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Mar 31, 2013

NYT | Global Update March 31, 2013.: As Banks in Cyprus Falter, Other Tax Havens Step In

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March 31, 2013
Compiled 20:45 GMT

Global Update

TOP NEWS

As Banks in Cyprus Falter, Other Tax Havens Step In

By ANDREW HIGGINS
Cyprus is hardly the only safe harbor for the tax-averse. Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Caymans are reminding those shaken by events in Cyprus that they remain open for business.

Israel Begins Pumping Natural Gas From Offshore Field

By ISABEL KERSHNER
Israel moved closer to its goal of energy independence on Sunday after natural gas started flowing from the Tamar reservoir, which is expected to supply 50 to 80 percent of Israel's natural gas consumption needs over the next 10 years.

China Releases New Measures to Restrict Housing Sales

By DAVID BARBOZA
Higher down payments, a 20 percent tax on sales and even a one-home limit for unmarried individuals are being implemented to avert a harmful bubble.
Sunday Review

Opinion

America the Innovative?

By EAMONN FINGLETON
As China becomes richer, is it destined to pass the United States as the world's most inventive nation?
Movies

Slide Show: Many Film Languages

Images of Hollywood actors in non-English films.
WORLD

A Wary Easter Weekend for Christians in Syria

By ANNE BARNARD
The holiday is infused with uncertainty for Syria's Christians, with many saying they fear not only the country's general chaos, but also the rise of religious intolerance.

Short of Money, Egypt Sees Crisis on Fuel and Food

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The cash shortage is raising questions about Egypt's ability to keep importing wheat that is essential to the food supply, stirring fears of an economic catastrophe.

Egypt Orders Arrest of Satirist Over Skits on Islam and Morsi

By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH
In the nine months since Mohamed Morsi became president, his government has been accused of employing the same harsh measures against dissent as did the previous leaders.
BUSINESS
Disruptions

The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind

By NICK BILTON
Though researchers still do not know what the future might hold for a generation raised with smartphones and tablets, they do know that that the brain is highly sensitive to such stimuli.

As Market Heats Up, Trading Slips Into Shadows

By NATHANIEL POPPER
More stock trades, about 40 percent on some days, are being conducted outside public exchanges.

We're One Big Team, So Run Those Stairs

By JED LIPINSKI
CrossFit, the workout fitness program, is viewed by some companies as a way to improve worker production and morale.
TECHNOLOGY
Slipstream

An American Quilt of Privacy Laws, Incomplete

By NATASHA SINGER
Europe and the United States are operating at far different speeds with respect to data privacy regulation. And that could be a stumbling block in future trade talks.

The Emily Posts of the Digital Age

By ALEX WILLIAMS
Young people "sick of the irony, rudeness and snark that is so prevalent in their online lives" are making a return to the world of manners.
Novelties

Freed From Its Cage, the Gentler Robot

By ANNE EISENBERG
New factory robots, designed to work and play well with others, no longer have to be fenced in to protect workers from accidents.
SPORTS

Scoring if There's Grass to Play On

By ROB HUGHES
Lionel Messi set a record, Claudio Pizarro hit four goals for Bayern Munich and Blerim Dzemaili scored three times for Napoli.
Soccer Roundup

Manchester United Closes In on English Title

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Manchester United relied on a first-half own goal by Titus Bramble to beat host Sunderland, 1-0, on Saturday.
N.H.L. Roundup

Penguins Cap 15-0 Month but Crosby Is Injured

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
After Sidney Crosby was injured by a deflected slap shot, the Penguins defeated the Islanders for their 15th straight victory.
U.S. NEWS

Anger Over Plan to Sell Site of Wounded Knee Massacre

By JOHN ELIGON
The location of an infamous massacre in 1890, and a violent standoff in 1973, has again become the subject of introspection and dispute.

