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Articles from September 20, 2014

36 Hours In: Cartagena, Colombia
A quick visit to Cartagena, Colombia.From afar, Cartagena's skyline is deceptive. Its white towers rise above the Caribbean from a peninsula of tan sand and concrete, making it look like a bigger, beachier metropolis than it is. But with fewer than a...
After Vote Vigil, Executives Exhale ; Business Leaders Express Relief That Scotland Chose to Remain in the U.K
Many businesses were relieved, having anticipated a great deal of work had Scotland chosen independence.British business leaders largely expressed relief on Friday after a sleepless night of watching the Scottish vote returns come in.There was exhaustion....
A Headlong Rush, despite the Risks ; When Investors Pile into a Stock, It's Time to Start Asking Questions
In a time of economic malaise, when few big companies are growing strongly, a business like Alibaba stands out brightly.With the Alibaba Group to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, many people may have been asking, "Ali who?"Professional...
AI Weiwei, the Art Man of Alcatraz ; Chinese Artist Is Taking His Works to One of the Most Infamous Prisons
The Chinese activist will have an exhibition at the infamous prison that will feature 176 portraits of prisoners of conscience and political exiles composed of 1.2 million Lego pieces.CORRECTION APPENDED Judging from the large bags of colorful...
A Knowing Voice for the Affluent Traveler ; Belmond, a New Brand, Resurrects an Older Form of Appeal to Consumers
Belmond, the brand formerly known as Orient-Express Hotels, has resurrected an old-fashioned form of appeal, hoping to tempt rich travelers.An old-school tactic in advertising is getting a prominent role in an effort to generate awareness for a new brand...
Alibaba's Campus Receives Makeover for I.P.O. Party ; Employees Keep Busy as Many of Them Prepare to Become Millionaires
A re-creation of the facade of the New York Stock Exchange was placed in the main courtyard of the company for celebrations of the first day of trading.Over the course of its 15-year history, Alibaba has struggled to separate itself from a reputation...
A Pro-Unity Vote
Scotland's cautious majority reject the allure of self-rule, this time.In the end, Scottish voters stepped back from breaking with the rest of Britain. The decision to maintain the 307-year-old union was the right one. Scotland already enjoys a significant...
Around the World of Racing on the Run ; Joggers Take to the Tracks Covered at High Speed by Elite Grand Prix Drivers
Joggers, either individually or in a group, are running around the circuits where the pinnacle of auto racing holds its Grand Prix races from March to November.The road ahead looks as wide as a farmer's field and seems to extend to the sky, going on...
Arts Guide
A look at selected arts events worldwide.TokyoLee Mingwei and His Relations Mori Art Museum. Through Jan. 4.The New York-based Lee Mingwei is known for quirky, interactive artworks -- like "Male Pregnancy Project" (for which he faked his own pregnancy...
A Ruckus Offstage, Then on ; the Season Rescued, the Met Braces for Richard Eyre's 'Figaro'
The season rescued, collaborators at the Metropolitan Opera brace for Richard Eyre's new production of "Le Nozze di Figaro."Mozart's great comedy "Le Nozze di Figaro," which opens the Metropolitan Opera's season on Monday, begins with hopefulness, dissolves...
Barbie's Sexy New Wardrobe
When the lights went on and the music amped up at Jeremy Scott's first full collection for the brand, my spirits couldn't help soaring.Flattened like a panini by the large crowd waiting to get into the Moschino show at the Palazzo Serbelloni on Thursday...
Behind Closed Doors
In "The Paying Guests," Sarah Waters's novel of illicit love in 1920s London, a widow and her spinster daughter take a young couple into their home.The Paying Guests. By Sarah Waters. 566 pages. Riverhead Books. $28.95.In Sarah Waters's previous...
Bright Future Is Not Certain for British Oil and Gas ; with Big Vote Behind It, Industry Still Must Focus on Decline in Production
Now that Scotland has rejected independence, oil companies and the government are expected to turn more attention to the issue of falling production.The Scotland vote removed a cloud of uncertainty for the British energy industry. But the long-term challenges...
Britain Stays United but Faces Price of Its Promises ; Pledge of 'New Powers' for Scotland Sets Stage for Constitutional Shakeup
The debate over regional and national autonomy set off by the Scots has just begun, and it promises a significant constitutional shakeup in Britain.Scotland chose decisively against independence on Thursday, but it was not a vote for the status quo.The...
California Chrome, Rested and Renewed, Returns to His Blue-Collar Roots
There is some poetry in choosing the Pennsylvania Derby for California Chrome's return to the track; the colt was built on a blue plate budget.When last seen, neither California Chrome nor Steve Coburn was doing very well. California Chrome, the Kentucky...
