| Nov 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For years, when the United States has needed to hand off a dirty diplomatic chore, one obscure nation has reliably raised its hand: Albania.
A poor sliver of a country clinging to the edge of Europe, Albania took in ethnic Uighur...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Many Americans will be sleeping an extra hour when Daylight Saving Time ends — at 2 a.m. Sunday, to be exact.
Even with the extra time to snooze, fewer people are fans of the clock-changing ritual. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey,...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 1:20 PM
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last.
Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:00 AM
For Joe Sacco, the decision to do "The Great War" (W.W. Norton: boxed, unpaged, $35) grew out of a kind of dare.
The idea — to create a panoramic drawing of the Western Front, and more specifically, the first day of the Battle of the Somme —...
| Nov 3, 2013
HOLLAND & BELGIUM
Adrian and Susan Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will explore the Low Countries and their cities and countryside, including Amsterdam, the World War I-era landscape of the Ypres area and Brussels.
When, where: 7:30 p.m....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 1:58 PM
Turkey brought to life a 150-year-old vision of the Ottoman sultans on Tuesday with the opening of a submerged tunnel linking Europe and Asia and repurposing the fabled Silk Route from caravan to rail service.
The $4-billion Marmaray project will...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 8:00 AM
There is no big set piece to open "Solo," the new James Bond novel by British author William Boyd. The secret agent best known as 007 doesn't launch the story with an extravagant car chase, sky diving stunt or gunfight.
The book is populated with...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 1:13 PM
There’s a tidbit deep in the Times archive that reminds us of just what a brilliant artist and provocateur Doris Lessing could be.
Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Back in 1984, she was already one of England’s most celebrated...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON — In a new twist to efforts to call attention to the Armenian genocide, a group of lawmakers has accused the Obama administration of blocking a Smithsonian display of a rug woven by orphans of the mass killings about a century ago....
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Syrian President Bashar Assad and backers of the rebel forces fighting to oust him on Monday disputed weekend reports of an agreement to convene peace talks in Geneva next month to negotiate an end to the protracted civil war.
It remained unclear...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 8:40 PM
The slightly mournful face of what some might consider Illinois' Statue of Liberty has weathered its 102 years remarkably well. It's a focal point of the Eternal Indian, a 50-foot statue that towers over the Rock River about 100 miles west of Chicago....