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Bob Dylan Sends Warm Words but Skips Nobel Prize Ceremonies

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:56:38 GMT

Patti Smith performed Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” on Saturday at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.The musician’s statement, read in Stockholm by the American ambassador to Sweden, explained his two-week silence after the honor was announced in October.

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In Istanbul, 29 Killed in 2 Blasts Possibly Targeting Police Officers

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:36:43 GMT

Initial reports said that 20 police officers had been wounded in the attack outside Vodafone Arena Stadium in Istanbul. Turkish media later reported that more than a dozen officers had been killed.Turkish officials also said 166 people were wounded in the explosions, which occurred outside a soccer stadium and in an adjacent park.

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Wall Street Is Europe’s Landlord. And Tenants Are Fighting Back.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:39 GMT

A local child rode a bike in Tyrrelstown, a suburb northwest of Dublin, where dozens of tenants had been served with eviction notices after being told their homes had been purchased by a Goldman Sachs investment fund.Huge profits and dubious tax strategies have made investment firms in America the object of frustration and anger, as many Europeans face eviction and fear becoming homeless.

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Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00:25 GMT

Vladimir K. Bukovsky in his study at his home in Cambridge, England. Mr. Bukovsky was visited by police officers who had “received information about forbidden images” in his possession, he said.A K.G.B. dirty trick known as “kompromat,” the fabrication of compromising or illegal material, may have returned in a particularly noxious form.

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As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:40:20 GMT

Two women ran last month as the Turkish riot police used tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse protesters during a rally against the arrest of lawmakers of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Istanbul.Ankara’s clampdown on Kurdish politicians has been so thoroughgoing that it has left those who remain free expecting arrest at any moment.

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In Italy, Anguish on Both Sides of Asylum Pleas

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:30:56 GMT

Two men from Bangladesh tried to fix a bicycle tire in June at the reception center in Calenzano, Italy, that they share with migrants from other nations.As Giorgio De Francesco, who oversees an asylum commission, hears migrants’ impassioned requests for protection, he grapples with knowing that he must vote against many of them.

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Paris Imposes Measures to Fight Pollution, With Mixed Results

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:09:03 GMT

The Eiffel Tower was shrouded in haze on Thursday as Paris experienced a spike in smog.The authorities say a thick layer of haze over the city is the result of car exhaust, wood-burning furnaces and a layer of warm, stagnant air.

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Refugee’s Arrest Turns a Crime Into National News (and Debate) in Germany

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:26:40 GMT

A memorial in Freiburg, Germany, near Dreisam River, where a medical student was found raped and killed. Reaction was swift and bitter when the police announced last Saturday that they had arrested an Afghan refugee in the case.Questions about how news outlets reported, or didn’t report, on a rape and murder suspect from Afghanistan underscored a rift over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy on newcomers.

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Geert Wilders, Dutch Far-Right Leader, Is Convicted of Inciting Discrimination

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:25:15 GMT

The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders in court on Nov. 23. He was convicted on Friday of inciting discrimination by leading a crowd at a political rally in chanting “fewer, fewer” to the question, “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”Mr. Wilders, who is seen as a likely contender to become prime minister after elections next year, has said that the Netherlands would be safer with fewer Moroccans.

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E.C.B. Extends Bond-Buying Program to Protect Eurozone Economy

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:30:40 GMT

The European Central Bank also said it would cut the size of the program next year, while insisting it had no plans to end asset purchases altogether.

Boris Johnson Lashes Out at Saudi Arabia and Gets Stung at Home

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:41:08 GMT

Boris Johnson, Britain’s foreign secretary, had accused Saudi Arabia, a British ally, of “puppeteering” in “proxy wars” across the Middle East and of “abusing Islam.”He had accused the country, a British ally, of “puppeteering” in “proxy wars” across the Middle East and of “abusing Islam,” and he received an upbraiding from Prime Minister Theresa May.

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After a Cyberattack, Germany Fears Election Disruption

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:51:59 GMT

The Deutsche Telekom headquarters in Bonn, Germany. A recent disruption of its services set off alarm about the vulnerability of Germany’s computer networksAn attack on Deutsche Telekom has Berlin concerned about becoming a target of Moscow’s campaign to destabilize Western democracies.

