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Will shootings affect French election?updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 06:24:00

Re-election to the Elysée Palace was looking like mission impossible for President Nicolas Sarkozy: Trailing far behind the socialist candidate François Hollande in the polls for months, Sarkozy had only just recently narrowed his rival's lead, but only at the price of a pugnacious and robust few weeks of campaigning, exploiting the extreme right's favorite themes, immigration and halal meat.

Making new friends as an adultupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 10:26:00

There's war going on my refrigerator. In the lower right-hand drawer, we keep our lunch meat and cheese. Among the slightly moldy hunks of Cheddar, the wedges of dried, ancient Parmesan, the deflated skins of scooped-out Brie, lies a cheap plastic bag of cheese sticks.

Six best eats at Disney Worldupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 13:10:00

Keep up with the kids with fuel from these Walt Disney World restaurants.

Taking care of business in New York's 'Little Egypt'updated: Tue Apr 12 2011 06:28:00

When chef and food aficionado Ali El Sayed opened the Kebab Café in Astoria, New York City, some 24 years ago, few there had even heard of Egyptian cuisine.

New York's first Egyptian restaurantupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 06:28:00

Marketplace Africa travels to New York where African merchants set up shop amidst economic turmoil.

Top chef aims to succeed where Gordon Ramsay failedupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 08:57:00

Whether he's dipping into sensational flavors or blending an array of ingredients, South African chef Reuben Riffel is creating mouthwatering tastes that appeal to the pickiest of palates.

A chef at heartupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 08:57:00

Chef Reuben Riffel tells CNN he's not interested in being labeled a celebrity and wants his reputation to be based simply on his food.

The West's best ski townsupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 07:52:00

Whether you're all about the hot toddies, mountain views, Wild West saloons, après-ski eats or small-town charm, we've got the place for you.

America's healthiest mall foodupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 08:07:00

After zooming from one end of the mall to the other, don't you deserve a quick bite? Of course.

Serving up Senegalese cuisineupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 11:51:00

Chef Pierre Thiam puts Senegalese cuisine at the center table in the Big Apple.

Website sells Shariah-approved sex aids to Muslimsupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 12:23:00

The El Asira home page is a discreet design with two simple links for men and women. The only clue to its content are the small blue and pink hearts at the top of the page.

Amsterdam's Muslim sex shopupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 12:23:00

CNN's Atika Shubert meets the man behind what's billed as the world's first online sex shop catering to Muslim couples.

Istanbul's best Turkish restaurantsupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 09:19:00

Having lived in Istanbul on and off since my childhood, I have followed the city's culinary evolution with the kind of passionate scrutiny that most people reserve for their favorite football team.

Lady Gaga's healthy dietupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 09:26:00

With the demands of performing on her Monster Ball tour, recording a new album and being one of her generation's top pop stars, Lady Gaga has a lot on her plate -- but she stays healthy by watching what she puts on her plate. Lady Gaga's Healthy Diet: Tofu, Turkey and Hummusupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 08:07:00

The pop star's choreographer says Gaga is a stickler about her health

Q and A with Anthony Bourdain, back in Beirutupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 21:01:00

Nicole Dow: During your first visit to Beirut in 2006, the war between Hezbollah and Israel started. It's now been four years. How did you find Beirut on this second trip?

Fortune: Nestlé: Tailoring products to local nichesupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 10:18:00

Nestlé: Famous maker of chocolate, coffee -- and the world's biggest producer of halal food for Muslims? Another surprise: that the company managed to gain market share in most business segments in a recession -- largely because of the scope of its offerings. Nestlé isn't just the biggest producer of halal food (which conforms with Islamic dietary law) in the world; it's the biggest producer of food, period (ahead of Kraft), with 2009 revenue of $99 billion. While its scale is enormous -- 1.2 billion people buy its products daily, and 28 of its brands bring in more than 1 billion Swiss francs (about $870 million) annually -- one of its strengths is not thinking like a behemoth.

Blog: Meeting celebrity chef Marcus Samuelssonupdated: Wed May 26 2010 06:14:00

Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson speaks several languages -- one of which is food. In the few hours we spent together, I saw his face light up more than once when he talked about blending flavors and creating different food journeys for the people who enjoy his cuisine.

Lebanon claims latest title in 'Hummus War'updated: Sun May 09 2010 05:29:00

Lebanon set a record for the largest plate of hummus Saturday in the continuing gastronomic war with Israel over the regional delicacy.

For troops, a happy meal is relativeupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 18:36:00

When Command Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Hall of the International Security Assistance Force announced that fast-food offerings like Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen and Orange Julius were being shuttered in Afghanistan, he was blunt about it.

Restaurant gives Americans a taste of Somaliaupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 07:04:00

In the kitchen of the restaurant Safari Express, it's hard to tell what's more powerful, the spicy aroma of the East African food or the fiery passion of the chef, Jamal Hashi.

Spicy successupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 07:04:00

Inside Africa views a Somali chef's mission to share his country's cuisine with new palates.

This week on Inside Africa ...updated: Mon Mar 01 2010 12:07:00

This week we're going beyond the continent's borders to explore the African Diaspora.

From Mecca to Minaupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 08:03:00

CNN's Isha Sesay is in Saudi Arabia and gives us a glimpse inside the Hajj pilgrimage.

U.S. couple from Georgia experiences Hajj pilgrimageupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 08:03:00

Hina Babar had prepared for this day for months. But now, as she landed in Saudi Arabia for the Muslim pilgrimage Hajj, the time seemed to have flown by.

