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Articles from March 12, 2016

4 Eventful Days for Balenciaga's New Designer ; Demna Gvasalia Talks about Paris Shows and the Reaction to His Works
Demna Gvasalia talks about his work, his Paris shows and the reaction to his first designs.If the appointment of Demna Gvasalia, 34, the upstart designer of Vetements, as artistic director of Balenciaga was the surprise of the last Paris fashion season,...
A Risky Stopgap Fix for Chinese Banks ; Use of Shares to Repay Loans Could Exacerbate Country's Debt Problem
Getting shares for overdue loans could help banks temporarily shore up their balance sheets. But it could cause greater difficulties down the road.A new approach to managing China's corporate debt burden may offer temporary relief for banks but spell...
Arts Guide
A look at selected arts events worldwide.Hong KongThe Beach Boys with the Hong Kong PhilharmonicQueen Elizabeth Stadium ArenaMarch 18 and 19This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' release of "Pet Sounds," the celebrated album that featured...
At Least 60 Athletes Fail Meldonium Test ; Sharapova Is One on List That Includes Olympians and World Champions
Maria Sharapova, Olympic medalists and world champions are among those who have tested positive for meldonium.More than 60 athletes, including Olympic medalists and world champions, have tested positive this year for meldonium, the performance-enhancing...
Auctioneers Embrace the New ; Houses Form Alliances with Rivals to Navigate a Shifting Landscape
The auction houses are throwing their money and names around, buying or forming affiliations with rivals that understand the shifting marketplace.The top art auction houses had a carefree and comfortable time of it for most of the first couple of centuries...
BP Cancels Sponsorship of Tate Art Museums
A BP spokesman said the "commercial decision" was prompted by the collapse in oil prices and the decline in the company's profit since mid-2014.BP has decided to end its 26-year sponsorship of the Tate group of art museums, one of Britain's most high-profile...
Browsing the Shelves in Amazon's First Store ; How Meta: A Digital Chat about the Online Retailer's Ink-and-Paper Products
Two reporters discuss what is and isn't in Amazon's sole brick- and-mortar store as it plans to expand its physical locations.This past week, Amazon revealed the location for its second brick- and-mortar bookstore, scheduled to open in a few months in...
Challenging a Capital's Classic Lines ; above Ground and below, Architectural Diversity Blooms on National Mall
Architectural diversity on Washington's National Mall is in full flower.From day one, the American capital was designed as a city of the future, even if the architecture was rooted in the past. Now, after more than two centuries, history is loosening...
City of Hope Becomes a City of Fear in South Sudan ; Mass Rape and Killings Show No Sign of Abating after 2 Years of Civil War
More than 50,000 have died in war driven by ethnicity, in a country not 5 years old.Glancing up at the gates of the displaced persons camp where he lives, Diu Tut shook his head."I can't go out there," he said."Why not?" he was asked."Because of this,"...
Cracking Open the Digital Doors ; New Platforms Offer Biggest Shift for Chinese Artists in Four Decades
Digital technology is changing how Chinese art is made, marketed and sold, and marks one of the biggest shifts in the industry since the easing of state control.Art Basel Hong Kong highlighted many of Asia's top artists last year, but none had more visibility...
Creating Liquidity Can Be a Hurdle for Companies Shedding Early Investors
When a founder's money is tied up in the business, it can be challenging to get financing to buy out existing partners.Brad Sacks brought in two family friends who were older and wiser when he started his sauce company, More Than Gourmet, in 1993. They didn't...
Distinctive Obsessions
Jim Harrison's obsessions include rural roughneck mores, the writing life and male lust.The Ancient Minstrel. Novellas. By Jim Harrison. 255 pages. Grove Press. $25.Katherine Anne Porter argued (or at least asserted) that "novella" is "a slack, boneless,...
Dogs, Cats and Leadership
Maybe we should ask candidates questions that would reveal qualities we associate with pets.When he was in the middle of his Syrian peace deal negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry would go to President Obama with a request: Could the U.S. quietly...
E.C.B., in Bold Stimulus Step, to Pay Banks to Borrow Central Bank Funds
The unexpected measures that will include, in effect, paying commercial banks to lend money to businesses and consumers.Faced with a eurozone economy stubbornly resistant to revival, the European Central Bank has gone where no central bank -- at least no...
Ex-Credit Suisse Brokers Seek Help to Get Bonuses
Lawyers for dozens of former Credit Suisse brokers are seeking to have their claims heard in arbitration overseen by the regulator.Lawyers for dozens of former Credit Suisse brokers have appealed to the brokerage industry's main regulator to step into...
