Global shopping centre giants go on a Christmas buying spree

With Christmas just eight days away, more than 200,000 shoppers will brave the crowds to trawl Westfield London’s 300-plus stores for gifts this weekend. The gleaming centre, which lights up the west London skyline, is one of the “supermalls” that now tower over the UK retail sector, pulling in millions of shoppers thanks to a …

Bulletin Board: ‘A World of Misery Few of Us Really See’: Readers and a Bureau Chief Discuss Haiti’s Abandoned Dead

Voodoo devotees take part in Day of the Dead ceremonies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 1. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times The Reader Center is one way we in the newsroom are trying to connect with you, by highlighting your perspectives and experiences and offering insight into how we work. The End, the …

From Calais to London and Paris: UK writers give new life to refugees’ theatre

When the tent in Calais that housed the Good Chance Theatre came down in the spring of last year, as the refugee camp known as “the Jungle” was cleared, the two 25-year-old British playwrights who set it up pledged that the story would not finish there. “We know it is not the end,” Joe Murphy …

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the lavish details, one fact was missing: …

E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A., last week. Many information requests focus on employees known to be questioning management at the agency since Mr. Pruitt was confirmed. Doug Mills/The New York Times One of the top executives of a consulting firm that the Environmental Protection Agency has recently hired to help it with media …

Christian Benteke sinks Leicester to end Crystal Palace’s away drought

Christian Benteke blasted his way back into Roy Hodgson’s good books by scoring his first goal for seven months and creating another for Wilfried Zaha before Bakary Sako gave a suitably emphatic look to Crystal Palace’s first away win of the season. Palace had not even mustered a goal on their travels this season but …

Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

This exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world capitals of street food, with a dazzling array of cuisines from the island’s Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. But after eating my way through everything from Hokkien black noodles, succulent giant prawns steamed in rice wine and spicy assam laksa, …