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Feb 17, 2013

Japan shares up on weaker yen hopes: BBC NEWS | Business on 18 February 2013 Last updated at 02:58 GMT.

18 February 2013 Last updated at 02:58 GMT

Japan shares up on weaker yen hopesInvestors looking at a stock market board in Tokyo

Japanese shares rise after finance ministers of the G20 group of nations avoid singling out Japan for criticism over the recent yen weakness.

Amazon warehouse, Bad Hersfeld, Hesse (file photo Dec 2010)Germany probes Amazon warehouses

Germany demands explanations from the online retailer Amazon after a documentary showed seasonal workers being harassed by security guards.

Workers at a factory in ThailandThai economic recovery picks up pace New

Thailand's economic growth exceeds expectations in the last three months of 2012 as it continues to recover from the previous year's devastating floods.

NYT | Global Update February 17, 2013.: Pipeline Call Gives Obama New Problems Either Way

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
February 17, 2013
Compiled 21:45 GMT

Global Update

TOP NEWS

Pipeline Call Gives Obama New Problems Either Way

By JOHN M. BRODER, CLIFFORD KRAUSS and IAN AUSTEN
In deciding whether to approve the Keystone oil pipeline, President Obama faces a choice between alienating environmental advocates or causing a deep rift with Canada.
The Education Revolution

In China, Families Bet It All on College for Their Children

By KEITH BRADSHER
Millions of Chinese sacrifice heavily for their children's education, but as graduates saturate the job market, the security they seek is increasingly elusive.

White House Says It Has a Backup Plan on Immigration

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
President Obama's chief of staff said Sunday that the administration had drafted its own immigration bill so it could "be ready" if lawmakers ultimately fail to agree on an overhaul.
Travel

36 Hours

Slide Show: Melbourne, From Art to Vinyl

On a trip around the Australian city, shop boutiques, browse museums and even grab a drink in the middle of a river.
Opinion

Opinion

How Europe Bankrolls Terror

By NASSER WEDDADY
The same European nations that helped fight the Taliban in Afghanistan have financed terrorists in Africa by paying ransoms for hostages.
WORLD

Renewed Push for Afghans to Make Peace With Taliban

By ALISSA J. RUBIN and DECLAN WALSH
Eight countries' diplomats are refocusing on talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban before NATO troops leave, but sharply different visions for peace have hindered the effort.

Karzai to Forbid Afghan Forces From Requesting Foreign Airstrikes

By ALISSA J. RUBIN
President Hamid Karzai said he would issue a decree barring the Afghan military from asking international troops to carry out airstrikes under "any circumstances."

Crowds at St. Peter's Cry 'Viva il Papa' to Benedict

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked the tens of thousands of people who had come to the Vatican for one of his last public appearances to pray for him and his successor.
BUSINESS

The Slugfest in the Executive Suite

By AMY CHOZICK
Mixed martial arts has become hugely popular - and lucrative - on television. That is leaving media giants locked in a battle over the future of the sport.

Vindication for Entrepreneurs Watching Sky: Yes, It Can Fall

By WILLIAM J. BROAD
The meteor that rattled Siberia on Friday brought new life to efforts to deploy adequate asteroid detection tools.
TECHNOLOGY

Rise of Drones in U.S. Drives Efforts to Limit Police Use

By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Drones are becoming a darling of law enforcement officials across the country. But they have prompted fears of government surveillance, often even before they take to the skies.
Bits Blog

Facebook Says Hackers Breached Its Computers

By NICOLE PERLROTH and NICK BILTON
The attacks over the past month by sophisticated malware seemed to be similar to those recently directed at Twitter and other companies.

Amazon to Investigate Claims of Worker Intimidation at Distributor in Germany

By MELISSA EDDY
Immigrant workers from across Europe tell of intimidation by guards in neo-Nazi clothing and jackboots, from a subcontractor named H.E.S.S.
SPORTS

Hard to Call Anyone a Winner, When Medals Are Lost to Doping

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
Retroactive has become the new active in this polluted, convoluted sports era, in which you can too rarely be sure whether the race or game or shot-put contest you just watched was legitimate.

A Style No Longer in Fashion for Arsenal Fans

By ROB HUGHES
Arsenal on Saturday was eliminated from the English F.A. Cup in its own stadium against a second-division side, the first time that has happened since Arsène Wenger took over the team in 1996.

Singh's Case Puts Shortcomings of Tour's Antidoping Program at Forefront

By KAREN CROUSE
In admitting to the use of deer antler spray, Vijay Singh has unwittingly called attention to the PGA Tour's antidoping program.
U.S. NEWS

Colleges Become Major Front in Fight Over Carrying Guns

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and SUSAN SAULNY
Though weapons are banned from most public universities, pro-gun forces have made gains on the issue in a handful of states, most recently Colorado.

Stronger Gun-Control Measures Clear First Votes in the Colorado House

By DAN FROSCH
A state with deep conservative and independent streaks has also been the site of two of the nation's most notorious mass shootings, one in 1999 and one last summer.

California Eases Tone as Latinos Make Gains

By JENNIFER MEDINA
As Congress begins debating an overhaul of immigration, many sense that the country is beginning the same evolution California experienced over the last two decades.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

The Oscar for Best Fabrication

By MAUREEN DOWD
Why are Hollywood's makers of historical films such slaves to fiction?
Op-Ed Columnist

The End of a Catholic Moment

By ROSS DOUTHAT
Both Republicans and Democrats are losing interest in the church's ideas.
Gray Matter

Why We Love Beautiful Things

By LANCE HOSEY
If designers understood more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection, all design could both look good and be good for you.