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World wine output falls to 60-year low

PARIS (Reuters) - Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organization OIV said.<p>Wine production totaled 250 million hectoliters last year, down 8.6 percent from 2016, …

Wine

MP resigns from Macron party after immigration bill vote

France's National Assembly has passed a controversial immigration bill that has exposed divisions with in President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the …

North Africa

French town wages food war on McDonald's with healthy spoof eatery

By all accounts, Gregory Gendre is not exactly a fan of “Le Big Mac”. Since 2014, this Green Party mayor has thrice blocked the arrival of the …

Food

Paris Saint-Germain Turns To Video Games To Access The Chinese Market

Paris Saint-Germain, the venerated football club in France’s Ligue 1, announced a partnership with LGD Gaming, China’s most popular eSports team, on Thursday April 19.<p>Since 2016, the French club has fielded teams in eSports competitions, where elite video game players face off on large consoles, …

eSports

France’s language purists have decided that “soy milk” and “vegetarian sausage” do not exist

The French elite has long been protective of its mother tongue. Its latest target: fake meat.<p>French parliamentarians have decided that they don’t like the tendency of vegetarian food producers to call things by their animal-based equivalents. A new rule (link in French), approved last week, bans …

France

Forget Chocolat—Juliette Binoche should have earned Oscar love for a different period piece

<i>Watch This</i> <b></b><i>offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week: As a new Juliette</i> …

Juliette Binoche

Macron’s plan is the latest attempt at religious integration in France

Regarding the April 18 World article “France, fighting terrorism, seeks to ‘reform’ Islam”:<p>The latest calls by French President Emmanuel Macron and Hakim El Karoui, a leading voice on how Islamic traditions fit within French culture, to create a “French Islam” in the name of improved security …

Religion

19 NYC Secrets Even New Yorkers Don't Know

When you're living in a city whose history dates back to the 1600s, every day is an opportunity to discover another mind-blowing piece of historical …

City Halls

The 48 Hour Guide To...Lisbon

The oldest city in Western Europe is suddenly the coolest spot to visit<p>If your Instagram account has already been infiltrated with sun-kissed pictures of yellow trams, blue-tiled buildings and cobbled streets you won't need convincing of the quaint beauty of Lisbon.<p>The city has been growing in …

European Travel

China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global

On a bright spring day in Amsterdam, car buffs stepped inside a blacked-out warehouse to nibble on lamb skewers and sip rhubarb cocktails courtesy of …

Autos

Affordable fashion brand Primark lands in Brooklyn next month

Just in time to replenish your spring and summer wardrobe, super-cheap international fashion brand Primark opens its first store in Brooklyn on May …

Clothing

Scramble for answers as Ronny Jackson allegations threaten to upend nomination

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee are raising concerns about allegations involving Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are reviewing them to determine if they are substantial …

Donald Trump

Sweden coach: Ibrahimovic must call in order to have chance at World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently raised the stakes when he said, “I am going to the World Cup, yes!” despite having previously declared his retirement …

Soccer

Dani Alves Says He'd Leave PSG for Barcelona 'Tomorrow' If Club Calls

Former Barcelona full-back and current Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has expressed his desire to return to Catalonia, telling reporters he would "go back tomorrow" if he got the call.<p>The Brazil international made the admission in an interview with Globo TV (via <i>AS</i>.com):<p><i>"Barca is my home.</i> …

Soccer

The data scientist behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal fires back at Facebook

The scapegoat in Facebook's ongoing data privacy scandal is firing back at the social media giant.<p>Aleksandr Kogan, the relatively unknown scientist …

Social Media

Why Working on the Railroad Comes With a $25,000 Signing Bonus

Railroad workers are being offered signing bonuses of up to $25,000 to join BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Corp. as the freight railroads struggle to fill jobs in a historically tight labor market.<p>BNSF and Union Pacific are hauling more products across the Western U.S., where their networks are …

Trucking

AT&T Earnings: What to Watch

Keep an eye on these things in AT&T's first-quarter earnings report.<p><b>AT&T</b> (NYSE:T) will report its first-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. …

Investing

The ‘Beard Bib’ Is Here To Save Your Marriage

The ‘Beard Bib’ catches unwanted hairs, making clean-up a breeze<p>If you live with a man with a certain amount of facial hair, you know the trimming …

Grooming

US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant

<b>A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.</b><p>Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.<p>They used a penis, scrotum and partial …

Medicine

Ferrari's First Production Hybrid Will Be Able to Run In Silence

CEO Sergio Marchionne acknowledged that Ferrari is testing some cars "very quietly."<p>Two years ago, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said the idea of the company making an electric supercar was "almost an obscene concept." That isn't happening yet, but speaking to Bloomberg, Marchionne said the …

Ferrari

California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse

In December 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: …

Climate Change

What's the Greatest Nurburgring Onboard Video?

We've all spent time watching 'Ring videos. What's your favorite?<p>Watching drivers tackle the Nürburgring provides endless fun. It's such a quick, demanding track that good on-board videos from it often look like feats of superhuman ability. We've all gotten lost down the YouTube Nürburgring …

Second Life

Nifty new site warns you which games have microtransactions

Microtransactions, paid DLC, free-to-play-but-pay-to-win: all thorny topics for gamers as they involve having to fork over hard-earned money for dubious gains. Now there’s a community-built site where you can check your games ahead of time to see if they have microtransactions, and if so, how they …

The Elder Scrolls

Volvo S90 Ambience concept is a three-seat palace for the soul

And it might not stay a concept for long.<p>Offering up a vehicle that coddles just one or two senses at the same time is so 20th century.<p>The Volvo S90 Ambience concept attempts to appeal to as many senses as possible. It's an interior concept that borrows its three-seat arrangement from the S90 …

Volvo

Teachers Share Anger, Frustration Over Grants Turned Into Loans

"I thought this just happened to me."<p>That's the refrain from dozens of teachers who reached out to NPR — via email and social media — in response to our investigative story about serious problems with a federal grant program that, they say, have left them unfairly saddled with thousands of dollars …

College & University

The Best Pizza in New York City, According to Top Chefs

If it’s possible, pizza is more popular than ever. And not just with diners; some of the world’s best and most notable chefs have their own favorites …

Italian Food

Could This Supreme Court Case Affect Robert Mueller?

An upcoming case might show how the justices would react to the special counsel being dismissed.<p>An upcoming Supreme Court decision in a case most Americans have never heard of, and even lawyers will find obscure, could offer a clue about how the justices would react to President Trump firing …

Obama Administration

‘I Just Wanted to Live,’ Says Man Who Wrested Rifle From Waffle House Gunman

NASHVILLE — The young woman, bandaged and shrouded in bedsheets, began to cry when James Shaw Jr. walked into Room No. 26 on Monday morning. Then, as the woman’s father drew near, one of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s trauma surgeons turned to him: “Have you met James? James saved a lot of …

Crime

French police recover priceless gold relic that contained the embalmed heart of Queen Anne de Bretagne

Police have miraculously recovered a 16th century gold case containing the heart of the only woman to have twice been crowned queen of France a week after it was stolen.<p>The theft of the reliquary containing the heart of Anne of Brittany, who was briefly betrothed to the Prince of Wales, sparked …

Archaeology

For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought

Long before it lands on a restaurant menu, Chilean sea bass takes quite a journey to arrive on land. To catch these deep-sea dwellers, fishers usually drag nets along the ocean floor a quarter of a mile, or more, beneath the ocean's surface — a form of fishing called bottom trawling.<p>The United …

Seafloor