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  • 4 Hours In Tel Aviv

    This vibrant, edgy city is the undisputed cultural center of Israel, effortlessly blending old and new. Known as the White City for all its Bauhaus buildings, it's best appreciated by simply taking to the streets. ...
  • Hot Spot: The Warrington, London

    Built in 1857, this pub in posh Maida Vale has long been a favorite hangout of locals. Now British chef Gordon Ramsay has updated the place and added his personal touch to the restaurant upstairs. The wait for a dinner reservation can be months—but pop in for lunch and you might get lucky. ...
  • Hitting Where It Hurts

    Giving timely food assistance to ward off further suffering among the world's poor has become a moral obligation.
  • In The Name Of Gandhi

    Philip Glass finds his newly revived 1979 opera 'Satyagraha' more relevant today than ever.
  • A Volcanic Venue

    To reduce overcrowding at Pompeii, officials propose limiting visitors and renting out the ruins.
  • Mail Call: Spain’s Leaders

    Readers of our March 10 report on Spain's decline took issue with us. "Former prime minister Aznar did not 'mishandle' the terrorist attacks, he lied," said one. Another wrote, "Aznar never ran for a third term." A third dismissed our cover title "Spain's Dud," and cheered, "Bravo, Zapatero!" ...
  • Chinese Nationalism and Tibet

    Nationalism in China, surging amid protests over Beijing's rule in Tibet, increasingly fills the role Maoism played before China embraced capitalism
  • Interview: Pakistan’s New PM

    In an exclusive interview, Pakistan's new prime minister spells out his plans for fighting terrorism and stabilizing his volatile country.
  • Cover: The Jihadist Riddle

    What drove so many Libyans to volunteer as suicide bombers for the war in Iraq? A visit to their hometown—the dead-end city of Darnah.
  • Afghanistan: New Taliban Tactics

    Coalition attacks have forced the Taliban to change its tactics in Afghanistan. Leaders of the fundamentalist movement say it's going to get more deadly.
  • ‘I Was Detained in Zimbabwe’

    An American pro-democracy worker discusses his post-election detention in Zimbabwe and what could happen in the next chapter of the nation's political drama.
  • Zimbabwe: Whither the Army?

    As Zimbabwe's tense wait for its election results continues, one question is whether the military will stay loyal to Mugabe.
  • Twistable Stretchable Computers

    Researchers keep making computer chips smaller and faster, but John Rogers is trying to make chips that can be "stretched, compressed, folded and twisted in different funny ways." A team led by Rogers, a professor of materials science at the University of Illinois, demonstrated a few years ago that bonding ultrathin strips of silicon—a brittle and fragile material—to ribbons of rubber could make silicon stretchable. Recently, the team has built working chips that can be folded like a sheet of paper but also stretched like a rubber band. "A different way to structure and package the circuits enables these properties. We are now in a position to build very sophisticated high performance circuits," says Rogers. His chips, 50 times thinner than a human hair, may come in handy in ultralight and foldable laptops or futuristic "newspapers" made of flexible displays. Rogers's group is currently focusing on biomedical applications. Along with neurologist Brian Litt of the University of...
  • Campaign Diplomacy: Why America May Take A Harder Line Against Russia

    For seven years George W. Bush heaped praise on Vladimir Putin, saying that he had looked into the Russian president's soul and liked what he saw. That was before clashes over U.S. plans to expand NATO's reach into former Soviet territory put some distance between Bush and his "good friend" and provoked talk of a new cold war. Now, as Bush prepares to step down, all of his potential successors are preparing an even harder line on Putin's Russia.Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain all support the Bush plan to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, an idea angrily rejected by Russia and opposed by U.S. allies like France and Germany. All three contenders, or their advisers, have taken a much harder rhetorical line than Bush, at times almost stretching to pique Putin. Clinton has declared that Putin "doesn't have a soul," and said he "thwarted" a United Nations plan for Kosovo's independence, "attempted to use energy as a political weapon," suppressed...
  • Five Star And Far Out

    Luxury hotels are cropping up in such remote locales as Azerbaijan and Inner Mongolia.
  • There Will Be Flamboyance

    Alas, the designers were unable to build the king a microwave capable of cooking an entire sheep.
  • Building The New Links

    Already popular with business tourists, Aberdeen now wants to attract the leisure kind.
  • Escape From Caracas

    High inflation is encouraging Venezuelans to spend their cash on foreign travel—while they still can.
  • Taking A High Flier

    With big orders and pushy demands, Middle East carriers are upending the global airline industry.
  • A Sophisticated State

    Forgoing flash for substance, Qatar is channeling its oil wealth primarily into culture and education.
  • Beyond The Glitz

    Forget shopping. An edgy alternative culture is springing up in Dubai.
  • Boomers’ Little Secret

    We say 60 is the new 40, but we lie—and the truth becomes all too clear when early Alzheimer's hits.
  • Till The Bitter End

    Mugabe may well succeed in holding onto power in the end. But the cost for Zimbabwe will be terrible.
  • A Korean ‘New Deal’

    Lee Myung-bak aims to dig his nation to prosperity. But will his $16 billion canal turn into a black hole?
  • Lured Into Bondage

    A growing back channel of global trade tricks millions into forced labor.