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Articles from June 20, 2015

A Comedy Envoy from the Twitterverse ; Rob Delaney, a Big Hit on Social Media, Turns to TV with 'Catastrophe'
Rob Delaney, a hit on Twitter, turns to television with "Catastrophe," a frank, biting relationship comedy.Rob Delaney is onstage at the Bell House in Brooklyn, telling jokes about deviant sex acts with a car commercial smile. It's late on a school night,...
After Months in Limbo, Williams Is Looking for Redemption
Brian Williams's return includes a demotion, a lower salary and an apology tour that is beginning this week, both within NBC and on national television.After four months of twisting in the wind, Brian Williams can finally get back to work at NBC, but...
Anchor Says Fabrications Came from a 'Bad Urge Inside' ; in Interview, Williams Falls Short of an Apology or Calling His Remarks Lies
In an interview with Matt Lauer, Mr. Williams said his actions had been driven by ego.In his first interview since being removed as anchor of "Nightly News" on NBC, Mr. Williams called the last several months "torture" and owned up to telling stories...
A Paycheck for Life, but Don't Ignore the Fine Print
A guaranteed income for life that can increase may sound too good to resist, but investors should be certain they understand the terms and the costs.Ask retirees to design the perfect investment and it would surely be a guaranteed paycheck for life,...
Arts Guide
A look at selected arts events worldwide.Margate, EnglandGrayson Perry: Provincial Punk Turner Contemporary. Through Sept. 13.The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has built his career as an observer of Britain's social morays, and his work...
As Europe's Crises Mount, Voters Look to the Fringes
European officials have seemed incapable of framing a credible alternative narrative to their critics in the face of rising immigration and slow economic growth.The surprisingly strong showing of Denmark's anti-immigration, anti-Brussels Danish People's...
A Time Capsule in a Changing Cuban Capital ; Havana Neighborhood Retains Its Soul after 50 Years of Isolation
A Havana neighborhood, one the author has come to love, remains true to the Cuba of old.My cousin Julia's porch in Havana is bare, except for three plastic chairs and a bench, but her front yard is a local hot spot where everyday life unfolds. On my...
A Tory's Discreet Ambition
George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, is clearly a front-runner to lead the Conservatives.One election spawns another. In the contest in May between the Conservative and Labour parties for national power, the Tory prime minister, David Cameron,...
At Pitti, Fashion Is Unavoidable
The men's wear trade show included an alfresco show by Ports 1961, Massimo Giorgetti's Pucci debut and a look back by Thomas Tait.During the Pitti Uomo trade show, men's fashion is unavoidable. It spills into the streets, busy with the double-breasted...
A Triumph in the Long Run ; after His Mixed Fortunes in Formula One, Driver's Star Shines at le Mans
Nico Hulkenberg became the first active Formula One driver in 24 years to win the world's most famous endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, last weekend in France.The world of Formula One, like life itself, can be cruel. Drivers come and go, their...
Baseball Wants to See More Children Playing
Baseball's commissioner is introducing an initiative to increase participation in all forms of the sport, from simple games to organized youth leagues.The crises in front of a commissioner can shift at any time. At the moment, Rob Manfred is closely...
British Past Is Present in Salisbury and Stonehenge ; Many Gather to Celebrate Summer Solstice and Magna Carta Anniversary
The summer solstice and Magna Carta anniversary this weekend will draw celebrants to a part of England with centuries of rich history.Arthur Pendragon, in his robes and sword, his queen by his side, stood in the long shadow of Salisbury's magnificent...
Climate Change and Responsibility
Protecting the environment is part of our human obligation, and a way of expressing one's faith.On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet will publish a landmark report highlighting the inalienable and undeniable link between climate change...
Danish Voters Veer to Right in Election ; Once-Marginal Party with Anti-Immigration Views Makes Big Gains
Voters ousted the center-left government in a clear swing to the right, elevating a marginal anti-migrant and anti-E.U. party.In an election that turned on economic uncertainty and fierce debates over immigration, Danish voters have ousted their center- left...
