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Venezuela's Maduro scraps plan for food restriction

<b>Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says he has halted a plan to restrict the sale of basic food items in the country's most populous state, Zulia.</b><p>The scheme would have limited the number of packages of items such as rice, milk and sugar shoppers were allowed to buy.<p>The authorities said it was …

In a Turkish town that had 10,000 Armenians, now there is only one

<i>Chris Bohjalian is the author of 16 books. His new novel, “The Light in the Ruins,” comes out on July 9.</i><p>A woman I met last month in southeastern Turkey is going to die, probably sometime soon. Asiya’s death will not be covered by any news service, and for all but a few people in her small village …

Santa Monica shooting victim dies, bringing toll to 5

A 26-year-old woman who had registered to take summer classes at Santa Monica College died Sunday from wounds she suffered in a shooting spree Friday that left four others, including her father, dead.<p>Marcela Franco was with her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, in an SUV on campus when they were …

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Europeans are increasingly obese, whether McDonald’s believes it or not

You wouldn’t necessarily expect to get health insights from McDonald’s—but it doesn’t mean the company isn’t offering them. At an analyst conference this week, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson revealed that he’s lost 20 lbs (9 kg) over the past year, though he still eats his company’s fast food every …

Turkey alcohol laws could pull the plug on Istanbul nightlife

In the Siirci bar in a backstreet of Istanbul's bustling Beyoglu district, a few patrons are enjoying a cold beer. Flyers for LBGT rights and …

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Woman documents pregnancy, agony over adoption in revealing self-portraits

<i>Rock Center</i><p>Young mom Callie Mitchell is forging her own path to create a new kind of modern family. The photography student garnered national attention when she went public with a series of intimate self-portraits taken during her pregnancy that showed her agonizing over whether she should keep her …

Golden Dawn gathers strength as Greeks desert traditional parties

It wasn't just that their symbols looked like swastikas. Or that thousands of Greek flags filled the marble square beneath the Acropolis. Or that …