It's an old cliche — the boozy customer at the pub, pouring out his woes to the bartender. But at a Tokyo bar run by Buddhist monks, bartenders don't mind hearing their customers' problems — dispensing advice is precisely why they're in business.
Egypt's tourist industry is crucial to its economy, and the number of visitors has fallen off sharply this year. Islamists are now expected to hold a majority of seats in parliament, and some have suggested banning alcohol and segregating beaches by sex.
Traditionally, Greek children go door to door during the holidays, playing the triangle and singing songs of the season. In return, people give them a few euros. But this year, high unemployment levels, rising crime, and austerity measures are dampening everyone's spirit.
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