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Bright lights, big city: Light art festival takes to London's streets

LONDON (Reuters) - London's dark winter nights will shine a little brighter starting Thursday, as a nighttime art exhibition featuring a range of publicly displayed works that use light as a medium gets underway.

Income Tax

Saying You Want to Reform the Tax Code? Easy. Doing It? Less So.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is mulling multiple options — none of which are easy to grasp — in an effort to thwart the new federal tax plan.


Amid confusion, Congress scrambles for deal to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans struggled to line up support on Thursday for a short-term extension of government funding that would avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.


Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan

ATHENS (Reuters) - Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan.


British PM May says honored by French loan of Bayeux Tapestry

SANDHURST, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she was honored that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror's invasion of England in 1066.


Sotheby's displays surrealist Magritte and rare works by other artists

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Paintings by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte will be displayed by Sotheby's in Brussels this week among dozens of rare art works before being sold at auction.


Amid confusion, Republicans toil to reach deal to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans plowed ahead on Thursday with efforts to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown despite mixed signals from President Donald Trump on elements of the stopgap plan.


Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in Brazil's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the World Health Organization to tourists visiting parts of the country.


Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing.


Editorial: Donald Trump vs. Guantánamo’s Forever Prisoners

A new legal challenge represents the sharpest test yet at the prison of America’s commitment to fundamental principles of due process.


Back Brexit law or risk chaos, British PM May's Conservatives tell lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party urged lawmakers to back the government's Brexit legislation at a vote in parliament later on Wednesday, warning opponents that trying to block the plan would bring chaos.


U.S. government shutdown looms amid immigration battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.

Justice Department

Justice Dept., Fighting to Kill DACA, Asks for Supreme Court Review

The request by the Trump administration for immediate review is an unusual step after a judge ordered the administration to restart the program.


U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.


Nestle sells U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 billion amid health push

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path toward healthier products.


UPDATE 1-Nestle sells U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 bln amid health push

LONDON/MILAN, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products.


Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero amid health push

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, the first major sale from CEO Mark Schneider and a small step on its path towards healthier products.

George Washington Bridge Scandal (2013)

Editorial: Now Chris Christie Is Just a Bad Memory

His microscopic approval rating, after years of scandal and neglect, is a clear sign that, whatever he thinks, few are sorry to see him go.


U.S. diplomat has talks Pakistan amid tension over Trump 'deceit' tweet

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday following an outcry over President Donald Trump's accusation that the nuclear-armed South Asian state had engaged in "lies and deceit" as a U.S. ally in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.


Swiss museum revisits demand for Nazi-era art return after 2008 denial

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is again at the center of a dispute over a Nazi-era art trove as the Basel Art Museum reconsiders demands it return a Jewish art historian's collection to descendants.

Rep. Meeks: What Trump is doing is 'diabolical'

The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-D) says that President Trump telling reporters that he is not a racist is "a joke."


North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs.

Editorial: Some Bright Hopes for New York’s Schools

The city has trained a generation of highly capable administrators, and some would be excellent candidates for the top job.


Indonesia's Golkar Party appoints new parliamentary speaker amid graft probe

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Golkar Party has appointed Bambang Soesatyo as parliamentary speaker, after the previous speaker was indicted in a $170 million corruption scandal late last year, the party's secretary general Muhammad Sarmuji said on Monday.


Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand.


Hundreds attend anti-austerity protests in Tunis amid heavy police presence

TUNIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated peacefully against government austerity measures in the capital after nearly a week of sometimes violent protests on Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the ousting of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.


Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbors, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more.


Chile Slams World Bank Amid Charges of Political Bias

Chile’s left-leaning government demands an investigation after a World Bank economist says the nation’s drop in a business survey was politically motivated.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

H&M Closes Stores in South Africa Amid Protests Over ‘Monkey’ Shirt

Outrage over a photograph of a black child modeling a sweatshirt with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle” led to protests in several cities.


Mexican journalist killed amid wave of violence against media

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A journalist was killed on Saturday in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, adding to a wave of violence in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers.

H&M closes South Africa stores amid protests

Arms Control and Limitation and Disarmament

Editorial: False Alarm Adds to Real Alarm About Trump’s Nuclear Risk

He has proposed increasing the nuclear arsenal and the ways in which it can be used, and is threatening the Iran deal.

