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Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar review – ‘The pilgrimage is now an adjunct to the retail’

Mecca is the shrine of Islam, with the Ka’bah<i>,</i> a cube of black stone, at its centre. Growing up in Punjab and London in the 1960s, Ziauddin Sardar turned to the Ka’bahnot only when he prayed in its direction five times daily, but also to interrogate himself morally. “There was never a doubt,” he …

China and Qatar buying London properties

China, Qatar and Kuwait are snapping up London properties.<p>The city's real estate has attracted four times more capital than New York -- the Number 2 choice of foreign governments.<p>Sovereign wealth funds, forked out $8.9 billion for properties in London in the past year. London alone made up 44% of …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

6 Surprising Things Behind Ugg Boots' Massive Success

No one knows this better than Brian Smith, founder of Ugg Australia and author of "The Birth Of A Brand," who worked tirelessly for years to make the now ubiquitous sheepskin boot part of American culture.<p>Though Uggs can be found in every mall in America these days, they didn't start out as a hit. …

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

10 Things We've Learned From Marvel's Announcements

Marvel revealed a total of nine movies as being part of their Phase 3 slate at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and fans still haven’t been able …