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In an excerpt from Masha Gessen's acclaimed new book The Brothers, the story of how the Boston marathon bombers' parents met.
The war-torn region has become a major narcotics trafficking route, sparking a new Indian drug epidemic.
Crawling up mountains or lying in deserted plateaus, Kyrgyzstan's ancestral cemeteries reflect the country's complex religious and cultural identities.
Since 2001, the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has been the site of a detention center used by Australia to house asylum seekers.
Once a year, a group of geriatric leftists gathers to talk politics over roast chicken and bowls of (imitation) shark fin soup
In the Ukrainian town where Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky, 90 percent of adults are out of work, young men drink vodka on airplane seats, and nightmares of the crash keep children…
On the outskirts of Sydney, Villawood Detention Centre is home to one of Australia’s darker immigration policies
In a Chinese ghost city, James Miller consoles a gay friend being forced to marry a woman
The French photographer documents Iran's vibrant art world and the creativity triggered by restriction.
Around 100,000 Sahrawis live as refugees in the Algerian desert, dreaming of the day Western Sahara will be theirs again.
Writer Will Philipps takes part in the Pyongyang marathon, in the first year the Hermit Kingdom has opened the race to foreign amateur runners.
The Australian photographer looks at daily life in a country that the international community is forgetting.
In Honduras’s most violent city, fear and despair fuels an unwelcome exodus to the U.S.
A photographer documents the lives of a lesbian couple in Putin's Russia, in all its brutal intimacy.
The tallest apartment building in Africa was built as a modernist tribute to apartheid. Now it’s something far more important.
The Belgian photographer looks at the sex workers' community in Zanzibar by combining academic research and powerful photography.
The rabble-rousing musicians of La Solfónica provide a soundtrack to Spain’s many protests
Awsard, a small village in Western Sahara, is located 170 miles from the nearest food market. A five minute walk, however, will take you to a massive Moroccan army base.
In Burkina Faso, a group of activists headed by a charismatic rapper is working to clean up the government.
The Italian photojournalist visits nine countries of the Middle East to understand what life is like for Christians there.
The Cuban-American artist Edel Rodriguez recounts his trip back to Havana after emigrating 34 years ago, putting a human face to the highly political news of détente between the two countries.
Burying the bodies of Kurdish fighters fallen in neighboring Syria reopens old wounds in the heartland of Turkish Kurdistan.
Superagent Sheng Li wants to bring Hollywood-style talent management to Chinese sports.
Even for a veteran of foreign assignments, sometimes just getting there can be the hardest part.
The story of a working class immigrant family and a changing city.
A photographer takes family portraits in the surreal environment that is the aftermath of war.
The Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for centuries. Will the fallout from the war in Syria only make things worse?
Fighting has started again in the world's youngest country. But an old truth still reigns: women always pay a high price for wars started by men.
Syria is in the fourth year of war, but its Kurdish population has refused to side with anyone but themselves. Does their democratic “third revolution” stand a chance?
Journalist Annabelle Chapman, serving as election observer, watches as the country continues its westward course after months of turmoil.
Since 2007, Hawre Khalid has been photographing his hometown of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, a multicultural place where Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and foreign workers live together.
A controversial new film reimagines Indian-held Kashmir as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s troubled prince.
An American lawyer-turned-photographer visits Guantánamo Bay's residential and leisure spaces to explore the human experience of living there.
A homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can
Europe’s white nationalists, led by a man from Montana, meet in Hungary to plot over pints. It does not go well.
After years in Cairo, photographer Amanda Mustard captures the unusual culture of Hong Kong's 'Polite Protests' - from umbrellas and water to haircuts and card games.
In Eastern Ukraine, Home to the World’s Newest Breakaway Republics, Nothing Is As It Seems
On Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the teenage pregnancy rate is spiraling out of control. But instead of blaming the lack of sex ed or access to contraception, some say it’s all the fishes’ fault.
Nablus remains a forbidden zone to most Israelis. But its tahini and other foods remain a highly sought-after commodity.
In advance of this year’s hajj, a look back to 1952 and the unusual airlift that brought pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in U.S. military transport planes.
You've heard Scotland decided to stay with the UK. But have you heard of the Scots who want to join Scandinavia?
"We have the porn that we deserve,” wrote the feminist activist María Llopis. Photographer Katia Repina tends to agree.
