Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

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London 'Times' Goes Retro With Stereo Typing

Robert Siegel speaks to Patrick Kidd, the editor of The Times Diary, about the sounds of mechanical typewriters piped into the newsroom of The Times in London.

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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Sunni Moderates May Be Key To Turning Back ISIS Extremists

Defeating the militant group Islamic State in the Middle East will depend on getting Sunni Muslims to reject it. And Sunnis, the region's majority religious sect, are divided, insecure and struggling over their identity.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle

Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.

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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as its 6th-century monastery.

Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

Water is scarce in India, which is a good reason not to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A journalist came up with another option — give a bucket of rice to a hungry person. Her version is going viral.

Why This Gaza Ceasefire Is Holding

August 27, 2014
Palestinians wave Hamas flags as they celebrate in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, during a rally following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Veteran Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller says “the odds favor traction for this ceasefire unlike all the others.”

Former Vatican Ambassador Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

August 27, 2014
The Vatican's envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, is pictured on August 12, 2011, in Santo Domingo. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, could face criminal charges outside the Holy See.

What We Know About The Americans Fighting In Syria

August 27, 2014
This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. (Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office via AP)

Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was killed over the weekend, was believed to be fighting alongside Islamic State militants.

Kurds Make Some Gains In Fight Against ISIS In Iraq

August 27, 2014
Kurdish Peshmerga forces quietly celebrate in Baqarta after driving Islamic militants out of villages to the northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Screenshot from Jim Muir's BBC video report)

Peshmerga forces have driven the Islamic State militants out of villages to the northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Freed Hostage ‘Overwhelmed With Emotion’ By Efforts To Free Him

August 27, 2014
Peter Theo Curtis reads a statement to reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padno and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Peter Theo Curtis said he was surprised to learn hundreds of people were involved in efforts to free him. We take a look at those efforts.

Ukraine And Russia At Gunpoint; The US Eyes Syria

August 27, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP)

Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader meet. We’ll look at Russia and the high voltage chess game over Ukraine. Plus, we look at potential US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Writer Held In Syria ‘Overwhelmed’ To Be Home In Boston Area

August 27, 2014
Peter Theo Curtis smiles as he talks with reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge Wednesday. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padno and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Peter Theo Curtis returned home after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months.

‘Foreign Correspondent’ Chronicles 50 Year Career Of H.D.S. Greenway

August 26, 2014
American soldiers are dropped off by U.S. Army helicopters during the Vietnam War. (Horst Faas/AP)

Veteran foreign correspondent H.D.S. Greenway shares glimpses of his half-century career in the field in his new memoir “Foreign Correspondent.”

35 Years Later, Kate Bush’s Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

August 26, 2014
British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world.

Volvo Rolls Out First New SUV Under Chinese Ownership

August 26, 2014
The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be without Ford Motor parts. (

The company hopes the new Volvo XC90 will be a game-changer for the company, as it pursues the international market.

Can The U.S. Hurt ISIS Without Helping Assad?

August 26, 2014
Syrian President Bashar Assad is pictured in Tehran, Iran, August 2009. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

Regional experts say the U.S. is faced with a difficult problem: weakening ISIS could strengthen the hand of Syrian president Bashar Assad.

What Sound Can Tell You About Dangerous Places

August 25, 2014
A sign warns of high radiation levels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. (Trey Ratcliff/Flickr)

Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds in places like Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

ISIS: Assessing The Threat And What The U.S. Should Do

August 25, 2014
American journalist James Foley (left) is pictured in a screenshot from the video in which he was beheaded by an Islamic State militant.

Retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich discusses what the U.S. military strategy should be, following the beheading of James Foley.

Emigration Takes A Toll On Irish Island

August 25, 2014
On Achill Island in Ireland, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players - more than a team's worth - to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy. (@JohnMurphy1964/Twitter)

On Achill Island, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy.

The Global Legacy Of Yoga's Master Teacher

August 25, 2014
Thousands of New Yorkers marked the first day of summer by practicing yoga in Times Square, during the 12th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP)

The legacy of Indian yoga master, B.K.S Iyengar, and his influence on yoga in the Western world.

Why Westerners Are Joining The ISIS Ranks

August 25, 2014
This file photo posted on the website shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

Britons, Europeans and Americans are joining the ranks of ISIS. We’ll look at what’s pulling them in.

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