shops

An employee wearing a pair of wings waits for her shift to end at Ximendin fashion district in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

Wally Santana/AP

An employee wearing a pair of wings waits for her shift to end in the Ximendin fashion district in Taipei, Taiwan

A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, October 10, 2013. Beggars, dog-lovers and fortune-tellers who venture onto Madrid's busy streets may soon find themselves out of pocket as authorities in the city and elsewhere seek creative solutions to their financial problems.The Madrid council laid out plans this week to levy fines of 750 euros ($1,000) for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike. Saddled with huge debts since a property bubble burst in 2008, Spain's autonomous regions and town halls have seen core revenues fall as unemployment holds stubbornly above 25 percent and corporate investments dry up. Many owe millions to service suppliers and staff.

Susana Vera/Reuters

A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, in a week the city council revealed plans to levy fines of €750 for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike

Muslim people sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Yangon on May 1, 2013. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said on May 1, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the nation.

Soe Than Win/AFP

Muslims sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, about 100 km north of Yangon, on Wednesday. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the country.