Scotland may be about to secede from the United Kingdom - but just what is it about their southern neighbors, the English, that made them the most evil people on the planet?
Ola Cichowlas returns to the Polish orchards her grandmother grew up in to find out how apple growers are handling Russia’s boycott of this year’s harvest
A prominent cleric in Western China is stabbed to death after morning prayers, but his city does not mourn him.
The immigrants of Prudentópolis are doing their part to keep the culture of (independent) Ukraine alive.
The Indian photographer explores the human cost of pollution in the world's fastest-growing economy.
The largest photojournalism festival in the world, Visa Pour l'Image provides a sense of continuity and stability in difficult times.
Cengiz Yar photographs the refugee children that have taken shelter in Syria's bordering countries.
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.
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.”
Echoes of a deported people can still be heard on the banks of the Volga - if you listen carefully.
As Hiroshima remembers its dead, Tokyo envisions new ways to play the shellgame that is modern warmaking.
As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal.
Last year, two young Jewish Americans began leading educational tours of the troubled Palestinian territory. But their ambitions are bigger than a bus trip.
Foreign correspondent Stephan Faris visits the island of Lampedusa, which is both a tourist destination and a grim waystation for migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
In rural Honduras, poverty, murder, and injustice fuels a battle between farmers and rich landowners.
The Ukrainian Army has been sending young soldiers into combat without body armor or even helmets at times. Enter the ‘ants’—pro-Ukraine Ukrainian volunteers who walk army surplus goods over the Polish border, one bag at…
A photographer traveled throughout Papua New Guinea documenting various forms of violence towards women, and some of the men responsible.
Only recently released from the rule of the military junta, Myanmar is struggling to hold its varying ethnic and religious groups together.
The city of Skopje is undergoing a Disneyfied transformation in celebration of its ancient Macedonian heritage. If only the Greeks next door didn’t argue it was their history first.
A young British photographer travels to Uganda to understand why, as many countries in the West are growing more accepting of homosexuality, the Pearl of Africa is moving in the opposite direction.
India’s Pardhis are poor outcasts—and the country’s finest tiger hunters. Some are now helping authorities track down the poachers in their midst.
The Iranian team has been hounded by sanctions and a deeply divided fan base. But on the day of their first match of this World Cup, none of that bad blood or bitter history matters.
Kanpur is India's leading leather exporter. But the population's health and the environment are rapidly deteriorating in a region once famed for its beautiful roses.
The debate about soccer’s rightful place in American culture opens a wider conversation about America’s place in the world.
After decades of bloodshed, Kurdish villagers in oil-rich northern Iraq are waging a new battle against Exxon Mobil.
With his project “Bit Rot”, the Italian photographer documents the fastest growing source of refuse in the world
A road trip to southern Egypt with the exhausted optimists who are powering Hamdeen Sabahi's presidential campaign.
China’s top runners are training under an Italian coach in a small Kenyan town that has produced some of the best marathoners in history.
On the eve of voting in the European Parliamentary elections, Britons have been shocked—shocked!—by the racist things their leaders say. But a traditional toy called the golliwog tells you plenty about the ongoing problems with…
Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.
Five years after the Sri Lankan Army killed the Tamil Tiger leader, his most ardent supporters refuse to believe Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead.
Fueled by Bangladesh's construction boom, the stone trade in Jaflong is brutalizing humans and nature alike.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, football won't easily mend the chasms created by mortars and massacres.
Yassin Gaber investigates reports of rampant arms trading in rural Upper Egypt.
An American photographer travels the world to document the myriad relationships between humans and water.
For a glimpse of one possible future for eastern Ukraine, look no further than the frozen-in-time breakaway republic of Transnistria.
An Iranian photographer revisits her country's tragic past with a series of dramatic photographs that recreate moments that changed Iran’s history.
Ten years ago, Saddam Hussein went on trial for crimes against humanity. Meet the Kurd who outfitted him.
Carlos Spottorno's newest photography project takes him to the countries that function as tax havens in Europe.
Australia has a popular new top-flight soccer league, but is it in danger of forgetting the ethnic fans and clubs who built the sport in the country?
The hospital conditions are appalling, but a bigger reason may be the crumbling infrastructure that prevents the poor from getting the care they need.
What happens if the place where you live isn’t regarded as a nation by FIFA? You start your own federation.
