December 23, 2013 |
CAIRO -- To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomized that era's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an anti-government protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, he was confirmed dead. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where the body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy to be carried out. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but the military administration that followed him, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi, and most recently, the military-backed interim government.
December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With economic policymaking at home largely paralyzed by Republican opposition, the Obama administration's effort to shift its focus abroad by stimulating U.S. growth through expanded exports isn't moving much easier. The latest round of Asia-Pacific trade talks among the U.S. and 11 other countries ended Tuesday in Singapore without an agreement, dashing the administration's hopes of closing a deal this year. The lack of a deal also is a setback for what is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's strategy to exert greater influence in an economically and militarily crucial region where China has become dominant.
November 19, 2013 |
Today's car owners complain about few things more than the technology in their dashboards, which often doesn't work well with their tablets or phones. But automakers are resisting suggestions that a common standard for software or operating systems would solve the myriad issues drivers face. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show These days, consumers want every car model to be able to connect with every type of smartphone. Industry leaders say the way to accomplish that goal is by making their car's infotainment systems -- dashboard screens for navigation, entertainment and various controls -- embrace all smartphone platforms.
November 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After days of rising expectations, diplomats from six world powers failed in marathon talks with Iran to seal a preliminary deal aimed at launching comprehensive negotiations on Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Foreign ministers, who had hoped for a breakthrough on one of the world's most urgent security challenges, said instead early Sunday that they had been unable in 161/2 hours of talks Saturday to resolve issues raised by France. As a result, they said, lower-level officials will return to Geneva in 10 days to resume their effort to end a decade of diplomatic stalemate on the issue.
November 4, 2013 |
It's the equivalent of putting a stop sign at a busy intersection after an accident, but the NHL will consider modifying its rules after it found no specific rule to support further punishing Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery for his rink-length dash to fight an unwilling Braden Holtby last Friday. Whatever your view of fighting, the other bouts among the Flyers and Washington Capitals involved willing participants. Holtby, the Capitals' goalie, wanted no part of Emery and shook his head negatively several times before Emery unleashed a series of blows, some to the back of Holtby's head.
October 8, 2013 |
In the months immediately following Nicolas Maduro's election as president of Venezuela, he seemed to want to prove the naysayers wrong. I had been one of them, calling Hugo Chavez's designated heir-apparent "viscerally anti-American" in an opinion piece for this newspaper in 2012. Because of the strained relations between the two countries, neither has had an ambassador at its embassy since late 2010. But there were some encouraging signs. In June, two months after he was elected, Maduro sent his personal friend and political ally, Calixto Ortega, to Washington as the charge d'affaires (acting ambassador)