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Outsourced Croissants Outrage Traditional French Bakers

In France, some say a gastronomic icon is under threat. For the last decade, the number of pre-prepared, frozen croissants sold in bakeries has been increasing. These knock-offs are cheaper, but they're also less delicious.
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Mali In Crisis Fractures Along Twin Fault Lines

After 20 years of apparent stability in turbulent West Africa, Mali is now battling dual crises: a rebellion in the north, and a military coup in the south. There are reports of gross human rights abuses, as well as fears that the Islamist-controlled north is fast becoming a terrorist safe haven.
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From Politics To Punctuality: America's Surprises

First-time visitors to the U.S. turn to guidebooks not only for typical lodging and dining recommendations, but for advice on navigating the complexities of American culture. Atlantic associate editor Max Fisher examined several guidebooks and identified some of the subtle cultural nuances that U.S. residents take for granted.
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Sinai: The Heightened Threat Of A Lawless Region

Suspected Islamic militants led a deadly attack on the Egypt-Israel border Sunday. Some then attempted to storm the border into Israel. The incident heightened awareness in both countries about the threat posed by the increased lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula.

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