Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Russia Launches First Airstrikes in Syria, Officials Say - The New York Times

Russia Launches First Airstrikes in Syria, Officials Say - The New York Times:



"MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suddenly escalated the stakes in his contest with the West over influence in the Middle East on Wednesday, as Russian pilots carried out their first airstrikes in Syria."



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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Afghan Crisis Grows as Push to Retake Kunduz Falters - The New York Times

Afghan Crisis Grows as Push to Retake Kunduz Falters - The New York Times:



"KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after Afghan government forces ceded control of the Kunduz provincial capital to the Taliban within a few hours, the promised counterattack also appeared to be falling apart, as the insurgents on Tuesday night began advancing against security forces who were trying to rally at the airport outside the city."



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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Catalan Separatist Parties Win Narrow Majority in Regional Elections - The New York Times

Catalan Separatist Parties Win Narrow Majority in Regional Elections - The New York Times:



 "BARCELONA — Catalan separatist parties won a majority of the seats on Sunday in regional parliamentary elections that they billed as a plebiscite on secession from the rest of Spain."



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France Says It Has Struck at ISIS in Syria - The New York Times

France Says It Has Struck at ISIS in Syria - The New York Times:



"PARIS — In France’s first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, warplanes destroyed a training camp, President François Hollande announced on Sunday."



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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Jorge Ramos’s Long Game - The New York Times

Jorge Ramos’s Long Game - The New York Times:



"On a Tuesday morning earlier this month, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., waited near a side entrance of the Tent City Jail, the open-air compound he operates in Phoenix. Several female inmates were lined up before him, hands behind their backs, ankles linked by chains. The women wore black-and-white-striped prison uniforms — the kind of throwbacks tourists don for photographs near Alcatraz — with the words “Sheriff’s Inmate” on their backs. Arpaio wore a black suit, black shoes and a white shirt. He looked as if he had raided Johnny Cash’s closet."



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Pope Francis Heads to Philadelphia on Final Leg of U.S. Visit - The New York Times

Pope Francis Heads to Philadelphia on Final Leg of U.S. Visit - The New York Times:



"Pope Francis turned from the halls of power to the hearth on Saturday, leaving behind Congress and the United Nations on his six-day United States trip for Philadelphia and events marking the World Meeting of Families — the original reason for the timing of his visit."



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Friday, September 25, 2015

House Speaker, John Boehner, Will Resign From Congress - The New York Times

House Speaker, John Boehner, Will Resign From Congress - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, announced on Friday that he would resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, as Congress moved to avert a government shutdown."



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Dewey, Cheatem & Howe - The New York Times

Dewey, Cheatem & Howe - The New York Times:



"Item: The C.E.O. of Volkswagen has resigned after revelations that his company committed fraud on an epic scale, installing software on its diesel cars that detected when their emissions were being tested, and produced deceptively low results."



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

China to Announce Cap-and-Trade Program to Limit Emissions - The New York Times

China to Announce Cap-and-Trade Program to Limit Emissions - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — President Xi Jinping of China will make a landmark commitment on Friday to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, Obama administration officials said on Thursday."



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Mexico to Create New Prosecutor for Country's Disappeared - The New York Times

Mexico to Create New Prosecutor for Country's Disappeared - The New York Times:



"MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto told the families of 43 students who disappeared a year ago in southern Mexico during a meeting Thursday that he would create a new special prosecutor for all of the country's thousands of missing people."



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Yellen Says Fed Is Likely to Raise Interest Rates This Year - The New York Times

Yellen Says Fed Is Likely to Raise Interest Rates This Year - The New York Times:



 "WASHINGTON — The Fed still intends to raise its benchmark interest rate this year, barring unpleasant surprises, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, said on Thursday."



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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Los Angeles Puts $100 Million Into Helping Homeless - The New York Times

Los Angeles Puts $100 Million Into Helping Homeless - The New York Times:



 "LOS ANGELES — Declaring the growing homeless population a public emergency, the Los Angeles City Council is planning to spend $100 million to help get people off the streets.

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Alexis Tsipras Appoints New Greek Cabinet Much Like the Old - The New York Times

Alexis Tsipras Appoints New Greek Cabinet Much Like the Old - The New York Times:



 "ATHENS — Greece’s newly re-elected prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, decided on Tuesday on a new cabinet with few new faces and returned the critical job of finance minister to Euclid Tsakalotos, the low-key economist who made headway with his eurozone peers in bailout negotiations."



