Dubai

American cars a sign of status, admiration in Kosovo

The United States is held in high regard in Kosovo because of its role in supporting the former Serbian province's bid for independence. So, for many Kosovars, having a beefy American muscle car is a high sign of status. So much so that Kosovars living abroad, even in the U.S., often bring their cars home with them on vacation.

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Lifestyle & Belief

Update: Plane terror alert

President Obama says investigators have uncovered a credible terrorist threat against the United States. Mr. Obama was referring to the interception of two packages containing explosives. Lisa Mullins gets an update from the BBC's Paul Adams.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the world's tallest completed building, and the answer is Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Jake Warga recently took a tour of Taipei 101 and sent us an audio postcard.

Conflict & Justice

French law challenged

Human Rights Watch International is challenging one of France's anti-terrorism laws: the group says the so-called 'criminal association' law can get a person in trouble for who he knows, and that's a violation of civil liberties.

Sports

In Dubai, all that glitters is not gold

Despite the showiness of Dubai's gleaming and booming economy in recent years, the country is showing signs of vulnerability to the global economic downturn. For more we turn to the BBC Persian Gulf correspondent, Julia Wheelerin, who is in Dubai.