Melbourne

Ancient Persian religion on the decline in Pakistan

The Parsis, who fled Iran in the face of the country's Muslim conversion centuries ago, settled across India and Pakistan. But in recent years, the prominent Karachi religious minority is declining, to the portion where the community may totally disappear.

Arts, Culture & Media

An Expensive Burger in Australia

The Economist magazine released its list of the world's most expensive cities this week. Cracking the top 10 were two Australian cities: Sydney and Melbourne. It's not just expensive to live there; it's expensive for tourists to visit.

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Global Scan

It's easy to win an election when dissent could send you to jail

Egypt's military leaders were hoping for a major turnout in this week's constitutional elections. And while they got a few percentage points more turnout than the last constitutional referendum, the result was almost unbelievable: 98 percent approval. Of course, when demonstrating against the referendum leads to arrest and when the biggest opponent boycotts the election what do you expect? That and more in today's Global Scan.

Sports

Why Formula 1 has a sound problem

Fans of Formula 1 car racing are upset over a new move to go green. This season, all F1 cars are required to use hybrid technology. The engines cut down on pollution, but also the noise.