International: News and Reviews from The New York Times


Here is the latest International News from The International New York Times.

A Night (and Many Days) Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera
To capture the work that goes into an opera’s elaborate staging, James Estrin, a Times photographer, observed weeks of rehearsals for the Met’s “Roberto Devereux.”

Simmering for Decades, Anger About Trade Boils Over in ’16 Election
Bashing trade deals has proved a winning strategy for Donald Trump, but economists mostly agree they have benefited American households significantly.

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Dilma Rousseff Loses Support From Key Part of Brazilian Coalition
The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party’s leaders voted to split from the president’s party, a move that could increase the likelihood of her being impeached.

Patrolling Disputed Waters, U.S. and China Jockey for Dominance
As tensions rise over control of the South China Sea, naval crews can find themselves swapping intense messages — while chatting about the weather.

First Draft: Donald Trump, Revoking a Vow, Says He Won’t Support Another G.O.P. Nominee
Asked at a forum hosted by CNN if he still pledged to support the nominee if someone else wins, Donald J. Trump said, “No, I don’t anymore,” and added he had not been treated fairly.

Hijacking Suspect Says He Acted Out of Desperation
In a court appearance, Seif Eldin Mustafa faced numerous charges in connection with the EgyptAir flight that was diverted to Cyprus.

Images of Belgian Premier’s Office Found on Laptop Linked to Brussels Attacks
The computer, discarded after the assaults, also had precise data about the prime minister’s residence, which is steps away from the American Embassy.

Mapping a Genetic Strategy to Fight the Zika Virus
A quest to create a state-of-the-art map of the Aedes aegypti mosquito’s genome involves scientists from assorted disciplines who rarely collaborate.

President Htin Kyaw Requests Patience as Myanmar Moves Toward Democracy
The new government will push for national reconciliation and an end to military conflicts with ethnic groups, he said.

U.N. Urges Countries to Take in 480,000 Syrian Refugees
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, opening a conference in Geneva, called for “an exponential increase in global solidarity” over the next three years.

Foxconn to Buy Majority Stake in Sharp for $3.5 Billion
The deal, announced after weeks of negotiations, would be the largest takeover of a Japanese electronics maker by a foreign buyer.

Memo From Moscow: Russia Shows What Happens When Terrorists’ Families Are Targeted
Donald J. Trump was widely condemned when he called for the United States to “take out the families” of terrorists. But Russia has been doing that for years.

An Indian Spice Mix, Sambhar Masala, for All Seasons
Cooking teacher Raghavan Iyer has created a simple spice mix to bring the flavors of Indian cuisine to American cooks.

Anonymous Call for Xi to Quit Rattles Party Leaders in China
A far-reaching investigation into the origin of the letter, which first appeared on the Internet, has drawn more attention than the document itself.

Apple’s New Challenge: Learning How the U.S. Cracked Its iPhone
The company lacks information on the method used to break into the iPhone of a gunman in San Bernardino, Calif.

United States 4, Guatemala 0: United States Rolls in World Cup Qualifier
Clint Dempsey’s early goal ignites the rout and helps quiet criticism of Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Nuclear Materials Remain Vulnerable to Theft, Despite U.S.-Led Effort
As President Obama gathers leaders for his last Nuclear Security Summit, tons of materials that terrorists could use to make small nuclear devices or dirty bombs remain vulnerable to theft.

Economic Scene: Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs
There is a good case to be made that without Nafta, there might not be much left of Detroit at all. A wall of tariffs against Mexico would probably do more harm than good.

Feature: The Fall of China’s Hedge-Fund King
Xu Xiang was a legend in the country’s booming stock market — until the bubble he helped to create took him down with it.

Beijing Seeks to Tighten Reins on Websites in China
A draft law posted by a technology regulator said sites in the country would have to register domain names with local service providers.

India Lets Pakistani Team Examine Site of January Attack by Militants
At least six militants infiltrated an air base, digging themselves in and engaging in a dayslong gun battle with India’s security forces before they were killed.

Unions Win Fee Victory as Supreme Court Ties 4-4
When the California teachers case was argued, Justice Antonin Scalia was still alive, and the court appeared ready to hand public unions a setback.

First Draft: Gov. Scott Walker, a Week Before Wisconsin Votes, Endorses Ted Cruz
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a week ahead of his state’s primary, threw his support behind Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, praising the Texas senator’s tax plan and foreign policy views and calling him a principled conservative who has shown a willingness to take on Washington.