High-Tech Means of Production Belies the Nostalgic Image of Maple Syrup

By JULIA SCOTT
Maple syrup conjures images of old-fashioned rural New England, but the reality is changing with the help of technology.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

Will Gays Be Punished for Success?

By MAUREEN DOWD
Once more, the Supremes are singing: You can't hurry love.
Op-Ed Columnist

Need a Job? Invent It

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more "innovation ready" than "college ready."
Op-Ed Columnist

Marriage Looks Different Now

By ROSS DOUTHAT
We're seeing a revolution with wider ripples than its supporters admit.

Mar 30, 2013

North Korea and South Korea Tensions "An In-Depth Situational Analysis", by The Australian.com.au, 30 March 2013


NORTH Korea has announced it has entered a "state of war'' with South Korea and will deal with every inter-Korean issue accordingly.

"As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a joint statement attributed to all government bodies and institutions.

"The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over," said the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), adding that any provocation would trigger a "full-scale conflict and a nuclear war".

The two Koreas have always technically remained at war because the 1950-53 Korean War concluded with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

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North Korea
The email from North Korea threatening to bomb US bases.

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The White House said it took the new warning seriously, but said Pyongyang's threats were following a familiar pattern.
"We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies," said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
While seeking to show appropriate concern at Pyongyang's latest statement, Washington also sought to place the new threat into the context of a string of rhetoric from Kim Jong-Un's regime.
Attack plan
A close-up of the 'attack plan'. The lettering on the map reads as "Strategic Forces' US Mainland Striking Plan".
"We would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern," Hayden said, noting that the United States was fully capable of protecting itself and its Asian allies.
CHINA, RUSSIA JOIN THE SABRE-RATTLING.
The government in Seoul also played down the latest statement.
"This is not really a new threat - just part of a series of provocative threats," the Unification Ministry said.
The North had announced earlier this month that it was ripping up the armistice and other bilateral peace pacts signed with Seoul in protest against South Korea-US joint military exercises, which returned the two nations to a state of war.
Voiding the ceasefire theoretically opened the way to a resumption of hostilities, although observers noted it was far from the first time that North Korea had announced the demise of the armistice.
The armistice was approved by the UN General Assembly, and both the United Nations and South Korea have repudiated the North's unilateral withdrawal.
NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discusses a strike plan with North Korean officers during an urgent operation meeting at the Supreme Command in an undisclosed location. Kim Jong-Un ordered preparations for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases in the Pacific and South Korea. The lettering on the map, rear L, reads as "Strategic Forces' US Mainland Striking Plan". Picture: AFP
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr condemned the latest round of threats and said Australia was considering imposing more sanctions on the rogue state.
Senator Carr said in a statement that reports from the Australian Embassy in Seoul suggest there is no immediate evidence of increased military preparations by North Korea.
"Despite this, North Korea continues to pose a genuine threat to the safety of millions of people in our region," he said.
Senator Carr has welcomed calls by China and Russia for restraint by all parties, as well as commitments by the United States regarding the defence of South Korea and Japan.
Senator Carr has urged all nations to ensure existing measures are strictly enforced and said Australia is considering further "autonomous sanction" on North Korea.
Earlier, North Korean media issued two photos that appear to show plans for striking the US mainland as tens of thousands rally for it.
The pictures, released by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), both showed leader Kim Jong-Un sitting at a desk in what looked like a dedicated military operations room.
Stealth
US B-2 stealth bomber flies over a US air base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul.
LOST IN TRANSLATION: IS GOOGLE CREATING KOREAN CONFUSION?
EXCELLENT PICTURES OF KIM JONG-UN.
The photos accompanied a KCNA report on an emergency meeting with top army leaders in which Kim ordered strategic rocket units to prepare for a possible strike against US mainland and Pacific bases.
One picture showed Kim amongst four uniformed officers, but the main interest lay in the background.
The left of the picture showed a map with the unambiguous title: "Strategic Forces' US Mainland Striking Plan."
Straight lines on the map -- not all of which was visible -- appeared to show the proposed flight paths of missiles striking targets in the continental United States.
KIM JONG UN: MORE BARK THAN BITE?
North Korea Rally
North Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea.
ROCKETS WILL SETTLE US ACCOUNTS
"I don't think this is a mistake," a South Korean defence ministry official told AFP.
"I believe it has been intentionally made public, probably in order to distort facts about the North's military power," the official said.
Most experts say North Korea, despite a successful long-range rocket launch in December, is years from developing a genuine inter-continental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.
Its proven short- and medium-range missiles do not even have the range to strike US Pacific bases in Guam or Hawaii.
Further in the background of the same picture, a wall-length screen appeared to list aspects of North Korea's naval strength, with entries such as "Submarines: 40, Landing Craft: 13, Minesweepers: 6."
A second photo, showing Kim alone at his desk, also had a map in the background which appeared to show the tracked or projected movement of the US 7th Fleet in the Pacific Ocean.
South Korea Koreas Tension
South Korea's K-1 tanks take part in their military exercise in the border city between two Koreas, Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