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Carmen Balcells, Agent to Latin America’s Literary Lions, Dies at 85 - The New York Times

Carmen Balcells, Agent to Latin America’s Literary Lions, Dies at 85 - The New York Times:



"Carmen Balcells, the formidable literary agent who shepherded a generation of Latin American writers, including Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, to international prominence, died on Sunday at her home in Barcelona. She was 85."



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Monday, September 21, 2015

Pope Lures Exiles Back to Cuba, Where a Lifetime Ago Is Yesterday - The New York Times

Pope Lures Exiles Back to Cuba, Where a Lifetime Ago Is Yesterday - The New York Times:



 "HAVANA — Gloria Arazoza, her step crimped just a touch by age, walked into what was once Cuba’s most formidable and ornate yacht club on Saturday afternoon and headed straight for the beach. Suddenly, a lifetime ago felt like yesterday."



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Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago Will Seek to Raise Taxes - The New York Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago Will Seek to Raise Taxes - The New York Times:



 "CHICAGO — For years, ominous warnings about this city’s finances have come, one after the next. The pensions were vastly underfunded. Far steeper payments were due soon. Credit ratings were sinking."



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Malaysia’s Leader, Najib Razak, Faces U.S. Corruption Inquiry - The New York Times

Malaysia’s Leader, Najib Razak, Faces U.S. Corruption Inquiry - The New York Times:



"The embattled prime minister of Malaysia, facing mounting political turmoil and a parade of inquiries at home and abroad into a sovereign wealth fund that he oversees, is now coming under the scrutiny of American investigators as well."



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Sunday, September 20, 2015

After Tumult, Greek Voters Give Alexis Tsipras a Second Chance - The New York Times

After Tumult, Greek Voters Give Alexis Tsipras a Second Chance - The New York Times:



 "ATHENS — Alexis Tsipras, who won election as Greece’s prime minister in January on an anti-austerity platform that he was later forced to abandon, was returned to power by Greek voters on Sunday, many of them saying that he had fought hard to get them a better deal from the country’s creditors and deserved a second chance at governing."



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U.S. to Increase Admission of Refugees to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry Says - The New York Times

U.S. to Increase Admission of Refugees to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry Says - The New York Times:



"BERLIN — The Obama administration will increase the number of refugees the United States is willing to accept to 100,000 annually in 2017, a significant increase over the current worldwide cap of 70,000, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday."



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Mexican Tourists Wounded in Egyptian Air Attack Return Home - The New York Times

Mexican Tourists Wounded in Egyptian Air Attack Return Home - The New York Times:



"MEXICO CITY — The six Mexican survivors of an air attack by Egyptian security forces on a group of Mexican tourists and their Egyptian guides returned to their country Friday as the Mexican government said it would seek compensation on their behalf from Egypt."



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Mexico’s Fruitless Hunt for Justice - The New York Times

Mexico’s Fruitless Hunt for Justice - The New York Times:



"MEXICO CITY — Sept. 26 will mark a year since one of the most heinous crimes in modern Mexico, when police officers and drug cartel hit men are believed to have abducted 43 students and killed another six students or passers-by in the town of Iguala. There have been even bigger mass killings by cartels in the past, also involving the security forces who are supposed to be fighting them. But the Iguala attacks caused far more outrage because they targeted students, the police were on the front line, and they were close to the capital."



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Thursday, September 17, 2015

25 Charged in Heroin Trafficking Ring in Brooklyn - The New York Times

25 Charged in Heroin Trafficking Ring in Brooklyn - The New York Times:



"In South Williamsburg, not far from the popular restaurants and gleaming new condominiums that dot the fast-changing stretch of Brooklyn, the authorities said a disheveled apartment on Driggs Avenue was the hub for a heroin-trafficking operation that served the neighborhood and beyond."



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European Lowflation - The New York Times

European Lowflation - The New York Times:



"There is good reason to believe that the conventional 2 percent inflation target is too low, even for the United States; the risks of hitting the zero lower bound are clearly much higher than people believed when 2 percent became orthodoxy. But whatever the case for a higher US target, the case is much, much stronger for Europe, which combines Japan-style demography — a shrinking working-age population, making secular stagnation more likely — with adjustment problems that get much harder when inflation is low. It’s important to realize that it matters not at all whether the overall rate is slightly positive or slightly negative; as the IMF says, “lowflation” creates all the problems we associate with deflation, even if the headline number is greater than zero."



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Monday, September 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn's victory means Labour's living dead have been vanquished - and English politics has come to life again - Voices - The Independent

Jeremy Corbyn's victory means Labour's living dead have been vanquished - and English politics has come to life again - Voices - The Independent:



 "The ironies of history never fail to surprise. Measured by any criteria, Jeremy Corbyn is the most left-wing leader in the history of the Labour Party. He understands that those who do evil abroad are unlikely to do much good at home. He is the staunchest anti-imperialist Member of Parliament."



