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In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

Oct 30, 2014

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural Islamization. Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen ...

Oct 30, 2014

Scientists grow world's first 'mini-stomachs' from stem cells

Scientists using stem cells said on Wednesday they had built the world’s first “mini-stomachs” — tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes. Called gastric organoids, the lab-dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are “a miniature ...

Al-Qaida offers olive branch to Islamic State

Oct 30, 2014

Al-Qaida offers olive branch to Islamic State

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to ...

1960s Russian jet engine is suspected in explosion of Antares rocket

Oct 30, 2014

1960s Russian jet engine is suspected in explosion of Antares rocket

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded moments after liftoff, dealing a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to send supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. ...

Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races

Oct 30, 2014

Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races

President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape to campaign in the final days before midterm elections, avoiding hostile Senate terrain in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates. ...

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Oct 30, 2014

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Sixteen years old and studying 13 hours a day, high school pupil Worapot doesn’t have time to waste meeting a military-led government’s idea of what makes a good Thai. The generals who led a coup in May have prioritized school reforms to inculcate a ...

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

Oct 30, 2014

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to the ...