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French Aid Worker, 78, Executed By Al Qaeda Group In Africa

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — A 78-year-old ailing French aid worker was executed "in cold blood" by al-Qaida's North African branch three months after his capture, i...

Burqa Bans From an American Muslim's Perspective

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Banning and denigrating a cultural tradition simply divides communities and engenders anger and resentment in a way that is not constructive toward building a multicultural society.

The Forgotten Battle Which Won The American Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Revolutionary War lasted a lot longer than most of us realize. Begun in 1775, the war didn't end for six long years, and wasn't fully resolved for another two. The Battle of the Chesapeake, in particular, deserves to be remembered.

Football, Food and Nationality

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

Is there one factor, one measure of knowing when a new community is totally integrated? As individuals, families, and whole communities emigrate, they bring with them their eating habits and traditions.

Dining, Superbly, to Save St. Vincent de Paul Church

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

More than two centuries after Queen Marie Antoinette's sad demise, the French remain ingenious dispensers of the most regal hospitality. Tuesday night was a case in point.

Film Shown at U.N. Donor Conference on Collapse of Haiti's Presidential Palace

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The film "Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti's Deadly Earthquake" was screened recently as part of the recent Donor's Conference ...

Spain Claims it Originated French Kissing -- and Sues France

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"We have documentation to back that up," states Julio Salazar, President of the Society for the Promotion of Spanish Kissing, which is spearheading the lawsuit.

Memorial for Social Activist Betty Millard (1911-2010)

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Betty Millard of Chicago, a long-time social activist had danced with Zhou Enlai after the Chinese Revolution and then was called to testify as a host...

First Ladies: The Hottest Public Figures of Our Time

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michele Langevine Leiby

Both Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni are stepping out of the traditional mold of their predecessors to carve out a new image of a first lady.

Foreign Arabic-Language TV: An Exercise in Futility?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're tripping over each other. American, British, French, Russian, Chinese and Turkish satellite TV channels want a piece of the Arab viewers' p...

Burka Compromise

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Arab Countries Aim to Improve Journalism Education With UNESCO's "Model Curricula"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab countries are making strides in trying to improve journalism curricula, but still face strictures, obstacles and challenges to press freedom as w...

World Peace through a Borderless World

Room Eight | Room Eight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Michael Boyajian  There is a violent religious struggle now going on in the Muslim world as mainstream Islam and the West faces Islamic extrem...

Getting An Education at Telluride Film Festival

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

It's 1961 in Twickenham, England, and 16-year-old straight-A student Jenny dreams of living in Paris but seems content with playing the cello, smoking cigarettes, learning to speak French and listening to Juliette Greco.

French TV Airs First Ever Ad on Halal Foods!

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naazish YarKhan

According to reports, "Supermarkets have been expanding their shelf space for halal products, recognizing that sales do go up in the month of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims."

French Delights Overshadow Economic Slump, Uncertainty

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

France may be in a slump, with a hyper-kinetic president intent on structural reforms to counter mounting deficits, but it remains the number one international destination for visitors offering more delights than can be fathomed on a 20-day visit.

Vieux Farka Toure on The Interview Show (VIDEO)

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, son of Malian music legend Ali Farka Toure, stopped by The Interview Show at The Hideout while on tour to promote his new CD, Fondo.

Robert Ménard Slams Door, or Booted Out, of Doha Center for Media Freedom?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Depending on whose version one believes, Robert Ménard, ex-director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom, pushed the press freedom envelope a bit too far, until he was shoved out the door.

TED Announces the Open Translation Project -- Bringing Subtitles in 40+ Languages to

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The TED Open Translation Project brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world, by offering subtitles, time-coded transcripts, and the ability for volunteers to translate any talk into any language.

Where Would We Be Without Our Mothers?

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

When people see what life with my son, Jeremy, entails in terms of energy, and organization, advocating, resource-finding, they often ask, "How do you do it?" "I had a great role model," I reply.

CNN Reporter Turned Princess Starts Jordanian J-School

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Princess Rym's advice to young journalists today is: "Be persistent. Don't take no for an answer. Remember why you're doing this. It's not about you, it's about the story."

Phoenix, Band on SNL, Not from Brooklyn

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

Phoenix looked like they were really relishing being on the SNL stage. This exuberance and gratitude didn't fit the aloof, no-big-deal-ness of a posturing band out of Brooklyn.

Third Screen: David Henry Hwang on Defining Yourself in a Shifting World

Vickie Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vickie Karp

DHH: Theater is uniquely positioned to address issues of community simply because it's not mass media. I do some work in theater. I do some work in film and television.

Brazil Rebounds With Bossa Beat

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

In Brazil as in the US, culture plays a big role in how nations survive the slump. Known for beaches, beauties, rain forest and laid back music, Brazil's national motto is "Order and Progress."

French Army Recruits Volunteers Through Reality TV

Times Online | Adam Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The six volunteers struggled to make their beds on their first night at the regiment and struggled even more to get out of them at 6.30am the followin...