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Barclays, Weighed Down by Litigation Charges, Reported Loss in 2014

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 09:55 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — Barclays said on Tuesday that it fell to a loss in 2014 as the British bank’s annual results were dragged down by charges related to potential fines and litigation costs for past conduct by its employees, and lower income in its investment bank as the lender continues to shrink that business. The bank’s […]

Climate Change Researcher Offers a Defense of His Practices

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 06:12 GMT // 0 Comments

The scientist at the center of a controversy over fossil-fuel funding for climate research denounced his critics on Monday and said that he would be “happy to comply” with possible additional disclosure requirements from scientific journals publishing his papers. Wei-Hock Soon, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is at the center of a controversy over […]

A Surgery Standard Under Fire

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 06:11 GMT // 0 Comments

The New Old Age By PAULA SPAN (Martin Leon Barreto) What she wanted, the patient told the geriatricians evaluating her, was to be able to return to her condominium in Boston. She had long lived there on her own, lifting weights to keep fit and doing her own grocery shopping, until a heart condition worsened […]

Europe Unlikely to Meet Climate Goal, Study Finds

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 04:57 GMT // 0 Comments

BERLIN — The European Union will fail to meet an ambitious goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 unless it takes more aggressive measures to limit the use of fossil fuels and adopts new environmental policies, according to a report scheduled for release on Tuesday. A coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Many […]

For the U.S. and China, a Test of Diplomacy on South Sudan

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 04:12 GMT // 0 Comments

UNITED NATIONS — The United States may have midwifed the birth of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. But China has quickly become among its most important patrons, building its roads and pumping its oil. A United Nations camp for displaced people in Bentiu, South Sudan, where civil war has forced two million people from […]

Toronto Police Say Tunnel Mystery Is Solved

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 03:46 GMT // 0 Comments

OTTAWA — Toronto’s mystery tunnel has turned out to be a place for a couple of guys to get away from it all, more a “man cave” than a terrorist threat. After being stumped for more than a month by a 33-foot-long, hand-dug and carefully reinforced tunnel to nowhere, the Toronto Police said Monday that […]

China Reports Say 20 Killed After Bus Falls Off Cliff

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 03:43 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. – Go to Home Page »

China Reports Say 20 Killed After Bus Falls Off Cliff

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 03:43 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — A bus carrying an opera troupe fell off a cliff in central China on Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 13, state media reported. – Go to Home Page »

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 02:29 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Hillary Rodham Clinton had no government email address. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press) […]

China Names 14 Generals Suspected of Corruption

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 01:59 GMT // 0 Comments

BEIJING — China’s military authority on Monday released a list of 14 generals who are under investigation or have been convicted of graft, among them the son of one of China’s once highest-ranking generals. The generals were the latest prominent officers to fall under President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anticorruption campaign. Published on the official website […]

The Cry Being Heard Around Washington: ‘I Need a Netanyahu Ticket’

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:54 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — For Senator Lindsey Graham, the only ticket more in demand than a seat inside the House chamber for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday morning would be “if it was Garth Brooks — maybe.” “I’m having to tell people who supported me for decades I can’t find a ticket,” said […]

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:22 GMT // 0 Comments

The nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States filed suit on Monday against the Dallas hospital where she worked, saying it knowingly left workers without the training or equipment needed to handle the disease. Nina Pham, 26, was one of two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who became […]

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:22 GMT // 0 Comments

The nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States filed suit on Monday against the Dallas hospital where she worked, saying it knowingly left workers without the training or equipment needed to handle the disease. The nurse, Nina Pham, 26, was one of two at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who […]

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help

by The New York Times // March 3, 2015 // Updated 00:17 GMT // 0 Comments

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Martha Furie stormed into the room and huffily sat down in a chair. “Well, you know, I’ve been working really hard, studying Lyme disease,” she said, her voice tinged with disdain, to the woman sitting in the next chair. “It’s been a long process. It’s hard to talk about it.” ­Alan […]

Venezuela Tells U.S. to Reduce Embassy Staff

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:42 GMT // 0 Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela — With diplomatic relations fraying rapidly between the United States and Venezuela, the government of President Nicolás Maduro has given the American Embassy here 15 days to come up with a plan to drastically shrink its staff, Venezuela’s foreign minister announced Monday. Mr. Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States of supporting a […]

Study Links Syria Conflict to Drought Made Worse by Climate Change

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:52 GMT // 0 Comments

Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011. The drought was the worst in […]

Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:34 GMT // 0 Comments

Experts agree that seafood is a rich source of important nutrients, and that most of us don’t eat enough of it. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, iodine, selenium and vitamin D. And numerous studies show that the nutrients in fish are particularly important for brain development in fetuses and nursing infants. […]

