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Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

Three spices that grow on the island of Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Older women in China are known to gather in public spaces and dance, but reports say the practice has gotten too loud and the neighbors are complaining.

'The Katering Show' Reflects The Plight Of Food Intolerance

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, hosts of the video series "The Katering Show," about where they find the humor in food and food television shows.

French Officials Describe Smoldering Wreckage At Germanwings Crash Site

The latest on the commercial aircraft that crashed early Tuesday in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. The flight was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany.

Mexican Drug Lords File Complaint Over Inhumane Prison Conditions

Some of Mexico's most infamous drug traffickers, including El Chapo Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, have written a letter to the country's National Human Rights Commission.

Plane In French Alps Crash Considered Workhorse Of Commercial Aviation

According to aviation experts, the A320 Airbus is considered a workhorse of the skies and is constantly in service all over the world. The aircraft that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday was an A320 Airbus.

Foreign Carmakers Shift Into Reverse In Russia

General Motors and Volkswagen are closing plants there and laying off workers. Economic problems have led to an estimated 35 percent drop in the once-booming Russian car market.

Obama Says U.S., Israel Face 'Clear, Substantive Challenge'

The president says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that there will be no two-state solution. Obama says the U.S. now has to re-evaluate its Israeli-Palestinian policy.

Russia Loses Bid To Deny Benefits To Spouses Of Gay U.N. Staff

Russia led the unsuccessful effort to overturn a plan to give benefits to the spouses of U.N. employees. Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt and 40 other nations also voted against the plan.

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Nearly 140 inmates, including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, complain of dirty cells, spoiled food and filthy conjugal rooms at Mexico's maximum security prison.