F.C.C. Proposes Data Privacy Rules for Internet Providers
The rules call for broadband providers to disclose how data about users' online browsing may be collected and require better security for such data.United States regulators have proposed a set of privacy rules for Internet service providers that would...
Fight over Unlocking iPhone Grows More Heated ; Apple Lawyers Rebuke Justice Department for 'Cheap Shot' in Court Brief
The Justice Department said "no single corporation," even one as successful as Apple, should be allowed to flout the law.The Obama administration is claiming that "no single corporation" -- even one as successful as Apple -- should be allowed to flout...
Fill in the Foreign Policy Blanks
Few of the candidates running for president have given much of a sense of how they would take on critical issues like the Syrian war and the North Korean nuclear threat.The next president will have to set the direction of the fight against terrorism,...
For the Warriors, Just Another Victory Mixing the Sloppy with the Sublime
Golden State coach Steve Kerr tries to keep his record-breaking team from slipping over the course of a long season.A few years ago, back when he was working as a television analyst, Steve Kerr spent some time before a game catching up with Chris Bosh.At...
France Asks: Does Abuse Justify Murder?
The case of Jacqueline Sauvage, who shot her husband after years of abuse, raises a difficult question for France: Are such killings self-defense?Jacqueline Sauvage and Norbert Marot married as teenagers and built their dream house of wood and stone...
From a Cabin in the Wilderness
This collection of selected and new short stories is a core sample of a literary titan.CORRECTION APPENDED For a Little While. New and Selected Stories. By Rick Bass. 471 pages. Little, Brown & Company. $28. Scientists say we've entered...
Fukushima Still Fighting Radioactive Tide
A full cleanup of the site is expected to take at least 40 years according to the government's timetable, and a century by other estimates.CORRECTION APPENDED Of the thousands of workers who have answered the help-wanted ads at Fukushima Daiichi,...
Gene Tests Muddle Treatment Choices ; Breast Cancer Patients Find That Doctors Often Differ on How to Respond
For now, what sounds like a simple test can leave patients with frightening information but no clear options or guidance for treatment decisions.At a time when genetic testing and genetically personalized treatments for cancer are proliferating, buoyed...
Global Reach from a City's Fringes ; Social Media Is Helping Mexican Collectives Show Their Works to the World
Social media is helping an artists' collective to project its work around the world.Walk down an alley behind a modest commercial building on a busy main road here and you could easily miss Bikini Wax, a hub of the city's effervescent art scene.Bikini...
Group at U.N. Criticizes China's Rights Crackdown
The United States and 11 other countries expressed alarm at the arrests of activists and lawyers and the treatment of Hong Kong residents who vanished.The United States and 11 other countries have scolded China over its crackdown on lawyers and human...
Guiding Children on (Ahem) What Trump Said ; from Sexual References to Outright Rudeness, Adults Struggle to Explain
The candidate's shock statements and sexual boasts present a quandary for parents who want to teach their children about the electoral process.It was mortifying enough when the Republican debate last week introduced the question of whether it was appropriate...
Head Trauma Killed Ex-Putin Aide in U.S
The medical examiner's report found that Mikhail Y. Lesin had died of blunt-force injuries; Russian news reports had said it was a heart attack.Mikhail Y. Lesin once occupied the upper stratosphere of Vladimir V. Putin's Russia, an advertising executive...
Hedge Funds Find Little Relief
The first two months of this year have favored very few hedge funds.The hedge fund titan Larry Robbins did something out of character last year. He apologized to investors for losing their money and pledged to "right the ship as quickly as possible."...
In Our Pages
Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: President Roosevelt signs the lend-lease bill to aid Great Britain in 1941; all three defendants in the killing of Malcolm X are convicted in 1966.1941 Roosevelt Signs Lend-Lease BillPresident...
Into the Soul of the Venetian Ghetto ; Exploring a Rich History as Venice Commemorates 500 Years of Jewish Life
A journey into one of the world's oldest Jewish ghettos, where this year a rich 500-year history is commemorated.Though you can still see the recesses in the walls where the hinges of the portals once hung, the Venice ghetto has not been a prison since...
Irish Spring
What should be celebrated in the days ahead is the triumph of the Irish spirit, a lesson about humanity's resilience.Between the Guinness and the leprechauns, the rivers of green and the buckets of blarney, we're going to experience a lot of paddywhackery...
