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Dec 7, 2011

NYT Global Update: Syria, Under Siege Inside and Out, Does Not Budge.

Global Update


TOP NEWS

Syria, Under Siege Inside and Out, Does Not Budge

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Syrian officials are clinging to the claim that they are besieged by a foreign plot, not confronted by a true uprising of the people.

Egyptian General Asserts Continuing Control, Despite Elections

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Gen. Mokhtar al-Molla said that despite the elections the interim military rulers would still manage the writing of a new constitution in order to insure against an Islamist takeover.

At Climate Talks, a Familiar Standoff Emerges Between the U.S. and China

By JOHN M. BRODER
China's conditions for a treaty are unlikely to be met. And conditions by the United States seem to rule out any deal like the one China envisions.
Theater

Slide Show: Scenes: Leo Friedman

A look back at the career of the photographer Leo Friedman.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

A Reluctant Enemy

By IAN W. TOLL
The architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor had been against going to war with the United States at all.
WORLD

Japan Split on Hope for Vast Radiation Cleanup

By MARTIN FACKLER
Japan hopes the cleanup near the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will allow the displaced to return home.

Merkel's Path: Brinkmanship for Debt Crisis

By NICHOLAS KULISH
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany appears to have adopted a strategy aimed at remaking the euro zone in her country's likeness.

On Eve of Key Meeting, New Rifts on Euro Emerge

By STEVEN ERLANGER and STEPHEN CASTLE
As leaders prepared to gather to create a unified approach to save the euro, disagreements emerged among Germany, France and Britain.
BUSINESS

As Europe's Bond Market Dries Up, Traders Fear for Jobs

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
Worries about euro zone economies have caused a sharp drop-off in bond trading volume, causing European banks to question how much longer they will stick with bond divisions that are now overstaffed.

Geithner Sees 'Progress' in Efforts to Shore Up Euro

By DAVID JOLLY
In Paris, the U.S. Treasury Secretary stressed the importance of restoring confidence in the euro for growth around the world, as Germany pulled off a successful bond auction.
TECHNOLOGY

Whimsical Texting Icons Get a Shot at Success

By JENNA WORTHAM
Emoji, the more elaborate cousins of emoticons, are available to in-the-know smartphone owners via apps, but Apple's update to its iPhone software paves the way for them to go mainstream.

Amazon Publishing Push Grows to Children's Books

By JULIE BOSMAN
In expanding its publishing ambitions, the online retailer is acquiring more than 450 titles from Marshall Cavendish Children's Books.

The Culture Was Corrupt at Olympus, Panel Finds

By HIROKO TABUCHI and KEITH BRADSHER
A third-party panel issued a harshly worded report, but reiterated that it had found no evidence of organized crime involvement in the Olympus scandal.
SPORTS
On Soccer

No Margin for Error for Chelsea, and No Rest

By ROB HUGHES
Going for broke in the Champions League can inspire an athlete, like Didier Drogba, to the absolute limits of his formidable match-winning powers.

For Havelange, a Reckoning Long Delayed

By ROB HUGHES
The influence of João Havelange, who served in the International Olympic Committee for 48 years and led FIFA for 24, will be felt long after his resignation.

Celebrated in Asia, Little Known in America

By KAREN CROUSE
Yani Tseng, 22, is the world's No. 1 female golfer, a one-name celebrity in Taiwan. But in the United States, a majority of golfers are faint stars, outshined by football, basketball and baseball players.
U.S. NEWS

Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

By MONICA DAVEY
The former Illinois governor said in court, "I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity."

Plan to Widen Availability of Morning-After Pill Is Rejected

By GARDINER HARRIS
The health secretary overruled the Food and Drug Administration's decision that emergency contraceptives be sold freely over the counter, including to teenagers 16 years old and younger.

Big Firms Limit Paying State Taxes, Study Finds

By MICHAEL COOPER
Many profitable Fortune 500 companies have not been paying as much in state corporate income taxes as the average levied on American companies.
OPINION
Op-Ed Contributor

A Disquieting Book From Hitler's Library

By TIMOTHY W. RYBACK
Being auctioned is a city-by-city, state-by-state guide to the location of America's Jewish population.
Patrick Chappatte

Signs of Defiance Against Putin

On recent protests in Russia.
Op-Ed Contributor

Stopping the Trade in Death

By KATHI LYNN AUSTIN
Now that Viktor Bout is out of commission, let's ensure nobody takes his place.

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