A mansion. A crash site. And the spark that ignited the Rwandan genocide.
A group of Argentine veterans has been carrying the Virgin Mary over two continents in a complex and quixotic spiritual plot to get their beloved islands back.
After Turkey’s massive Gezi Park protests last summer, LGBT candidates are now taking their fight to the political arena.
Crimea’s future is uncertain, and so is the future of its two most storied and successful football clubs.
What better way to celebrate Turkey's farcical crackdown on Twitter than by conducting an interview solely through Twitter DM?
How a small eatery just across the Turkish border has become an unexpected oasis for Syria’s refugees.
From a dusty port in Oman to the teeming stalls of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, a look at how black market cigarettes have become a major part of Iranian life
A first-person tour of the Crimean peninsula—as it’s being stolen.
The Colombian photographer witnesses the disappearance of the Portuguese village of Torre.
A century ago, a hero rose up from the Ukrainian heartland who fought for neither east nor west.
Why is one of the greatest players in Colombian history also one of the most controversial? The answer may lie in the color of his skin.
The All Native Basketball Tournament is one of the largest cultural gatherings of First Nations communities in North America.
How one family lost 4 sons to the fight for the terrorist group.
Justin Fashanu was a rugged English striker and the first black soccer player to be traded for a million pounds. He was also openly gay.
An interview with photojournalist Eduardo Leal about being attacked during Venezuela's recent unrest.
How the Russian LGBT Sports Federation is trying to hold an event for people who aren’t supposed to exist.
Madagascar’s sapphire frontier town: The hard life in pursuit of gemstones.
Mexico’s vigilantes versus the Knights Templar: Inside Guerrero state’s bizarre drug war.
A historic upset, a heart-breaking relocation, and a fan-fuelled revolution: the improbable history of AFC Wimbledon.
Vladimir Putin is drafting these warriors of Russian lore to provide their brand of law and order at the Sochi Olympics
A look at Sittwe, Myanmar, in the aftermath of violence against Rohingya Muslims
You don’t know the governor of Nigeria’s Rivers State. But he is sitting on billions of barrels of oil and aspires to much more.
The photographers behind "Welcome to Flint" talk about poverty, empowerment, and the perils of "masturbatory photojournalism".
The de facto independent state of Somaliland is being robbed of its archeological heritage, one plundered grave at a time. Why the loss of artifacts is also leading to a loss of identity.
Liverpool star Luis Suárez is Uruguay’s best hope in the World Cup. But he also makes them one of the most despised teams in the tournament.
Photographer Paolo Woods visits the omnipresent radio stations of Haiti
One major difference between the Euromaidan street uprising in Kiev and the ones that kickstarted Arab Spring: it's freezing out here.
Howard Chua-Eoan meets up with leaders of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics
The struggle to remind the world of what happened in Nanjing in 1937. From photographer Amanda Mustard.
Can a controversial bodybuilder finally win Burma the respect that it craves?
Howard Chua-Eoan goes to Alphabet City to drink Sprezzatura Royales and reminisce about TIME’s Person of the Year.
Balaklava, a small town by the sea in the Crimean Peninsula, was closed to the outside world for more than 30 years because of its top secret submarine base.
Photographer Jonathan Saruk explores the world of Kabul's cinemas in his upcoming book.
British-born photographer Nick Brandt has been documenting East Africa's disappearing grandeur for more than a decade in his trilogy of books: "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land."
In Catalonia, booming local microbrews are just another way for people to express their independence.
In the neighborhood of Ocean View, a photographer documents what has become a rarity in the United States: a vibrant working-class seaside community
Photographer Jimmy Nelson immortalizes the world's last remaining tribes before it's too late, hoping to change their minds about modernization in the process.
When the police and protesters clashed around Istanbul's Gezi park, an unlikely alliance of football rivals banded together. But will politics continue in the new league season?
Somaliland has embraced cell phone payments like few other countries. Can it SMS its way to an economic rebound?
By photographing the site of every murder that occurred in London over a two year period, a Mexican-born photographer presents an alternative portrait of the city he calls home.
In the early 1970s, Algeria's dictatorial president offered a home to revolutionaries from all over the world. Perhaps the most famous recipient of his generosity was the Black Panther "Minister of Information," Eldrige Cleaver.