North Korea armed forces infographic
The pictures come as tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers and civilians held a huge rally and march in Pyongyang on Friday, in a mass display of support for a possible military strike against the United States.

The rally in Pyongyang's giant Kim Il-Sung square was attended by soldiers, veterans, workers and students, all wearing military uniforms. The North's young leader, Kim Jong-Un, was not present.
State television said the rally took place to support a decision issued by the Korean People's Army (KPA) supreme command on Tuesday - and ratified by Kim on Friday - to put the country's strategic rocket units on a war footing.

"The statement was the ultimatum of the Korean People's Army against the US imperialists," an announcer said at the start of the rally.
Under giant portraits of Kim's father Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung, the massed ranks of civilians and soldiers pledged their allegiance to the current leadership.

"Let's become guns and bombs for our respected leader Kim Jong-Un!," they chanted, pumping their fists in unison.
The rally was addressed by military and party officials who urged North Korean troops to launch a "merciless strike" on the US mainland and US military bases in the Pacific and South Korea.
"We are all ready to wipe them out for our final victory," army officer Kwon Yong-Chol said.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would not be cowed by Pyongyang's bellicose threats and stood ready to respond to "any eventuality".
His comments came as nuclear-capable US B-2 stealth bombers were deployed in ongoing US joint military drills with South Korea.
The B-2 flights, which followed training runs by B-52 bombers, were part of annual drills which North Korea each year denounces as rehearsals for war.
Meanwhile, China, North Korea's sole major ally and biggest trading partner, appealed for calm and said "joint efforts" were needed from all parties to prevent the situation deteriorating further.
Russia urged all sides involved in the standoff to refrain from muscle-flexing, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warning that the flare-up could spiral.
"We can simply see the situation getting out of control, it would spiral down into a vicious circle," he told reporters at a news conference.
"We believe it is necessary for all not to build up military muscle and not to use the current situation as an excuse to solve certain geopolitical tasks in the region through military means," he said, calling on all sides to create conditions for the resumption of talks.
Kim Jong Un
 

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Kenya court Upholds Kenyatt victor: BBC News 30 March 2013.

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BBC News
 
 
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Kenya court upholds Kenyatt victory

Kenya's Supreme Court rules that the 4 March election of Uhuru Kenyatta as president was free and fair, rejecting a challenge from PM Raila Odinga.

Guest Workers Are at Crux of Groups' Deal on Immigration. By Ashley Parker and Steven Greenhouse: NYT | Today's Headlines, 30 March 2013.

The New York Times

Today's Headlines

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Top News
Guest Workers Are at Crux of Groups' Deal on Immigration

By ASHLEY PARKER and STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Progress in talks between top business and labor groups, which had stalled, bolstered hope among a group of senators that they would be able to introduce overhaul legislation soon.
Michael Steinberg entered a plea of not guilty in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Friday and was freed on $3 million bail.

