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  • The Maximalist

    Carrying this handbag is like wearing an extra piece of jewelry. Darby Scott's minaudière is composed of 320 cabochon tourmalines, plus 34 diamonds that total four carats. The rims are made of 18-karat gold. Sold for €71,382, the main problem is that it will make your mobile and lipstick look unbearably shabby (available by request; darbyscott.com).
  • 4 Hours in: Lyon

    It may be France's second city, but Lyon runs a close second to Paris for culture as well as gastronomy. A galaxy of classy restaurants, boasting some 60 Michelin stars among them, can be found around the city's picturesque central district, rated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. ...
  • Hot Spot: Hotel Unique,São Paulo

    Designed to resemble a beached ship, the sleek, modern Unique provides a one-of-a-kind perch from which to explore the complex social backdrop of this Brazilian city, where helicopters soar over favelas to shuttle the ultrarich to church. ...
  • Easter: Eggs For Adults Only

    Why should kids get all the good Easter treats? These chocolate eggs are much too precious to waste in their wicker baskets. The Harvey Nichols Limited Edition, available only at stores in Britain and Ireland, is an 80cm-tall solid milk-chocolate egg inside a Valrhona dark-chocolate shell, flecked with gold-leaf designs (five available at $1,120 each; www.harveynichols.com for stores).Award-winning London chocolatier Paul A. Young has won a cult following for his made-to-order Easter eggs. Customers can choose from 20 different types of chocolate for the base, paired with unusual truffle fillings, including coconut and litchi or port and Stilton, and decorated with custom design elements—say, violins for a music lover. Orders take two weeks (from $200; paulayoung.co.uk).The dark-chocolate Large Egg Treasure by La Maison du Chocolat is covered with colorful pastel polka dots and carved with spy holes to reveal a solid milk-chocolate center. It must be purchased in the boutiques; it's...
  • A World Turned Upside Down

    These days, the farther east or south you head away from New York, the more robust and resilient the economies.
  • Back In the Light

    Purged, jailed and humiliated in the late 1990s, Anwar Ibrahim has staged a remarkable comeback at the helm of an opposition insurgency.
  • The Malaysian Race Card

    The dust of the elections is still settling, and there are few signs the rhetoric over race is going to diminish.
  • A Deadly Embrace

    A new book captures Asia's choking ties to its beloved elephants.
  • A Sharp Departure

    The EU has a plan to lure talented foreigners to its shores, setting up a new global race—for brains.
  • Not Just Made In China

    A wide-ranging exhibit at the V&A celebrates the country's flourishing culture of design.
  • Mail Call: Pakistan’s Elections

    Readers of our Feb. 11 issue reacted to Pakistan's elections. One wrote, "Aitzaz Ahsan was selective in narrating what led to the chief justice's removal." Another agreed with Imran Khan: "Armed action against the Pashtuns won't succeed." A third said, "Parliament will annul 'president' Musharraf's actions." ...
  • José Bové Is Still Fighting

    Much has changed since José Bové rose to prominence storming McDonalds and fighting against foreign food imports to France, but the activist is still squarely opposed to free-market agriculture.
  • London’s Odd Mayoral Couple

    London's upcoming mayoral race pits an old, newt-keeping socialist against a bumbling conservative who seems to confuse soccer with rugby.
  • How Sarkozy Exercises Power

    It's not that President Sarkozy has too much power. It's that he uses what power he has to make hasty decisions without consulting others, says former Elysee speechwriter and Erik Orsenna.
  • Russia’s New Normal

    The Cold War may be over, but that doesn't mean the threat from the Kremlin has entirely disappeared.
  • Building Green With Mushrooms

    It's become chic in certain circles to know your carbon footprint, but few ultragreens know what they're missing. The calculators that tally an individual's contribution to global warming rarely take account of materials that go into our homes and offices. Factories that make concrete, drywall and foam insulation are big carbon sources. Cement (a component of concrete) accounts for 5 percent of global carbon emissions.Some new building technologies are emerging as potential alternatives. Geopolymer cements, a byproduct of steel and power plants, and a non-gypsum alternative to standard plasterboard for drywall could cut emissions by at least 80 percent over traditional materials because they can be made at relatively low temperatures. Ecovative Design, a firm in Troy, New York, has developed a carbon-neutral, biodegradable insulation that could replace energy-intensive foam panels made from polystyrene or polyurethane. The technology is based on an organic resin extracted from...
  • Carbon’s Future King

