Middle-class women treat the “child angels” as though they’re real, taking them to get blowouts at salons and even giving them their own seats at restaurants.
In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.
Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace. One family’s story shows why.
Why Russian civilians are embracing “patriotic glamour”
The high stakes and high price of popping the question
The country’s growth is slowing. The wrong response might make the problem worse.
The French capital has embarked on the most ambitious new subway project in the Western world.
What happened when 11 exiles armed themselves for a violent night in the Gambia
An ancient style of fighting makes a comeback.
… And how this helped give rise to the criminal empire of Chapo Guzmán
How the IDF is handling the changing dietary preferences of its servicemen and women.
Russia has never fully reckoned with Stalin’s atrocities. Now a grass-roots effort is memorializing victims, plaque by plaque.
Wang Jianlin, one of China’s richest men, is creating a rival to the American dream factory, from scratch.
An Ásatrú temple is opening in Reykjavik for the first time in a millennium.
What will happen to the Cuban city when American tourists arrive?
For the first time in a decade, Russia spent a higher portion of its GDP on defense than the U.S. in 2013.
The mysterious draw of foreign TV shows
As long as people interpret texts literally, religion will be a source of conflict.
The Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, in exile in New York City
The urgent case for stopping the flow of illegal migrants across the Mediterranean
The fate of one of the biggest fossil-fuel producers may now depend on its investment in renewable energy.
Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? The people of Kiruna intend to find out.
Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China
Unlike the famously expatriated George Balanchine, Leonid Yakobson remained in the U.S.S.R. How his spirit is revitalizing ballet today.
In Malaysia, councils outlaw everything from dog-petting to yoga.