The rising prices complicate policy efforts to battle recession.
Rice shortages are appearing across Asia. In Egypt, the Army is now baking bread to curb food riots.
The cultural equivalent of the American hot dog, grilled beef – kapana – is the street food of this cow-revering nation's rich and poor.
A bipartisan accord in the House calls for a $150 billion spending plan, including significant tax rebates. But senators may want add-ons.
Democrats and Republicans are anxious to get $300 to $1,200 in tax-rebate checks to wage earners by spring.