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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011


Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic arrested BY HENRY CHU

Los Angeles Times Service


Journalists gather across the street from the town house, center, in Manhattan, where former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan is being held under house arrest.

Strauss-Kahn moves to town house in NYC BY COLLEEN LONG Associated Press

NEW YORK — Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn has moved from a temporary space in a high-rise to a plush, fourbedroom brick town house in Manhattan where he will remain under house arrest as he awaits trial in his attempted rape case, ofďŹ cials said. The one-time French presidential contender was seen smiling as he got into a gray sport utility vehicle under tight security. He was moved about a mile away to the stately red brick town home in Tribeca, according a person familiar with his housing arrangements. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The building, which has ďŹ ve bathrooms, is located on a cobblestone street in one of Manhattan’s most posh neighborhoods. It also is close to the courthouse where he will attend hearings. Attorney William Taylor told reporters that his client was “doing ďŹ neâ€? under house arrest.

New York Times Service



Strauss-Kahn, center, leaves for his new housing in the Tribeca area of New York City. “Not much he can do,â€? Taylor said. Strauss-Kahn is free on $1 million bail under strict house arrest after prosecutors feared him a ight risk given his international status and wealth. He spent about a week in jail on Rikers Island after he was arrested May 14 following accusations that he sexually assaulted

a hotel maid in his room at the SoďŹ tel near Manhattan’s Times Square. His lawyers maintain Strauss-Kahn is not guilty. Bail plans hit a snag late last week when tenants at the Upper East Side apartment building initially secured for his house arrest refused to accept him +TURN TO STRAUSS-KAHN, 2A

But as women moved into the workforce, cohabitation lost its taboo, and as society grew more secular, marriage lost some of its authority. “The days of Ozzie and Harriett have faded into the past,â€? said William Frey, the senior demographer at Brookings who analyzed the data. (The proportion of married couples slipped below half over the past decade, but was ďŹ rst reported as a precise count by the 2010 census). Today, traditional patterns have been turned upside down. Women with college degrees are now more likely to marry than those with just high school diplomas, the reverse of several decades ago, said June Carbone, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and co-author of Red Families v. Blue Families. Rising income inequality has also divided U.S. society, making collegeeducated people less likely to marry those without college degrees.

WASHINGTON — Married couples have dropped below half of all U.S. households for the ďŹ rst time, the Census Bureau says, a milestone in the evolution of the U.S. family toward less traditional forms. Married couples represented just 48 percent of U.S. households in 2010, according to data being made public Thursday and analyzed by the Brookings Institution. This was slightly less than in 2000, but far below the 78 percent of households occupied by married couples in 1950. What is more, just a ďŹ fth of households were traditional families — married couples MCT with children — down from about a quarter a decade ago, and from 43 percent in 1950, as the iconic image of the U.S. family continues to break apart. In recent history, the marriage rate among U.S. citizens was at its highest in the 1950s, when the institution deďŹ ned gender roles, family life and a person’s place in society. +TURN TO MARRIAGE, 2A


MLADIC Belgrade’s cooperation with The Hague a condition of its membership. The European Union’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, is due in Serbia imminently for a visit. “Today we close one chapter . . . that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region,� Tadic said, adding: “I believe all +TURN TO MLADIC, 2A

G-8 leaders eye Mideast with hope and worry

Married couples no longer majority in U.S., census finds BY SABRINA TAVERNISE

LONDON — Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of overseeing the worst massacre in Europe since the end of World War II, has been arrested, Serbian authorities said Thursday. Mladic is Europe’s most wanted war crimes suspect for his alleged role in the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the enclave of Srebrenica, an atrocity that came to symbolize the brutality of the Balkans conict. The war crimes tribunal in The Hague wants to try Mladic on charges of genocide. Serbia’s President Boris Tadic announced Mladic’s capture at a hastily called news conference in Belgrade, the nation’s capital, and said authorities were preparing his extradition. The arrest comes after sustained criticism of Serbia for being too lackadaisical in tracking down Mladic, including a new report by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia that reportedly castigates Belgrade’s efforts as insufďŹ cient. Serbia is also eager to join the European Union, which has made


swept the Arab world but have also driven away tourists and investors. They’ll also be talking about whether France’s sharp and respected ďŹ nance minister should take over the leadership of the International Monetary Fund. Europe wants Christine Lagarde to take over from Dominique StraussKahn, who is facing sexual assault charges in New York — but the United States, Canada and China are cautioning that developing countries should get a chance at the job, too. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for the G-8 to take effective measures to bolster emerging Arab democracy and to take a leading role in improving

DEAUVILLE, France — Leaders of the world’s rich democracies meeting Thursday were looking at tumult in the Arab world with both hope and fear. They are hoping the new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia ourish and their economies rebound. And they fear that the war in Libya and uprisings in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain may entrench autocrats instead of defeating them. At a two-day summit in this moneyed Normandy resort, U.S. President Barack Obama and the other leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations will seek to marshal their combined economic might behind the grassroots democracy movements that have +TURN TO G-8 SUMMIT, 2A

Egypt to open border with Gaza Strip BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

New York Times Service

CAIRO — Egypt will permanently open its border with the Gaza Strip this Saturday despite Israeli protests, Egypt’s transitional government conďŹ rmed, upending the dynamics of regional politics in a bid to shake up the deadlocked peace process and better respond to Egyptian public opinion. The opening of the border will be the latest geopolitical aftershock of the Egyptian revolution, and is likely to strengthen the militant group Hamas, while easing life for 1.6 million residents. The border between Rafah and the Gaza Strip has been ofďŹ cially closed since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. At that time, the Egyptian government under President Hosni Mubarak effectively sealed the border at the same time that Israel imposed its own blockade aimed at weakening Hamas. Egyptian ofďŹ cials at the time said they wanted to prevent militants from slipping across the border and to pressure Israel to open its crossing. But the move was always extraordinarily unpopular with the public, which distrusts Israel and sympathizes with the plight of the Palestinians. Israeli ofďŹ cials have warned repeatedly that they consider any


Palestinians carry their belongings after coming back from Egypt at the Rafah border crossing, southern Gaza Strip. opening of the border a grave threat to their security, noting that Hamas already succeeded in smuggling a steady supply of weapons even when Egypt had ostensibly sealed the crossing. But after the revolution that toppled Mubarak two months ago, Egypt’s newly appointed foreign minister, Nabil el Araby, made clear that he considered the blockade inhumane and shameful. He almost immediately opened talks with Hamas with an eye to end Egypt’s participation in the


blockade and reconcile Hamas with the more moderate Palestinian faction Fatah, which controls the West Bank. Egypt’s willingness to reopen the border with Gaza may have helped win the trust of their former foe Hamas in order to broker a Palestinian reconciliation deal which was signed here this month. Hundreds of Egyptians, emboldened by their revolution, have also rallied in a series of demonstrations here to call for an end to the blockade.


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