    The Chicago climate Exchange is the world's first voluntary carbon credit market. Members get credits for reducing emissions and buy them if they fall short of pledged goals. NEWSWEEK's Jesse Ellison talked to its founder, Richard Sandor. Excerpts: ...
  • Skyscrapers: Modern-Day Colossus

    Beijing recently unveiled the earth's largest building, a new million-square-meter airport terminal that will help handle up to 90 million passengers per year. It leaves Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International (84 million) in second place, and marks a new milestone in China's quest to build the biggest and tallest. Other Chinese superlatives:This month, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge—the world's longest transoceanic span—will open to traffic. At 36km, it's the equivalent of 13 Golden Gates.Since 2005, China's had the globe's largest mall. With 650,000 square meters of space and more than 1,500 shops, it also boasts full-scale theme parks.Shanghai's World Financial Center is the second tallest completed skyscraper, 17 meters shy of Taipei 101.
  • Africa’s Worst Crisis

    Congratulations, Kofi Annan, you just cut a peace deal for Kenya. But with a half-dozen African crises still burning from Congo to Sudan, what's next? Right now, all eyes are on Somalia.The headless country is descending once again into chaos. Since U.S.-backed Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia in December 2006, overthrowing a Mogadishu-based Islamist coalition, fighting has raged. Last week came world headlines of a U.S. cruise-missile strike against suspected Qaeda insurgents in southern Somalia. Pirates off the coast discourage aid from reaching the 1 million people who have been displaced. While that's less than half the number of refugees in Darfur, Somalia is much less safe for international organizations—only 2,000 aid workers operate there, while Darfur has six times that figure, and six workers have already been killed in Somalia this year. "I truly believe this is the worst humanitarian crisis on the continent, possibly in the world," says Philippe Lazzarini, the United...
  • NY, London: Fake Losers

    Have you noticed that both New York and London claim to be losing the race to become the world's top financial center? Last year New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg fretted that his city is behind, citing a McKinsey survey that blamed onerous SOX regulations imposed after the Enron-era scandals. Then last week the City of London Corporation released its own survey saying, no, London is losing, due to rising British taxes.Numbers can be spun any which way—New York leads in some market categories, London in others. The real point of declaring defeat is political. The London report comes out as city insiders admit they are fighting a proposed tax hike for expatriates in Britain. New York commissioned the 2007 McKinsey survey as part of an effort to overturn SOX. In truth, "London and New York are more like each other than not," says the London School of Economics' Tony Travers. Both are phony losers.
  • Why Colombia Will Win Its Contest With Venezuela

    What a week for Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. After he dispatched troops on a secret raid to attack the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in Ecuador, the Andean region was plunged into crisis. Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador all protested in outrage as Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez attacked Uribe as an American lackey, expressed solidarity with the rebels and moved troops to the Colombian border. Then sud-denly, the tension vanished. Chávez gave a conciliatory speech, Ecuador was placated and Uribe and Chávez shook hands at a Latin summit, to thunderous applause. The battle, it seemed, had ended in an amicable threeway tie.But the big winner is Uribe. Even though he received a mild rebuke from the Organization of American States for violating Ecuador's sovereignty, it is Chávez who ends the week looking more isolated, thanks to his support for the FARC, which has resorted to kidnapping and drug trafficking to stay in business.Uribe is also well...
  • Travel: Genealogical Tour Guides

    For those eager to trace their roots without doing reams of research, genealogical tour guides will handle all the legwork. Scottish Ancestral Trails will design a trip built around any information—surname, birth certificate, old photos. "If you heard your grandmother singing a song about how she used to live on a hill overlooking a town, we can go with that," says co-owner Lesley Gray. The seven-day custom trips are chauffeur-driven, and accommodations often include castles (from $14,000 for two; scottish-ancestral-trail.co.uk). Research and Travel Dr. Grams specializes in emigration from Germany; he's traced one clan to the 17th century (from $800 a day, pre-trip research from $5,000; roots.de). Routes to Roots traces Jewish ancestry in Eastern Europe, offering tours of Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Moldova (routestoroots.com). And Swedish Genline Family Travel takes a detective approach, knocking on doors, writing letters to ancestral churches and talking to historians. The five-,...
  • Wildlife: The Art of Falconry

