With Streaks of Gray Hair, Xi Jinping of China Breaks with Tradition

HONG KONG — President Xi Jinping is known for breaking the rules of Chinese politics, amassing more power than any leader since Mao. His latest attempt to shake things up may be one of his boldest moves yet: Mr. Xi is going slightly — though unabashedly — gray, in defiance of longstanding Communist Party tradition.…

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Who Needs a Ring to Propose When There Are Puppies and Paintings?

In a special box on Lauren Viera’s jewelry stand is her most precious possession. It’s a dried-up, shriveled leaf. The leaf, found on the floor of a hut, was presented to her in 2013, wrapped in the shape of a ring when Ms. Viera’s now-husband, Jason Tinkey, a 41-year-old geographer, proposed on a beach in…

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Doctors: The Lesson of Impermanence

As a palliative care doctor, I spend much of my time face-to-face with pain and suffering, debilitating disease and death. When I began my training, I thought I was comfortable with the idea of mortality, and with the notion that fighting death at all costs wasn’t the sole purpose of medicine. But I hadn’t expected…

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It’s All About the Art

As glass condominium towers continue to push their way into city skylines like sunflowers squeezing up through walled gardens, some homeowners and developers have come to a realization: Floor-to-ceiling glass may provide breathtaking views, but it cuts down on opportunities for displaying art. And because art collectors represent a significant portion of the small pool…

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Unconstrained by Frames, an Artist Looks for New Spaces

If Anne Harris could be given one room in every home in the country, she would be happy. Not a seldom-used spare bedroom, either, but a room you notice. “They used to relegate me to powder rooms, children’s rooms,” Ms. Harris said, before adding with a gleam, “I want the entry hall.” Ms. Harris, 66,…

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Steady as She Glows

Sometimes, when life throws you a curve, it can be a golden opportunity. Jasmit Singh Rangr was happily settled in Manhattan, running Rangr Studio, the design practice he founded in 2004, when in 2014, his wife, Abigail Dillen, was offered a vice president’s job at her longtime employer, Earthjustice, that required moving to San Francisco.…

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What to Wear, According to the Paris Catwalks

4 Trends Seen At Paris Fashion Week 28 Photos View Slide Show › Image Nowfashion PARIS — As the four-city fashion show cavalcade comes to an end, here’s a look at some of the catwalk styles from Paris that could sharpen your wardrobe this fall. Caped Crusaders More elegant and practical than the poncho and…

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Merci Expands Its Living Space

Image From left, Arthur Gerbi, president of Merci; Valérie Gerbi, its fashion director; and Daniel Rozensztroch, artistic director, at the store’s new apartment-cum-shop in Paris.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times PARIS — Is the concept store over as a, well, concept? “What is a concept store? Personally, I don’t know any,” said Arthur Gerbi,…

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Q. & A.: Advice for Renovating Your Home

This column is part of a series for the Design special report of The New York Times. Readers are invited to send questions to designadvice@nytimes.com. I’m buying the unit above my condo and would like to install a spiral staircase to save room. Everyone I know warns me that spiral staircases are huge pains. Do…

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Design Books That Explore History in the Making

New York’s Armory Show, opening on Thursday, starts the spring culture season. But for those who can’t (or won’t) trek to Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River, where winds are still wintry, may we suggest picking up one of the season’s coffee-table books about design, art and artfulness through the decades? Image For…

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