The Russian republic of Tatarstan was considered a model of moderate Islam coexisting with Christianity. But recent violence has fueled fears that the influence of foreign-trained radical imams may be growing in the region. Police blame Muslim militants; Tatar nationalists say Moscow is behind the attacks.
Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most famous and dynamic shopping and walking street. On summer evenings, bands play for crowds and revelers dance to techno music. It's a bit of a rebirth for the city, and the road, which had lost much of its 1920s and '30s vitality under Mao Zedong's rule.
A debate is growing among Israel's secular Jewish majority over the question of whether to circumcise newborn sons. The vast majority still chooses to have the procedure done, but voices of dissent are on the rise.
In a land of mainly fried and mildly spiced foods, Cedric Fernando is hoping to perk up the Cuban palate by opening the island nation's first Indian restaurant. But he's still got a business back in London, just in case.
The all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot is facing two years in prison after being found guilty of hooliganism. According to columnist Anne Applebaum, of all the attention paid to the case, a recent show of support from Madonna could prove most damaging to the regime.
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