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Apr 28, 2012

NYT Global Update: Cease-Fire in Syria Exposes the Heavy Price of Just Buying Time

Global Update


TOP NEWS
News Analysis

Cease-Fire in Syria Exposes the Heavy Price of Just Buying Time

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
A United Nations-backed plan has failed to stop the fighting in Syria, but supporters still hope for a chance to organize the opposition, sway Russia and prevent an all-out civil war.

Flight of Chinese Rights Lawyer Thrills Dissidents

By ANDREW JACOBS
Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest is emboldening China's human rights community, even as authorities have begun rounding up those they suspect helped him.

United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology

By DECLAN WALSH, ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
Negotiations between the United States and Pakistan failed over Pakistani demands for an apology for American airstrikes last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.
World

Slide Show: Protests in Malaysia

Police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of demonstrators calling for free and fair elections in Malaysia's capital on Saturday.
Opinion

Sunday Review

In the Philippines, Haunted by History

By GINA APOSTOL
America's policies, and its defense ties with Manila, have always benefited the Filipino elite.
WORLD

Raid to Kill Bin Laden Helped United States, Panetta Says

By ELISABETH BUMILLER
In comments ahead of the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that his death weakened Al Qaeda and made the United States more safe.
Strategies

The Calming Effect of Central Banks

By JEFF SOMMER
Despite recent news from Europe that could have shaken investors, the markets have remained relatively steady.
Economic View

Hey, Not So Fast on European Austerity

By CHRISTINA D. ROMER
The core of a sensible approach to Europe's is to pass needed budget measures now, but to phase in actual tax increases and spending cuts gradually - as economies recover.
BUSINESS
The iEconomy

How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes

By CHARLES DUHIGG and DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today's digital economy.

O.K., Google, Take a Deep Breath

By CAITLIN KELLY
At a company known for a hard-driving culture, a seven-week course in mindfulness techniques is giving employees a better way to cope.

A Humbled Gap Tries a Fresh Coat of Pep

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
After defining 1990s khaki culture, the clothing chain stumbled. Now it's trying new ways to build sales - like making stores cheerier and its ad campaign brighter.
TECHNOLOGY
Slipstream

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail

By NATASHA SINGER
There's no easy way for American consumers to track the data dealers that share and sell their information. But a reporter tried her own experiment.
Digital Domain

Chicken Scratches vs. Electronic Prescriptions

By RANDALL STROSS
Studies show that errors are much less likely when doctors send prescriptions to the pharmacy via computer. But the move to such e-prescriptions has been relatively slow.
SPORTS

A Universal Language of Sports-Talk Radio

By SAM BORDEN
Callers to Radio Marca in Barcelona are similar to those who call American sports-talk stations, but at Radio Marca, soccer is king.

Fighting Premier League Relegation, Wigan Routs Newcastle

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wigan, which looked certain to be relegated just over a month ago, followed recent wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
A Roster's Rebirth

Firm Hand Guides Young Team in Aftermath of a Tragedy

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
The veteran Coach Pyotr Vorobyov directed Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in its first season after the plane crash that wiped out the Russian team's roster.
U.S. NEWS

Base Serves as Home for Children Caught at Border

By MANNY FERNANDEZ
A dormitory at an Air Force base in San Antonio has become an unlicensed home for young illegal immigrants.
The Hard Road Back

Loyal Companion Helps a Veteran Regain Her Life After War Trauma

By JAMES DAO
Tori Stitt is among a growing group of war veterans finding that service dogs can offer relief from some of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officers Surround Bunker in Search for Survivalist

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Law enforcement officials believe a survivalist sought in connection with the deaths of his wife and daughter is in a fortified bunker east of Seattle.
OPINION
Sunday Review

Homophobic? Maybe You're Gay

By RICHARD M. RYAN and WILLIAM S. RYAN
Empirical evidence of a connection between homophobia and suppressed same-sex desire.
Opinion

Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.

By DAVID K. SHIPLER
Is cultivating potential terrorists through stings and undercover agents the best use of the manpower?
Loose Ends

Weapons of Peculiar Destruction

By TEDDY WAYNE
Ever endured a vacation slide show, swinish turncoats? Absolute torture.

