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Hopes for a historic peace deal in Burma were raised this week with a meeting between government officials and representatives of more than a dozen rebel groups in the country’s far north.
On Tuesday, a joint statement announced that an agreement had been made in principle for the signing of a nationwide cease-fire agreement and the establishment of a framework for political dialogue. President’s Office Minister Aung Min hailed the occasion as “one of the most important in 60 years.”
Nevertheless, those familiar with the fractious politics of the Southeast Asian nation — which is known officially as Myanmar — have poured water on prospects of a quick fix to the world’s longest-running civil war.
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Stock up on the Bordeaux now! According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, hailstorms and heavy rain have inundated the famed winemaking region, wiping out entire crops in the area’s prime growing spots and resulting in a 19% decrease in grape production this year. Growers say it’s the smallest harvest in 20 years — at a time of booming global demand.
Among the worst hit areas are Entre-Deux-Mers, which is known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes, and areas of Cotes de Castillon.
“It makes you realize you rely on nature and sometimes it is not with you,” winemaker Gavin Quinne of Château Bauduc told the Journal.
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What would you call a pair of beef patties with three sesame seed buns, some lettuce, onions, pickles and sauce? “Big McCopycat” could be McDonald’s answer, as Burger King reintroduces its ‘Big King.’
“Anybody can copy anybody in fast food,” Scott Hume, editor of the BurgerBusiness blog told USA Today after the announcement that Burger King was rolling out a Big Mac-lookalike. “What consumers do care about, he says, is value, convenience and taste.”
And that is exactly what Burger King is banking on, reiterating its mantra of “unique fire grilling” while refraining to comment on the fact that the new incarnation of ‘Big King,’ unlike its 1997 predecessor, even has the third slice of bun to match its rival.
The United States is looking at new classified intelligence indicating the Syrian government may not fully declare its chemical weapons stockpile, CNN has learned. That would mean Syria will still have a secret cache of chemical weapons after the agreed-upon destruction of its declared weapons is carried out.
The intelligence is not definitive, but “there are various threads of information that would shake our confidence,” one U.S. official said. “They have done things recently that suggest Syria is not ready to get rid of all their chemical weapons.”
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