Rage In The Streets

Just as night fell and the Ramadan fast was set to break last Tuesday, murder shattered Antwerp's fragile calm. A deranged white neighbor shot Mohamed Achrak, 27, as the popular young teacher stood outside his parents' home. As word spread, stunned kids on the streets of Borgerhout, an immigrant-heavy enclave of the Belgian city, summoned others on mobile phones and headed for its main drag. Soon they were smashing car windows and shopfronts, dodging tear-gas canisters and hurling stones at...

Hooked On Hookahs

It's midnight in Paris, and the crowd is growing outside the Left Bank's Paradis de l'Orient cafe. "A half hour to get in?" complains one would-be patron. A cafe employee shrugs apologetically. Sounds of clapping and singing--and the smell of fruity smoke--waft into the street. Some decide to leave, but others choose to wait it out. The big attraction? The chance to smoke a bubbling Middle Eastern hookah pipe--and the glamour of being on the cusp of a trend.Of course, the water pipes known as...

Sniper Hunt

Could the sniper terrorizing greater Washington be a military cadet from France? While French law-enforcement authorities have alerted American counterparts to their concerns about a missing 25-year-old trainee officer, evidence linking him to the shootings is thin. The missing second lieutenant, whose Slavic-sounding name has been withheld at his family's request, was due back from a hiking trip in Canada and the United States by September 2. However, his family has not heard from him for more...

West Meets East

It's midnight in Paris, and the crowd is growing outside the Left Bank's Paradis de l'Orient cafe. "A half hour to get in?" complains one would-be patron.A cafe employee shrugs apologetically. Sounds of clapping and singing--and the smell of fruity smoke--waft into the street. Some decide to leave, but others choose to wait it out. The big attraction? The chance to smoke a bubbling Mideastern hookah pipe--and the glamour of being on the cusp of a trend.Of course, the water pipes known as...

The French: Not Just Blowing Smoke

A Sunday evening. The regular patter of French television commercials is broken by silence as a white-on-black message accosts 15 million unsuspecting viewers: "Traces of cyanide, mercury, acetone, and ammonia have been discovered in a widely consumed product." Within hours 1 million viewers call the toll-free number offered for more information. Those who got through were politely informed that "the product... is cigarettes."This new campaign, launched by the French government, was inspired by...

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