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After centuries of East vs. West argument, Russia chooses both.
Separate celebrations for women and men mean opportunities for female photographers in Iran.
Local producers are struggling to keep the industry from being taken over by corporate behemoths.
A remote region of Georgia is hoping tourism can save a vanishing culture.
Gabon’s newest draw is one of the world’s strongest psychedelic drugs.
In impoverished Moldova, a revered wine industry finds itself on the frontlines of a clash between superpowers.
In Hyderabad, a cosmopolitan culinary culture fights back against the Hindu nationalist current sweeping the nation.
The half-century of war and colonialism behind a favorite snack
In a tranquil village more than 600 miles from Ukraine’s front line, locals feel the war.
Laser guns, Newt Gingrich, and lassi: inside an Indian-American Donald Trump rally.
How a Bengali political correspondent went from covering dirty politics at home to covering dirty politics in the U.S.
Commencement on the campus that survived the Liberian civil war, and the Ebola epidemic.
In the narrow strait between India and Sri Lanka, fishermen are locked in a deadly battle over dwindling catches.
Tourism is booming, and millions of Iranians are re-discovering the seductions of their northern Caspian Sea coast.
Win or lose, the GOP nominee has killed any chance of a reasonable debate about Russia.
Inside Kathmandu’s new amusement park that promises an escape to a land far, far away.
How a Hindu epic inspired a Malaysian art form that survived attacks by Islamists and learned to love Star Wars.
A quixotic urban-planning scheme aims to transform the disputed Italian port city into a spiritual center of the world
A city in Italy embraces the dark side of food protectionism.
Can planting cannabis help clean up the land contaminated by Europe’s biggest steel plant?
A writer rediscovers her hometown through cuisine and conversation.
In Kabul, a dispute over the future of a grand but bullet-ridden palace reflects Afghanistan's divisions over whether to bury or memorialize its turbulent history.
Mauritania has been called slavery's last stronghold. Now, a prominent anti-slavery activist has been released from prison and is running for president.
Call center jobs are providing hope for English-speaking Guatemalans deported from the United States.
A Croatian shoe factory survives two wars, Communism and its own deeply uncool reputation.
Afghans risk lashes and jail time to continue a tradition that offers a welcome escape from harsh realities.
In one of Greece’s struggling refugee camps, food is scarce but distrust is plentiful.
Residents aren’t so sure they want to find out.
In a war-torn country, men risk their lives in pursuit of a delicacy.
In a society that feels increasingly lost in life, love, and finances, a self-help industry booms
An impending peace agreement between the government and FARC guerillas draws new and old opposition
The once-glorious beach towns of Kep and Kampot struggle to shake their troubled pasts.
Non-lethal anti-riot equipment for the DRC’s police force is meant to usher in a more peaceful era of law enforcement. But critics see it as another way to…
Civil war has led to the legalization of a dangerous shadow industry.
How David Bowie became the loathed adversary of a Soviet-era youth movement.
In a Kiev pizzeria, veterans struggle to adapt to life away from the Eastern front.
The prime suspect in a 1982 mass killing is the country’s coup-leading, drug-running, democratically-elected president.
The Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar has been recaptured from ISIS, but it’s a long way from back to normal.
Working the copper reserves in the Atacama Desert has forever been a man’s domain. But with new gender equality initiatives and female leadership in the capital, that’s changing.…
Europe’s largest fire festival might feature Vikings, Ninjas, and men in dress, but it also represents the soul of this remote Scottish archipelago.
A controversial $50 billion, Chinese-built construction project will upend life in Nicaragua.
Sydney’s most debauched neighborhood is the epicenter of an Australia-wide problem of unprovoked violence
Searching for signs of Truman Capote in the Spanish fishing village where he wrote his masterpiece.
A gay club in Belgrade embraces Serbia’s local pop music in all of its macho, misogynistic glory.
In a country with crumbling infrastructure, cargo barges are vital for ferrying goods and unofficial passengers along the Democratic Republic of Congo’s aquatic superhighway.
An ancient Chinese village in the shade of skyscrapers fights for survival.