Trump tweets about DACA amid 'shithole' controversy

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to blame Democrats for stalled immigration negotiations amid backlash over vulgar comments he made in the Oval Office while meeting with lawmakers this week.


Costa Rica suspends airline amid probe of fatal plane crash

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's civil aviation agency suspended local airline Nature Air on Friday, two weeks after one of its small planes crashed near a tourist beach, killing two Costa Rican pilots and 10 U.S. citizens.

Trump, Donald J

Editorial: Donald Trump Flushes Away America’s Reputation

No useful answers on immigration will come from a bigoted president with warp view of the world, and his nation’s principles.

President honors MLK Jr. amid cries of racism

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one day after making disparaging comments about Haiti and African countries.


Legendary investor Boone Pickens closes energy hedge fund amid setbacks

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Legendary investor T. Boone Pickens said on Friday he has closed his Dallas-based energy hedge fund amid health and financial setbacks.


Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.


EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican peso edges higher amid NAFTA uncertainty

(Recasts with Mexican peso, updates prices) MEXICO CITY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso strengthened slightly on Thursday, even as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged that the United States may pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The peso weakened significantly on Wednesday after a Reuters report said Canada increasingly believes that President Donald Trump will soon announce his intention to withdraw from NAFTA. The move would be a sev

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Editorial: The Trump Plan to Hurt the Poor by Pretending to Help Them

By letting states deny Medicaid to people with no job, the administration says more recipients will work. The opposite is true.


UPDATE 1-British PM May tells bankers they are a priority for Brexit amid job warnings

* London mayor says could face 'lost decade', 500,000 job losses (Recasts, adds details of meeting)

Appointments and Executive Changes

Melania Trump Hires Policy Director Amid Scrutiny From New Book

For months, Mrs. Trump’s East Wing had undergone a search for a policy director who could advance an agenda that has been broadly defined as helping children.


Benin photographer captures voodoo via the lens

COTONOU, BENIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Beninois marked National Voodoo Day, celebrating the once-banned religion on Wednesday with a series of ceremonies across the country.

Trump's FISA tweets throw Washington into chaos

President Donald Trump's sunrise tweet casting aspersions on the domestic surveillance program his own intelligence officials have called essential set off a thunderclap of concern in Washington -- and underscored the pitfalls of the President's morning television tweet-alongs.


British bobsledder Tasker to miss Games after suffering stroke

(Reuters) - British bobsledder Bruce Tasker will miss next month's Pyeongchang Olympics after suffering a minor stroke last week, Team GB said on Thursday.

Walmart Stores Inc

Walmart, Citing Tax Cuts, Will Raise Starting Wages and Expand Benefits

The nation’s largest employer said on Thursday that would increase its minimum hourly wage to $11 from $9, expand parental leave benefits and give some workers a $1,000 bonus.


At least 15,000 Cameroonian refugees flee to Nigeria amid crackdown

ABUJA (Reuters) - More than 15,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria amid a crackdown on Anglophone separatists, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency and Nigerian government officials said on Thursday.


Aging Heiress Plotted 19 Grisly Crimes. Investigation Underway.

Frances Glessner Lee, the first lady of forensic science, was a cult curiosity. With her “Nutshell Studies” at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, she rises to art star.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

It’s the wrong question. Efforts to diagnose the president from afar are damaging to real efforts to address his unfitness.

Homeless Persons

Editorial: When Mercy Collides With the Law

An Illinois man got into trouble with local officials after he let homeless people stay in his basement on the coldest nights.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Who Will Listen to Democrats’ Warning on Russia?

In the face of Republican complacency, Senate Democrats issue the most comprehensive public analysis thus far of Moscow’s war on the West.


Trump's new Netherlands envoy sheds no light on 'Muslim chaos' comment

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's new ambassador to the Netherlands, who two years ago said Muslim migrants had sown chaos in the country, cut short questions seeking clarification of those remarks in his first meeting with its media on Wednesday.

Analysis: Trump faces press amid reports Mueller may question him

For the first time since November -- in Vietnam! -- President Trump will talk to the full White House press corps today. He'll be alongside the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and, if tradition holds, the politicians will each take two questions from both the US and foreign press.

Civil War (US) (1861-65)

Editorial Observer: Monuments to White Supremacy

Tennessee lawmakers can no longer plausibly deny racist origins of the Confederate monument movement.