NYT Today's Top Headlines: Challenge for U.S. After Escape by China Activist




TOP NEWS

Challenge for U.S. After Escape by China Activist

By ANDREW JACOBS and JONATHAN ANSFIELD
Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer, was said to have sought refuge at the American Embassy in Beijing, potentially complicating matters for Washington ahead of a high-level meeting next week.

United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology

By DECLAN WALSH, ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
Negotiations between the United States and Pakistan failed over Pakistani demands for an apology for American airstrikes last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.

Death of Spy, Zipped Into Bag, Spawns Theories and Inquest

By JOHN F. BURNS
An inquest has brought forth details of the death in August 2010 of Gareth Williams, who was found locked in a duffel bag in a bathtub.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"Our streets are bleeding, and they're bleeding profusely."
CHARLES H. RAMSEY, the police commissioner of Philadelphia, at a meeting on gun violence.

U.S.

Slide Show: Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives in New York

Space Shuttle Enterprise arrived in New York, riding piggyback on a modified jumbo jet. Its trip included flyovers over parts of the city and landmarks before it landed at its temporary home, Kennedy Airport.
Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor

God and Man in Tennessee

By politicizing our faith, lawmakers are ignoring Tennessee's true religious roots and threatening the liberties they claim to protect.
WORLD
The Saturday Profile

A Monk's Earthly Mission: Easing North Koreans' Pain

By CHOE SANG-HUN
The Venerable Pomnyun, a Buddhist monk from South Korea, is a well-known commentator on North Korea, and his online newsletter is an important source of information about the isolated country.

Attacks on Coalition Forces by Afghan Counterparts Are on the Rise

By ROD NORDLAND
Afghan security forces apparently opened fire on NATO in southern Afghanistan earlier this week, American and Afghan officials revealed late Thursday and Friday.

Hollande and Sarkozy Trade Insults as Runoff Nears

By STEVEN ERLANGER
With a week to go before the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy faces the Socialist candidate François Hollande in a runoff, the French presidential campaign has turned nastier.
U.S.

Police Chiefs Focus on Disparities in Gun Violence, With an Eye Toward Solutions

By ERICA GOODE
A survey of crimes in six cities over a seven-day period in April 2011 was the focus of a meeting attended by about 250 police chiefs from around the country.

House Passes Student Loan Bill Despite Veto Threat

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
The House approved stripping funds from a program in the health care law to avoid doubling student loan interest rates.

With Support Off as Events Begin, Komen Works to Revive Its Image

By NATASHA SINGER
Many of the breast cancer foundation's affiliates are struggling, months after the national group rescinded a controversial decision to curb funding for Planned Parenthood programs.
POLITICS
New Dominion

In Virginia, 2 Ex-Governors Vie for Senate and Balance of Power

By JONATHAN WEISMAN
George Allen, a Republican, and Tim Kaine, a Democrat, are in a tight race for a seat both sides see as potentially decisive when it comes to party control of the Senate.

Obama Trumpets Killing of Bin Laden, and Critics Pounce

By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Other presidents have boasted of their toughness. But few have talked about the killing of a single enemy in such an expansive way.

Crucial to Romney, Florida's Latino Voters Are Wary of Him, Too

By TRIP GABRIEL
Mitt Romney is trying to shift the debate away from the harsh immigration rhetoric of the primaries to focus on jobs and the economy.
BUSINESS

U.S. Growth Slows to 2.2%, Report Says

By SHAILA DEWAN
At an annual rate of 2.2 percent, growth of gross domestic product eased from the prior quarter but kept what economists have called a "sustainable" pace of recovery.
News Analysis

Spain Is Still Awaiting the Payoff From Austerity

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.
Stringent fiscal policy has failed to attract global bond investors to Greece, Ireland and Portugal, and the approach is now being severely tested in Spain.
DealBook

New York Prosecutors Examining Former Dewey Chairman

By PETER LATTMAN
The Manhattan district attorney's office is investigating allegations of wrongdoing by Steven H. Davis, the former chairman of the troubled law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, the firm said on Friday.
TECHNOLOGY

In Search of Apps for Television

By AMY CHOZICK and NICK WINGFIELD
The technology industry is working on viewing options that could include apps, a move that has the potential to transform cable television's interface and business model.

