Amazon hit by pre-Christmas strike in Germany

Dec 16, 2014

Amazon hit by pre-Christmas strike in Germany

Workers went on strike at German sites of Amazon Monday to increase pressure on the U.S. online retail giant during the busy Christmas period in a long-running pay dispute. Around 2,300 employees took part in the work stoppage at five of the company’s nine ...

Christmas in Tokyo is pretty sweet

Dec 9, 2014

Christmas in Tokyo is pretty sweet

by Angela Erika Kubo

Just before the Halloween decorations were taken down and packed up, the signs advertising Christmas cakes went up. Bakeries, department stores and convenience stores all seem to have a corner for small cakes topped with whipped cream and tiny Santa Claus figurines. A traditional ...

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

Dec 5, 2014

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

by Beth J. Harpazap

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering ...

Designers illuminate us on their winter wonders

Dec 4, 2014

Designers illuminate us on their winter wonders

by Teru Clavel

When you think of Japanese art forms, many cultural pursuits will come to mind. The grace of ikebana, perhaps, or the beauty of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. At this time of year it becomes clear, though, that holiday lighting displays — referred to simply as ...