Actors, writers join anti-Trump campaign
LOS ANGELES • Prominent actors, writers and thinkers have joined a "Stop Hate Dump Trump" campaign to denounce the billionaire Republican presidential front runner, saying he is a threat to the United States.
Actors Harry Belafonte, Kerry Washington and Jane Fonda, filmmaker Jonathan Demme and intellectual Noam Chomsky are among those lending their support to the drive to prevent Mr Trump from getting into the White House.
Mr Trump announced his bid for the White House last June, and has dominated the news cycle of the presidential race ever since with insults against Mexicans and illegal immigrants and a call for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
Bird flu threat to French foie gras industry
PARIS • Already assailed byanimal rights groups, France's foie gras industry now faces a fight on a second front: bird flu.
Production of France's favourite festive season treat has been hit by restrictions resulting from an avian influenza scare in the south-west, where most of the delicacy is produced. Foie gras - consumed in lavish quantities in France at Christmas and New Year - is the fatty liver of geese and ducks that have been force-fed grain.