News Analysis: Obama Faces a Tough Balancing Act Over South China Sea
Relations between Beijing and Washington are at their lowest point in 15 years, buffeted by China’s territorial claims over the strategic waterway.

Corey Lewandowski, Campaign Manager for Donald Trump, Is Charged With Battery
Mr. Lewandowski, who runs Mr. Trump’s campaign, was said to have yanked the arm of a reporter after the candidate spoke in Florida on March 8.

Montenegro Expels Foreigners Linked With Japanese Cult
After raids, the government expelled 58 people suspected of being associated with Aum Shinrikyo, the group that staged a nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subway in 1995.

Patty Duke, Child Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 69
Ms. Duke came to wide public notice when she starred as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.”

Lens Blog: A Family’s Loss, Mexico’s Tragedy
With quiet, haunting images, Yael Martínez has explored how Mexico’s drug-fueled violence has shattered his family’s emotional and psychological well-being.

Children Pay ‘Highest Price’ as Yemen Falls Apart, U.N. Says
The conflict and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Middle Eastern country put it at risk of becoming a failed state, Unicef reported.

Why Airline Hijackings Became Relatively Rare
A more aggressive global response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is one reason that fewer hijackers have attempted what was once relatively commonplace.

Vietnam’s Battle With Tuberculosis
A country’s stunning progress against tuberculosis may be threatened by reduced support for a health care system stretched thin.

An Appraisal: Taking Big Bites of Jim Harrison’s Voracious Life
Mr. Harrison’s hungers and how he satisfied them spill out in his prose and poetry.

News Analysis: $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried
The move to raise the statewide minimum wage would make California a guinea pig in a bold economic experiment.

The Artist Behind the Three-Eyed Fish and Selfie Rat, and Other Hoaxes
The artist known as Zardulu is credited with several elaborately staged videos, including the Three-Eyed Gowanus Canal Catfish, and cites a love of myth as one of her inspirations.

Long Before Brussels, ISIS Sent Terror Operatives to Europe
Two years before the Paris and Brussels assaults, a special branch of the group was churning out smaller attacks that the authorities repeatedly discounted as isolated or random acts.

With the New York Presidential Primary, the Circus Is Coming Home
On April 19, where else would you see a New Yorker go up against a New Yorker for the right to go up against, very possibly, a New Yorker?

Tough Re-election for G.O.P. Moderate Is Getting Tougher
On some issues, lawmakers like Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who is fighting for re-election, have distanced themselves from the far right.

European Soccer Clubs Use Bullying to Pressure Players on Pay
A Polish player is challenging a practice known as training alone, soccer’s version of solitary confinement, in which a player is forced to accept an employer’s demands or endure a punitive regimen.

In Apple Debate on Digital Privacy and the iPhone, Questions Still Remain
It is unclear what will happen the next time the government tries to force Apple to break into one of its own phones.

Officials Say Egyptian Plane Hijacked, Lands in Cyprus
Egypt’s civil aviation authority says an EgyptAir plane has been hijacked while flying from the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo.

Indonesian Sailors Said to Be Kidnapped by Pirates in Philippines
Hijackers, claiming to represent an Islamist militant group, seized a tugboat and barge and are demanding a ransom for its crew, Indonesia said on Tuesday.

EgyptAir Flight Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus
Flight 181 was en route to Cairo from Alexandria, Egypt, when it was hijacked, but most of the passengers have been released.

Egyptair Aircraft Hijacked, Lands in Cyprus-Cyprus Radio
An Egyptair domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked on Tuesday and landed in Cyprus, state radio said.

Saburi Departs a City of Restaurants, Taking a Japanese Cuisine With It
A restaurant in Kips Bay, Manhattan, is considered the only establishment in New York to serve Japanese-style Chinese food. It is closing this week, to a small chorus of laments.

How the G.O.P. Elite Lost Its Voters to Donald Trump
The party establishment abandoned its most faithful voters, blue-collar workers who faced economic pain while donors, lawmakers and lobbyists prospered.

James McBride’s ‘Kill ’Em and Leave’
A look at the life and legacy of James Brown reveals that behind the persona was a lonely, inscrutable man.

Tech Fix: Oculus Rift Review: A Clunky Portal to a Promising Virtual Reality
The headset from Facebook’s company is pricey. Setup is clunky, use is taxing and content could use more inspiration. But the technology transports.

A Harder Look at Female Scouts Shows More in the Job Than Thought
When Edith Houghton died in 2013, it was reported that she might have been the last woman to work as a scout. She wasn’t.