Day for Night in Norway ; on a Coastal Cruise, Pondering the Beauties of Nature and a Slower Pace
On a coastal cruise, pondering the beauties of nature and of a slow pace.CORRECTION APPENDED The Hurtigruten website modestly describes its cruise up the Norwegian coast as "the world's most beautiful voyage." When I read this, I could not help...
Deadly Shipwreck Shines Light on Desperate Flow of Migrants from Gaza
The recent war between Israel and Hamas has prompted at least 1,000 Palestinians to leave Gaza in the last three months and seek passage to Europe.Samir Asfour, 57, held a mobile phone that never stopped ringing in one hand, a cigarette in the other....
Diane Von Furstenberg's Life in 5 Floors
The designer talks with Vanessa Friedman about her office.In another in a video series about designers in their offices and studios, Diane von Furstenberg, a standard-bearer of New York Fashion Week and the longtime president of the Council of Fashion Designers...
Driving Wild in a Bygone Racing Era
The novel "Tracks: Racing the Sun," by Sandro Martini, follows Grand Prix racing between the world wars and the story of one of the sport's great rivalries, between Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi.Tracks. Racing the Sun. By Sandro Martini. 336 pages....
Ebola Crisis a Risk-Filled Chance for U.N. Chief ; Epidemic Presents Ban with Crucial Test to Show Why World Body Matters
For Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, it represents a crucial test of leadership and his ability to demonstrate the value of the world body.Ban Ki-moon, in his seventh year as the secretary general of the United Nations, has a full plate...
Editing out Thailand's Past
The ruling generals remove former premiers from the nation's history books.Borrowing a page from the propagandists in George Orwell's "1984," Thailand's military government has removed Thaksin Shinawatra, the country's former prime minister, from new...
End of Era at Oracle: Ellison to Retire from Firm He Founded
The flamboyant leader's decision ends an era in technology, but he will continue to work at the business software company as executive chairman.Silicon Valley just got a little less colorful.Lawrence J. Ellison announced on Thursday his retirement as...
Errors and Emissions
Fighting climate change could be cheaper than almost anyone imagines if we wouldn't give in to the despair.This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?I've just been reading two new reports...
Exxon Ending Exploration in Russian Waters
The latest round of sanctions by Washington and the European Union ordered companies to cut off help to Russian oil exploration in the Arctic.Exxon Mobil announced on Friday that it was winding down its $700 million exploration in the Kara Sea in Russia,...
Fed Finds Households Are Wealthier
The net worth of American households has increased in recent years, but in ways that favor the wealthiest households.The net worth of American households is now 20 percent higher than it was before it began to decline in 2007, the Federal Reserve reported...
Floodwaters Bring Death Where Life Begins ; Hospitals Overwhelmed and a Broad Health Crisis Besets Soaked Kashmir
Much of the region depends on hospitals in the capital, but most were badly damaged by the water. Nearly a dozen newborns died at a pediatric hospital.When the floodwaters of the Jhelum River rushed over the gates of the G.B. Pant Hospital, the top pediatric...
Glamour and Nightlife in Monaco of the East ; Singapore Grand Prix Has Become a Fun-Loving, Pivotal Event on Calendar
The Singapore Grand Prix has become a fun-loving, pivotal Asian event on the Formula One calendar.Since its inauguration in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has more than earned its sobriquet as the Monaco of the East. Much as Monaco is in Europe, Singapore...
Glaxo Gets Record Fine in Chinese Bribery Case ; Court Orders Drug Maker to Pay $487 Million, and Ex-Manager Is Sentenced
After a one-day trial held in secrecy, the court also sentenced the company's former country manager, Mark Reilly, and four other company managers to potential prison terms of up to four years.China, a country that has enticed most of the world's big multinational...
Glimpses Behind the Senna Legend
"Ayrton Senna," a new book by the veteran British Formula One journalist Maurice Hamilton, offers an inside look at the Brazilian driver who died in a crash 20 years ago.Ayrton Senna. By Maurice Hamilton. 256 pages. Blink. Pounds 35. When Ayrton Senna...
Golfing Shrine Opens Its Doors to Women ; Royal and Ancient Club Reverses Course after 260 Years of Men Only
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club had been under pressure to open its membership beyond the current 2,400 men.A coastal fog hung over the Old Course for much of the day, forcing golfers to strain to follow their shots. But clarity of a historic nature...
Independent Nation with Films to Match ; A New Survey Celebrates the Rich, Long Cinematic Tradition of Georgia
Georgian cinema is exotic, and can be forbidding as well as fiercely beautiful.Squeezed between the Black and Caspian Seas, as it was among the Roman and Persian, and Ottoman and Russian empires, Georgia is a small realm with a spectacular natural setting...