Dow Jones Cutting Jobs at Wall St. Journal
The cuts include reducing the size of European bureaus and closing those in Prague and Helsinki.Dow Jones, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, began a sweeping round of job cuts on Thursday, including eliminating entire teams of reporters...
Drug Arrest Puts Toyota on Defensive
After Julie Hamp was arrested on charges of illegally bringing a restricted painkiller into Japan, the company found itself defending its new policy.Toyota Motor was forthright, even proud, about why it promoted a group of foreign and female managers...
E.C.B. Adds Emergency Funds for Greek Banks ; Depositors Accelerate Withdrawals as System Is Kept on Life Support
The European Central Bank has decided to keep Greece's financial system on life support with more funding as anxious depositors accelerate withdrawals.Extending its lifeline to Greek banks, the European Central Bank on Friday increased its emergency...
E.C.B. Adds More Emergency Funds for Greece
It was not immediately clear how much of an increase the European Central Bank had provided.Extending its lifeline to Greek banks, the European Central Bank on Friday increased its emergency funding of the country's financial system after efforts failed...
Electoral Bickering Adds to Afghan Tension ; with Parliament Term Set to End, Deal on Voting Overhaul Proves Elusive
Afghanistan's two leaders have been unable to agree on an electoral process.With Afghanistan's fractious coalition government struggling, a new deadline is looming that could further hurt its credibility: The Afghan Parliament's term is set to expire...
Fearlessness Fuels U.S. Tech Culture
Often overlooked in the success of American start-ups is the number of failures.The freedom to innovate is inextricably linked to the freedom to fail.With this month's announcement that the European Union is investigating Amazon for possible anticompetitive...
Ferrari's Victory Made to Order
At the Austrian Grand Prix in 2002, the Italian team controversially ordered one of its drivers, Rubens Barrichello, to let his teammate, Michael Schumacher, pass him so he could win the race.The Austrian Grand Prix is often associated with a beautiful setting...
Flags of White Power in Church Shooting ; Those Who Know Suspect Describe a Descent into Racism and Violent Talk
The suspect in the attack at a black church in South Carolina appears on his Facebook page in a jacket adorned with flags embraced by white supremacists.CORRECTION APPENDED The Facebook profile picture chosen by Dylann Storm Roof in May is thick...
For Drivers, Mind Is Now the Matter ; the Physical Challenges Are Taking a Back Seat to Greater Mental Demands
More drivers are saying that a new style of car and driving has been created that places greater demands on a driver's mental capacity than on physical strength and endurance.Is Formula One getting a bum rap? Since the elite racing series introduced...
French Daily Brushes off Its English to Prod Britain
In an unusual English-language editorial, Le Monde said Napoleon's defeat 200 years ago offered a lesson on European unity and its peaceful rewards.The French, it seems safe to say, have had a hard time getting over Waterloo.Their defeat on the battlefield...
Getting Laughs in a Post-TV World ; Comedy Central Faces Challenge in Age of Social Media and Smartphones
The Viacom-owned network, well stocked with a lineup of quality shows, is trying to adapt to trends in viewing that have drastically changed television.Backstage at Cobb's Comedy Club on the first Saturday in May, Trevor Noah, fresh from the stage, stood...
Global Literary Figures Claim Multiple Loyalties ; at Academie Francaise, Honor Highlights Fluid Identity for Some Writers
Many authors on the global stage, like Dany Laferriere, claim multiple national allegiances regarding words and country.CORRECTION APPENDED When the Academie Francaise, the most august literary institution in France, inducted Dany Laferriere...
Greek Leader Shares a Stage in Russia ; Tsipras Looks for Leverage in Talks with Europe by Reaching out to Putin
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras shared a stage with President Vladimir V. Putin at an annual economic forum in St. Petersburg.Greece's leftist prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is looking for leverage in his contentious negotiations with the European Union over...
Growing Up: What Is Adulthood?
In "The Prime of Life," Steven Mintz takes on adulthood.CORRECTION APPENDED The Prime of Life. A History of Modern Adulthood. By Steven Mintz. Illustrated. 409 pages. The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press. $35. The notion that adulthood,...