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Over Beers With Fans, Bayern Munich Delivers a Personal Touch

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:01:23 GMT

The Bavarian Bayern Munich fan club celebrated a visit by Thomas Müller, a star player for the club, last month in Waging am See, Germany.Though at the vanguard of German soccer’s global success, the club takes pride in its local roots, with even its biggest stars happy to take time out to spend a day with fans.

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Soveria Mannelli Journal: Internet Throws Lifeline to Family Businesses in Small Town in Italy’s South

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:25:32 GMT

Mario Caligiuri, the longtime mayor of Soveria Mannelli, Italy, who is now a university professor, in his studio last month.How embracing the digital age, and a forward-looking mayor, helped turn a small Calabrian town into a model of innovation.

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Carter Page, Ex-Trump Adviser With Russian Ties, Visits Moscow

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:13:55 GMT

Carter Page in Moscow in July.Mr. Page, who was scrutinized by the F.B.I. on suspicion of private communications with senior Russian officials last summer, said he would meet with “business leaders and thought leaders.”

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Killing of I.R.A. Splinter Group Figure Rattles Irish City

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:53:06 GMT

The killing of Aidan O’Driscoll, known as “the Beast,” in the southwest city of Cork was the first gangland-style execution in Ireland in four years.

Former French Official Convicted of Tax Fraud

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:22:29 GMT

Jérôme Cahuzac, a former French budget minister, leaving court in Paris on Thursday after being sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud and money laundering.A prison sentence for Jérôme Cahuzac is an embarrassment for the troubled administration of President François Hollande, who has said he will not run for re-election.

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Tied to Europe, Britain’s Car Industry Is Vulnerable After ‘Brexit’

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:01:03 GMT

The assembly line at the Toyota plant in Burnaston, England. Toyota buys parts and hires workers from across the European Union.After becoming an efficient industry with deep links to the Continent, it must grapple with the impact of the country’s vote to leave the European Union.

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Danish Doctors’ Group Wants to End Circumcision for Boys

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:49:11 GMT

After a circumcision ceremony in Brooklyn in 2014.The medical association in Denmark said the procedure should be an “informed personal choice” that men make for themselves when they reach adulthood.

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Hundreds of U.K. Police Officers Said to Have Sexually Abused Vulnerable People

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:57:33 GMT

Officers in London. A report found that there had been 436 accusations of police sexual abuse in England and Wales over the two years ending in March.A report by a national watchdog found that domestic abuse victims, drug and alcohol addicts and people who work in the sex industry had been targeted.

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E.U. Threatens to Sue 4 Countries Where VW Sold Polluting Cars

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:13:08 GMT

Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany, in April.The move against Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain is an apparent attempt to catch up after facing criticism for a lax response to a yearlong scandal.

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Despite Sanctions, Russia Finds Buyers for $11 Billion Stake in Rosneft

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:22:29 GMT

Defying doubt about marketability, the government said it would sell 19.5 percent of the state oil group to the commodity trading firm Glencore and a Qatari fund.

Malta Outlaws ‘Conversion Therapy,’ a First in Europe

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:34:48 GMT

The Palace in Saint George’s Square in Valletta, Malta, in 2014. The country has been praised for its record on gay and transgender rights.The Mediterranean island nation criminalized therapeutic methods that purport to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, officials said.

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Matteo Renzi Resigns, Ending Italy’s 63rd Government in 70 Years

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:19:25 GMT

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy in Rome on Monday.Mr. Renzi stepped down as prime minister three days after constitutional changes on which he had staked his political career were rejected by voters.

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Denies Rape in Detailed Account of Encounter

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:05:41 GMT

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in February.Mr. Assange released the answers to questions prepared by Swedish prosecutors, and in his replies he also railed against Sweden and Britain, saying he had been “arbitrarily detained.”

