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• Hamas, the militant group that has long engaged in violent resistance against Israel, is toning down its anti-Semitic language days before the rival Palestinian Authority’s leader, Mahmoud Abbas, is scheduled to meet President Trump. [The New York Times]
• India tacitly rejected a suggestion by the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that its dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir be settled in multilateral talks. [Hindustan Times]
• Villagers in India’s northeastern state of Assam beat to death two teenagers they accused of stealing cows, the latest in a string of mob assaults on Muslims. [The New York Times]
• Eminem, the American rap star, is suing New Zealand’s governing National Party over a song it used in ads that his lawyer argues is too similar to the artist’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself.” [SkyNews]
• The family of a 22-year-old Australian woman who was arrested in Colombia with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine called her “naïve” and said she was framed. [ABC]
• In Slovakia, two teenagers have become media darlings with their anticorruption message. “People say we are naïve, and I guess we are naïve,” said one. “But we are learning, and we are not alone.” [The New York Times]
• Running for an hour, no matter how healthy or unhealthy you are, could add up to seven hours to your life.
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America’s culinary champions are gathering in Chicago for the annual James Beard Awards, the country’s gastronomic Oscars.
Since 1991, the event has highlighted the crème de la crème of the food industry.
Long before the concept of celebrity chefs, James Beard, above, was hailed as a “kitchen wizard” and the “dean of the American cookery.”
Born in Portland, Ore., he dropped out of college and studied voice and theater in Europe. But back in the U.S., acting didn’t pay the bills, so he turned to catering and teaching clients how to cook and serve dinners “in an international manner.”
By 1955, he founded a cooking school in New York with a basic course of six lessons: crepes and sauces, soufflés, omelets, bread making, oven cookery and preparing a complete dinner party.
More than 20 cookbooks, a pioneering TV show and a stream of formative critiques followed, paving the way for chefs like Julia Child and Marcella Hazan. He died in 1985.
He professed an “incurable addiction to fine caviar” and was equally enamored of buttered new potatoes (though he eventually gave up the butter for health reasons).
“The secret of good cooking,” Mr. Beard said, “is first having a love of it.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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