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Feb 23, 2013

NYT | Global Update February 23, 2013.: Ahead of Trial, Talk of a BP Settlement in 2010 Oil Spill

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
February 23, 2013
Compiled 21:45 GMT

Global Update

TOP NEWS

Ahead of Trial, Talk of a BP Settlement in 2010 Oil Spill

By BARRY MEIER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS
With a major civil trial scheduled to start Monday against BP, federal officials and the five affected Gulf Coast states are trying to pull together to strike an 11th-hour settlement.

Ahead of Election in Cyprus, Gloom and Voter Apathy Tied to Financial Woes

By NICHOLAS KULISH
Both candidates in the presidential race have promised to abide by a bailout deal that is widely seen as disastrous for the economy yet unavoidable.

Frustrated, Italy Prepares to Elect a New Parliament

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
As Italian voters head to the polls on Sunday and Monday to elect the Parliament and three regional governments, the mood is one of anger and disillusionment.
Movies

Interactive Feature: Oscar Favorites: New York Times Readers vs. the Intrade Market

A comparison of Academy Award picks by Times readers versus users of Intrade, a popular prediction marketplace.
Opinion

Opinion

In Italy, Illusion Is the Only Reality

By TIM PARKS
Whether Silvio Berlusconi wins or loses, the country is determined to ignore uncomfortable truths.
WORLD

Scandals and Intrigue Heat Up at Vatican Ahead of Papal Conclave

By RACHEL DONADIO
The Vatican called recent speculative reports alleging scandal in the Church "deplorable" as cardinals from around the world arrived for a conclave to elect a new pope.

French Intervention in Mali Raises Threat of Domestic Terrorism, Judge Says

By STEVEN ERLANGER
Some French citizens of black African ancestry have become more willing to fight under the banner of jihad, according to France's most prominent investigative judge dealing with terrorism.

North Korea Threatens U.S. Over Joint Military Drill

By CHOE SANG-HUN
North Korea warned that if the United States pressed ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea it could set off a war in which American forces would "meet a miserable destruction."
BUSINESS

Don't Call Him Mom, or an Imbecile

By HANNAH SELIGSON
The hapless, bumbling father is a stock character in product marketing. The so-called daddy bloggers who attended the recent Dad 2.0 Summit are pushing to change that.

Hard Budget Realities as Agencies Prepare to Detail Reductions

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ANNIE LOWREY
By the end of this week, federal agencies will notify governors, private contractors and other stakeholders of the dollars they would be about to lose if across-the-board budget cuts go into effect.
Your Money

In Paid Family Leave, U.S. Trails Most of the Globe

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
The United States has among the world's worst leave laws for new parents or for tending to a sick child, prompting some to seek an overhaul of the rules.
TECHNOLOGY

HTC Settles Privacy Case Over Flaws in Phones

By EDWARD WYATT
The Federal Trade Commission charged HTC with customizing software on its phones in ways that could steal personal information and surreptitiously send text messages.
The Boss

An Average Traveler

By STEPHEN KAUFER
Stephen Kaufer, the chief executive of TripAdvisor, developed his company after a frustrating search for hotel advice online.
DealBook

Judge Sides With Einhorn and Halts an Apple Shareholder Vote

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
A federal judge ordered Apple to halt collecting shareholder votes on a proposal to change some of its corporate charter, handing a victory to the hedge fund manager David Einhorn.
SPORTS

A Soft-Spoken Snowboarder Blazes Icy Trails

By MAX KLINGER
Jeremy Jones's unconventional methods have allowed him to access mountains previously considered untouchable.
Soccer Roundup

Giggs, in His 999th Game, Has Manchester United Looking Like a Million

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ryan Giggs and Rafael da Silva scored goals Saturday as Manchester United increased its lead in England's Premier League to 15 points.

Dope Tests in Ice Fishing? No, Beer Doesn't Count

By JAMES CARD
With an eye on an Olympic berth, competitors at the World Ice Fishing Championship had to submit to the same examinations as world-class sprinters and weight lifters.
U.S. NEWS

Seen as Nature Lovers' Paradise, Utah Struggles With Air Quality

By DAN FROSCH
Topographic and meteorological factors combine to trap auto emissions and other air pollutants in the region, a problem with no easy solution.

Emory University's Leader Reopens Its Racial Wounds

By KIM SEVERSON and ROBBIE BROWN
The president of Emory, James W. Wagner, has been trying to rewind his column praising the 1787 three-fifths compromise.

As Cuts Loom, Governors Call for Discretion on How Federal Money Can Be Spent

By ROBERT PEAR
Governors of both parties pleaded with President Obama and Congress to give them more discretion over the use of federal money so they could minimize the pain for their citizens.
OPINION
Op-Ed Contributor

What Our Brains Can Teach Us

By DAVID EAGLEMAN
We have the world's best model for futuristic technology inside our heads.
Op-Ed Columnist

Dire Consequences and Denial

By CHARLES M. BLOW
There are two fundamentally different perspectives on a budget solution. Only one is supported by a majority of Americans.
Op-Ed Columnist

Sequester for Dummies

By GAIL COLLINS
Don't worry, Concerned Citizens. With all the gossip these days swirling around budget cuts, I'm prepared to answer all your important questions.