Editorial: Don’t Deport the Salvadorans

The humanitarian reasons those who escaped their quake-damaged homeland should be allowed to stay far outweigh the legal reasons to send them home.


U.S. approves anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan amid North Korea threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea, a State Department official said on Tuesday.


U.S. approves anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan amid N.Korea threat

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

Miller, Arthur

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive

After a discreet tug-of-war with the playwright’s estate and Yale, the University of Texas has acquired the papers, including an “Aladdin’s cave” of unpublished material.

Arpaio, Joseph M

Editorial Observer: Joe Arpaio’s Latest Offense — Running for Senate

On a day of hope for a breakthrough on immigration, the race-baiting ex-sheriff pardoned by the president makes a pathetic plea for attention.

Culture (Arts)

Unveiling Performance Space New York

Performance Space 122 has a new name and renovated digs. Jenny Schlenzka, its director, envisions a “vital center for community.”

AT&T Inc

AT&T Drops Huawei’s New Smartphone Amid Security Worries

The telecommunications giant canceled a deal to sell the Mate 10 after U.S. lawmakers expressed misgivings about what they said were Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.


Chinese court jails two for life over $2.4 billion pyramid scheme

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced two people to life imprisonment for fraud in a 15.6 billion-yuan ($2.39 billion) pyramid scheme that sucked in more than 200,000 people.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Unrest Shows the Iran Nuclear Deal’s Value, Not Its Danger

By raising expectations for a better life, the accord made Iranians less tolerant. Pulling out now would empower regressive forces.

Editorial: Europe Listens Anxiously as Germans Talk

The world is in urgent need of strong leadership from Berlin, so Angela Merkel needs to form a government quickly.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children

Health coverage for nine million kids is still at risk as congressional leaders refuse to reauthorize CHIP.


Intel to form new cybersecurity group amid chip flaw: report

(Reuters) - Intel Corp will create a new internal cybersecurity group in the wake of recently disclosed flaws in its microchips, the Oregonian newspaper reported on Monday, citing a memo sent to company employees.


Intel to form new cybersecurity group amid chip flaw - report

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Intel Corp will create a new internal cybersecurity group in the wake of recently disclosed flaws in its microchips, the Oregonian newspaper reported on Monday, citing a memo sent to company employees.


A Mega-Dealer Expands: David Zwirner Plans a New Art Gallery

Though he is bound to be criticized for becoming too corporate, Mr. Zwirner argues that a gallery needs to be ambitious for its artists.

Analysis: Oprah knew exactly what she was doing Sunday night

Two hours before Oprah Winfrey took the Golden Globes stage Sunday night to accept the Cecil B. DeMille award, Globes host Seth Meyers set the tone for the evening.

Texas Rex stands his ground in the face of chaos

If President Donald Trump really wants Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave, he'll have to tell him to go.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Editorial: Jeff Sessions’s Endless War on Marijuana

The attorney general’s new, more aggressive guidance will add legal confusion to an issue that many states are managing just fine on their own.


Editorial: New York Leaders Are Failing Its Subway Riders

As construction companies and labor unions drove up costs, watchdogs — including governors and lawmakers — have done too little to stop it.


Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security

CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Mines, Explosive

Editorial: Why Do Land Mines Still Kill So Many?

Because some of the world’s biggest military powers — including the U.S. — refuse to sign treaties that would ban these vicious weapons.


VW U.S. sales chief quits amid falling deliveries

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior U.S. sales manager has quit Volkswagen's North America operations just as the carmaker's deliveries in the world's second-largest auto market fall steeply.


UPDATE 1-VW U.S. sales chief quits amid falling deliveries

BERLIN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. sales manager has quit Volkswagen's North America operations just as the carmaker's deliveries in the world's second-largest auto market fall steeply.


VW U.S. sales chief quits amid falling deliveries: Automotive News

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior U.S. sales manager has quit Volkswagen's North America operations, Automotive News reported, just as the carmaker's deliveries in the world's second-largest auto market fall steeply.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Pakistan, the Endlessly Troublesome Ally

The country has played a double game, accepting American funding while backing militants who protect Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and Kashmir.


Fire-Breathing Robots Bring Anarchy to a Chelsea Art Gallery

Mark Pauline, a.k.a. Survival Research Laboratories, has resisted the commercial side of the art world for years. Now he has work for sale in Chelsea.