From dodging falling bullets to breaking bread with Afghanistan's national soccer team, May Jeong has the complete story of the remarkable run of a beleaguered nation.
Migrants keep dying in Italy’s waters, but for true immigration dystopia, look no further than Spain’s barricaded enclave of Melilla.
How the ghost of socialist President Salvador Allende is changing Chile.
A photographer shoots the pigeon subculture of Cairo to show a different side to today's Egypt
The brief and bizarre story of four men who graduated from China's greatest university.
Photographer Laurent Zylberman's stunning book on the complexities of Tibet is coming out in English.
In the first of R&K's World Cup dispatches with Sports Illustrated, Laurent Dubois talks about the global theater of soccer
A handful of young photographers offer a rare glimpse at the inside spaces of life in Iran.
40 years after Pinochet's bloody coup, war photographer David Burnett travels back to Chile in search of his most famous subject
The Sri Lankan Army Brutally Crushed a Separatist Movement. Now They Want You to Stay At Their Luxury Resort.
A month spent babysitting children at a refugee center in Belgium quickly turns to long stretches of tedium punctuated by moments of extreme culture shock
Photographer John Wreford, forced out of his home in Damascus, returns to Syria to visit the sprawling refugee camp in Atmeh
In defense of spending one's days chewing the mildly narcotic khat leaf
What do you get when you mix a Chechen, a bottle of Stolichnaya, and a thick stew of meat and garlic?
Talking war, eggs, and dog spittle with Ned Desmond at Gynnett St in Williamsburg
On tracking the ghost of the NSA leaker to Havana: a story by Anna Nemtsova
The Kheer Bhawani festival starts Monday in Kashmir. But the Hindu Pandits who celebrate it are still mostly in exile from violence. Can they truly return? Do they even want to? A deep look at…
Time Magazine's Pelin Turgut was there when the tear gas spread last night. Her report on the heartbreak and hope of the Gezi Park movement
Chloe Borkett photographs the daily life of Britain's Gypsies and Irish Travelers.
The (brief) standoff between a street-meat vendor and protestors in Taksim, Istanbul
Thomas Dworzak talks about his obsession with the little things in Instagram
This year's Tbilisi Photo Festival is a referendum on the soul of Georgia. Q&A with Nestan Nijaradze.
An Israeli photographer visits the prisons of Ukraine and Russia.
The iconic Shezan mango drink will tell you everything you need to know about the impossibility of a truly good outcome in tomorrow's Pakistani elections
In 1927, a Parisian newspaper first reported on Ilya Ivanov’s attempts to inseminate women with chimpanzee sperm. The Institute he founded is still active in the forgotten land of Abkhazia
The story of Rustam Daudov, Chechen teen hero
Photographer Eduardo Leal has a violent run-in with an armed pro-Chavez militia
In the brutalized city of Aleppo, magical realism is far preferable to actual reality of war
Can Social Media save Bassem Youssef? Some thoughts from SxSW.
At the block party (for 250,000 people) thrown by one of Karachi's most notorious crime syndicates
A visit to Papal frontrunner Cardinal Turkson's home dioceses
Photographer Eduardo Leal went to Hugo Chávez's funeral in Caracas for R&K. Mission: find the best Chávez paraphernalia
A conversation with Xenia Nikolskaya on her portraits of Egypt's decaying palaces
Rose Skelton hunts for the houses of exiled Chadian dictator Hissène Habré on the eve of his prosecution
War correspondent Daniel Howden on life at Hôtel La Colombe in newly liberated Timbuktu
Ghazala Irshad finds hope among the refuse in the Christian neighborhood of Garbage City, Cairo
Acclaimed photographer Newsha Tavakolian talks to Roads & Kingdoms about her new exhibition in Tehran
Thirteen correspondents from around the world describe what Christmas means and looks like from Kabul to Buenos Aires
These are tense times in South Africa's wine country, but one farmer is facing the industry's troubled past head-on
Forget "Twitter war": on the ground, the only technology that really matters is the kind that kills
Why Obama's visit to Myanmar is premature. An R&K report from the Kachin civil war
Saiful Huq Omi's incredible photography of the Rohingya, one of the world's most persecuted minorities.
Photographer Stephen Dupont's intimate portrait of the Raskols, a band of young, fierce, complicated gangsters from Papua New Guinea
24 reporters in 22 countries file live reports about the world's reaction to the 2012 US Elections
After a debate in which both candidates tried to paint the other as insufficient afraid of our foes, a new report on global pollution points to some much larger problems.