Israeli Arab Chooses Baskets over Goals ; Ethnically Speaking, He's One of a Kind in Nation's Top Basketball League
Karam Mashour is the only player of Arab heritage in the Israeli basketball league, though he says he does not see himself as a pioneer.Long before he was a professional basketball player in Israel's most prestigious league, Karam Mashour honed his game...
Ivy League, a Holdout, to Add Tournament ; Top 4 Teams to Compete, with Winner Moving on to the N.C.A.A. Playoffs
The four-team men's and women's tournaments, beginning next season, will determine the league's automatic bids to the N.C.A.A. tournaments.After years as the lone holdout among Division I conferences in not holding a postseason basketball tournament,...
Jacques Rivette's Works Revisited ; Two New Discs Show How Paris Was a Stage for Experimental Director
The director, who died in January, has two works now on disc: his debut, "Paris Belongs to Us," and the sprawling, multipart "Out 1."Jacques Rivette, who died in January at 87, was in some ways the most classical of French New Wave directors (adapting...
L.A.'S Art Scene Comes into Its Own ; A Thriving Infrastructure, Donors and Collectors Lure a Wave of Artists
There is growing appreciation of the cultural infrastructure, working environment and lifestyle of America's second-largest city among artists, donors and collectors large and small.For art to flourish in a city, it helps to have well-off individuals...
Lawsuits Mar Trump University's '98 Percent' ; Several Former Students Say They Were Coerced into Giving Top Ratings
Ex-students say they faced pressure to give Donald J. Trump's real estate classes positive reviews in evaluations he is now using against them.Robert Guillo gave a glowing evaluation to his instructor at Trump University because, he said, the teacher...
Luxury Assets Lose Some Market Altitude
That real estate, art and luxury cars do not command the prices of 2015 may say something about the fortunes of those at the top of the wealth scale.Last year, a Manhattan penthouse sold for $100 million and another went into contract for $200 million....
Making Museums Moral Again ; as Cultural Institutions Gain Power, Pressure Builds to Use It Wisely
The dance between culture and corporate capital invites clashes on ethics.In the past, when people wondered how to live moral lives, they could look to the saints, or take their questions to church. Today, some of us might instead turn our attention...
Murdered for Activism in Honduras
In a country known to be deadly for rights advocates, my aunt stood up for the environment and her indigenous kin.It was always a relief to see my Aunt Berta, whom we affectionately called Bertita. Not just because of the constant threats to her life,...
Plays with Punch, with Roots in France ; 'Captain Fox!,"Maids' and 'Patriotic Traitor' Keep One Foot in Farce
On the London stage, "Captain Fox!," "Maids" and "Patriotic Traitor" have one foot in farce.A telephone suspended in midair provides an aptly Magritte-like opening image for "Welcome Home, Captain Fox!," a play that tilts reality on its axis so that...
Preying on Desperation ; Human Smugglers Seize Opportunity as Migrants Seek Back Door to Europe
With migrants starting to grow desperate, smugglers are fanning out in Greece, promising help and stoking European concerns about alternate routes.Shortly after landing on the Greek island of Lesbos in a waterlogged dinghy from Turkey, Rahin Salami,...
Protesting at Trump Rallies a Risky Act ; Fury among Supporters and Detractors Descends into Hostility and Violence
As Mr. Trump has unleashed the pent-up fury of many Americans, a much smaller but equally fervent protest movement has materialized.When Kashiya Nwanguma learned that Donald J. Trump would campaign in Louisville, Ky., where she is a student, she walked...
Racing Chief Looks to Build Interest beyond 100th Running of Indy 500
Mark Miles says the IndyCar Series, which opens its season on Sunday, has the venues and events to attract fans beyond its milestone main event.Mark Miles often has lunch at a restaurant not far from his office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He...
Ready to Battle for Control of a Media Empire
Ms. Redstone says she has patched up her relationship with her media mogul father as a legal battle looms over money and power in the family business.Shari Redstone pulls her iPhone out of her purse to show off "just one" picture of her grandchildren....
Republicans Lower Volume in Debate ; with Key States Ahead, Candidates Make Effort to Appear More Dignified
Neither Donald J. Trump nor his opponents showed much of an appetite for blood in their final debate before votes in Florida, Ohio and elsewhere.After 11 adversarial debates, the two chief antagonists to Donald J. Trump on Thursday night largely abandoned...
