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A North Korean Beach Holiday

If you want to get close to regular North Koreans, forget Pyongyang. Try the beach resort of Wonsan, where Dear Leader’s people frolic in the surf.

Inside the fenced-in perimeter

The Humblest Uniform in Congo: Q&A with Simone Bazos

All kinds of troops walk around the city of Goma. The military, the police, UN peacekeepers and soldiers. And then there are the Scouts.

"Once a Scout in Congo, always a Scout"

A Survey in Djibouti

Kenyan researcher Barbara Wanjala writes about her short, ill-fated attempt to research democracy in a not-so-democratic country. On behalf of the Americans, of course.

Food, khat, fear

Balinese Rockers versus Australian Bogans

At the Twice Bar in Bali, the crowd is local and the rock is very, very hard.

Balinese harcore

Robin Williams in Rabat

As a five-year-old boy, Sam Dreiman saw first hand the two sides of the melancholic funnyman during a chance encounter at a hotel in Morocco.

Beaches and Bodies in Buenaventura

Can Columbia’s most violent city become a tourist destination?

Shadows in Greece: Q&A with Enri Canaj

The memories of starting a new life in Greece, coupled his adoptive country's seemingly never-ending economic and social crises, form the basis of his project “Shadows in Greece.”

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Traces of the Volga Germans

Echoes of a deported people can still be heard on the banks of the Volga - if you listen carefully.

A Faded Hope for Peace

As Hiroshima remembers its dead, Tokyo envisions new ways to play the shellgame that is modern warmaking.

A Cuban Boxer in Macau

Guillermo Rigondeaux had so many amateur medals that he melted a couple down to make some gold teeth. It doesn’t get much fiercer than that. So why can’t he get a proper fight?

The Jihadi Gift Shop in Istanbul

As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal.

The Ice Man Cometh: Q&A with Wesley Thomas Wong

A photographer visits the biggest ice and snow festival in the world to explore contemporary China.

Surfing the Embargo

Roads and Kingdoms’ Alexa van Sickle braves sea urchins, jagged rocks and myopic U.S. foreign policy to surf Havana’s Calle 70 break.

Sabantuy: 1000-Year-Old Family Fun Day

This Tatar festival with pre-Islamic roots marking the summer solstice in central Russia’s Volga region has towel wrestling, pillow fights and tickle-monsters.

Catching Cleatus: A Crocodile Story

A solitary crocodile swam across 50 miles of open ocean to arrive at Ft. Jefferson. He’s worth studying, but first you have to catch him.

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