Photographer Eduardo Leal spent election day with a Chavez social worker to see how the government paid for victory
Can a country be both a treasure trove for tourists and an economic and political disaster? An adopted son explores
Billionaire Georgian politician Bidzina Ivanishvili breaks bread with our friend Paul Rimple
What do the people of Benghazi really want? Correspondent Mike Elkin knows this: they really like their cheeseburgers
Writer Nemonie Craven is a tourist in the land of drinking, debt and desire that is her hometown
Nastasya Tay and Daniel Howden on a heavily-armed late-night drive through Mogadishu, as told in Google Maps
Using a famous Los Angeles sandwich to refute a GOP talking point.
An uneasy calm on the Strait of Sicily, one of the world's deadliest border crossings. A Time.com/Roads & Kingdoms report.
Photographs from Tunisian photographer Sophia Baraket, who documented life in limbo in the Choucha Transit Camp
At Mexico City's San Hipólito Church, the forlorn and the faithful ask favor from St. Jude, Patron Saint of Lost Causes
Aftermath of the Pussy Riot trial: church and state mix at their own peril in Moscow.
In the poor neighborhood where Mario Balotelli was born, immigrant kids play out their own dreams of football fame on an asphalt schoolyard pitch.
A journey through the melancholic breakaway republic of Abkhazia
Makoko, the sprawling waterworld slum of Lagos, is being hacked to pieces by men with machetes. Why one correspondent will mourn its passing.
Video of Roads & Kingdoms' first interview with a head of state: Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi
Gallery: watching the Malian coup with the deposed president's praise-singer
On the Fourth of July, a tribute to a quintessentially American drink: Cuban Coffee
Daniel Howden meets the world's most optimistic restauranteur, open for business on Jazeera Beach in Somalia
The "micro-nation" of Christiania has stood in the center of Copenhagen for 40 years. On July 1st, it's being sold.
With the Vietnam War escalating, Naomi Duguid falls deeply in love with fish sauce, in France of all places. The origins of a lifelong obsession
The Weed Pass isn't nearly as awesome as it sounds. Actually, it's (yet another) (ill-fated) attempt to target Holland's coffee shops. R&K video from Amsterdam
Roads & Kingdoms travels to Lomo Corvina, one of Lima's poorest shantytowns, where residents are getting kicked off their land.
The US and Mexico: Let’s get back to drinking together, fighting, crying, throwing things, and then staggering off to the bedroom to have impotent drunksex.
Acclaimed author Oliver Bullough talks with street vendors and presidents about adjika, the national condiment of Abkhazia.
Maria Elena Moyano: a heroic life in Lima, assessed on the twentieth anniversary of her murder.
On the eve of Charles Taylor's conviction of war crimes, correspondent Daniel Howden visits Monrovia's most visible icon of decay
Jason Gagliardi on his three urban love affairs and bitter bust-ups: Brisbane, Hong Kong and Bangkok
We are all People of the Book. We eat chicken liver.
To mark Burma's big elections, R&K remembers the scene of the Lady's meeting with Hillary Clinton
After six weeks on the road, Matt finds Barcelona deep in strikes and rioting
Notes from an afternoon at Colmado los Dos Hermanitos in the Dominican Republic
Every morning, trudging to the field to fight off the birds. Survival in the Sahel.
Talking freedom and Occupy Wall Street outside Aung San Suu Kyi's house
Inside the pages of one of the world's most pathetic publications.
Seen from one angle, the Burma-U.S. rapprochement is a sign of a bright new future. Step a foot to the side and look again, and it’s a sad little tryst between two countries with, shall…
The dry genius of the ADB-ASEAN cost estimate is that it includes estimates for grief and human suffering in the aftermath of an accident. That’s $1,800 in societal grief for every death, $842 for a…
Inevitably when you travel, no matter how far you go or how different the people, your mind looks for parallels between your life and theirs.
What’s it like being in a city that’s been dead as long as you’ve been alive?
Getting inside the mind of an emerging African dictator is as simple as taking an elevator. Dispatch from Daniel Howden in Dakar.
At Christmas, the identification bracelets that the migrants wore around their wrists from the US migrant detention centers.