Songs That Take Their Time and Evolve
Jane Siberry, Kilo Kish, Dan Weiss and Dreamboat have released new albums.Lakisha Robinson, a.k.a. Kilo Kish, is a young singer, artist and textile designer -- a casually confident creative, figuring out uses for her brainstorms and her ephemera. She...
Tales of Lost Gold Enthrall Paraguayans
Tales of gold buried more than a century ago, however dubious, entrance hunters of all persuasions while the government endeavors to protect cultural artifacts.Deep in the subtropical heart of South America, the hunt is on.Buried beneath red ocher earthen...
'The Blacker the Berry' ; Unraveling the Riddle That Is Kendrick Lamar's Provocative Hit Song
Who gets to say how black people see themselves?Nearly every rap album has that one moment you can't get with. If you're a woman, there are at least five. It's been almost a year since I first heard Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly," an ambitious,...
The Pain Behind the Angry Politics ; on America's Stages, Plays That Explore Middle-Class Anguish
On New York's stages, three plays explore middle-class anguish in the United States.One by one, they make their confused, anxious, sometimes mysterious departures. Husband and wife, their two daughters and one daughter's boyfriend, a grandmother suffering...
The Unnatural Kingdom
If technology helps us save the wilderness, will the wilderness still be wild?If you ever have the good fortune to see a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in the wild, the experience might go like this: On a sunny morning in Yosemite National Park, you walk...
To Stand out, Automakers Link with Niche Brands
Compared with the cost of developing an all-new model, a relationship with a small brand can efficiently shift or reinforce consumer perceptions.Automakers have long worked with shopping-mall-friendly lifestyle brands, global fashion houses and the occasional...
Trade and Tribulation
Trump's popularity and Sanders's Michigan upset prompt the question: Is America in a protectionist moment?Why did Bernie Sanders win a narrow victory in Michigan, when polls showed Hillary Clinton with a huge lead? Nobody really knows, but there's a...
Trade Stance a Throwback in Economic Thinking ; Trump Would Tax Imports to Save U.S. Jobs, a Policy Rejected 200 Years Ago
He could become the first Republican nominee in nearly a century who has called for higher import taxes as a defense against low- cost imports.CORRECTION APPENDED Donald J. Trump's blistering critique of American trade policy boils down to a...
U.S. Tentatively Backs Test of Zika-Fighting Mosquitos ; F.D.A. to Review Concerns of Public before Trial in Florida Can Go Forward
A trial in the Florida Keys has been tentatively approved, but public comment must be assessed first by the Food and Drug Administration.The federal government said on Friday that it had tentatively decided to permit a field test in the Florida Keys...
Utility Aims for New Link to Customers
Home energy reports will be sent to about 270,000 customers in New York, with recommendations on how to lower their bills.Con Edison, a public utility that traces its roots to the 19th century, is trying to modernize its relationship with customers, aiming...
War on Looting Escalates ; International Efforts Focus on Marketplace to Scare off Demand
The international community is focusing on the marketplace to scare off demand for stolen artifacts from the region.Like the wars themselves, the looting of antiquities in Syria and other conflict zones in the Middle East is proving virtually impossible...
What Stalin Owes Putin
The gulag is a distant memory. In today's Russia, people pine for an era of order and superpower status.At School No. 58 in Penza, a regional capital that is an eight and a half hour drive southeast of Moscow, the jury is still out on Joseph Stalin."He...
When Success Is a Mixed Blessing ; Museums Are Embracing Digital Offerings as Visitor Numbers Threaten Works
Directors are offering more works online as an increase in visitor numbers starts to threaten many pre-eminent works.There is only one Mona Lisa, and only one Sistine Chapel. And every year, millions of travelers flock to Paris and the Vatican in a mad...
Where Carson Has the Lead over Trump and Clinton: The Best-Seller List
Among this year's crop of presidential aspirants who have written books, Ben Carson dominates in terms of sales since 2001, according to Nielsen data.Publishing a book is a rite of passage for almost everyone who aspires to the White House. So how do...
Yahoo Tries to Focus as It Explores a Sale
The Internet giant has to continue to try to execute a turnaround, even while potential bidders look to buy some or all its parts.Yahoo has a dual personality these days.One is Yahoo the battered Internet giant that is up for sale, with dozens of potential...
You Did It, You Penguin!
Why are all the female emojis so silly and shallow? Where is the fierce professor working her way to tenure?Recently, upon notice that she'd received tenure, I texted a close friend to offer my congratulations. Later, I knew, we'd meet for drinks and...
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