In Milan, a Different Front Row
Few celebrities are in evidence at the Italian fashion shows.In February, after Katy Perry arrived nearly an hour late to Moschino's fashion show in Milan, she was greeted by a chorus of boos when she posed for photographers before taking her front-row seat.It...
In Moscow, a New Era of Recycling ; Landfills Are near Limits, Prompting Some Citizens to Do Whatever It Takes
A small but growing movement is working to make it easier to recycle household waste, and advocates say Moscow's brimming landfills could use the relief.It was five years ago, Andrey Protasov recalls, that he and his wife, Elena, decided to begin doing...
Iraqi Cleric Warns on West's Efforts ; Ayatollah Stops Short of Opposing Military Aid as French Destroy Depot
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned of threats to Iraqi independence, but he stopped short of opposing the military campaign against the Islamic State.The influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged vigilance on Friday against Western...
Is Formula One Too Easy? ; 16-Year-Old's Signing Feeds Debate on Whether Series Has Lost Its Edge
Heading into the challenging Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, the Toro Rosso team's signing of a 16-year-old driver has added to the debate over whether the elite racing series has lost its edge.Few, if any, Formula One drivers would contest that the...
'I Was Privileged to See Him Race'
Q & A with Maurice Hamilton, author of "Ayrton Senna."Maurice Hamilton, 68, is a British sportswriter and commentator who has covered Formula One since 1977. He was The Observer's racing correspondent from 1990 to 2010 and worked as a BBC Radio commentator...
Li Na, Queen of Chinese Tennis, Retires ; the Winner of 2 Majors, She Was First Asian Player in Sport's Upper Echelon
The reigning Australian Open winner, she became the first Grand Slam titlist from Asia by winning the 2011 French Open..The former French Open and Australian Open champion Li Na, the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title, announced Friday...
Man Down: An American Tragedy
"The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" by Jeff Hobbs provides an interrogation of the American creed of self-invention.The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League. By Jeff Hobbs. 406 pages. Scribner....
Markets Cheer Scots' Choice, but Risks Remain
An early-day rally in the pound quickly faded, and stocks, which had been broadly higher, settled down as investors realized Britain still had plenty of economic and political issues to grapple with.Financial markets in Britain and Europe generally welcomed Scottish...
Murder in the Mediterranean
The international community must take collective action before more migrants perish.Refugees fleeing wars and conflict in Syria, Gaza and Africa know the journey in smugglers' boats across the Mediterranean is fraught with perils. Add now the risk of...
Obama Enlists Celebrities to Fight Campus Sex Abuse
The campaign will feature celebrities and television ads in an effort to enlist students in the fight to end violence against women on campus.President Obama, who has tried to use the power of his office to combat sexual assaults on college campuses,...
On the Wrong Side of a Jeter Hustle Play
Ken Huckaby was a career minor leaguer when he got called to the Blue Jays. He couldn't have foreseen a life-changing collision with the great Derek Jeter.The young man from the Lansing Lugnuts' front office offered an email address for Ken Huckaby."You're...
Optimistic, Indonesians Are Ready to Splurge ; Election of New President Has Increased Confidence, Overshadowing Troubles
Any problems that may lie ahead have failed to dent a willingness to spend, even when Indonesians don't need to.Indonesia is saddled with endemic corruption, poverty and shoddy infrastructure. Yet its consumers are among the world's most optimistic,...
Pain, Acceptance and Courage
That possibility of male attraction was such a simple idea, but I had allowed it to almost ruin my life.I had to stop hating my abuser to start loving myself. I had to let go of my past so that I could step into my future.I was away at college doing...
Portland, Cool but Not Corporate, Struggles with Jobs
The city's best chance for retaining its culture is to make sure other people don't want to live there.Like many residents of Northwest Portland, Ore., Matthew Hale doesn't own a car. Instead, he prefers to walk or ride the bus to the city's innumerable...
Sad Dads in the Empty Nest
When kids leave home, is it worse for fathers? The transition is harder than conventional wisdom might have us believe.My mother-in-law called the other day to see how I was doing. My husband and I had just taken our daughter -- our firstborn -- to college,...
Sarkozy Tries to Recapture Political Spotlight ; Effort to Secure Control of His Party May Signal Fresh Bid for Presidency
His announdement, on Facebook, was seen by many as the first step toward a renewed attempt at the French presidency in 2017.Former President Nicolas Sarkozy used his Facebook page on Friday to announce that he would seek the leadership of his party,...
Scots Reject Secession from U.K. in Historic Vote ; Independence Leaders Concede Defeat as Wide Majority Upholds Union
By a wide margin, Scotland chose not to become an independent country. The leader of the campaign for secession conceded defeat.With a sweeping majority far wider than had been forecast, voters in Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom...
