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A Gay Referee Tries to Find His Place in Hockey

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:50:09 GMT

Andrea Barone in September. He is a referee in the ECHL, two levels below the N.H.L. A gay man, Barone wears a pride sticker on his helmet.Andrea Barone nearly quit his job as a minor league hockey referee after years of hearing coaches and players use anti-gay language during games.


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His Father Aided a Dictator. Paraguay Elected Him President.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:52:37 GMT

Former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez, back center, with supporters after casting his vote in Asunción, Paraguay, on Sunday. His narrow victory further cemented South America’s rightward shift.The conservative Colorado Party held power with a close victory by Mario Abdo Benítez, son of a key figure in the Stroessner dictatorship.


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With Death in Streets, Nicaragua Cancels Social Security Revamp

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:16:51 GMT

Students clashed with the riot police during a protest against social security changes in Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday.President Daniel Ortega reversed course after student rallies turned into what experts called the largest uprising in Nicaragua since its civil war.


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In Cuba’s Change of Leadership, More Black Officials in Power

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:15:32 GMT

Paying homage to Fidel Castro at Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana in 2016.Despite progress on racial disparity in Cuba, black Cubans fare worse. A decision to select more black Cubans for the highest levels of government sends a signal.


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D.E.A. Is Investigating a Former Agent on Misconduct Allegations

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:47:09 GMT

The accusations against the agent, who had been stationed in Colombia, could make it harder for U.S. officials to earn the trust of confidential informants in the shadowy world of drug trafficking.



From Janitor to Chief Justice: Could Joaquim Barbosa be Brazil’s Next President?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:59:53 GMT

Joaquim Barbosa, center, who met this week with election officials in Brasília, is considering running for president of Brazil.Brazil’s first black Supreme Court justice, a newcomer to politics, has emerged as a central figure in a race he has yet to formally join.


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Nicaragua Roiled by Protests Over Social Security Benefits

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:20:02 GMT

Protesters clashed with the police in Managua, Nicaragua, this week during demonstrations against changes to the country’s social security program.At least three people, including a police officer, have been killed in three days of sometimes violent demonstrations.


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A Canadian Terrorism Disclosure on a Times Podcast: the Canada Letter

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:10:56 GMT

Rukmini Callimachi at a church in western Mosul, Iraq, that had been converted into the headquarters of the Islamic State’s morality police.In this week’s Canada Letter: a conversation with Rukmini Callimachi about covering terrorism and her new podcast which includes a startling confession.


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Frugal Traveler: Escaping Mexico City’s Hustle Within City Limits

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:17 GMT

The courtyard at the Cineteca Nacional cultural complex in Coyoacán.The quiet neighborhood of Coyoacán captures the capital’s understated cultural soul and, in many ways, is a getaway within Mexico City itself.


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Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored Mexican Author, Dies at 85

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:38:59 GMT

Sergio Pitol delivering a speech at the University of Alcala, near Madrid, in 2006, after receiving the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world.Mr. Pitol won the prestigious Cervantes Prize for a body of work that blended genres. King Juan Carlos I of Spain said it “seduced us with the truth.”


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An Old-School Manager Thrives in a New Baseball Age

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:30:51 GMT

John Gibbons has been hired, fired and then rehired by the Blue Jays. Last spring, the team extended his contract through 2019.In a sport in which the manager’s role is undergoing rapid change, and charismatic, independent personalities face extinction, Toronto’s John Gibbons is an outlier.


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Fidel Died and Raúl Resigned, but Castros Still Hold Sway in Cuba

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:01:59 GMT

Fidel Castro, center, clasped hands with his brother, President Raúl Castro, right, and the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, José Ramón Machado Ventura, at a party congress in Havana in 2016.Stalwarts and heirs of the Communist revolution will help support — and scrutinize — Cuba’s new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.


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Who Is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s New President?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:02:42 GMT

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in line with his wife, Lis Cuesta, and local residents before voting in national and provincial elections in Santa Clara, Cuba, last month.Most expect Cuba’s new president to be a leader of continuity after Raúl Castro. But he also has to figure out how to resuscitate Cuba’s economy.


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Life After Castro: Who Is Cuba’s Next President?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:59:13 GMT

As Raúl Castro of Cuba steps down, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez steps up. Here’s a look at Mr. Castro’s handpicked successor and what’s ahead for the communist country.



History May Be a Guide for the Maple Leafs. Just Don’t Tell Their Coach

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:54:58 GMT

Auston Matthews scored his first goal of this postseason in the Maple Leafs' Game 3 victory over the Bruins on Monday.This year’s Toronto team has some parallels to the 1992-93 squad that made a magical run to the conference finals.


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Raúl Castro Prepares to Resign as Cuba’s President, Closing a Dynasty

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:34:13 GMT

President Raúl Castro, left, taking part in a session of the National Assembly in Havana on Wednesday.Without the Castro legacy to rely on, his successor will face a minefield of tasks that even Mr. Castro failed to complete.


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Art Review: How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:08:38 GMT

The Brazilian photographer Marc Ferrez took this panoramic view of Santa Teresa, dating to the 1890s, with Sugarloaf Mountain looming in the background at right.“The Metropolis in Latin America,” at the Americas Society, is a tale of ambition, nationalism, violence, technical innovation and economic transformation.


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How an Alleged Sonic Attack Shaped U.S. Policy on Cuba

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:45:01 GMT

In 2016, diplomats at the United States Embassy in Havana were mysteriously stricken. Was it an attack? There is no official explanation, but the episode has played a big role in America’s current political disengagement with Cuba.



A Rule Is Changed for Young Immigrants, and Green Card Hopes Fade

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:53 GMT

Romain, 23, from Burkina Faso, says he was abandoned by his uncle after coming to the United States. Immigration authorities have rejected his application for a green card.With an eye on quelling the flow of unaccompanied minors into the United States, the Trump administration has quietly reinterpreted a New York law to reject some applying for protections.


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8th Murder Charge in Case That Rattled Toronto Gay Community

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:42:11 GMT

Sgt. Hank Idsinga of the Toronto Police Service has said that the most recently announced victim “doesn’t quite fit the profile that we have seen before.”The latest victim to be identified was a 37-year-old man who had arrived in Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010. The Toronto police believe he was killed five years later.


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The Humble Potato Is Exalted in the Mountains of Peru

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:51:46 GMT

Nazario Quispe Amao, an agriculturist, planting potatoes on the outskirts of Chahuaytire, a mountain village in southern Peru. Potatoes were domesticated in the Andes more than 10,000 years ago.The cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey travels to the crop’s ancient home and finds new inspiration from Andean cooks.


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