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Were London’s Fashion Awards Really the Oscars-Meets-the-Met-Gala?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:47:01 GMT

With a new-look, globalized event, along with Marilyn Manson and Ralph Lauren, Britain attempts to position itself as an arbiter of international style.

Tata Steel Makes a Deal to Stay in Britain, Saving Up to 11,000 Jobs

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:29:17 GMT

The Tata Steel plant at Port Talbot in South Wales. The unions have made significant concessions to the company.If the deal is approved, Tata Steel’s plant will remain in South Wales — a relief to an already shaken economy.

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Tiny Snail Defeats Donald Trump in Battle Over Irish Sea Wall

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:27:17 GMT

Doughmore Bay, seen from a Trump Organization golf club near Doonbeg, Ireland.The president-elect’s real estate organization has abandoned plans to build a long barrier off the west coast of Ireland to protect its golf course there.

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Russia Updates Plan to Counter Cyberattacks and Foreign Influence

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:27:16 GMT

The new document sketches out what the Kremlin sees as the main threats posed by foreign influences to its security and national interests.

Angela Merkel Calls for Ban on Full-Face Veils in Germany

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:03:45 GMT

Accepting her party’s nomination as their candidate for another four-year term, the chancellor also made a promise that Shariah law would never replace German justice.

E.U. Leaders Talk Tough on ‘Brexit’ and Warn That Time Is Short

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:51:21 GMT

Michel Barnier, a lead negotiator for the European Union, said on Tuesday in Brussels that “cherry picking is not an option” for Britain.One of the bloc’s chief negotiators said that there would be no “cherry picking” by Britain and that a deal needed to be reached within 18 months of talks opening.

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German Court Upholds Nuclear Exit but Orders Compensation for Power Companies

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:47:58 GMT

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany, ruled on Tuesday that power companies must be compensated for losses resulting from the government’s decision to close nuclear plants.The ruling brings to an end a bitter dispute between the government and energy firms over the decision in 2011 to abandon nuclear power in the wake of a nuclear disaster in Japan.

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Roman Polanski Extradition Request Rejected by Poland’s Supreme Court

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:50:09 GMT

Roman Polanski at a court hearing in Krakow, Poland, in 2015. The Krakow prosecutor’s office had sought Mr. Polanski’s extradition on behalf of the United States.The Oscar-winning filmmaker is wanted in the United States over a decades-old conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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Like Trump, Europe’s Populists Win Big With Rural Voters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:26:41 GMT

“This area has always been conservative, always,” Joszef Grochowski, mayor of Kulesze Koscielne, said. “The ethos of the people who live here is work and faith.”Anti-establishment parties are on the move, tapping into rural discontent and exploiting rural resentments against urban residents viewed as elites.

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Rediscovering the Festive Fizz of Lambrusco

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:56:10 GMT

Tommaso Chiarli of the Cleto Chiarli estate in Italy, where seven different lambruscos are made. “Mistakes were made by this industry in the 1980s by not stressing quality,” he said, “and we’re trying to correct them.”A wine hindered by its cloying past is getting more respect, especially at the holidays.

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Dateline/Ferrara, Italy: Flourless Chocolate Cake Finds an Ancestor in Italy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:07:17 GMT

The chocolate cake from Ferrara, Italy, known as la torta tenerina.La torta tenerina, a simple confection found on menus in Ferrara, has an almost creamy interior, which emerges enclosed in a thin, fragile, yet crisp crust.

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Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:37:27 GMT

Nowar al-Husari, an illustrator from Syria, used Facebook on his mobile phone in Berlin. Facebook is facing mounting pressure from German lawmakers to clamp down on hate speech.A report published by European officials said that only 40 percent of online material flagged as offensive was reviewed within 24 hours.

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Pakistan’s Premier Honors Nobel Laureate From Persecuted Minority

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:22:00 GMT

Abdus Salam, a theoretical physicist, was honored by having a department of physics at one of the nation’s leading public universities renamed after him.

Square Feet: Iceland Recovers, and Reykjavik Becomes a Hive of Development

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:34:49 GMT

A view of construction in Reykjavik from the architectural firm T.ark, which is involved in one of the city’s new developments.Spurred by a boom in tourism, construction projects downtown are aimed at transforming the area into a destination to live, work and play.

