Peru’s an­cient city Caral

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Tourists visit the Caral ar­chae­o­log­i­cal com­plex.

Tourists visit the Caral ar­chae­o­log­i­cal com­plex.

A cus­tomer car­ries a cof­fee drink in a red pa­per cup, with a card­board cover at­tached, out­side a Star­bucks cof­fee shop in the Pike Place Mar­ket.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump has ad­dressed the con­tro­versy brew­ing over Star­bucks’ de­ci­sion to leave Christ­mas mo­tifs off its red hol­i­day cups, suggest­ing Amer­i­cans should boy­cott the cof­fee gi­ant. Star­bucks re­cently un­veiled its min­i­mal­ist new cups, and the ab­sence of snowflakes, rein­deer and other hol­i­day sym­bols used in past years has caused a mi­nor up­roar on­line, where crit­ics blasted the com­pany as a Scrooge wag­ing a war on Christ­mas.

Vice pres­i­dent of de­sign and con­tent Jef­frey Fields said in a state­ment that the stream­lined, ba­sic red de­sign re­flects how the com­pany was “em­brac­ing the sim­plic­ity and the quiet­ness” of the sea­son. That seemed al­most too good for Trump, who has built his cam­paign on brash blus­ter, to pass up. “I have one of the most suc­cess­ful Star­bucks, in Trump Tower,” he told a large crowd at his cam­paign rally Mon­day night in Spring­field,

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res Illi­nois. “Maybe we should boy­cott Star­bucks? I don’t know. Se­ri­ously, I don’t care,” he added. “By the way, that’s the end of that lease but who cares.”

As he nav­i­gates the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Trump is court­ing evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians who play an out­sized role in ear­lyvot­ing states, par­tic­u­larly Iowa and South Carolina. Com­plaints, of­ten from con­ser­va­tive quar­ters, that the United States is fac­ing a war on Christ­mas are heard just about ev­ery year, as peo­ple la­ment what they de­scribe as ef­forts to di­min­ish the re­li­gious as­pects of the hol­i­day. “If I be­come pres­i­dent, we’re all go­ing to be say­ing ‘Merry Christ­mas’ again-that, I can tell you,” Trump as­sured. Star­bucks is still sell­ing its brightly pack­aged “Christ­mas blend” cof­fee, “Merry Christ­mas” gift cards, and its hol­i­day-themed pep­per­mint mochas and chest­nut praline lat­tes. — AP

A tourist watches an in­for­ma­tion panel at the Caral ar­chae­o­log­i­cal com­plex, in Supe-Peru. — AFP pho­tos

The wall of one of the pyra­mids at the Caral ar­chae­o­log­i­cal com­plex.

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