Travelog | ‘Halal tourism’ emerges as businesses serve Muslim travelers

A rental company in Orlando, Florida, is offering "halal vacation homes" with curtained pool decks and rooms with prayer mats and copies of the Quran. A British company's app lists

Digital Life | Amazon’s gizmos aim to be assistants for your abode

When I brought home review models of Amazon's Echo speaker, a sort of smart, voice- controlled speaker, and two Dash buttons that reorder household products with a single touch, I wasn't

News of the World | Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean ‘epidemic’ in Brazil

Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter

News of the World | Hope, fear, waiting at French migrant camps run by smugglers

A Mercedes and a BMW, both with British license plates, sit in a forest clearing on the edge of a small migrant camp in northern France. Everyone here speaks in

News of the World | Robot revolution sweeps China’s factory floors

In China's factories, the robots are rising. For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China’s countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys,

MDT Exclusive | The one and only Bon Jovi to rock Cotai next weekend

  The title of his most famous hit may indeed be “Livin’ On A Prayer” and fortuitously for the region’s Jon Bon Jovi fans, by a twist of fate, it seems

News of the World | Isle of Man Tax haven with tailless cats, becomes bitcoin hub

The Isle of Man is a strange place. Home to four-horned sheep, cats without tails, and perfectly preserved Victorian-era steam locomotives, this rock in the middle of the Irish Sea

News of the World | Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

  Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don't expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours

News of the World | Google heads down new path with ‘OnHub’ wireless router

Google is making a Wi-Fi router as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more

News of the World | Acts find unique ways to sell music, reach fans on Twitter

From Kanye West to Taylor Swift to Rihanna, more and more musicians are debuting audio, photo and video content on Twitter to boost marketing efforts without spending big bucks. The social

News of the World | US agency voting on new phone rules

The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds. But the alternatives

MDT Exclusive | Special edition of Alice in Wonderland to help rural children in Mongolia

The Beijing-based digital storybook publisher Pickatale has rolled out its own version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to commemorate the world-­famous literary nonsense piece’s 150th anniversary, a project which is

News of the World | Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the

News of the World | Drug lord’s escape tunnel an audacious feat of engineering

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the most wanted of Mexico’s drug lords, would have breezed along the mile-long tunnel dug just for him on a specially modified motorcycle or one of

News of the World | Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart play at Chanel’s casino

But the real gasps came when Kristen Stewart and a diamond- encrusted Julianne Moore walked out through an arch — both wearing bespoke Chanel couture — to take a seat around

News of the World | San Francisco hotels are world’s priciest as rates surge 88 percent

San Francisco already is one of the priciest U.S. cities for apartment renters and companies seeking office space. Now the area has a new distinction: it’s the world’s most expensive

News of the World | Japan’s secret navy bunker gives glimpse of war’s final days

On a hillside overlooking an athletic field where high school students play volleyball, an inconspicuous entrance leads down a dusty, slippery slope — and seemingly back in time — to

News of the World | India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a

News of the World | Walt Disney’s wild ride with surrealist Salvador Dali

It turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a

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