.It was 9:30 p.m. on a chilly Sunday in an industrial area on the outskirts of Milan, and rain had been pounding down for 48 hours. The Missoni show had just ended, and Angela Missoni,...
The Oscars Find a Lucky Pairing of Host and Subject ; Chris Rock Deftly Skewers Hollywood for Its Failings to Address Racial Diversity
Hollywood was guilty of a lack of diversity, and Mr. Rock was deputized to carry out the sentence.#OscarsSoWhite, meet #OscarsSoContrite. The one thing more certain at the Academy Awards than a best actor victory for Leonardo DiCaprio was that the broadcast...
The Secret of 'Top Secret'
The case of Hillary Clinton's emails shows we need a saner policy about marking information secret.Every few years, a news event demonstrates how dysfunctional, arbitrary and counterproductive the country's system of classifying information really is....
Toronto's Model of Inclusion ; Plan for Neighborhood Upsets Ingrained Notions of Class, Race and Religion
An ambitious plan for the 69-acre Regent Park neighborhood is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion.Her face framed by a yellow hijab, Idil Hassan watched her young daughter splash with other children at the Regent Park Aquatic Center,...
Trump Repeats Twitter Post of Mussolini Quote
The post, originally from a parody acount, compared the Italian dictator to the Republican presidential candidate.Donald J. Trump has used his Twitter feed to repost a quote attributed to Benito Mussolini, the founder of the Fascist movement, originally...
Trump's Il Duce Routine
Europe knows that democracies can collapse. It watches Trump with memories of when the sky darkened.Europe, the soil on which Fascism took root, is watching the rise of Donald Trump with dismay. Contempt for the excesses of America is a European reflex,...
Trump's Penchant for Conspiracies ; Willingness to Touch on Fictive Theories Puts Him in a Unique Political Class
Mr. Trump revels in discussing what passes for fact on fringe websites, entering territory where other major presidential candidates fear to tread.It was a question that most major presidential candidates would have quickly dismissed as absurd, even...
Twin Bombings Kill Dozens at Baghdad Market
The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for two attacks at a market in the Sadr City district that killed at least 42 people.Dozens of people have been killed in two bombings at a crowded market in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, the police...
U.S. Soccer Gets an Assist from Virtual Reality ; Disclosing Its New Crest, Federation Bypasses Traditional News Media
The United States Soccer Federation is disclosing the look of its new crest, its first major redesign in more than 20 years.For almost two years, the United States Soccer Federation fiddled with the redesign of its most conspicuous symbol: the red, white...
Web Retailer from Dubai Attracts New Investments
The company, based in the United Arab Emirates, is a rare e- commerce success story in the region.Souq.com, an online retailer based in the United Arab Emirates, said on Monday that it had raised $275 million from international investors. It was a vote...
When Fear Is Used to Stifle Protest
Laws hastily adopted in the aftermath of a terror attack have a tendency to come back in forms not intended or foreseen.After the murderous attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, "Je suis Charlie" became...
With Humility, Starbucks Prepares to Open in Italy
Howard Schultz, the head of the coffee chain, credits Italy's distinct coffee culture for inspiring him to create the Starbucks of today.Standing in the art-soaked splendor of a Milanese parlor as an array of A-list Italian business leaders listened...
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