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Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it. The movie "Muhammad,...
She still has friends who work at Columbia, so singer Brandi Carlile isn't gloating about her first disc after being dumped by the label becoming her fastest-seller. OK. Maybe a little. "There's still a part of me who feels valued by...
Italy unveiled the restored crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii on Friday, showing off a rare success story.   The country raced to shore up the site, which had been marred by such mismanagement and neglect that it risked losing EU...
The idea is colossal: building an eco-friendly city the size of Singapore in the desert outside Cairo, a sleek new capital fit for the 21st century where a diverse slice of society will live in harmony. Of the projects unveiled at the corporate...
 A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.   City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in...
A real estate investment trust that's considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than a dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle Properties owns 16 resorts...
The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon's first product recall in its 108-year history.   Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas...
Australia's government was trying to confirm reports that an Australian teenager was among a group of suicide bombers from the Islamic State movement that struck Iraq's embattled Anbar province.   The Islamic State group claimed in an...
Just days before Egypt holds a major economic conference to attract foreign investors, scores of workers held the latest in a string of protests outside government offices in Cairo, complaining they had not been paid for months and accusing...
Egypt plans to offer some 50 projects valued at up to $35 billion at an international investment conference (EEDC) later this month, officials said Thursday, as the country looks to revive an economy battered by four years of unrest.   Some...