    The art of falconry—in essence, "flying a hawk"—dates back to 2000 B.C. Today it's practiced by a growing number of licensed falconers around the world who teach the basics of raising, training and flying raptors. The five-star Ashford Castle (from €360 per night; ashford.ie) is home to Ireland's School of Falconry, whose birds will accompany guests on instructive walks (from €65) or as VIPs at cocktail hour (€185; falconry.ie). In Sutherland, Scotland, Highland Hawking Holidays offers an intensive six-day course for beginners (£400; highland hawking.co.uk). Dartmoor Hawking in Devon, England, lets visitors fly owls and walk with the sociable Harris hawks (£115). For practiced falconers, the school offers a two-day course on training the fastest, most temperamental bird of all: the falcon (£225; dartmoor hawking. co.uk).
  • Travel: 4 Hours In … Brussels

    Forget any ideas of this city as the dour capital of the European Union or a kitsch stopover on the tourist trail. It has a character as diverse as its beers and as rich as its chocolate. ...
  • Travel: Luxe Hotels Go Green

    Just because a hotel is luxurious doesn't mean it has to compromise the environment. Some top-notch resorts are experimenting with innovative ecological programs that aim to keep the planet's—and their own—best interests at heart. The guests like them, too. The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town is one of South Africa's finest, boasting rejuvenating spa treatments, afternoon tea and stunning views of Table Mountain. It is also home to more than 120,000 earthworms that, through Mount Nelson's Vermiculture Project, aid in transforming organic waste into fertilizer for the grounds' gardens ($504 per night; www.mountnelson.co.za).Animal lovers will appreciate a stay at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa in the French Polynesian islands. The grounds feature a sea-turtle rehabilitation center, which serves as a temporary hospital for injured turtles, as well as a permanent home for turtles not healthy enough to return to their natural habitats. The resort's lagoon is home to the...
  • Q&A: Karrubi on Iran's Organized Reformers

    Mehdi Karrubi is the Al Gore of Iran. According to him, but for vote-rigging he would have been the president and not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The cleric is leader of the National Trust Party, founded after his 2005 defeat, and was a speaker of Iran's Parliament, or Majlis. Even though he is a reformist, he believes that President Mohammad Khatami allowed radicalism to tank the reform movement. In his first interview with the western media, Karrubi, 69, talked with NEWSWEEK'S Maziar Bahari about this week's Majlis elections. Excerpts: ...
  • Fashion: Celebrity Luxury Brands

    Celebrity has become the primary commodity of popular culture. Fans used to fall for a specific album or film, but now the public tends to base its consumption on the aura of celebrity attached to any given product. Singers can act in films and actors can record albums, not thanks to any innate talent but because their brand is big enough to transcend categories. Fashion magazines have all but abandoned the practice of putting models on the cover because they don't sell nearly as well as famous faces. As a result, celebrities have wised up to their incredibly powerful market potential, moving from endorsing someone else's high-end products to producing their own. Witness the birth of the celebrity luxury fashion brand.Celebrity clothing lines aren't a completely new phenomenon, but in the past they were typically aimed at the lower end of the market, and restricted to a few past-their-prime TV actresses like Jaclyn Smith and Jane Seymour. Today they're started by A-list stars and...
  • World View: The Rise of China’s Neocons

    So much focus is given to the Olympics and China's economy these days that it's easy to overlook the deeper shifts occurring in Beijing's foreign policy. But concealed behind the anodyne comments of China's leaders, who generally try to underplay their country's power, a fierce debate over China's international approach is underway. The argument, waged in government-run think tanks and universities, pits liberal internationalists against China's neocons—who aim for nothing short of remaking the entire international order in China's image.For now the liberal internationalists have the upper hand. They include thinkers like Zheng Bijian, a former deputy to President Hu Jintao at the Communist Party's Central School and the man who coined the term "China's peaceful rise." They maintain that China should respect the traditional rules of the international system, avoid conflict and sell others on the idea that China is not a threat. Zheng has argued that China needs to exploit Washington...
  • Mail Call: A Tragic Legacy?

    Readers of our Jan. 28 cover story on President Bush's impact on the GOP shared their views on the "tragedy" of the Bush years. "Tragedy requires the downfall of a hero … Bush isn't heroic," said one. "It's an American tragedy—Bush's children are not being maimed or killed in Iraq," wrote another.
  • Iran: Reformists in Distress

    Iran's reformists are fighting an uphill battle just to compete in Iran's upcoming parliamentary ballot. How they hope to defeat Ahmadinejad—eventually.
  • Spain: Obama and the Vote

    A respected commentator discusses which Spanish presidential candidate is more like Barack Obama, and why the campaign has become so nasty.
  • Perugia Murder: Defending Knox

    Will Italian police ever charge Seattle student Amanda Knox for the 'extreme sex' killing of a British student? A lawyer examines the options.