Nemtsov’s Companion, Witness to Killing, Says She’s Barred From Leaving Russia

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:02 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW — They met three years ago, by some accounts on a vacation to Turkey, and soon enough became a couple. Though she was less than half his age, Anna Duritskaya, a Ukrainian model, was often with Boris Nemtsov, a beleaguered Russian opposition leader, including on Friday evening, when a gunman carried out the highest-profile […]

Despite India’s Wealth, Pregnant Women Are Dangerously Underweight, Study Finds

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:02 GMT // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI — Her first child survived eight months before succumbing to pneumonia; her second was stillborn; her third, delivered in a rickshaw, gasped for an hour before dying. When she got pregnant for a fourth time, Juhi, a woman from a South Delhi slum who uses only one name, was spotted by a local […]

Despite India’s Wealth, Pregnant Women Are Dangerously Underweight, Study Finds

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:02 GMT // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI — Her first child survived eight months before succumbing to pneumonia; her second was stillborn; her third, delivered in a rickshaw, gasped for an hour before dying. Mothers and babies shared a bed last year at a public hospital in Gurgaon, India. The poor health of children in India, even after decades of robust economic […]

Bangladeshi Police Arrest Suspect in Blogger’s Killing

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 21:12 GMT // 0 Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Security officials arrested a suspect in the killing of a Bangladeshi-American blogger known for his antipathy toward religion, who was hacked to death in Dhaka, the capital, on Thursday. Shafiur Rahman Farabi was arrested in Dhaka on Monday in connection with the murder of the blogger Avijit Roy. (Suvra Kanti Das/Associated Press) […]

Termites Are Guardians of the Soil

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:19 GMT // 0 Comments

Basics By NATALIE ANGIER A termite mound in Kenya. Such mounds can reach 30 feet high and 80 feet across. (G. Sosio/De Agostini, via Getty Images) The giant termite mounds that rise up from the sands of the African savanna are so distinctive it’s tempting to give them names, like “Art Deco Skyline” or “Trumpeting […]

Rockets’ James Harden Elevates His Game Against LeBron James’s Cavaliers

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:59 GMT // 0 Comments

Keeping Score By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN LeBron James had 37 points and 8 rebounds. But his 15-for-35 performance from the field was atypical. (Pat Sullivan/Associated Press) It has been an incredible season for James Harden. The Houston Rockets guard is leading the N.B.A. in scoring, dominated the All-Star Game and has found himself in the conversation […]

Zuckerberg Goes on Charm Offensive for Internet.org

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 19:57 GMT // 0 Comments

The Facebook chief executive outlined on Monday why he thought Internet.org, a service backed by his company that is intended to provide people in emerging markets with free access to some online applications, would help telecommunications carriers persuade customers to spend more on streaming content to their cellphones. The service, which is now offered in […]

3 Israelis Charged With Smuggling Materials to Hamas

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:55 GMT // 0 Comments

JERUSALEM — During Israel’s 50-day war against Hamas in Gaza last summer, residents of Israel’s border communities lived in fear of rocket or mortar attacks, or the possibility that Hamas militants could attack Israelis through tunnels. So Israelis were outraged to learn on Monday that three Israeli citizens had been charged on suspicion of knowingly […]

In France, Pesticides Get in Way of Natural Wines

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:17 GMT // 0 Comments

TOURS, France — The task ahead of me was a two-day tasting marathon of wines with a welter of confusing labels: natural, organic, organic practice and biodynamic. But for Jean Bardet, a semiretired chef with two Michelin stars to his name, there was little confusion about the worthiness of such bottles. Visitors to La Dive […]

A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 18:15 GMT // 0 Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan — Faheema stood trembling in the courtyard of the large house, steeling herself for the meeting with her family. She took a deep breath and ran inside, her black abaya swirling around her, and fell to the floor at her uncle’s feet, hugging his knees, her face pressed against him, her shoulders heaving. […]

Maggie Smith Says She Will Leave 'Downton Abbey' After Next Season

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 17:02 GMT // 0 Comments

“They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” she said. Neither the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, nor an executive producer, Gareth Neame, has confirmed that the show will run past Season 6. In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Fellowes said, “It’s not really my […]

As Milan Week Ends, a Buzz Gap

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:39 GMT // 0 Comments

MILAN — It has been an odd, unsatisfying season in Milan. Parties and celebrities were thin on the ground; the biggest trends to emerge have been Lurex and fur for the feet (really: sheared-mink shoes will be big come September). The ’80s are of interest to some. Rumors have swirled with no closure. Giorgio Armani […]

15 Pieces of Art Snatched From Fontainebleau

by The New York Times // March 2, 2015 // Updated 16:37 GMT // 0 Comments

The burglary took place after 6 a.m., according to the museum officials, and the thieves were in and out of the castle, southeast of Paris, in about seven minutes – the time from when the alarm was set off to when the police arrived. Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture and communications, said in a […]

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