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Saturday, September 12, 2015

With Jeremy Corbyn Elected as New Leader, Britain’s Labour Party Takes a Hard Left Turn - The New York Times

With Jeremy Corbyn Elected as New Leader, Britain’s Labour Party Takes a Hard Left Turn - The New York Times:



"LONDON - Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Saturday took a remarkable leftward turn, electing as its leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime socialist committed to nationalizing key industries, scrapping Britain’s nuclear missile system and reversing the centrist policies of previous leaders such as Tony Blair.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Justice Department Sets Sights on Wall Street Criminals - The New York Times

Justice Department Sets Sights on Wall Street Criminals - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Stung by years of criticism that it has coddled Wall Street criminals, the Justice Department issued new policies on Wednesday that prioritize the prosecution of individual employees — not just their companies — and put pressure on corporations to turn over evidence against their executives."



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The US must do more to help Syria. Step one: let more refugees resettle here | Sarab Al-Jijakli | Comment is free | The Guardian

The US must do more to help Syria. Step one: let more refugees resettle here | Sarab Al-Jijakli | Comment is free | The Guardian:



"The image of the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, face down in the sand, has shaken the world from its collective stupor and exposed the tragically underwhelming efforts of the US administration, among others, in response to “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”."



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Monday, September 7, 2015

Trump Is Right on Economics - The New York Times

Trump Is Right on Economics - The New York Times:



"So Jeb Bush is finally going after Donald Trump. Over the past couple of weeks the man who was supposed to be the front-runner has made a series of attacks on the man who is. Strange to say, however, Mr. Bush hasn’t focused on what’s truly vicious and absurd — viciously absurd? — about Mr. Trump’s platform, his implicit racism and his insistence that he would somehow round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and remove them from our soil."



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Guatemalans Head to Polls Days After President’s Ouster - The New York Times

Guatemalans Head to Polls Days After President’s Ouster - The New York Times:



"MIXCO, Guatemala — Guatemalans voted on Sunday in presidential elections, disgusted by corruption and disheartened by their choices just five days after a wave of mass protests forced President Otto Pérez Molina from office."



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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Refugees Who Could Be Us - The New York Times

Refugees Who Could Be Us - The New York Times:



"WATCHING the horrific images of Syrian refugees struggling toward safety — or in the case of Aylan Kurdi, 3, drowning on that journey — I think of other refugees. Albert Einstein. Madeleine Albright. The Dalai Lama."



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Friday, September 4, 2015

Migrants Fleeing Hungary Start a Long March Toward Germany - The New York Times

Migrants Fleeing Hungary Start a Long March Toward Germany - The New York Times:



"LONDON — Haggard and defiant, a large number of migrants marched from the Keleti train station in Budapest toward Germany on Friday, pledging to walk 300 miles rather than remain in a country where they are not welcome."



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Other People’s Dollars, and Their Place in Global Economics - The New York Times

Other People’s Dollars, and Their Place in Global Economics - The New York Times:



"Sydney, Australia — Soon after arriving here, I stopped at an A.T.M.; I needed some dollars, and all I had were dollars."



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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guard for Donald Trump Hits Protester - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

Guard for Donald Trump Hits Protester - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times:



"In a tussle outside Trump Tower on Thursday, a member of Donald J. Trump’s security team responded to a protester, who had grabbed him from behind, by hitting him in the face."



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Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala Is Jailed Hours After Resigning Presidency - The New York Times

Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala Is Jailed Hours After Resigning Presidency - The New York Times:



"GUATEMALA CITY — Hours after resigning his post as the president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, a former general and the nation’s most powerful man, was sent to jail to await the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing into his role in a multimillion dollar customs fraud."



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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

China, at Parade Showing Military Might, Says It Will Cut Its Forces by 300,000 - The New York Times

China, at Parade Showing Military Might, Says It Will Cut Its Forces by 300,000 - The New York Times:



"BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China announced on Thursday that he would reduce the country’s military personnel by 300,000, using a speech marking 70 years since the end of World War II to present the People’s Liberation Army as a force for peace and regional stability."



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Wall St. Is Higher as Chinese Shares Extend Their Drop - The New York Times

Wall St. Is Higher as Chinese Shares Extend Their Drop - The New York Times:



"Stocks in the United States were higher on Wednesday, a day after markets around the world tumbled in the wake of weak manufacturing data in China."



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