Thousands of scrapped taxis are pictured at a yard in the center of China's Chongqing city on March 4. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country's long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars. China may surpass the US this year to become the largest car market in the world. AFP/Newscom
The rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been granted “special status” by Ukraine’s parliament, are essentially governed by a self-appointed military junta. It remains to be seen whether local elections slated for November will improve on that picture.