La maison la plus chère du monde? Simple babiole pour un prince saoudien

LOUVECIENNES, France — Lorsque le Château Louis XIV s’est vendu à plus de 275 millions d’euros il y a deux ans, le magazine Fortune le qualifiait de “maison la...

The Composer Who Owns Christmas

HEMINGFORD ABBOTS, England — It is the sort of English village that you might find on Christmas cards: a medieval church, a placid river, thatched cottages, swans. So it’s...

European Far-Right Leaders, Meeting to Condemn the E.U., Are Greeted With Boos

PRAGUE — As European far-right leaders gathered in Prague on Saturday for a two-day conference to unify their stance on immigration and other issues, they were met by throngs...

In Iran Sanctions Case, a Clash Over Turkish Banker’s Role

It was on Thursday when lawyers for a Turkish banker on trial in Manhattan federal court told the judge that their client would take the stand the next day,...

Rajoy Hopes to Return Catalonia to ‘Normality’ With an Abnormal Election

BRUSSELS — The ousted leader of Catalonia recently addressed a rally of separatist voters in a packed theater in the Catalan city of Igualada. He was not among his...

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country...

Exodus of Foreign Workers Leaves British Employers in the Lurch

FORDOUN, Scotland — The first inkling that Ross Mitchell knew something had gone awry was when a busload of Bulgarians he had hired to pick blueberries last month failed...

In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

ROME — The women took their seats behind each of the more than 600 desks in Italy’s lower house of Parliament and listened to Laura Boldrini, the chamber’s president,...

Marina Popovich, Record-Breaking Soviet Test Pilot, Is Dead

Marina L. Popovich, a test pilot who broke more than 100 flying records and who was the first Soviet woman to break the sound barrier, died in the Krasnodar...

Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

Aline Griffith, a former model from suburban New York City who transformed herself into a dressed-to-kill self-proclaimed spy and Spanish countess, died on Monday in Madrid. She was in...