U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple
The Justice Department announcement, in a court filing, ends an immediate legal battle over the San Bernardino shooting case but raises questions about Apple’s security.

Donald Trump’s Success Upends Battle for Control of Congress
Republican lawmakers are trying to distance themselves from Mr. Trump, while Democrats seize on the chance to run against a candidate who has offended huge sections of the electorate.

If All Else Fails, 3D Models and Robots Might Rebuild Sites
Cultural organizations have been working to create precise 3D digital models of the threatened heritage monuments in Palmyra, Syria, in case the originals are damaged beyond repair.

After Decades of Isolation, Artist Has a Solo Show
The sculptor Arthur Kern has been working in isolation for decades. Now he has his first solo show since the 1970s.

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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data
As Apple battles the F.B.I. over “unlocking” an iPhone, European governments are pushing for greater access to people’s digital lives.

3 Charged With Terrorist Activities in Belgium; Death Toll Rises to 35
The men were arrested in raids on Sunday in and around Brussels, although it was not clear if they were tied to the attacks last week.

Israel Changes Tack Over Ambassador After Standoff With Brazil
Plans to name a former settler leader as envoy to the South American nation were dropped after Brasília refused to approve the appointment.

Pakistan in Mourning as Toll From Lahore Suicide Bombing Rises
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in the city in a show of solidarity, after a faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues
The question of what turns people toward violence — and whether they can be steered away from it — has bedeviled governments around the world for generations.

Saudi Arabia Says 109 Yemenis Traded for 9 Saudis Amid War
A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is fighting a war with Yemen’s Shiite rebels said Monday that it has traded 109 Yemeni prisoners taken during the fighting in the neighboring country for nine Saudis who were held captive.

Jim Harrison, Poet, Novelist and Essayist, Is Dead at 78
A darkly comic master of the novella, Mr. Harrison was also known for his poems and essays on food.

Ted Cruz Names Friends, but Silence From G.O.P. Brass Deafens
As Ted Cruz tries to unite Republicans opposed to Donald J. Trump, the senator is seeking the support of the party establishment that he has long criticized.

Mediator: Victory Lap and Wink, as Obama and Raúl Castro Meet
As Mr. Castro stammered over questions from the news media, it was a reminder of the signs of regression concerning President Obama and the press back home.

Al Jazeera Announces Layoffs, Mostly in Qatar
An estimated 500 positions will be cut as part of a reorganization that the global news organization attributed to shifts in the media landscape.

Tensions Erupt in Brussels, and Police in 4 Countries Make Arrests
Memorials for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels were interrupted on Sunday by far-right protesters.

White House Letter: Along With President Obama, the 21st Century Visited Cuba
In many ways, including a sharp visual contrast with President Raúl Castro, who is 84, Mr. Obama’s stay showed younger Cubans a prospect for an inviting future.

Bangladesh Editor Faces 79 Court Cases After an Unusual Confession
After admitting it was wrong to have years ago published allegations against the prime minister, Mahfuz Anam could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.

Shaxi Journal: An Ancient Caravan Town in China Is Reborn
In a project praised by Unesco, a Swiss-led team spent years renovating the square of Sideng Village, with an eye toward historical consistency that is rare in China.

The 2016 Race: The Trade Deficit Isn’t a Scorecard, and Cutting It Won’t Make America Great Again
Trying to eliminate the trade deficit could mean giving up levers of power that allow the U.S. to get its way in international politics.

For ‘Batman v Superman,’ a Supersized Box Office
The Warner Bros. film took in an estimated $170.1 million in North America and an additional $254 million in simultaneous release overseas.

Reporter’s Notebook: With Obama Visit to Cuba, Old Battle Lines Fade
The president’s engagement policy and Raúl Castro’s minor opening to free-market ideas have created a new dynamic for Cuba that reveals what the country could become with more freedom to evolve.

Explosion at Park in Lahore, Pakistan, Kills Dozens
The blast, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, occurred in a parking lot at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, and wounded at least 100.

How Do You Tell the Story of Black America in One Museum?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening in Washington in September, had some delicate decisions to make about slavery, Bill Cosby and President Obama.

Two men entered the ring for their first professional fight. Then something went wrong.

Merrick Garland Is a Deft Navigator of Washington’s Legal Circles
Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, has advanced as a centrist in a city where ambition is often rewarded when accompanied by partisan loyalty.

