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Sense of Place

The Victorian Drawing
Room of 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London (© Justin Barton)
The Victorian Drawing Room of 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London (© Justin Barton)

Displaying all the curiosities you owned was in vogue during the late 1800s. And 18 Stafford Terrace, once a family home, definitely has the Wunderkammer...

  • In this photo taken on Sept. 29, 2015 people leave Volkswagen factory at Gate 17 in the city Wolfsburg, Germany. Thanks to Volkswagen, Wolfsburg boomed in West Germany's postwar rebirth and today the town and the company are inseparable. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Town That Volkswagen Built From Scratch Girds for Trouble

    WOLFSBURG, Germany—Wolfsburg is the town that Volkswagen built — literally put on the map in 1938 by the Nazis in pursuit of their dream of... Read more

  • Hundreds of refugees walk on a road near Budaors, Hungary, towards the Hungarian-Austrian border, in the hope to reach Germany, on Sept. 5, 2015. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Layers of Migration Wrote the Story of Europe

    LONDON—The Brick Lane Mosque in London’s East End started out 272 years ago as a church for Protestants hounded from Catholic France — the immigrants... Read more

  • A man reacts as he reaches the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos with other refugees and migrants after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on September 30, 2015. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Swimming to Europe: Syrians Race to Beat Winter

    IDOMENI, Greece—Relief agencies have set up a tent city at Greece’s border with Macedonia to cope with the growing number of migrants trying to reach... Read more

  • Glencore’s headquarters in Baar, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    Glencore’s Near Collapse a Result of All-Too-Familiar Mistakes

    Enron. Lehman Brothers. And now possibly Glencore? That was the discussion among financial markets participants as commodity prices took another hit and the Anglo-Swiss natural... Read more

  • Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe of California-based Uber, arrives at the court house in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    2 Uber Execs Face Prison in France as Sharing Economy Grows

    PARIS—Angry French taxi drivers have torched tires and snarled highways in recent months while top government officials denounced Uber’s business practices. Police raided the company’s... Read more

  • People line up outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on Sept. 30, 2015. Germany toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a surge in migrants, with new figures showing more than half a million have crossed the Mediterranean this year. (Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images)

    Germany Beefs up Asylum Rules as Half a Million Cross Med

    Germany has toughened up rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with new figures... Read more

  • Artur Mas (R) at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 29, 2015.  (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Catalan Leader to Be Questioned by Court Over Secession Vote

    MADRID—Catalonia’s acting regional president has been placed under investigation by a court for his role in staging a referendum on independence last year, officials said... Read more

  • Refugees and migrants at  the exhibition halls of the trade fair Messe Erfurt, in Erfurt, central Germany, on FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

    German States Lower Housing Standards Amid Migrant Influx

    BERLIN—Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in, and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling... Read more

  • Danish policeman plays with a migrant girl as a group of migrants attempt to walk at the E45 freeway from Padborg, on the Danish-German border, towards Sweden, on September 9, 2015. (CLAUS FISKER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Amid Europe’s Migrant Tensions, Kindness Arises Too

    PARIS— A 24-year-old Danish woman sails refugees across windy straits to safety in Sweden. A Romanian whose ancestors were driven from their homeland opens his... Read more

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, after arriving back from visiting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Britain Welcomes UN Sanctions on 4 British Jihadis

    LONDON—British officials have welcomed a U.N. decision to place four British jihadis who have joined the ISIS group in Syria on a sanctions list. Prime... Read more

  • Martin Winterkorn, center, leaves the stage during the Volkswagen group night on the eve of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    German Prosecutors Investigate Former VW Boss

    BERLIN—German prosecutors on Monday opened an investigation against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn to establish what his role was in the emissions-rigging scandal that has... Read more

  • Catalonian independence supporters react in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Spain: Pro-Secession Parties in Catalonia Win Landmark Vote

    BARCELONA, Spain—Pro-secession parties pushing for Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation won a landmark vote Sunday by capturing... Read more

  • Catalan pro-independence supporters gather to celebrate the elections results, following the closing of polling stations during Catalan regional election on September 27, 2015 in Barcelona. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pro-Secession Parties in Catalonia Win Landmark Vote

    BARCELONA, Spain—Pro-secession parties pushing for Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation won a landmark vote Sunday, Sept. 27,... Read more

  • People walk on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars", in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Pretty but noisy Paris, its gracious Old World buildings blackened by exhaust fumes, is going car-less for a day. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presided over Sunday's "day without cars," two months before the city hosts the global summit on climate change. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Amid VW Scandal, Polluted Paris Asks if Time to Dump Diesel

    PARIS—Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded in smog,... Read more

  • FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, France’s President Francois Hollande visits a public center for insertion of the Defense (EPIDE) in Montry, France. France has fired its first airstrikes in Syria as it expands military operations against Islamic State extremists, President Francois Hollande's office announced Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The office said that "France has hit Syria" based on information from French reconnaissance flights sent earlier this month. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon/Pool, File)

    France Carries out Airstrikes in Syria Against Islamic State

    PARIS — Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria in a five-hour operation on Sunday, President Francois... Read more

  • Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, centre,  is greeted by supporters and the party's deputy leader Tom Watson centre right, upon his arrival, prior to the start of the annual Labour party conference at the Brighton Centre, in Brighton, England, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    UK Labour Party to Vote on Scrapping Nuclear Weapons

    LONDON— Could Britain give up the Bomb? For six decades, British governments have considered unilateral nuclear disarmament unthinkable — but the once-unthinkable is the Labour... Read more

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