United States Politics and Government

Amid Calls from Trump, F.B.I. Renews Questions Over Clinton Foundation

Career prosecutors shut down the case in 2016 over lack of evidence. The new interest comes as Mr. Trump has taken the highly unusual step of calling for investigations into political rivals.


Big designers step off London men's catwalk amid digital disruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Models will strut their stuff on catwalks when London's menswear fashion week gets under way on Saturday, but absent will be some big industry names who have chosen to skip the event, or make digital presentations in place of runway shows.

Mitchell, Arthur

Arthur Mitchell, Ballet’s ‘Grandfather of Diversity’

Mr. Mitchell, who at 83 still exudes grandness, is the subject of an exhibition at the Wallach gallery at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts.


The Struggling Artist at 86

Harry Bertschmann started his art career exhibiting alongside Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. For the next 60 years, he painted in almost total obscurity. Now he wants to get discovered.

United States Politics and Government

U.S. to Start Korean Trade Talks Amid Rising Tensions

The renegotiation of the agreement between the United States and South Korea comes at a critical time, as North Korea seeks to drive a wedge between the allies.

Editorial: Israel Digs a Grave for the Two-State Solution

Hard-liners, encouraged by Mr. Trump, and by Mr. Netanyahu’s political weakness, push for annexation of settlements and obstruct any land-for-peace deal.


Hong Kong legal chief steps down early amid judicial turbulence

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's legal chief, whose watch was marked by instances of perceived interference by China in the city's rule of law, stepped down on Friday, more than four years before the end of his term.


Toronto Theater Director Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Albert Schultz has left his post as artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theater Company after four women accused him of improper behavior.


Editorial: Making Art Lovers Pay

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping its “suggested” admission for out-of-staters, in favor of a mandatory set of fees.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission Is Dead, but the Myths Aren’t

Celebrate the demise of the transparent sham, but don’t be fooled into thinking the conspiracists are going away.

Housing and Urban Development Department

Trump Administration Postpones an Obama Fair-Housing Rule

HUD will delay rollout of a measure requiring communities to analyze how their policies might be fostering racial and economic inequality.

Analysis: Trump's chaos presidency hits frightening level

Jeb Bush was right.


Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?

Christoph Büchel, the artist provocateur, proposes protecting the border wall prototypes as a national monument because they “talk so much about our history.”


Neurontin prescriptions surge amid opioid crisis

(Reuters Health) - - Prescriptions for nerve pain medicines like Neurontin and Lyrica have more than tripled in recent years, driven by increased use among chronically ill older adults and patients already taking opioids, a U.S. study suggests.


Metropolitan Museum to charge fixed admission fee for non-New Yorkers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most popular museums, will start charging a fixed admission fee for out-of-state visitors rather than urge they pay a suggested donation, museum officials announced on Thursday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met Changes 50-Year Admissions Policy: Non-New Yorkers Must Pay

With a decline in visitors paying the “suggested” full admission price, the museum is looking for ways to regain revenue.

Opinion: Trump chaos leaves world with room to breathe

As the extraordinary vanities and profanities of the drama of President Donald Trump's inner circle combusting continue to crackle, those of us around the rest of the world can take comfort in one thing: at least he is busy.


Critic’s Notebook: Inspired by Harriet Tubman, an Artist Takes Glass to Extremes

Joyce J. Scott explores the terrain between craft and art in her glass-beaded series focusing on racism and violence.


Trump threatens ex-ally Bannon with legal action amid book fallout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump threatened former chief strategist Steve Bannon with legal action over "defamatory" statements about Trump's son and son-in-law over a meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.


Oil at highest since mid-2015 amid Iran tensions, tighter market

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Thursday hit their highest in more than two and a half years, touching levels not seen since before a slump in commodity markets in 2014/15, boosted by tensions in key producer Iran and by ongoing OPEC-led output cuts.

Kasich: Chaos and disruption circling WH

Ohio Governor John Kasich tells CNN's Jake Tapper that the drama within the Trump administration threatens to further polarize the country and cause President Trump to lose support on Capitol Hill.

CBS News fires political director amid allegations of 'inappropriate behavior'


Former mayor, son killed in central Mexico amid murder spike

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former mayor and his son were killed on Wednesday in central Mexico, adding to an uptick in murders of politicians ahead of national elections later this year.


Indian or not? Muslims fret amid drive against illegal immigrants

FOFONGA, India (Reuters) - Marzina Bibi, a Muslim woman living in India's northeastern state of Assam, is petrified she will be declared stateless.