Video: Forgotten Victims of Terror
Before Brussels, a wave of terror attacks whipped through Turkey, the Ivory Coast, Yemen and elsewhere. But these events appeared to garner less international attention. We went there, and asked why.

Syrian Troops Said to Recapture Historic Palmyra From ISIS
The nearly yearlong occupation of the ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site, came to an end after a three-week push by President Assad’s forces.

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Syrian Troops Drive IS Out of Historic Palmyra
Government forces backed by Russian airstrikes drove Islamic State fighters from Palmyra on Sunday, state media and an opposition monitoring group said, ending the group’s reign of terror over a town whose famed 2,000-year-old ruins once attracted tens of thousands of visitors.

University of California Adopts Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism
The measure was an attempt to combat hostility toward Jewish students amid growing opposition on campuses to Israeli policies.

U.S. Accountants Who Found Adventure in Europe Among Brussels Victims
Officials on Saturday confirmed the deaths of Justin and Stephanie Shults, a couple who had settled in Belgium.

Sent Home to Australia, but Still Jailed for Chinese Crimes
Part of a prisoner exchange, Matthew Ng says he is now incarcerated for crimes he did not commit in a nation that would not consider his actions illegal.

In Everybody’s Corner, a Boxing Gym for All
The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club was not built specifically for transgender people, but all are welcome.

Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones
Cuban music fans hoped Mick Jagger would break down the gates to political and social change that Cuban leaders had already cracked open.

After an Indictment, Turks Give U.S. Prosecutor a Hero’s Welcome Online
A Twitter post announcing charges against the tycoon Reza Zarrab has made Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, a social media sensation.

Robert De Niro Pulls Anti-Vaccine Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival
The announcement was a reversal of Mr. De Niro’s previous decision to show a film about the widely dismissed link between vaccinations and autism.

Migrants in Greece, Ready to Go Anywhere in Europe, Scramble to Enter E.U. Relocation Program
Once Germany-bound, many refugees stranded in Greece are hoping the program will come through for them as European security tightens after the Brussels attacks.

North Koreans Rely on Smuggled Cellphones to Connect to the Outside World
Mobile phones smuggled from China are an increasingly vital way for North Koreans to reach relatives who have defected abroad.

North Korean Propaganda Video Depicts Nuclear Strike on Washington
The video uploaded Saturday includes a warning to “American imperialists” not to provoke the North.

Forgotten Victims of Terror
Before Brussels, a wave of terror attacks whipped through Turkey, the Ivory Coast, Yemen and elsewhere. But these events appeared to garner less international attention. We went there, and asked why.

In Brussels Bombing Plot, a Trail of Dots Not Connected
Only on the morning of the attacks did chemical odors and other strange hints come together to form a clear picture of what had been happening at the apartment used as a bomb-making workshop.

In Donald Trump’s Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays
In a 100-minute interview, Mr. Trump said he might halt purchases of oil from Arab allies like Saudi Arabia unless they commit greater resources to fighting the Islamic State.

Washington, Alaska and Hawaii Hold Democratic Nominating Contests
The three states are holding the kinds of contests that could give Senator Bernie Sanders a fresh wind of momentum.

Fighting a Cage Match to Turn the UFC Into a National Phenomenon
Two brothers have worked to bring what some critics have derided as “human cage fighting” into the lucrative mainstream of spectator sports.

Schools Nationwide Still Grapple With Lead in Water
The Flint, Mich., crisis has cast attention on the issue, but in schools from Jersey City, N.J., to Los Angeles, problems have dragged on for years.

New Brussels Attack Suspect Is Charged, Prosecutors Say
A man identified in the Belgian press as Fayçal Cheffou has been accused of terrorist murders. The authorities say he was deeply involved in the plot.

Possible Pilot Error Is Cited in FlyDubai Crash in Russia
The pilots turned off autopilot, Russian state television said, but may have accidentally turned on a stabilizing fin, leading to a loss of control.

‘Roberto Devereux’ at the Met, and a Soprano’s Triple Crown
In a Metropolitan Opera first, Sondra Radvanovsky completed Donizetti’s Tudor cycle, confirming her stardom.

Robert De Niro Defends Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film at Tribeca Festival
The decision to screen the movie, which was directed by a former doctor whose medical license was revoked, has reignited a debate about autism and vaccines.

Albert Camus, Stranger in a Strange Land: New York
The French writer spent three months in the city in 1946. Seventy years later, a monthlong festival is celebrating his residency.

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