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White Gold: Cyprus' Halloumi Cheese Entangled in Politics

White Gold: Cyprus' Halloumi Cheese Entangled in Politics

Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get the European Union to recogniz

Japanese City to Punish Hate Speech

Japanese City to Punish Hate Speech

Kawasaki has become the first Japanese city to punish hate speech, and discrimination against foreigners and ethnic minorities. The new ordinance enacted at the Kawasaki Municipal Assembly, which will enter into force on July 1, bans discriminatory language and actions against foreign people in p

Italian Artist Maurizio Cattelan "Doesn't Care" Someone Ate His Artwork

Italian Artist Maurizio Cattelan said he feels indifferent about the idea that another artist ate his artwork featuring a duct-taped banana to a wall. Cattelan, known for his unfamiliar woks, has fixed a banana on a wall, and displayed the work he named "Comedian" at the Art Basel Miami gallery i

Successful Reading of Cat's Facial Expression Not Linked to Ownership

Successful Reading of Cat's Facial Expression Not Linked to Ownership

Cats have a reputation for being independent and even aloof, so it is no surprise that their facial expressions are difficult to read.

As Petrol Prices Rise, More Egyptians Convert to Duel-Fuel Vehicles

As Petrol Prices Rise, More Egyptians Convert to Duel-Fuel Vehicles

The number of Egyptians switching to duel-fuel vehicles is accelerating as the government pushes motorists to use cheaper, cleaner and plentiful natural gas. About 300,000 vehicles, mostly taxis and minibuses, have been converted to duel-fuel systems since the 1990s -- a small fraction of the 11

Palestinians in Bethlehem Look beyond Religious Tourism

Palestinians in Bethlehem Look beyond Religious Tourism

For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root, focused on the West Bank town

Decorative Lights Contain Harmful Substances, Experts Warn

Decorative Lights Contain Harmful Substances, Experts Warn

Decorative lights contain potentially harmful plasticizers whose concentrations exceed legal limits, said an environmental organization. The Germany-based Friends of the Earth organization has recently assigned a laboratory to test four types of decorative lights to see if they contain harmful ph

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