FROM Seth Petchers
Is Starbucks Blocking Ethiopia's Bid to Trademark Coffee? Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, applied to trademark three of its most famous varieties. After a protest by the National Coffee Association , the US Trademark and Patent Office denied the request. Starbucks , an Association member, advertises its good relationship with suppliers. With estimated revenues of $80 billion a year, coffee is the world's most valuable trading commodity after oil, according to Oxfam , which says that multinational companies are ripping off farmers in poor countries. The British charity claims Starbucks was behind the trademark denial.
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What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?