Hearts Broken Open
In these essays on how readers found purpose in life, raising children or facing illness or death are major factors.Last month, I asked readers if they had discovered a purpose in life and, if so, how they had discovered it. A few thousand wrote essays....
High-Profile Caddie Back at the Open
Steve Williams was back at the Open and on the bag of Adam Scott, with whom he shared three years on the tour.During the cloudy, midmorning opening round of the United States Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course, a familiar face arose from behind a small...
Horror, and Resolve, at the White House
After shootings in Charleston, S.C., and elsewhere, the promise President Obama's election brought for improved race relations seems out of reach.The shooting massacre of a black pastor and his parishioners at a South Carolina church once again has confronted...
Huge Sell-Off Caps Stocks' Weeklong Fall in China
Before the selloff on Friday, mainland stocks had risen to nearly $10 trillion in market value, up from $3 trillion a year ago.Stocks in mainland China plunged on Friday, capping their worst week in years and prompting the perhaps inevitable question:...
In China, Groups with Foreign Ties Put on Edge ; Broad New Legislation Could Stifle Both Charities and Industry Associations
New legislation introduced by President Xi Jinping may force many groups, including charities and trade associations, to pull back activities.A remarkable assortment of foreign organizations set up shop in China in the decades after its emergence from...
In Iceland, Rustic Luxury
A trip outside Rejkyavik, where minimalist aesthetics and raw nature coexist.It was 3 a.m. by the time we turned down the desolate road that leads to the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, an hour's drive east of Reykjavik, Iceland. Propped up by knock-kneed,...
In Name of Environment, Pope Hits at Economy ; Francis' Encyclical Takes Aim at Capitalism and Asks the Rich to Do More
The encyclical by Pope Francis could give both sides in the global warming debate ammunition over how to address climate change.The encyclical on the environment that Pope Francis released on Thursday is as much an indictment of the global economic order...
In Our Pages
Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: Germany is thrilled to get Heligoland in 1890; the Soviet Army masses in the Baltics in 1940.1890: Germans Proud of HeligolandBERLIN Germany is thrilling with pleasure over the cession of Heligoland...
In Racewalking Nirvana, Antidoping Officials Are Busy ; as Violations Accumulate, City Rallies around Coach Suspected of Cheating
In Saransk, Russia, Viktor Chegin and the racewalking center are in the middle of one of the biggest doping scandals in the history of track and field.The palatial glass-and-steel Olympic Training Center of the Republic of Mordovia rises from the flattened...
In the Footsteps of Popes Seeking Worldly Change
Industrialists, politicians and others object to the pope's climate encyclical, arguing that he should stick to religion. But his effort is part of a tradition.When an elderly Pope Leo XIII released a document in 1891 on the rights of workers to unionize...
Iran Still Backs Terrorism, State Department Says
The country has been unwilling to moderate its foreign policy in the Middle East or bring Qaeda members to justice, an annual report released on Friday said.Iran continued its "terrorist-related" activity last year and maintained its broad military support...
James Might Need a Little Humility
The megastar is under intense scrutiny for failing to lead his team to an N.B.A. title. Telling the world he's the best player on the planet probably didn't help.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Golden State Warriors are the N.B.A. champions. But in the aftermath...
Killings Add Painful Page to History of Black Church
The site where a mass shooting took the lives of nine churchgoers has long been a center for civil rights in the American South.Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the oldest, most storied black congregations in the South. Its members...
Kundera Gets around Paris
Maybe the real joke here is that, sadly, though Milan Kundera is still the powerful and incisive writer he always was, what he has to tell us seems to have less relevance.CORRECTION APPENDED The Festival of Insignificance. By Milan Kundera....
Lawmakers Shun Gun Laws Even after Slaying ; Church Shooting of Nine Fails to Rally a Congress Wearied by Past Failures
Three years after the massacre of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., galvanized some lawmakers to seek modest gun control legislation, the prospects now are even more remote.After the fatal shootings at a landmark black church in Charleston, S.C., Senator...
New Rules Widen Firms' Investor Pool
The regulatory change is intended to let promising companies raise money by selling equity stakes to people of more modest means.Growing companies seeking to raise up to $50 million have a new financing option, starting Friday: a process that will open...
