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Edible insects give Mexicans a taste of history – and maybe the future

Yahoo World News Feed - 2 hours 30 min ago

There are crispy brown grasshoppers cooked into that bread. Eating bugs “is confused with being something exotic,” not just by foreigners, but by many city-dwelling Mexicans as well, says Isaac Sandoval, co-owner of the Época de Oro Chocolateria, who is serving up critter-covered chocolates. “This is tradition and is a huge part of Mexico’s story,” Mr. Sandoval says.

Israeli president’s advice on Holocaust remembrance

Yahoo World News Feed - April 24, 2017 - 3:49pm

If his talk can inspire Israel and its neighbors to live in peace someday, perhaps it will be remembered as long as the Holocaust will be. The third way accepts the need for Jewish solidarity and the goal of preventing genocide but adopts the Jewish value of respecting all men and women, regardless of their religion or race.

For Turkey's Erdoğan, new powers present fresh challenges

Yahoo World News Feed - April 24, 2017 - 2:52pm

Dressed all in black and with a string of prayer beads wrapped around his wrist, the bearded election monitor in Istanbul's conservative Fatih district predicted that a “yes” result to expand presidential powers would heal Turkey’s deep divisions, and usher in an era of utopian calm. “Turkey will be a more understanding, tolerant, and sympathetic country,” said Ülker Abdullah, an Istanbul security guard appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to watch a polling station for the landmark referendum April 16. “If the result is ‘yes’ … people will live with each other with more respect, with more diversity,” said Mr. Abdullah, of his expectations of investing Turkey’s charismatic but divisive leader with sweeping new powers.

Witnesses to execution test a 'somber civic duty'

Yahoo World News Feed - April 24, 2017 - 2:07pm

Dale Baich has watched 13 people die in the Arizona death chamber. One in particular has stayed with him: convicted murderer Joe Woods, who took nearly two hours to die. In some respects, Mr. Baich, a capital defense attorney, had no option but to be there for a client.

Now on the threshold of the French presidency, who is Marine Le Pen?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 24, 2017 - 10:14am

When Marine Le Pen was a child growing up in Paris, her friends never slept over – their parents wouldn’t allow it. Ms. Le Pen describes in her autobiography, “A Contre Flots,” or “Against the Current,” a childhood that was full of insults, suffering, and injustice – all simply because of her family name. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!

A Mideast rivalry worth watching

Yahoo World News Feed - April 23, 2017 - 2:40pm

At the heart of many Middle East conflicts lies a fierce rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both now have leaders eager to win over young people with fundamental reform. For Saudis, that leader is Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince who is barely over 30.

How Trump's Syria strike could affect North Korea, Egypt attacks must not divide Christians and Muslims, Improving protection of older people's rights, Investing in STEM education can aid development, Are citizens of a democracy obligated to vote?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 22, 2017 - 4:00am

"The bombing of one of Bashar al-Assad’s airfields must have sent premonitions through the minds of Kim Jong-un and his generals: they could be next," states an editorial. "The deployment of significant American naval assets to the South China Sea must also represent evidence to the North Korean leadership that Donald Trump wants to send a message to all of his nation’s enemies in the world: don’t mess with America.... The more the North Koreans believe he might [bomb North Korea], the more circumspect they ought to be.

Readers write: Power of science, regional change, enjoying and learning

Yahoo World News Feed - April 22, 2017 - 4:00am

John Yemma captures some of the stellar glow of science in his March 20 Upfront piece, “The pure spirit of science.” But the gleam of science goes well beyond the wonder of new discoveries and the excitement of dedicated workers. Scientific thinking provides a logical, inspired pathway to solve problems and trigger scintillating inspiration. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

O'Reilly and changing a culture of sexual harassment

Yahoo World News Feed - April 21, 2017 - 2:15pm

When Fox News was forced to part ways with their wildly successful host Bill O’Reilly this week, many pointed out an all-too-common problem in many American businesses: a culture that tolerates sexual harassment. Thirty years after the Supreme Court ruled such behavior a form of illegal discrimination in the workplace, there remain significant gaps between the nation’s social ideals and the realities on the job. To change workplace culture, many professionals say, it's not so much policies or training that make a difference but the tone established by leaders.

Those obituaries for Trump-style populism? A bit premature

Yahoo World News Feed - April 21, 2017 - 1:49pm

There is no doubting why Donald Trump, America’s 45th president, chose to hang a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, in the Oval Office: He sees himself as the political heir to the nation’s first populist president. Last week, on one day alone, President Trump reversed himself on closing the Export-Import Bank, labeling China a “currency manipulator,” and canning Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve. The “globalists,” including economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner, were ascendant; Steve Bannon, chief policy strategist and keeper of the populist-nationalist flame, was on the outs.

