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Dark tourism spooks its way into the mainstream

The new Bali ONE recent morning in Salem, in the state of Massachusetts, a witch ran out of wands. Teri Kalgren, the owner of Artemisia Botanicals, an apothecary and magic shop, attributed the shortage to a boom in visitors. People have long flocked to Salem to learn about the infamous …

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Reports of the MBA’s demise are exaggerated

THE MBA is both revered and reviled. To boosters it has advanced the science of management and helped firms, and countries, to grow. Detractors say it offers little of practical value and instils in students a sense of infallibility that can sink companies, and knock economies sideways. The critics are …

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How leading American newspapers got people to pay for news

Past … SOMETIMES it feels like the 1970s in the New York Times and Washington Post newsrooms: reporters battling each other to break news about scandals that threaten to envelop the White House and the presidency of Donald Trump. Only now their scoops come not in the morning edition but …

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The Cambodian government threatens labour rights

AT THE Gladpeer Garments Factory outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, seamstresses, dyers and embroiderers huddle over rows of work stations. It is a hard slog. But at least they can count on labour representatives to ensure they get a proper break. About four-fifths of the factory’s 4,800 employees belong to …

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Avianca is rocked by striking pilots and warring owners

HERNÁN RINCÓN has big plans for Avianca. He has run the Colombian airline since leaving the top job at Microsoft’s Latin American business last year. Now he wants to turn the world’s second-oldest carrier into a “digital company that flies planes”—using technology to improve customer experience and operations—and rival Chile’s …