Nina Simone's Time Is Now, Again ; A New Generation Discovers Her Unflinching Pursuit of Activism
A new generation discovers her unflinching pursuit of political freedom and activism.CORRECTION APPENDED The feminist writer Germaine Greer once declared: "Every generation has to discover Nina Simone. She is evidence that female genius is real."...
Nino Cerruti's Stylish Life, Told in Clothes
An exhibition during the Pitti Uomo men's wear trade fair proves that, if it was elegant, Mr. Cerruti probably wore it first."I hate the word elegant," Nino Cerruti, arguably among the more elegant men of the 20th century and, at 84, perhaps also the...
No Time to Be Nice at Work?
People are often meaner when they're on the job, and it's hurting profits, health and happiness.Mean bosses could have killed my father. I vividly recall walking into a hospital room outside of Cleveland to see my strong, athletic dad lying with electrodes...
On Williams, NBC Clings to Past ; Network's Move Ignores New Relationship between Anchors and Consumers
NBC's decision on Brian Williams seems to ignore the changes in the media, which have reshaped the relationship between newscasters and consumers.In the end, NBC decided that it couldn't bring him back or let him go.So it did neither -- or maybe both...
Qaeda Denies U.S. Killed Key Jihadist in Libya
It was the second denial that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the man behind the 2013 seizure of an Algerian gas plant that left 38 hostages dead, had been killed.Al Qaeda's branch in North Africa, in a stinging statement, has denied that the jihadist leader Mokhtar...
Quietly, Doctors Lift Odds of Surviving a Heart Attack ; Death Rates Fall Sharply as Hospitals Rich and Poor Streamline Treatment
The death rate for the disease has dropped 39 percent in a decade. One reason is that hospitals rich and poor have streamlined emergency treatment.Yvette Samuels was listening to jazz late one night when she felt a stabbing pain down her left shoulder....
Republicans Take New Approach on Trade Bill
The action was Part 1 of a complex legislative strategy devised by Republicans to get a trade package to the president's deskThe House has approved a bill to give President Obama accelerated negotiating authority to pursue a sweeping, legacy-building...
Syria's Clinics at Risk from ISIS-Ordered Fuel Embargo ; Severe Shortages Forcing Medical Centers to Close and Halting Ambulances
The Islamic State is preventing fuel from reaching rebel-held parts of northern Syria, as the Assad government targets medical facilities, activists and aid workers say.Islamic State fighters are preventing fuel shipments from reaching rebel-held parts...
The Politics of Yoga
What's striking about Prime Minister Modi's grand project is the presentation of yoga as a secular activity.Attention, downward-facing-dog enthusiasts. The International Day of Yoga is coming on Sunday. A brainchild of Narendra Modi, the Indian prime...
The Pope and the Planet
His encyclical is a call for a moral awakening to our collective responsibility for the environment.The issue of climate change -- unlike, say, the economy -- may not be a matter of everyday concern to many Americans or most citizens of the planet. The...
The Power of Apology
It doesn't diminish countries or religions to note past injustices or crimes against humanity. It elevates them.A week of absurdity around a confused racial con artist, and a massacre in a black church brings us to this: Friday was the 150th anniversary...
U.S. Proposal Takes Aim at Emissions from Trucks ; New Regulation Is Latest Issued by Obama to Tackle Carbon Pollution
The rule is the latest in a series of pollution constraints that President Obama has put forth as he seeks to make tackling climate change a cornerstone of his legacy.The Obama administration announced a major climate change regulation on Friday intended...
Vendors Tread Carefully at Cannabis Event
Marijuana is now legal in some form in more than 20 states, and next year, New York will join the list.A question hung in the air at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York: How do you...
Voodoo, Jeb! Style
Why did he claim to know the secrets to achieving growth that even economists don't know?On Monday, Jeb Bush -- or I guess that's Jeb!, since he seems to have decided to replace his family name with a punctuation mark -- finally made his campaign for...
With a Swipe, Chinese Can Now Fight Graft
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has added a new function to its mobile app and opened an online platform to allow citizens to report graft.Mao once said, "Only by letting people supervise the government can the government remain effective."...
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