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Italy Just Handed the Global Economy Another Giant Variable

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:03:33 GMT

A branch of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Rome. Bank stocks have fallen since Italian voters rejected changes that would have sped reforms to the country’s economy.As the country’s voters emphatically rejected reforms in a referendum Sunday, they added to grave international uncertainties and prompted the prime minister to resign.

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Manuel Valls Resigns as French Premier and Declares Presidential Bid

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:35:40 GMT

Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Évry, France, on Monday as he announced his intention to run for president.The Socialist prime minister, who will be replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, will run despite dissatisfaction with the government and divisions on the left.

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Highlights: Italy Considers What’s Next After Matteo Renzi Loses Referendum

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:12:40 GMT

Italians against constitutional changes celebrated the results of the referendum on Sunday night in Rome.Italy’s president said Mr. Renzi should complete the 2017 budget before stepping down as promised.

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A New Wave of Popular Fury Could Hit Europe in 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:30:21 GMT

Supporters of “Brexit,” the British vote to leave the European Union, in London in June, before the referendum.The past year has brought a series of political shocks to the continent, but 2017 promises to be even bumpier.

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Kidlington Journal: British Villagers Are Baffled by Flocking Chinese Tourists

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:27:43 GMT

Chinese tourists taking pictures in Kidlington, England, last month. Ever since busloads of Chinese tourists began arriving this summer, residents of the sleepy Oxfordshire village have been variously baffled, annoyed and delighted.The rather ordinary village of Kidlington has become a popular stop for Chinese visitors who snap photographs of its simple homes, bushes and streets.

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Italy Enters a Transition Phase, Complex but Familiar, as Its Premier Quits

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:01:15 GMT

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy announced his resignation at a news conference on Monday in Rome.Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tendered his resignation on Monday after voters rejected his constitutional overhaul plan.

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Now That Italy Has Rejected Constitutional Amendments, What’s Next?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:41:02 GMT

Posters in Rome against Italy’s referendum featured a photograph of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.The prime minister has quit over the loss, but won’t be gone from the political arena long, one expert predicts.

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Britain’s Supreme Court Hears Legal Challenge to ‘Brexit’

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:09 GMT

Supporters and opponents of Britain’s leaving the European Union clashed outside the Supreme Court in London on Monday.The case’s outcome could affect the timetable laid down by the prime minister, who wants to start withdrawal negotiations by the end of March.

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‘Into Oblivion’ Uses Photography to Examine Lives of Dementia Patients

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:59:15 GMT

Maja Daniels spent almost a year talking to hospital staff and patients before starting her project about dementia.

Blasts Near Stadium in Istanbul

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:30:25 GMT

A pair of explosions occurred outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night. Initial reports said it appeared to be an attack against police officers, and that gunfire could be heard after the blasts.

59 Rescues in 2016; Witness the Last

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00:34 GMT

Aboard the Bourbon Argos on its final rescue mission of the year with members of Doctors Without Borders, aiding African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Op-Ed Contributor: The Ghosts Spain Tries to Ignore

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:23:57 GMT

The country of Franco has yet to reconcile with its violent past. As fascism is on the march across Europe, will that finally change?

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Editorial: Veiled Bigotry in Germany

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:21:01 GMT

Angela Merkel after speaking at a conference of the Christian Democratic Union on Tuesday.Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has endorsed restrictions on full-face veils, a concession to far-right xenophobes.

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Nonfiction: From Michael Lewis, the Story of Two Friends Who Changed How We Think About the Way We Think

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

Michael LewisIn “The Undoing Project,” Michael Lewis tells the story of the friendship and work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, and how they changed our understanding of human rationality.

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Adolf Burger, Forced by the Nazis to Counterfeit Cash, Dies at 99

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:42:48 GMT

Adolf Burger, with a counterfeit 5-pound note from World War II, in 2008.Mr. Burger was put to work in a concentration camp operation to create fake pound notes in a Nazi effort to destabilize the British economy.

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