Olympic Games (2018)

Editorial: Koreans Turn Down the Volume

Like an adult trying to converse while a child is having a tantrum, South Korea tries to resume engagement with the North as Mr. Trump tweets.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

Editorial: Can States Fix the G.O.P. Tax Law?

With the Republican law seeming to target Democratic states for pain, governors are trying to avoid the damage.


Show Us Your Wall: See the Art That Tavi Gevinson Collects

The blogger-turned-actress lives in Brooklyn and is drawn to artwork about young women.


Asia shares eye all-time top amid global growth cheer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian stocks struck a decade peak on Wednesday as risk appetites were whetted by a bevy of upbeat manufacturing surveys that confirmed a synchronized upturn in world growth was well under way.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares eye all-time top amid global growth cheer

SYDNEY, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Asian stocks struck a decade peak on Wednesday as risk appetites were whetted by a bevy of upbeat manufacturing surveys that confirmed a synchronised upturn in world growth was well under way.


In Hollywood, Another Sign of Women Punching Back

The artwork “Champ,” a white neon outline of a uterus with fiberglass boxing gloves, is to go on display there on Feb. 27.

de Blasio, Bill

Editorial: ‘A New Progressive Era’ in New York City

As he starts his second term, Mayor Bill de Blasio sets aside Clinton centrism in favor of Sanders-style progressivism.

Artificial Intelligence

Op-Ed Contributor: A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty

Conventional wisdom says artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs. But it can also improve education and employment.


Review: The Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’ Overcomes Months of Chaos

The stakes were high and the cancellations many. What the Met delivered was fine singing in a traditional-looking, scrupulously inoffensive production.

Death toll rises in Iran amid anti-government protests

Two people were shot dead in demonstrations in Iran on Sunday evening, bringing the death toll to four in the biggest wave of unrest that the country has seen since 2009.


UPDATE 1-Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

* Anger over corruption, hardships fuels protests -demonstrators


The Hunt for ‘Fire Cats’ Amid Northern California Ashes

In a neighborhood razed by fire, a woman is tracking and trapping house cats that fled in October and still elude their owners.


Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

DUBAI, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Two people were shot dead in protests in Iran bringing to four the number of fatalities in the country's most serious unrest since 2009 and messages on social media called for more anti-government demonstrations on Monday.

Republican Party

Op-Ed Columnist: 7 Wishes for 2018

2017 was one of the darker years in modern American history. Here’s hoping for the beginnings of a turning point.

Capital Punishment

Editorial: Capital Punishment Deserves a Quick Death

It’s time for the Supreme Court to end state-sanctioned killing for good.

Artificial Intelligence

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

Artificial intelligence is making it possible for Street Views to be mined for insights about the economy, politics and human behavior — just as text mining has done for years.


The Acrobatic Artwork That Pretty Much Sums Up 2017

“Mechanics of History” features a circular staircase, a trampoline and entitled men, persistent and ever ascending.

Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa)

In Congo, 3 Killed and Altar Boys Arrested Amid Crackdown on Protests

Churches had planned a “peaceful march” to protest President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to leave office, but security forces fired tear gas at churches and set up checkpoints in the capital.

Federal Taxes (US)

Editorial: Don’t Cheer as the I.R.S. Grows Weaker

A complex new tax code is enacted as its enforcement agency, with a decimated staff and a shrinking budget, struggles to do its job.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)

Would You Play Ball at Fukushima?

Local officials and residents hope sports teams and the 2020 Olympics change how the world sees the area at the center of 2011’s deadly tsunami and radiation leak.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Vows: Of All the Blogs in the World, He Walks Into Mine

Adam Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga floated in the same social media circles until online intrigue led to a 1 a.m. pizza date.


Sunday Routine: How Carter Cleveland, of Artsy, Spends His Sundays

The entrepreneur sleeps in, goes to yoga, sits under a tree, steams, and always has dinner with his family on the Upper West Side, where he grew up.

Weddings and Engagements

Vows: A Wedding Amid Strand’s Rare Books

Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga were married in the rare books room at the Strand Bookstore in New York. Their wedding day, Dec. 1, was the five-year anniversary of their relationship. Glimpse their wedding in 360 video.

Professor resigns amid threats over tweets

A Drexel University professor who received death threats after posting several controversial tweets said Thursday he is resigning because the year-long harassment has made his situation "unsustainable."