Is the tumult of France's presidential race a sign of longing for lost grandeur?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 21, 2017 - 8:44am

If there has been one constant in France's 2017 presidential campaign, it has been the repeated rise of the outsider who comes out of nowhere to scramble political assumptions and electoral math. The latest example is Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This week, he's breathing down the necks of both his far-right counterpart and longtime frontrunner Marine Le Pen and young centrist Emmanuel Macron, the two favorites to advance.

In Balkans, a fragile order grows brittle, threatening stability

Yahoo World News Feed - April 21, 2017 - 7:52am

In this bucolic corner of northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Tomasevic can still afford to be indifferent to international affairs. Almost two decades after the guns of war fell silent in the Balkans, marking the end of Yugoslavia’s breakup, renewed tensions are bubbling up, threatening a carefully calibrated order that has yielded an increasingly brittle stability. Recommended: Think you know Europe?

The next O'Reilly: Why young conservatives may not want a Papa Bear

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2017 - 3:44pm

Papa Bear is gone from the airwaves. “Papa Bear” is Bill O’Reilly, of course – the 8:00 p.m. star who helped make Fox News the right-leaning network of choice. Comedian Stephen Colbert gave Mr. O’Reilly the nickname while shaping his old “Colbert Report” into a satire of and homage to the newscaster’s blustery approach.

Is anyone mightier than Le Pen?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2017 - 2:40pm

When Marine Le Pen was a child growing up in Paris, her friends never slept over – their parents wouldn’t allow it. Ms. Le Pen describes in her autobiography, “A Contre Flots,” or “Against the Current,” a childhood that was full of insults, suffering, and injustice – all simply because of her family name. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!

The latest sanctuary city? Mexico City.

Yahoo World News Feed - April 20, 2017 - 9:48am

On a recent Tuesday morning, scores of passengers disembarked from an unmarked plane and entered a back corner of Mexico City’s international airport through frosted glass doors. Since January, airplanes carrying between 130 and 135 Mexican deportees from the United States have arrived here three times a week. It’s an increase over the two flights a week that arrived starting in 2013, under former President Barack Obama, who some nicknamed “Deporter in Chief” for the record number of deportations that took place under his administration. Deportations from the US to Mexico fell during the first few months of President Trump's term, compared to 2016.

Why North Korea may be a threat to itself

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2017 - 2:57pm

As the Trump administration continues to rattle a saber at North Korea, it should take note of a new survey by two economists at South Korea’s central bank. In interviews with hundreds of recent North Korean refugees, they found the United States has already invaded the country in one big way: The preferred currency among North Koreans for buying food, goods, and services is the American dollar, not the local currency. This is a sure sign of a thriving underground market despite the official line of a state-run economy.

Blue surge in Georgia: What election shows about shifts in suburban values

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2017 - 1:24pm

While he did not breach the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff in June, he did surge to an easy plurality over 17 other candidates in the district – the place where Newt Gingrich catapulted into national politics with a 1979 win. Recommended: Do you really know your Atlanta Braves baseball history? The Sixth has been no-man’s land for Democrats ever since.

The twin goals behind North Korea's resolve on nuclear weapons

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2017 - 12:19pm

The Trump administration has portrayed the US missile strike on a Syrian air field earlier this month as a sign its willingness to make tough decisions. “The logic is pretty simple,” says Wenran Jiang, an associate professor of political science at the University of Alberta, in Canada. As a small, impoverished nation focused on its own survival, North Korea is deeply committed to holding on to its nuclear arms.

Crisis in Venezuela: Can Trump ‘lead from behind’ in Latin America?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2017 - 11:32am

The Trump administration, which is showing some unexpected glimmers of interest in promoting human rights and democracy, may have an opportunity to do both, right in America’s backyard – with increasingly volatile Venezuela. Instead, it will be through cooperation and partnership with Venezuela’s steadily more concerned and outspoken neighbors and Latin America’s solid democracies – which just might hold sway with a government in Caracas that rejects US pressures as same-old “yanqui” imperialism.

Moscow plans to give people new apartments, but is there a catch?

Yahoo World News Feed - April 19, 2017 - 11:30am

Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia? The effort to move about 1.6 million residents out of the nearly 8,000 targeted buildings – dubbed Khrushchevki after Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader who ordered them built – is in principle a benevolent one. Many residents say they fear that they will be shifted into enormous housing developments on the city's outskirts, without the green space and the community surroundings they are accustomed to, while the often valuable downtown real estate their old buildings sat upon will be handed over to developers to construct luxury housing for the rich.