May 7, 2015

Ruble conquering east Ukraine

As a wobbly cease-fire keeps eastern Ukraine’s warring factions apart, Russia’s ruble is conquering new territory across the breakaway republics. In Donetsk, the conflict zone’s biggest city, supermarkets have opened ruble-only checkout counters to serve the fighters in camouflage lining up along pensioners. Bus ...

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Mar 9, 2015

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Behind the neo-Gothic splendor of Big Ben, Britain’s Houses of Parliament is crumbling and overrun with mice, prompting its top official to warn the building may have to be “abandoned” without urgent renovations. Leaking roofs mean members of parliament have to use waste paper ...

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

| Feb 23, 2015

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

A short hop from the bars and nightclubs of Bali, a Saudi family holidaying on Lombok hears the call to prayer wafting over the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the center of an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia is home to the ...