Scottish Leader Will Step Down ; First Minister Salmond Is Most Notable Casualty of Failed Secession Effort
Alex Salmond was by far the most prominent casualty of his party's defeat in a campaign that sent shock waves through Britain's political elite.In a dramatic move after weeks of mounting political suspense, Alex Salmond, who led Scotland's failed bid...
Send over Your Selfies ; Young Stars Are Created When Social Media Converges with Branding
Young stars are created when social media converges with branding.CORRECTION APPENDED In the bowels of the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., two DJs -- Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, known together as the Chainsmokers -- were led down a hallway...
Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Lockdown in Ebola Fight ; People Ordered Indoors as Nationwide Campaign Is Focused on Prevention
The population was ordered to stay indoors, while volunteers were enlisted to identify households where people infected with the virus are hiding.One of the most stringent anti-Ebola measures to date began here on Friday morning as Sierra Leone imposed...
South Korea Fires Shots to Repel Ship from North ; Seoul's Military Reports Patrol Vessel Had Crossed Disputed Maritime Border
The brief intrusion came the same day Seoul announced it was allowing two civic groups to send humanitarian aid for malnourished babies in the North.A North Korean patrol ship breached a disputed western sea border with South Korea on Friday and retreated...
Syrian Refugees, Nordic Dilemma
The influx of people fleeing the war in Syria is testing the limits of the welfare state in Sweden and Norway.Among the confounding consequences of Sunday's national election in Sweden, one has to do with a war being fought some 2,000 miles away. After...
The City of Love Clamps Down on a Cherished Romantic Ritual
Paris announced an experiment to prevent couples from placing padlocks on the Pont des Arts as tokens of their desire to be "locked in love forever."The regal Pont des Arts may be one of the most romantic bridges in Paris, at least to judge by the thousands...
The Theme? Look to the Past
Prada, Etro, Missoni and Marco de Vincenzo all had their own versions for spring.Here we go again: Less than 10 days after Apple stole New York Fashion Week's thunder comes another enormously important, globally resonant, trend-setting, record-breaking,...
The Ups and Downs of Banking on Youth ; Young-Driver Programs at Formula One Teams Receive Mixed Reviews
This season, some controversial moves have shed the spotlight on, and raised questions surrounding, driver-development programs that aim to nurture -- but also control -- a young driver's elite racing career.The concept of a Formula One team taking a...
This Is Huge, with Room to Get Bigger
Alibaba is already the largest Internet commerce company in the world, but it could get much bigger.Investors love a good story.They lined up hundreds deep at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York on Sept. 8, to hear Alibaba's executive chairman, Jack...
Trees Won't Save the Planet
Reforestation might seem like a simple solution to climate change, but it could make global warming worse.As international leaders gather in New York next week for a United Nations climate summit, they will be preoccupied with how to tackle the rising...
Ukraine Gets Less Than It Wanted from Washington ; Poroshenko Had Sought Lethal Military Equipment but Says He's Satisfied
President Petro O. Poroshenko had sought lethal military equipment but later said he was satisfied with the American support.After meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, President Petro O. Poroshenko said Thursday evening that he was satisfied...
U.S. Faces a Struggle on the Ground in Iraq
The next phase of the American strategy has been described as "extraordinarily complex" and involves training and coordinating airstrikes with Iraqi forces.The American air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the...
U.S. Goal in Syria: Make Rebel Groups a Viable Force ; Fighters Themselves Say Extensive Help Is Needed against Seasoned Foes
Even the rebels themselves acknowledge that turning them into a force that can challenge the Islamic State will require tremendous support.In a secret office near the Syrian border here, intelligence agents from the United States and its allies are laying...
Vivendi Says It Will Sell Brazil Unit to Telefonica ; $9.3 Billion Deal Allows French Conglomerate to Continue Cutting Debt
The agreement follows a battle between Telefonica and its European rival Telecom Italia, which put forward competing bids last month for the Vivendi unit.The French conglomerate Vivendi said Friday that it would sell its Brazilian telecommunications...
Within Families, Time for Reconciliation
In homes across Scotland, family members had found themselves on opposite sides of a national rift on the question of secession from Britain.Fiona Ivanski and her husband, Vincent, woke early the morning after the Scottish independence referendum, not...
With I.P.O., Alibaba Mints a Group of Rich Risk-Takers
Alibaba has created a diaspora of wealth rarely seen in China, where the economy is still dominated by state-owned enterprises.This leafy manufacturing hub two hours southwest of Shanghai is best known for its scenic lake, Buddhist pagodas and tangy...
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