The Materials Man of the Emirates

Hassan Sharif shaped the art scene in the UAE from its street trash. “But his art insists that nothing is wasted if you make waste your creative source.”


Art Review: MoMA Upends Its Collection to Celebrate Late Careers

The Museum of Modern Art proves that creativity is not just a young person’s game, stocking its fourth-floor galleries with works made by artists 45 and older.

Bitcoin (Currency)

South Korea Clamps Down on Bitcoin Trading Amid Market Frenzy

In one of the biggest hubs for virtual currencies, the government said it would no longer let people buy or sell Bitcoin or its rivals anonymously.

Editorial: E.U. Reminds Poland How a Democracy Acts

By moving to control the judiciary, the Polish governing party earned a rebuke and the threat of losing voting rights in the union.

Editorial: France Fails to Face Up to Racism

The Macron government caves in and calls for the ouster of a critic of police brutality.

Search and Seizure

Editorial: Reforms Rein In Police Harassment; Now More Is Needed

Stop-and-frisk has been drastically reduced, but officers still need to be more accountable.


Disneyland in California hit by power outage amid holiday rush

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's "Disneyland" in California was hit by a power outage on Wednesday, disrupting several popular rides during one of the busiest weeks of the year.


UPDATE 2-Disneyland in California hit by power outage amid holiday rush

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's "Disneyland" in California was hit by a power outage on Wednesday, disrupting several popular rides during one of the busiest weeks of the year.


Tech We’re Using: A World of Deal Making, Gleaned With an iPhone X

Michael de la Merced, a DealBook reporter in London, discussed his favorite tech tool — an iPhone X — and British norms for using the gadget socially.


Art Review: From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year

“Fictions,” the latest of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s regular surveys of black and Latino artists, highlights personal narratives and social justice.


Haiti's ex-prime minister banned from travel amid corruption probe

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian authorities said on Tuesday a former prime minister and top official have been banned from leaving the country as prosecutors lead a corruption probe in which 12 people, including government officials, have been arrested.


EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican and Argentine currencies fall amid index gains

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO/MEXICO CITY, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso on Tuesday slid to its weakest level in almost 10 months due to ongoing concerns over inflation and the potential impact of new U.S. corporate tax cuts. The Argentine peso also weakened on Tuesday, reaching an all-time low due to seasonal demand for U.S. dollars. Shares, however, hit a record high after Argentina's Congress approved key business-friendly legislation. The Brazilian rea

Gardner, Isabella Stewart, Museum

Clock Is Ticking on $10 Million Reward in Gardner Art Heist

Until 2018 begins, a $10 million reward remains on the table for information leading to the return of art stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston.

Chinese firm is cloning a gene-edited dog amid ethical fears

With his black, brown and white fur, Longlong looks like most beagles. But the puppy has been sick with a blood-clotting disorder since birth — exactly what scientists in China had wanted.


Britain escorts Russian ship near national waters amid strained relations

LONDON (Reuters) - A British ship escorted a Russian vessel as it passed near UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain's defense ministry said on Tuesday, adding that Russian naval activity near Britain had increased in the holiday period.

Editorial: Where the Real Power Lies in Pakistan

Hopes for civilian leadership fade as the army uses the threat of terrorism to assert dominance.


Editorials: Santa’s Manhattan Homes

... including the house where Virginia wrote the letter that inspired what is ranked as America’s most “unforgettable” editorial.


Op-Art: 2017, With All the Trimmings

Twelve illustrators sum up their year in the form of an ornament.


Israel frees three Turks arrested amid Jerusalem unrest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli court on Saturday freed without charge three Turks who had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting police outside a Jerusalem holy site contested by Jews and Muslims, a police spokesman said.

News and News Media

Editorial: Free Detained Journalists in Myanmar

When it comes to press freedom, Myanmar’s new democracy is little different from its old military dictatorship.


Editorial: For Russian Artists in 1917, Art Was the Thing, Not Revolution

Amid suffering and chaos, painters of every leaning largely continued doing what they had been doing, whether to mark time or to provide escape.


A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends

Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.


Israel says arrested three Turks in Jerusalem amid unrest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli authorities have arrested three Turkish tourists in Jerusalem over an incident that followed Muslim prayers at a flashpoint holy site, a police spokesman said on Saturday.


