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Several years ago a houseguest visiting me in New York said, "You've taken me to four bars and two restaurants, and none of them have been marked. What is going on?" It was the height of Manhattan's speakeasy craze, and although it may have gotten (and may still be!) a little out of hand, there was something irresistible about exploring an underground New York just for New Yorkers.

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Marrakech: Give in to irresistible contrastsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 22:13:00

Talk with two people who have been to Marrakech and you'll get very different views on what a trip there is like.

Scandals put a spotlight on France's hidden sexism, privacy lawsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 14:42:00

Fresh political sex scandals, following closely on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, have France gripped by a debate on the nation's hidden culture of sexism and how its tough privacy laws, which prevent journalists from exposing sexual misbehavior, help perpetuate it.

This week on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Thu May 26 2011 12:08:00

Inside the Middle East Show #88

7 world markets to see before you buyupdated: Tue May 17 2011 08:30:00

What? A best-markets-of-the-world lineup without Marrakesh, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar and Cairo's Khan el-Khalili in the mix? But you already know about those, and anyway we just mentioned them.

Explosion rips through Morocco cafeupdated: Thu May 12 2011 06:03:00

Journalist Boris Thiolay describes an explosion that ripped through a popular cafe in Marrakech, Morocco.

Morocco bombing investigation goes internationalupdated: Thu May 12 2011 06:03:00

Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the April 28 bombing in Marrakech which killed 17 people and injured 20 others.

Pressure on Moroccan government spikes over bombingupdated: Mon May 09 2011 16:35:00

Moroccan authorities continued Monday with their investigation into last month's bombing in Marrakech after a weekend protest rally in there heightened tension over the attack.

Al Qaeda group denies bombing Morocco cafe, report saysupdated: Sat May 07 2011 14:55:00

A North African Al Qaeda group is denying responsibility for last month's bombing of a popular cafe in Morocco's south central tourist city of Marrakech, which killed 16 people and injured 21, according to a report Saturday.

3 suspects with al Qaeda ties arrested in Morocco cafe bombingupdated: Fri May 06 2011 07:15:00

Morocco's Interior Ministry said Thursday that three Moroccan suspects loyal to al Qaeda have been arrested in connection with last month's bombing at a popular Marrakech cafe, the official Maghreb Arabe Presse news agency reported.

Official: Blast at Moroccan cafe appears remotely detonatedupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 14:15:00

The bombing that ripped through a popular cafe in the Moroccan city of Marrakech apparently was set off at a distance, the state-run news agency said on Friday, citing the nation's interior minister.

Moroccan cafe bombing deemed 'act of terrorism'updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 21:05:00

A series of explosions that killed 15 people when they erupted Thursday morning in a cafe in the city of Marrakech was an act of terrorism, Morocco's interior minister said. 'No Truth' to Orlando Bloom-Miranda Kerr Engagement Rumorupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 17:18:00

A rep for the Pirates of the Caribbean star denies he proposed to the Victoria's Secret model Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Spend Thanksgiving in Moroccoupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 15:08:00

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jen Aniston and other A-listers also go to the North African nation for a gala Jake and Reese Get Cozy in Marrakechupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 14:34:00

Gyllenhaal and Witherspoon are spotted on the set of his movie, Prince of Persia

Luxurious hidden kingdomsupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 10:31:00

Jack Martin recommends six luxurious bolt-holes to avoid the crowds:

FSB: Rocking the Casbahupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:10:00

It's slow progress at best, strolling through the Fez medina with David Kellar and Brian Smith.

Thriving African tourism backed by private investmentsupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 12:46:00

The North African country with the fastest growth rate in tourism sent out a clear message that its own private sector will now play a more prominent role in developing its all-important travel industry, indicating that it is ready to use expertise acquired over several decades of steady growth to spearhead new initiatives that would put a large number of unknown sub-Saharan countries on the map.

Directors Cut Winner: Martin Scorseseupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 10:39:00

You voted: he won. Revered by the masses of moviegoers worldwide, it came as no surprise that Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "The Departed") topped the Screening Room's "Directors Cut" poll.

Competing for center stageupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 05:09:00

Never before have film stars had so many opportunities to pose for the paparazzi. The cinematic diary is crammed full of festivals. Now there's a new one in Abu Dhabi.

Guilty pleasures of famous peopleupdated: Thu Oct 25 2007 16:32:00

Isn't it tiring, trying to be perfect? Isn't there something to be said for the occasional dash of depravity? There is, and we're saying it. So are Elizabeth Edwards, Isaac Mizrahi, Amy Sedaris, and Nigella Lawson. Let them inspire you! Cross a line, eat a gram or two of saturated fat, splurge on something ridiculous. And remember -- sometimes tabletops are for dancing.

A tale of two Moroccosupdated: Fri May 04 2007 04:16:00

There are few cities I enjoy spending time in as much as Marrakesh in Morocco.

The Sahara: Dry but never boringupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 10:39:00

A wilderness of sun-baked plateaus, palm-fringed oases, and mesmerizing sand seas, the Sahara measures nearly 3.5 million square miles, and reaches into 10 countries. Of those, Niger and Libya arguably offer the most impressive scenery, while Morocco is attractive because of convenient flights, great cities like Marrakech, and the fact that U.S. citizens staying less than three months don't need visas.

VW plans thousands of job cutsupdated: Mon Sep 05 2005 07:47:00

Volkswagen, Europe's largest car maker, says it plans thousands of job cut as it continues its cost-cutting program.

Fortune: Better Homes and Gardens Quick, before the euro soars--buy a castle for a fraction of what you'd expect.updated: Mon Mar 05 2001 00:01:00

Call them fincas, quintas, castelli, or chateaux. You can buy a palatial getaway in Europe for less than the price of a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment.

Fortune: The Transoceanic In-Flight Playlistupdated: Mon Jan 24 2000 00:01:00

Now that the '90s have come to a close, here's a look back at some of the decade's finest music. (Part four in a series.)

Money Magazine: NEED A CAR? DEALERS WILL GO FOR BROKE TO GET YOU TO BUYupdated: Tue Aug 01 1989 00:01:00

As Cleve and Cindy Thompson just happily discovered, car buyers are in the driver's seat these days. When the Glide, Ore. couple began shopping for a 1989 Thunderbird LX, they were put off by the s...

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