DealBook

Insider Inquiry at SAC Reaches Into Higher Ranks

By PETER LATTMAN

When Michael S. Steinberg became the most senior employee to be ensnared in the investigation, his charmed life came undone.
. Graphic  Graphic: Insider Trading Cases at a Top Hedge Fund
University students marched through Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday.
As North Korea Blusters, U.S. Worries About Quieter Risks

By CHOE SANG-HUN and DAVID E. SANGER

Actions that are difficult to trace to North Korea, like an online assault on South Korea's banks and a 2010 attack on a submarine, concern the United States more than its brash threats.
. Global Powers Cast Wary Eye as Korean Tension Escalates
. Interactive  Multimedia Feature: Timeline on North Korea's Nuclear Program
. Graphic  Graphic: Estimated Range of North Korean Missiles
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FASHION

Video Video: Vows: Vintage-Inspired Style
The wedding style guru Mark Ingram and the Styles reporter Bee-Shyuan Chang discuss the 1920s style wedding trend and offer ways to incorporate a little Daisy Buchanan into your wedding-day look.

OPINION | Op-Ed Contributor

Nature's Case for Same-Sex Marriage

By DAVID GEORGE HASKELL

The biological evidence right outside the Supreme Court's chambers makes a natural case for gay marriage.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"The cheating had been going on so long. We considered it part of our jobs."
JACKIE PARKS, a third grade teacher in Atlanta, where 35 educators were indicted in a scandal over state testing.
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Members of the Supreme Court in 2010. The votes of five of the nine can decide a case, but only four need to be in favor of hearing a case for the court to take it. Choosing which cases to take is usually a very secret process, but sometimes there are clues.

Supreme Court Memo

Who Wanted to Take the Case on Gay Marriage? Ask Scalia

By ADAM LIPTAK

It appears the conservative members of the Supreme Court, calculating that their chances of winning would not get better, were behind the decision to take up the volatile subject.
President Obama promoted his proposal on Friday at PortMiami, which is in the midst of $2 billion in improvements.
Obama Pushes Plan to Build Roads and Bridges

By PETER BAKER and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Declaring, "Let's get started rebuilding America," President Obama promoted a merger of tax breaks, loans and private investment to generate money for projects.
Ernest J. Moniz
Nominee for Energy Secretary Lists Assets and Posts

By MATTHEW L. WALD

Ernest J. Moniz, President Obama's nominee for energy secretary, agreed to resign his positions and sell shares if confirmed.
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U.S. May Sell Airwaves That Help Broadway Sing

By EDWARD WYATT

The Federal Communications Commission is considering plans to force the users of cordless microphones to move to a less desirable spot on the nation's airwaves.
Tiffany Phan, left, a care manager at U.C.L.A. hospital, spoke to Marjorie Crear about medications and doctors' appointments.
Hospitals Question Medicare Rules on Readmissions

By REED ABELSON

In response to new federal regulations, institutions are spending millions to help patients avoid returning to the hospital, but some say that the penalties they seek to avoid are unjust.
James B. Stewart

Common Sense

Bad Directors and Why They Aren't Thrown Out

By JAMES B. STEWART

The track record of the board of Hewlett-Packard is calamitous, and yet they have retained their jobs, because efforts to remove such directors are not always made and rarely succeed.
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »
Editorials

Editorial

The Campaign to Outlaw Abortion

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Extreme new restrictions in North Dakota and elsewhere are clearly unconstitutional.

Editorial

Strengthening the I.M.F.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

It is in America's interest that Congress ratify proposed changes to the fund.

Editorial

A Prescription for Sick Workers

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Finally, a bill that will help more employees enjoy a basic benefit moves to the City Council.
For more opinion, go to NYTimes.com/Opinion »

ON THIS DAY

On March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer.