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Articles from September 6, 2016

A Baby in a Boat Changes Everything
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander play an Australian couple who long for a child -- and happen to find one -- in this post- World War I romance.The Light Between Oceans. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. In "The Light Between Oceans," Michael Fassbender...
A Look at Hollywood's Newest Foreign Legion ; Directors from Abroad Were Behind Many Big Summer Genre Films
A handful of summer genre films, including "Don't Breathe," "Hands of Stone" and "Blood Father," were directed in English by young, foreign-born directors.From Fritz Lang to Alejandro G. Inarritu, Hollywood has a long tradition of nabbing talent from...
Amid G-20, China Parks More Ships near Reef ; Timing of Boat Buildup at Scarborough Shoal Unsettles Philippines
The presence of Chinese ships near Scarborough Shoal during a Group of 20 summit meeting unsettled the Philippines, which also claims the reef.An unusually large number of Chinese vessels have been positioned close to a disputed reef in the South China...
A Quiet Artist Channels His Outrage ; Tsang Kin-Wah Creates Dark Work for New M+ Pavilion's First Exhibition
Tsang Kin-Wah creates dark work for the new M+ Pavilion's first exhibition."I'm very polite. One must be polite," the artist Tsang Kin-wah said in an interview last month at his spare, one-room studio in an industrial area of Hong Kong. "I used to never...
A Ulysse Nardin Fan
The Asian publisher says he likes the brand's mechanics and design.Abel Hwong knows a thing or two about luxury. His success as a banker during the Asian boom of the 1990s positioned him to create AM Publishing, which produces China-focused lifestyle...
Behind Uber Wheels, a Lesson for the Gig Economy ; Study of Workdays Finds Puzzling Early Decisions and a Learning Pattern
A study that has implications for the gig economy finds that many new drivers quit early on days when pay is high but that habits may change over time.The ride-hailing company Uber is best known for upending the taxi industry. Now it may be making waves...
Bride and Groom Were Kittens; at Death They Did Not Part ; Museum in Brooklyn Displays Work by Master of Victorian Taxidermy
The show "Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality" at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn offers a cat tableau by the Victorian Walter Potter.What does it take to herd about 15 dead cats in Victorian dress to a wedding in Brooklyn?More than two years...
Cinema Is Dead? Telluride Says Not Yet
It was a dreary summer at the box office, but this festival provides proof of life for the art of moviemaking.TELLURIDE, Colo. - Can we please kill the talk about the death of movies? Yes, it was a dreary summer. The box office was weak and the big Hollywood...
Dane on Migrants: 'I've Become a Racist' ; Tensions in Denmark Are Unleashed by Wave of Muslim Asylum Seekers
The thousands of Muslim asylum seekers pouring into Denmark have spawned a backlash and questions over the country's latent racial hostility.Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic...
Egypt's Christians, Facing Hostility, Reach 'Breaking Point'
While Imam Mahmoud Gomaa, appointed to keep the peace between two faiths, blames journalists for exaggerating the problem, a local bishop says, "We are at a breaking point."The Egyptian government has appointed Imam Mahmoud Gomaa, a Muslim cleric, to...
Examining the Curious Case of a Man Whose Memory Was Removed
A journalist questions his grandfather's role in an infamous case of a patient with permanent amnesia.Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets. By Luke Dittrich. 440 pages. Random House. $28.On Aug. 25, 1953, a Connecticut neurosurgeon...
Explosion Reverberates beyond SpaceX ; Setback Raises Questions about Company's Rapid Rise and Launch Schedules
Last week's setback is raising new questions about a private space launching company that has risen rapidly by offering lower costs.The explosion of a SpaceX rocket last Thursday will have an impact across the space industry, far beyond the losses on...
Far Right Gains in Germany ; Merkel Says Electoral Loss in Home State Won't Shift Her Stance on Refugees
A day after German voters delivered what amounted to a strong rejection of Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy on welcoming refugees, she insisted on Monday that she would stick with her course.A day after voters in Chancellor Angela Merkel's political...
For Ex-Inmate, a Job -- and a Ride
MaineWorks, a temporary employment agency in Maine, not only finds jobs for former convicts, but also helps them ease their way back into society.In early August, Mark Eason was released from the Charleston Correctional Facility in Maine, where he had...
Gun Control Groups Split in Senate Races ; Divide Shows New Side to Debate as Party Politics Takes a Rare Back Seat
The split illustrates a new dimension in the gun control debate, with party politics at times taking a rare back seat.Senator Patrick J. Toomey hears a lot of things he would rather not these days, like the taunts of protesters outside a body shop here...
Hollywood's Summer of Megahits, Superflops and Little Else
As the industry seeks answers, some point to the loss of the underappreciated ticket buyer who treks to the theater more for the experience than for the movie.Sequel fatigue does not fully explain it. Nor does an overload of megabudget event movies....
Indonesia Pushed to Ban Alcohol for Health ; Islamist Parties' New Bill Worries Some Who See It as a Threat to Secularism
Islamist parties long opposed to drinking have taken a new line: that alcohol should be banned for health reasons, rather than religious ones.I.B. Agung Partha foresees an apocalypse, as he put it, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.The threat is...
In Kolkata, St. Teresa Left Indelible Imprint on Everyone
As Mother Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, she was also celebrated some 4,500 miles east of the Vatican City.When Mother Teresa's canonization took place, a battered-looking audience gathered in front of a screen some 4,500...
Labour Poised to Welcome Back Corbyn ; despite Polls Suggesting Party Will Lose with Him at Top, Re- Election Is Likely
The party is expected to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn this month despite opposition from its legislators and polls suggesting it will lose badly to the Conservatives.A recent semi-scandal over seats on a train illuminates the deep problems of Britain's Labour...
Made in Hong Kong
Tourbillon-watch company weds symbolism of China to traditional Swiss precision.On the eighth floor of an industrial building here, along a concrete hallway lined with metal security gates, is a lovely wooden door carved with Chinese designs. And behind...
Michel Butor, Experimental French Novelist, Is Dead at 89
His experiments with narrative and structure in the late 1950s and early '60s put him at the forefront of the literary trend known as le nouveau roman.Michel Butor, a French novelist whose experiments with narrative and structure in the late 1950s and...
Migrant Crisis' Uneasy Art ; an Austrian Border Town with a History of Refugees Hosts a Grim Exhibition
Discomfort over an exhibition underscores the tensions of a small Austrian town that alternates between openness and fear over migrants.When darkness descends on this farming village on the border with Hungary, the only lights left shining are often...
Myanmar: 'A Long-Term Investment'
A monobrand watch store and a new mall are among the signs that luxury retail is emerging.CORRECTION APPENDED "Every man has a crazy hobby," said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. "For me, it's...
North Korea Is Said to Fire 3 Missiles toward Japan
The missiles landed in the sea 125 to 155 miles west of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said.North Korea fired three ballistic missiles from the western town of Hwangju toward Japan shortly after noon...
Obama Looks to Repair Ties with Turkey after Plot
At the Group of 20 meeting, he gives his full backing to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and pledges to help bring the plotters of a failed coup to justice.President Obama has sought to heal a rift with Turkey, expressing his wholehearted support for...
President Plays Down Confrontation over His Plane's Stairs
China's handling of his arrival has created a narrative that the Chinese snubbed him. The reality, American officials say, is both simpler and more complicated.When Air Force One taxied to a stop here on Saturday afternoon, American and Chinese officials...
Protesters Gain Seats in Hong Kong Legislature
Some of the protesters who took part in the large 2014 pro- democracy demonstrations will now wield a small measure of real political power for the first time.A group of young people committed to rewriting the rules that govern Hong Kong's relationship...
Surf's Up, and the Ocean Is Nowhere near ; Artificial Wave Parks Aim to Offer Surfing to the Masses in Inland Areas
A water park offering artificial waves in the Hill Country of Texas is part of movement to bring surfing to the landlocked masses.What if everybody had an ocean, across the U.S.A.?A tentative answer to that question took shape on a recent morning in...
Targeting Criminals, Not Privacy
Telegram, favored by the Islamic State because of its formidable privacy controls, is a source of consternation for antiterrorism investigators.The encryption of digital information is considered the best protection against hackers, snoops or potential...
Team Canada's Lessons for the Future, from 1972
Members of Team Canada refuse to let the legacy of their win over the Soviet Union - and the lessons it can provide - slip away.The members of Team Canada 1972 are among the few hockey squads in the history of the country to have both a deep, emotional connection...
The Hunt for Asia Sales ; What Will Attract Younger Buyers in the Region? Swiss Watch Brands Want to Know
What will attract younger buyers? Swiss brands want to know.Even as Swiss watch exports continue to decline, watchmakers are sharply focused on trying to find just the right combination of marketing and retail strategies in Hong Kong and mainland China,...
U.S. Presses for Truce in Syria despite Policy Snags ; Obama and Putin Fail to Find Common Ground during Meeting in China
President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin met during a Group of 20 meeting in China on Monday, after days of negotations between the two countries to halt the bombing of Aleppo and other rebel-held cities.The image of a 5-year-old Syrian boy, dazed...
Venture Communism: A China Start-Up Boom ; Government Lavishes Benefits like Free Rent and Cash on Start-Ups
The Chinese government is lavishing benefits like free rent and cash handouts on homegrown start-ups in an effort to move beyond the factory floor.In Dream Town, a collection of boxy office buildings on the gritty edge of this historic city, one tiny...
Venus Williams Seeks Perfection in Lieu of the Spotlight ; at 36, and in the Shadow of Her Sister, She Aims for an 8th Grand Slam Title
There are no guarantees for Williams at this point. But at 36, she keeps going, 19 years after she made her United States Open debut.In career twilight and in the competitive shadow of her younger sister, Venus Williams nonetheless stepped into the sunlight...
Veteran's Net Game Rises to Match His Wit ; Ivo Karlovic Has Reached the 4th Round of the U.S. Open on His 13th Attempt
Recent improvements may help explain why Karlovic, the career leader in aces, finally made it to the fourth round of the U.S. Open on his 13th try.Few things in tennis move faster and land harder than Ivo Karlovic's serves. The veteran Karlovic, who...
Watch Wild
Dr. Bernard Cheong's life reflects his passion for timepieces."Welcome. Please sit in the Spitfire chair."Dr. Bernard Cheong, a physician and probably one of the world's quirkiest watch collectors, gestured at a red leather seat from the cockpit of a...
What Will Outlast Newspaper?
As newspapers fade from the scene, there has been no certainty that the best services that newspapers provide would live on.One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, "Grandma, what was a newspaper?" you can direct them back to Tuesday,...
Yankees Avoid Sweep, Keeping Alive Playoff Hope ; Win over Orioles Avoids a Further Slide in Race for Second Wild- Card Spot
Losing two of three in Baltimore set them back in the chase for a wild-card spot, but a win to close the series limited the weekend's damage.After a second straight shutout loss at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Yankees Manager...
Young Blacks Wary of Clinton, Worrying Democrats ; Millennials Tend to See Candidate as a Face of the Establishment They Reject
The lack of enthusiasm, and in some cases outright resistance, is rooted in a deep discomfort with the establishment they believe Hillary Clinton represents.When some liberal advocacy organizations convened a series of focus groups with young black voters...
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