Rio ballerinas struggle amid Brazil's financial crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's opulent Municipal Theatre has gone quiet this year as months of unpaid wages emptied its calendar of major works and pushed many ballerinas and opera singers into poverty.

Culture (Arts)

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2017

Artists who died this year left behind gripping scenes, profound turns of phrase, unforgettable melodies and plenty of laughter. We pay tribute to a few of the most notable — through their own words.


Jojo Is the Artist of Choice Among N.B.A. Stars

Joseph Anavim, a Long Island native, has made pop-art paintings for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and many others.


Cathay pilots favor raising funds as buffer amid anger over bonuses

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Pilots at Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd voted in favor of raising funds as a buffer against any actions the Hong Kong airline may take against them, such as unilateral benefit changes or job losses, their union said on Friday.

Waiters and Waitresses

Editorial: The Trump Administration to Restaurants: Take the Tips!

A proposed Labor Department rule would leave the door open to owners keeping tips for themselves, and could alienate customers.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: Forget the Strategy Paper. Watch What He Does.

President Trump’s first security strategy statement says many of the right things, but the administration’s actions tell a different story.


Art Review: 5 Great Art Exhibitions to See in New York Before They Close

Here are some notable shows that may have escaped your notice and will all close after New Year’s (with one gallery exhibition that ends sooner).

Artificial Sweeteners

For Sore Throat, Xylitol and Probiotics Offer No Benefits Over Placebo

Researchers could find no difference in pain or swallowing problems between those chewing xylitol-sweetened gum, taking probiotics or using a placebo.


Art Review: Remaking Ancient Greece, With Paints or Pixels

Elizabeth Price, a Turner Prize winner, pairs art and archaeology in her digital videos.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)

Editorial: Congress Refuses to Do Right by Children’s Health Care

The Children’s Health Insurance Program is in limbo while Republicans rejoice at a tax cut of more than $1 trillion for the rich.


Chuck Close Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Several women complained that the celebrated artist, known for his outsize portraits, asked them to pose naked and made inappropriate sexual comments.


Tolkien Christmas letters to his children to go on show

LONDON (Reuters) - A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.

Artificial Intelligence

Even Imperfect Algorithms Can Improve the Criminal Justice System

A way to combat the capricious and biased nature of human decisions.


China surveillance streaming platform shut down amid privacy concerns

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360 has shut down a controversial livestreaming platform that allowed people to stream footage online from surveillance cameras in locations such as classrooms and restaurants to grocery stores.


Phys Ed: Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Excessive sitting was linked to higher levels of troponins, the same proteins released after a heart attack.


A cross to bare: tattoos and tradition in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A small shop in the heart of Jerusalem's walled Old City offers Christian pilgrims indelible memories of their visit to the holy city: tattoos with religious designs unchanged for centuries.

Social Media

Ta-Nehisi Coates Deletes Twitter Account Amid Feud With Cornel West

Mr. West, a fierce critic of President Obama from the left, called Mr. Coates “the neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle.” Twitter wasn’t happy.


France pulls Marquis de Sade erotic novel from auction

PARIS (Reuters) - The auction of one of the world's earliest and most sordid erotic novels -- the Marquis de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom" -- has been halted after the French state declared it a national treasure and said it could not be sold to a foreign buyer.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Tenet explores sale of Conifer unit amid investor pressure

Dec 19 (Reuters) - Tenet Healthcare Corp said on Tuesday it would explore a sale of its Conifer unit and cut $100 million more in costs, the latest measures to jolt its business amid mounting pressure from its largest shareholder.


EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil's Bovespa down amid continued fiscal fears

SAO PAULO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's Bovespa equities index led losses among Latin American markets on Tuesday amid ongoing concerns over the nation's fiscal health after a court struck down a measure intended to control government spending. On Monday, Brazil's Supreme Court suspended the effects of a decree by President Michel Temer, which would have put off adjustments to the salaries of federal workers for a year. That came as Brazil's Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles begins talk


At least 65 media workers killed doing their jobs in 2017: Reporters Without Borders

BERLIN (Reuters) - At least 65 media workers around the world have been killed doing their jobs this year, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday.


UPDATE 1-AWE raises reserves estimate at flagship gas field amid takeover offers

Dec 19 (Reuters) - Australian gas producer AWE Ltd raised the reserves estimate on its flagship Waitsia gas field, and said further upgrades were likely, raising the stakes for two suitors vying to take over the company.

