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Saturday, March 2, 2013


Store owners say sales of some salty and sugary foods are down, but youths are still eating similar snacks, some with less salt or with cheaper ingredients, and drinking sugary beverages.
Akos Stiller for The New York Times

Store owners say sales of some salty and sugary foods are down, but youths are still eating similar snacks, some with less salt or with cheaper ingredients, and drinking sugary beverages.

In a trend seen across Europe, Hungary has imposed taxes on salt, sugar and the ingredients in energy drinks, hoping to raise revenues and force healthier eating habits.

Kerry Is Hoping to Nudge Egypt Toward Reforms

John Kerry made his first trip to an Arab capital as secretary of state on Saturday, hoping to prod Egyptian politicians to show a measure of political peace and a commitment to economic change.

Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns

Northern China has suffered from a drought for decades, and is grappling with how industrial companies, a mainstay of the economy, should operate along rivers.

In Benedict’s Resignation, the Potential to Place Limits on Future Popes

Vatican experts and some church leaders said Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to quit could set limits for future popes and make them more subject to pressure from critics.

Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran

The presence of 10 Chinese heat-seeking missiles in an arms cache seized by American and Yemeni officials sets off concerns about further regional instability.

Russians Renew Fury After Death of Adopted Boy in Texas Is Ruled Accidental

Texas officials said that so far they had found no reason to file criminal charges against the adoptive mother of a Russian boy.

Riots to Protest Death Sentence Enter 3rd Day in Bangladesh

Demonstrators protesting the death penalty given to an Islamic political party leader clashed with Bangladeshi security on Saturday, killing two people and injuring about a dozen, the police said.

Two Afghan Boys Accidentally Killed by NATO Helicopter

Two boys out collecting firewood with their donkeys were killed by weapons fired from a NATO helicopter, Afghan and American military officials announced on Saturday.

Israeli Premier Gets Extension to Form a Coalition but Faces Turmoil

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel received a two-week extension to form a governing coalition, a situation complicated by an unexpected alliance of two rising political stars.

Philippine Leader Calls for Surrender of Group in Malaysia

President Benigno S. Aquino III made the plea a day after the group lost several members in a violent clash with Malaysian police officers.

Way to Reach Kim Jong-un? Follow the Ball

Dennis Rodman and his traveling companions are now the only Americans known to have met the North Korean leader since he took power more than a year ago.

The Price of Ivory

From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China

Trade in elephant tusks continues to thrive in China, even as conservation groups call on Beijing to do more to crack down on the slaughter of African elephants.

In Nigeria’s Largest City, Homeless Are Paying the Price of Progress

As Lagos tries to raise its business profile, the city’s poor feel they have become the government’s enemy, a feeling deepened by the dismantling of a slum last week.

Soldier to Face More Serious Charges in Leak

Despite a guilty plea, military prosecutors decided to proceed with a court-martial that could result in a sentence of life without parole for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Kerry Comes to Turkey With Rebuke of Its Leader Over Zionism Remark

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made “objectionable” remarks when he cast Zionism as a crime against humanity in comments at a United Nations meeting.

Divided Chinese See a Live TV Program About Executions as Crass, or Cathartic

A live television show on China’s national broadcaster on Friday displayed four foreign drug traffickers, convicted of murder, being led to their executions.

The Saturday Profile

Syrian Rebel Leader Deals With Ties to Other Side

When Salim Idris defected in July 2012, he was a brigadier in the Syrian Army. Now he is chief of staff for the rebel forces.

Stinging Electoral Defeat for British Conservatives as Right-Wing Party Makes Gains

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives took a beating Friday with a by-election result that showed surging support for the United Kingdom Independence Party, a right-wing group.

From the Magazine

The Magical Realism of Norwegian Nights

How the Arctic light delineates the world.

From Sunday Review
News Analysis

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

The Germans had vastly more work camps and ghettos than anyone knew.

The 115 Men Who Will Choose the Next Pope

Cardinal electors from every region of the world will gather to choose the man to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. See how they add up.

A Papal Farewell

Pope Benedict XVI spends his final day as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Succeeding the Castros

A relative newcomer takes on the toughest job in Cuba.

Refugee Influx Threatens Balance in Lebanon

Many in Lebanon worry that the influx of up to 400,000 Syrian refugees, who are mostly Sunni, may disrupt the delicate balance in the country. Lebanon fought its own sectarian civil war from 1975 to 1990.

Watching Syria's War
Frightened Woman Praises Rebels

In a video, a young woman who was captured by rebels confesses to being a prostitute sent by the government.

Lens Blog
Land and Loss in Colombia

A farmer without land is not a farmer, one landless peasant told Gustav Arvidsson, who has been documenting the plight of Colombians forced off their land through bureaucracy, chicanery and force.

Letters From International herald Tribune

Observing the Vatican From Within

When Benedict XVI announced his retirement as pope of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the people not taken by surprise was Giovanni Maria Vian, the scholarly editor of L'Osservatore Romano.


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