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Damascus says West reaches out on security

DUBAI (Reuters) - Some Western nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have discussed security cooperation with his government, Syria said on Wednesday, a move which if true would suggest a rise in Western concerns about foreign militants in rebel ranks.<p>Men search the rubble at a site hit by … workers reject unionization in Delaware vote

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A small group of Inc technicians at a distribution center in Delaware voted on Wednesday not to join a union, marking a victory for the U.S. online retailer which is strongly opposed to any kind of third-party representation for its employees.<p>A box from is …

Cool waves: the best surfing photography – in pictures

Chris Power<p>First published on Tue 14 Jan 2014 12.00 EST

Sarah Jessica Parker's 25 Best Looks Ever

Sarah Jessica Parker, <i>InStyle</i>'s February cover girl, has debuted <i>a lot</i> of standout looks over the years. We have rounded up her 25 most memorable looks …

Digital age. Analog charm.

Should restaurants, whether fine or low-end, ban children?

It’s always refreshing to see another story about a restaurant that is thinking about banning children – if there’s one thing we don’t get enough of these days, it’s people whining about other people’s kids.<p>In this case Chicago chef Grant Achatz, who runs a three Michelin-starred restaurant called …

Fragile truce in the Central African Republic

The situation in the blooded Central African Republic appears calmer since the resignation of the country’s first Muslim President Michel Djotodia on Friday.<p>A National Transitional Council is now charged to elect a new executive ahead of a fresh ballot.<p>There are signs of diminishing violence …

Pope Francis has encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies during a mass baptism service in the Sistine Chapel. "If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, tranquilly," he told the audience, in what has become his typically informal style. Read more: Photo: AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Goodbye, Cameras

This past October, just before the leaves changed, I went on a six-day hike through the mountains of Wakayama, in central Japan, tracing the path of an ancient imperial pilgrimage called the Kumano Kodo. I took along a powerful camera, believing, as I always have, that it would be an indispensable …