What are some healthy snacks to keep in the dorm?updated: Fri Oct 09 2009 10:05:00

What are some healthy snack choices that college students can store in their dorm room?

Egyptian jeweler Azza Fahmy's insider guide to Cairoupdated: Sun Sep 06 2009 08:20:00

Cairo native and jewelry designer to the stars, Azza Fahmy, reveals her favorite sights, restaurants and activities in the Egyptian capital.

What are good snacks for diabetics?updated: Fri Jan 23 2009 10:20:00

What are good snacks for diabetics to eat during the day?

Paris: Where to eatupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 07:34:00

Gourmets may sigh with delight at the thought of dining in Paris, but many visitors wonder what the fuss is all about.

Sample a Swedish seafood smorgasbordupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 10:36:00

Local produce, fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients form the foundation of Malmo's exciting culinary scene.

Thai prime minister refuses to resignupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 22:26:00

Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has vowed in a live radio broadcast that he will not resign, The Associated Press reported. Report: Thai Foreign Minister Resignsupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 19:00:00

Thailand's state news agency says Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag has resigned, but government officials are refusing to confirm the report

Fake your party food with takeoutupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 09:31:00

Whether you're hosting a formal party or just throwing together snacks for drinks with friends, we've got ideas for transforming carryout into crowd-pleasing cuisine. Everyone will assume your sink is stacked with dirty pots and pans. (And if you keep them out of the kitchen, they'll never know the truth.)

Thaksin flees Thailandupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 13:18:00

Thaksin Shinawatra flees Thailand to avoid ongoing corruption charges. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Variety the spice of food in Beijingupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 09:05:00

If there's one thing that makes Beijing an enticing city to both local and expatriate Beijingers alike, it's the food.

Beijing market foodupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 09:05:00

CNN's David Challenger looks at some of the interesting food for sale on the streets of Beijing. A KFC to Give the Colonel Indigestionupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 15:00:00

Kabul Fried Chicken not only does its best to imitate the more famous owner of its initials, it has spawned local imitators of its own

Review: Another 'Mess' from Sandlerupdated: Sun Jun 08 2008 09:56:00

Back in his Monty Python days, Michael Palin triumphed as a violence-prone barber who hates cutting hair and dreams of becoming a lumberjack -- a lumberjack who dresses in women's clothing.

Eat like a local: Seattleupdated: Fri May 16 2008 10:02:00

An authentic crêperie, a homey Ethiopian place and a down-home soul-food joint are among the city's favorite eateries.

Persian food El Salvador styleupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 11:06:00

Hala and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for this month's "Inside the Middle East" show shoot.

Soldier survives stabbingupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 13:42:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on how military surgeons saved the life of a soldier stabbed in the head in Iraq.

Soldier survives bizarre injury thanks to heroics and a bit of tech updated: Mon Nov 05 2007 13:42:00

It takes a few moments to notice the dent in Sgt. Dan Powers' head, a place where he was stabbed with a nine-inch blade while patrolling the streets of the Iraqi capital.

Nutrition on the goupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:50:00

Eating right when you travel for work isn't always easy, but there are a few ways to eat healthier on the go.

Tricks to help you eat healthfully on the roadupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 15:50:00

Amid the rush and stress of business travel, nutrition is often pushed aside. While worrying about beating traffic, making flights, preparing for meetings and presentations, who has the time or the energy to think about eating healthfully?

Bod Squad: Eat well on the roadupdated: Sat Jun 30 2007 01:08:00

Bod Squad: Eat well on the road

Iraqi refugees to resettle amid fresh trauma of violent pastupdated: Tue Jun 19 2007 11:59:00

A white board at the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta shows the origins of the hundreds of refugees the agency has placed in Georgia -- Vietnam, Burma, Iran. Soon, it will add another country, Iraq. Hi, My Name Is ...updated: Wed Mar 21 2007 10:35:00

MIAMI -- There's a lot of "World" in the newest of the World Golf Championships, the CA Championship at Doral Resort in Miami this week, and that's just in the media dining room.

Mumbai Director's Blogupdated: Mon May 29 2006 05:16:00

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Hamas, Abbas split in reaction to Tel Aviv attack updated: Mon Apr 17 2006 06:48:00

A suicide bombing that killed nine people at an Israeli restaurant Monday provoked conflicting responses from Palestinian leaders, underscoring the recent power shift within the Palestinian Authority.

My New York is better than yours updated: Fri Apr 07 2006 12:06:00

New York's temples of haute cuisine get so much attention, it's possible to forget that the real pride and joy for locals -- who tend to eat out more than other Americans, on average -- is the vast array of modestly priced restaurants serving food from all around the globe. We love to eat at Gramercy Tavern and Chanterelle from time to time, but here are some places where you'll find us any night of the week.

Istanbul City Guideupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 11:20:00

Check out The Scene's recommendations for Turkey's cultural and historic capital and send us your ideas and suggestions below.

Recipe: Royal Hara Bhara Kebabupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 12:34:00

Courtesy Sanjiv Kapoor

Fortune: Insider's City Guideupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 00:01:00

You're traveling on business this summer and find yourself with a few hours to kill. No client to satisfy. No kids to entertain. Just you--itching to fill your belly, slake your thirst, and relax i...

FSB: Gotham Cityupdated: Mon Nov 01 1999 00:01:00

New Yorkers, hardly immune to the prohibitive costs of their native isle, make a sport of ranting about the city's overpriced this and that. At the top of the list, especially when in-laws are comi...

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