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Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Spices may add more than flavor to your food: Some harbor dangerous bacteria. Contamination has caused big outbreaks in the United States, and the FDA is looking into how to reduce the risk.

A Rare Wedding Offers Syrians A Brief Respite From War Talk

Such events have been severely muted in recent times amid the country's civil war and speculation about U.S.-led airstrikes. But Thursday's wedding celebration in one Damascus neighborhood drew people to their windows and balconies, and brought traffic to a halt.

Too Weird To Be True? In China, You Never Can Tell

Foreign news coverage of China is often deadly serious: corruption, pollution and the like. Then there's the funny and bizarre that often goes viral — like the zoo that swapped a dog for a lion. A number of websites are making these offbeat and satirical tales increasingly available in English.
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Legal Brief: Possible U.S. Military Action In Syria

As Congress debates military intervention in Syria, legal questions swirl around the possible outcomes. We consider the possibility of military action from several legal perspectives.


Spain's Tomato Festival Shrinks, As Town Pares Crowd Size

The Tomatina Festival, the famous free-for-all in which partiers pelt one another with ripe tomatoes, was held in Bunol, Spain, Wednesday. The big party was a bit smaller this year — for the first time, the town sold tickets for 10 euros (about $13.25) to be part of the huge food fight.

In Egypt's Political Turmoil, Middle Ground Is The Loneliest

The young, secular revolutionaries who led the 2011 uprising against the Hosni Mubarak regime have been pushed to the margins of the current confrontation in Egypt. They also feel they are battling two sets of authoritarian forces — the military and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Drums Of War, Poolside Edition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will help direct an attack on Syria, if and when it happens. But for now he's in Brunei for the ASEAN Plus meeting, far from the drums of war. It's an opportunity to build military-to-military ties — and sell weapons. But the prospect of action in Syria is never far away.

Dutch Migration Fears Mirror Sentiments Across Europe

The Dutch social affairs minister warned recently about the negative consequences of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. The debate comes as the Netherlands — and Europe — still feels the effects of the global recession.

India Nabs Top Terrorism Suspect

Yasin Bhatkal, a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, has been arrested in what authorities have described as a major blow to Islamic terrorism in the region.

Have Your Picture Taken With Hong Kong's (Smog-Free) Skyline

The Chinese city is trying something new to placate tourists disappointed by the curtain of smog that now envelops the classic skyline.