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SAINT-EMILION, France — An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the Saint-Emilion vineyard's CFO, they were clearly fakes — too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
A simple story told with economy, "Wadjda" is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking. It's also genuinely groundbreaking: the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film directed by a Saudi woman.
President Obama’s decision to defer to Congress the decision about whether to slap around Syria was a pure political masterstroke.
How could the Obama administration even considered for one minute arming the Syrian rebels?
WASHINGTON — This may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. And this may be the week when a bipartisan group of senators makes public details of the overhaul plan it has been negotiating for months.
HONOLULU — Walk along the shops in Waikiki and it isn't hard to come across vendors selling knickknacks of a fake Hawaii — no, the Aloha State doesn't have wild monkeys or parrots. Lei aren't plastic and don't cost 99 cents — they're supposed to be made of real flowers.
While it seems most of America is caught up in the election year theatrics, similar to what occurs during a fight on an elementary school playground, a report released on money wasted during the Iraq war goes unnoticed.
Are you about over the pomegranate trend yet?
Surrounded by the protection of barbed-wire fences and cement barricades, the United States Forces — Iraq flag was furled for the last time during an unpretentious ceremony in Baghdad on Dec. 15. It has been a long nine years. At the war’s onset in 2003, troops were promised the only way to return home was through Baghdad. Nine years, two administrations, and multiple tours later — with mission finally accomplished — troops are headed home to celebrate Christmas.
It's exciting to travel lightly with just a passport, a toothbrush, and a couple changes of clothes - planning as you go and moving between places nimbly. This is exactly what I did going to Seville.
The West Valley Arts Council’s Backyard Concert Series returns at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 with Alturas. The concert is in the Marley Park community, 13243 N. Founders Park Blvd., and is presented in conjunction with the Valleywide CALA Festival running through Nov. 16. General admission lawn seating for the outdoor concert is $10 adult and $5 student.
Arizona State University and Tempe are working to build an ultra-high speed computer network in the Valley that would make today’s high speed service seem as pokey as dial-up.
As the controversy over the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan continues to fester, perhaps a historical perspective on such matters is worth considering.
Patsy’s Bridal Shower adds performances
DENVER — Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter performance improved on higher copper prices and better market conditions in Asia, although demand remained weak in the United States.
Congestion in the skies and on the ground may pave the way for bullet train expansion to Phoenix and other western cities.
BEIJING — The auto-parts maker Delphi Corp. is headquartered in Troy, Mich., in the heart of the region that made the United States the car capital of the world. It's a place where the phrase "buy American" is right at home.
It had pitifully small teeth inside its weak jaws, and a huge pot belly hung like a kettle over its broad hips and cumbersome legs. It looked like a slightly daffy ostrich-dinosaur mutant with slothlike claws on the ends of its feathered arms.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council swiftly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Monday as "a clear violation" of a 2006 resolution and said it will start work immediately on another one that could result in new sanctions against the reclusive nation.
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea fired a rocket over Japan on Sunday, defying Washington, Tokyo and other world leaders who suspect the launch was cover for a test of its long-range missile technology. President Barack Obama warned the move would further isolate the communist nation.
WASHINGTON - The northeastern U.S. coast is likely to see the world's biggest sea level rise from man-made global warming, a new study predicts.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Russia and neighboring Central Asian nations have agreed to let supplies pass through their territory to American soldiers in Afghanistan, lessening Washington's dependence on dangerous routes through Pakistan, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday.
ANYTOWN, CHINA: In Asia and the Middle East, new homes are going up in “master-planned” communities resembling those in California, such as this one in Beijing. In China, some developments even bear the names of California suburbs such as Mission Hills or Palm Springs, capturing the dreams of China’s growing middle class who are drawn to the Western lifestyle.
UNITED NATIONS - Alone among major Western nations, the United States has refused to sign a declaration presented Thursday at the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality.