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In Colombia, Starbucks To Take On Juan Valdez

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks has announced it's going to expand to Colombia — a country known for its Arabica beans and for the mythical coffee farmer Juan Valdez. He's helped sell Colombia's coffee for 50 years.
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Move Over, Pot Stickers: China Cooks Up Hundreds Of Dumplings

Dumplings are a huge part of Chinese culinary tradition, and restaurants there cater to the nation's obsession with a dazzlingly array of dumpling shapes and fillings, including green frogs stuffed with bullfrog meat and a flock of birds filled with roasted Beijing duck.
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In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV

Treating sex workers infected with HIV can save their lives and reduce the odds that they will spread HIV to clients. To make it easier for prostitutes to get care, a university-run clinic in Johannesburg is located in a neighborhood where they work.
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The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth

Spas and beauty products have long touted the health benefits of floating in the buoyant Dead Sea waters and slathering its thick black mud on your skin. Now an Israeli company is promoting Dead Sea salt as a healthful gourmet product, in part because of its high mineral content.
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How Will U.S. Legally Justify Military Strikes In Syria?

The United States and other Western countries are considering military action against Syria in response to last week's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians outside Damascus. That could happen even without a United Nations Security Council resolution to authorize it. Would that be legal? To better understand what international law has to say about whether intervention is allowable, Melissa Block talks to John Bellinger, former legal adviser at the State Department in the George W. Bush administration. He's now with the Council on Foreign Relations and a partner at the law firm, Arnold Porter LLP.
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U.N. Security Council The Site Of A Showdown Over Syria

The U.S. and its partners say it is "undeniable" that Bashar al-Assad's government used chemical weapons against civilians last week and they are taking their case to the UN Security Council. But, they are likely to face a skeptical Russia and China, who want to wait for a UN team on the ground in Damascus to finish their investigation. A UN envoy on Syria says international law is clear: The Security Council has to endorse any international action. But, if the Security Council remains divided, the U.S. and its partners might have to look for other legal justifications to act.
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Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted. And their opinions about what to do in Syria are all over the map.
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The Latest On The Syrian Crisis

A panel joins guest host Susan Page to discuss the U.S. and international response to reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.

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Limited U.S. Strikes ... Followed By Major Attacks On U.S.

When U.S. presidents opt for limited military action, the aim is to prevent drawing the U.S. into a larger conflict. But on several occasions in recent decades, such strikes have been followed by devastating attacks against U.S. targets.
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Syria Intervention Politics: A View From The UK

In the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, President Barack Obama appears to be weighing the options for a U.S. response. For two years, the White House and Congress have signaled a deep ambivalence about intervening in the conflict, while leaders in Britain and France have favored a more aggressive diplomatic and military posture.

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