U.S. Antitrust Move Has Google Fighting on Two Fronts

By DAVID STREITFELD and EDWARD WYATT
A potential case by the Federal Trade Commission, which hired a former prosecutor to lead its effort, could embolden European Union officials in their own antitrust investigation.

Amazon's Earnings Decline 35% but Top Forecasts

By NICK WINGFIELD
Amazon.com's net income dropped 35 percent in the first quarter as the company spent on its Kindle Fire and other projects, but earnings still beat Wall Street's expectations.
SPORTS
N.F.L. Draft Analysis

Desperately Seeking Quarterback Stoppers

By JUDY BATTISTA
The N.F.L. draft affirmed teams' interest in defensive linemen and quarterback-chasing linebackers like Courtney Upshaw who can disrupt the passing game.
Yankees 7, Tigers 6

One Passed Ball by Tigers Erases Night of Control Problems From Nova

By DAVE CALDWELL
Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin homered off of Justin Verlander and Derek Jeter walked and scored the winning run in the ninth to erase a rocky start by Ivan Nova.
On Baseball

A Year Older, but as Good as Ever

By TYLER KEPNER
At age 37, Derek Jeter remains at the top of the Yankees batting order, as he continues a hot start a year after he struggled for much of the first half of the season.
ARTS
Architecture Review

A Ballpark That May Be Louder Than the Fans

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
With the colorful Marlins Park in Miami, baseball has broken from the now-familiar retro style into the 21st century.

Door Between Galleries Lets in an Artist's Vision

By RANDY KENNEDY
Pier Paolo Calzolari has lived far from the art world, in the Marche region of Italy, but he has been lured from his studio for a show at two New York galleries, temporarily connected.
Critic's Notebook

Mighty Wind of British Laughs

By JASON ZINOMAN
"One Man, Two Guvnors" celebrates British lowbrow comedy and presents it in a way palatable in America.
NEW YORK / REGION

Cuomo Says He Makes History, Then Repeats It

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has boasted of historic accomplishments almost every week since he became governor, even though some of the achievements are short of earthshaking.

In Report, Details of Misconduct Accusations Against Former Finance Chief

By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and DAVID W. CHEN
A city investigation found that Martha E. Stark, who resigned as finance commissioner in 2009, used her position to help those she had personal relationships with, including subordinates.

City Crackdown on Hotels Affects Quaint B&B's Too

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS
In the past year, New York has issued nearly 1,900 notices of violation for the growing industry of short-term rentals not in compliance with a new state law.
TRAVEL

My London, and Welcome to It

By A.A. GILL
"If New York is a wise guy, Paris a coquette, Rome a gigolo and Berlin a wicked uncle, then London is an old lady who mutters and has the second sight." A Londoner reviews his town.
Practical Traveler

Want to Go to the Olympics? Act Now

By MICHELLE HIGGINS
Advice for procrastinators on scoring tickets and booking flights for London this summer.
Heads Up

Short of Cash? Rent a Lawn

By ELAINE GLUSAC
Hotels aren't the only options for London this summer. Visitors can choose backyards and more.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Cars, Trains and Partisan Posturing

The Senate gets the importance of a sound transportation bill and the danger of playing partisan games with it. The House does not.
Editorial

Food Safety on Hold

The first lady may be making the issue of healthy food a national cause, but the rest of the Obama administration seems to be slacking on the job.
Editorial

The Myth of Deterrence

Supporters of the death penalty claim that it deters potential murderers, but there is no research to show that, scholars now say.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Columnist

A Very Pricey Pineapple

By GAIL COLLINS
Did that headline hook you? Who can turn away from a lovely pineapple? (Now let's tackle the topic of privatization of public education.)
Op-Ed Columnist

My Faith-Based Retirement

By JOE NOCERA
With the big 6-0 just days away, taking stock of savings and retirement plans can be quite sobering.
Charles M. Blow

Young People's Priorities

When young adults are asked to choose what's most important in pairings of issues, the answers are sometimes surprising.
ON THIS DAY
On April 28, 1947, a six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.