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Good news, high-end fliers, your trips are about to get even more luxurious as airlines and airports try to outdo one another on amenities. Gulf carrier Emirates kicks off the party at 30,000 feet with stylish upgrades to its A380 in-flight bars, while Qatar Airways has unveiled a new business-class seat that can be turned into a double bed and mini meeting room. Not to be outdone, Frankfurt Airport's new VIP lounge offers serious perks beyond cognac and caviar, including a Bentley ride to the plane and personal escort through customs and immigration to ensure you're fully relaxed before your flight even leaves the tarmac.—Kristine Servando
Lower inheritance taxes and superb beaches are luring global millionaires to Australia, helping make it one of the world's fastest-growing wealthy nations. The average Australian is now significantly wealthier than the average American or Briton, with total wealth rising 85 percent over the past decade, compared with 30 percent in the U.S. and 28 percent in the U.K.
Myanmar could be the next Vietnam. The economy has the potential to grow as much as 10 percent a year, according to one British diplomat. But Myanmar has a long way to go before catching up with its neighbors. Poverty persists, and the economy faces risks, including a weaker currency and slowing investment.
North Korea's missiles force Japan to think about its strike capacity. Hemmed in by a 70-year-old pacifist constitution, Japan has avoided arming itself with long-range missiles or bomber aircraft. But now it's saying the unstable neighbor presents a new level of threat, and that's emboldening some lawmakers seeking change.
South Korea's headaches worsen. The 27-year-old son of a South Korean tycoon was convicted of assault after a bar brawl, joining his father on a growing list of executives found guilty of misconduct. Meanwhile, the "trial of the century" — of Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee — kicked off, with hearings set to last as many as three months.
The expert's guide to crying at work. Conventional wisdom says crying in the workplace is a big no-no. But it happens, so you may as well turn your waterworks to your professional advantage. If tears start to fall during a harsh performance review, don't apologize for getting emotional. Instead, blame them on passion for your job and your boss might perceive them not as a weakness but as noble, even endearing.
Don't let them spy on you. For ordinary consumers, there's a surprising lesson from WikiLeaks' exposé on the CIA's hacking methods: your smartphone apps are actually good at keeping hackers out. Encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp still present big problems for governments, and they're the best bet for keeping intruders out of your calls and texts, the documents show. Here are other tips on how to keep your data safe.
Explosives, rugged terrain and a car's crushing wheels can't destroy this supposedly indestructible coffee machine. But who even needs blast-proof coffee? Thousands of people, apparently. The maker of Coffeeboxxes sold 4,500 units in December alone, quadruple the number of any month since the product hit the market in 2015. The 12-pound box, which costs about $200, can brew a cup of decent java in less than two minutes.