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
With Israel's occupation of the West Bank grinding on toward the half-century mark, and with Prime Minister Netanyahu's election-week declaration that no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, hard questions arise.
ByDan Perry, Associated Press
Is Israel a democracy? The answer is not so straightforward, and it increasingly matters given the diplomatic fallout over hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election last week.