Federal Taxes (US)

Editorial: Tax Bill Lets Trump and Republicans Feather Their Own Nests

A 20 percent deduction on real estate income would help the president and a senator whose vote is crucial for passage.


From the Fringes of Art Basel Miami Beach

A photographer’s look behind the shiny facade of an art extravaganza.


What’s in a Rick Owens Retrospective? Whatever He Wants

The designer’s exhibition in Milan, which opens Dec. 15, includes his fashion designs but also a sculptural intrusion — globular, coiled, ominous.


U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry

(Reuters) - Alex Kozinski, a U.S. federal appeals court judge based in San Francisco, resigned on Monday after the court's chief judge initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations, Kozinski said in a statement.


U.S. appeals judge steps down amid harassment inquiry: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals judge based in San Francisco is retiring immediately following an inquiry by the court's chief judge over sexual harassment allegations, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

See world's busiest airport in chaos

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport went dark for nearly 11 hours on Sunday, leaving thousands in dark terminals and sitting on planes.


Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown Is Reportedly Freed on Bail

Hua Yong had recorded the city’s campaign to expel migrant workers in short videos and said in one of his last clips that his arrest was imminent.


Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; China in focus

SYDNEY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while Chinese stocks were soggy after the country's central bank raised interest rates.


Panthers owner to sell team amid misconduct allegations

(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced on Sunday he will sell the team, hours after the National Football League said it had taken over an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by the owner.


Jerry Richardson Will Sell Carolina Panthers Amid Misconduct Allegations

In a statement that made no reference to the accusations he faces, Richardson said he would sell the team after this season.


Asian shares rise amid U.S. tax cut hopes; pound struggles

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares inched up on Monday, tracking Wall Street, which hit record highs on expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill, while the British pound hovered near 3-week lows amid Brexit talks.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise amid US tax cut hopes; pound struggles

* Australian shares up 0.1 pct, Japan's Nikkei climbs 0.8 pct

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Editorial: The Spiraling Diaspora From Puerto Rico

“Yo no me quito” — “I’m not quitting” — some still vow, but many are fleeing in desperation.


Editorial: A Way to Help Refugees From Puerto Rico

A group supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund helps those who fled the devastation to start a new life in New York.

Frauds and Swindling

Editorial: Will New York Cut Off the Fuel for Corruption?

The City Council has hesitated to give a regulator the power that let it crack down mob garbage haulers.


After Moving Into the Neighborhood, a Store Walls Off ‘Spirit of Harlem’

When Footaction, a sneaker chain, moved into a corner storefront, it covered up a glass mosaic. Word of the mural’s absence spread quickly.


Congressman will not seek relection amid misconduct probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

Federal Taxes (US)

Editorial: The Tax Bill That Inequality Created

The tax bill is a consequence of a fraction of the population taking control of the nation’s wealth and, with it, the nation’s political power.

Republican Party

Letters: The Republican Party in the Age of Trump

Readers respond to articles asserting that the party “is rotting” and “broke Congress.”

Female candidate drops out of race amid sexual harassment allegations

Democrat Andrea Ramsey announced Friday morning she was dropping out of the race to fill a competitive House of Representatives seat in Kansas amid news of a 2005 lawsuit that accused her of sexual harassment.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

The president is showing how to take a vexing problem and make it harder.


Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor

Beth Rudin DeWoody opens a space for her vast collection of provocative contemporary art in West Palm Beach.


Mexico's Senate picks new electoral prosecutor amid graft spat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate on Friday named the country's new top prosecutor for election-related crimes, after the official previously in the post was fired amid a graft scandal involving a close former aide of President Enrique Pena Nieto.


CSX CEO Hunter Harrison takes medical leave amid rail overhaul

(Reuters) - CSX Corp said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison was taking medical leave, an announcement that comes amid of a controversial turnaround plan at the No. 3 U.S. railroad that has drawn customer criticism and scrutiny from regulators. The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Harrison, 73, was taking a leave of absence due to unexpected complications from a recent unspecified illness.


Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

This German filmmaker, writer and philosopher has been named the most influential person in the art world by a British magazine. But she sees value in even the poorest image.


Some Canada firms could move to U.S. amid NAFTA worries: survey

OTTAWA (Reuters) - More a quarter of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation's export credit agency said on Friday.


UPDATE 1-Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct.