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Japan seizes passport of journalist planning Syria trip

Japan has seized the passport of a journalist planning to travel to Syria following the brutal killing of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group there, according to local media.<p>It was the first time Tokyo had taken such a measure on the grounds it was needed …

Obama criticized for 'Crusades' remark: What did he really mean?

President Obama’s opponents took strong issue with his comments linking Christianity to some violent episodes in the religion’s past. But are they …

Saving our fisheries and feeding a growing population are both possible

Fish have long been hailed for their remarkable nutritional value: once upon a time kids were forced to swallow cod liver oil, because it was considered “brain food.” Today, doctors say that switching from red meat to seafood can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer in humans. Unfortunately, …

Rotisserie Chicken Round-Up: 4 Gourmet Upgrades

When you need a quick family-pleasing dinner, the rotisserie chicken is an obvious choice. But can you really "wow" your crew with this easy ingredient? Yes! Try these four fast chicken fixer-uppers.<p><b>1. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas</b><p>These crisp tortillas filed with gooey melted cheddar and chicken in …

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Hawaiian staple: macaroni/potato salad. http://t.co/p88jEPcmTK

For Italians, a Lingering Superiority Complex About Roman Empire

British author says Italy is a complex, sometimes infuriating, country.<p>Say the word Italy, and we think of sun-kissed piazzas, stars over the Mediterranean, spellbinding museums, and mouth-watering food. But as veteran <i>Guardian</i> and <i>Financial Times</i> correspondent John Hooper explains in his new book,</i> …

Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

In a new challenge to police practices in Ferguson, Mo., a group of civil rights lawyers is suing the city over the way people are jailed when they fail to pay fines for traffic tickets and other minor offenses.<p>The lawsuit, filed Sunday night on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the police …

Bantams: The army units for those under 5ft 3in

<b>A century ago the British Army set up Bantam battalions for men under 5ft 3in. Why were short men put in special units during World War One?</b><p>Imagine the army had a ban on short men. Then scrapped it on condition that those below a certain height were put together into special "short stature" …

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The Perils of Blaming the ‘Liberal Media’

After a news cycle that seem­ingly would not end last week, Rand Paul needed a scape­goat.<p>What had star­ted as an am­bigu­ous state­ment about …

Tesla Is Facing Headwinds, Time for a Road Trip

As the brothers from Animal House's Delta Tau Chi frat all knew, in times of trouble there’s nothing better than a road trip. Apparently, that lesson isn’t lost on Tesla Motors, which this weekend is launching its “Double Black Dual Motor Tour” to 10 cities across the U.S.<p>The road trip is meant to …

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Angry US middle classes feel the squeeze

<b>Vociferous protests against a proposal to tax earnings on withdrawals from a popular college savings plan prompted a rapid U-turn by US President Barack Obama's administration.</b><p>It was a potent demonstration of the power of the middle class lobby in the US,<p>But who are the American middle classes, and …

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Father of one-time Jihadi John suspect is jailed in US over Africa embassy bombings

Osama bin Laden's former London spokesman, whose son was a British music rapper before joining Isil, is given 25-year sentence<p>An Egyptian man was sentenced to 25 years in an American prison on Friday for conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa, which left 224 people dead.<p>…

Crispy Roasted Breakfast Potatoes for Brunch Happiness

Breakfast potatoes roasted to perfection, with the addition of red onions and peppers. Add some poached eggs, and you never need to go out for brunch again!<p>Cooking is my love language. I suppose that falls under <i>acts of service</i>, but it’s not really the same to me. After all, we all need to eat and …

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S'mores Lava Cakes | Creme De La Crumb

<i>S’mores Lava Cakes – Gooey chocolate lava cakes with a graham cracker crust, topped with toasted marshmallows, just like a s’more!</i><p>True or false. …

Chicken Dinners: Kimchi Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry

I never take for granted that I live in such a food-rich city. Not only is Singapore teeming with Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Malay restaurants, but there must be at least 20 Korean eateries (including a Korean market) within a stone's throw of my apartment. As a lover of kimchi—an …

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Inside Crimea: A Jewel in Two Crowns

Crimea has been a flashpoint between Russia and Ukraine for decades. Here's why.<p>In 2011, <i>National Geographic</i> magazine visited Crimea for an in-depth look. Many of the issues we covered then are now in sharp relief as tensions rise between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians.<p><b>Because of its history and</b> …

The Legacy of Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

This African-American explorer was the first man to stand on top of the world.<p><b>“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson</b><p><i>In honor of Black History Month this story was excerpted from the forthcoming work</i> …

How Slaves Shaped American Cooking

Slaves planted the seeds of favorite foods they were forced to leave behind.<p>Growing up on Sapelo Island, Georgia, Cornelia Walker Bailey never thought of red peas as anything special. Sapelo, a barrier island about the size of Manhattan, has about 50 residents, primarily descendants of African …

The BA Seal of Approval 2013: The 25 Products We Can't Cook (or Live) Without

From herbal tea and supermarket Cheddar to potato rolls and Korean chili paste, the 25 products Bon Appétit's editors can't cook—or, really, live—without<p><b>Recipes From The Seal</b><p><b>How We Chose</b><p><b>Trust isn’t given; it’s earned</b>. That’s why, for the second year, we’re rewarding the products that have won our …

Peppermint Meringues

Makes about 60 Servings<p>December 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 large egg whites, room temperature<p>1/8 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1/3 cup sugar<p>1/2 cup powdered sugar<p>1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract<p>12 drops red food coloring<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Preheat oven to 200°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an …

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