Once regarded as a symbol of backwardness, Iceland’s historic turf-roofed homes are making a comeback
For China’s one percent, the sport of kings is a gateway to the global elite.
Korean microbrewers are bringing IPAs and sours to a country used to watery lagers. If only the government would get out of their way.
What do you eat in Antarctica? How one polar chef confronts “the menace of the beige plate.”
The Syrian civil war has turned Erdine, Turkey, back into the waystation for refugees that it was nearly a century ago.
India’s Auroville was envisioned as an international community free of government, money, religion, and strife. It hasn’t exactly worked out quite as planned.
A photographer’s odyssey to cover an escalating conflict.
How Manoj Chopra went from male beauty contests and fistfights to flipping cars and inspiring millions of Indians.
In aging Japan, thousands die alone and unnoticed every year. Toru Koremura is there to clean up what they leave behind.
Young foodies and immigrants are defying Israel’s deepest culinary taboo.
On the eve of Lisbon’s annual sardine-and-beer bacchanal St. Anthony’s Day, Cara Parks looks at the uncertain future of a celebrated fish.
A conflict between the government and indigenous people threatens one of Brazil’s most unique national parks.
Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
A reporter reflects on the grim reality of covering the Nepal earthquake
Dubai’s Comic Con draws 50,000 fans and cult figures like William Shatner and Gillian Anderson. But the real attraction is the futuristic city’s homegrown talent.
The war-torn region has become a major narcotics trafficking route, sparking a new Indian drug epidemic.
To curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.
Pollution and overfishing threatens the lives of millions around Africa’s Lake Victoria.
What will the decriminalization of marijuana mean for Jamaica’s Rastafarians?
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,…
A year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
Writer Will Philipps takes part in the Pyongyang marathon, in the first year the Hermit Kingdom has opened the race to foreign amateur runners.
On farms outside Bogotá, Valentine’s Day is less hearts and kisses and more big bucks and sore backs.
The tallest apartment building in Africa was built as a modernist tribute to apartheid. Now it’s something far more important.
A rising generation of young martial artists are hoping to drop kick their way onto the big screen.
Sweet potato crust, fig and snail toppings, strawberry and cream cheese—in an otherwise conservative food culture, Seoul’s pizza makers aren’t afraid to experiment.
As the country’s mining industry booms, so does the sex trade. Journalist Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore spends a night in a flourishing Perth brothel.
How a trash heap in Thailand became the scene of a philanthropic turf war
Superagent Sheng Li wants to bring Hollywood-style talent management to Chinese sports.
An ambitious program is bringing modern tech to Mongolia’s 800,000-strong nomadic population.
The Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for centuries. Will the fallout from the war in Syria only make things worse?
Stranded on a floating glacier? This crew of Icelandic volunteers is here to save you.
As the city’s Muslim population soars, burial services are in growing demand. Meet the motley crew that ushers the dead to the afterlife.
Meet Rob, who sells weed and ketamine to an eager audience of expats in Beijing. His only problem? The police are cracking down.
In Istanbul, a once-mighty newspaper that serves the country’s dwindling Greek community is in danger of collapse
A homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can
In Eastern Ukraine, Home to the World’s Newest Breakaway Republics, Nothing Is As It Seems
Inside the bizarre subculture that lives to explore Chernobyl’s Dead Zone.
Bamiyan, a small Afghan mountain town best known for its blown-up Buddhas, wants to be your next holiday destination.
I set out to write an honest profile of Shahid Kapoor, one of India’s biggest stars. His fans may never forgive me.
For one week a year, the hard-bitten Serbian town of Guca erupts with blaring trumpets, pig roasts, and a splash of nationalism.
Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the remote mountaintop the fictional Dracula may—or may not—have called home.
Can Columbia’s most violent city become a tourist destination?
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.
In rural Honduras, poverty, murder, and injustice fuels a battle between farmers and rich landowners.
In South African townships, an ostentatious youth subculture is about much more than expensive clothing.
In the highlands around Mumbai, practitioners of Mallakhamb perform curious acrobatic feats using poles, ropes… and castor oil.
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is debauched, depraved, and increasingly deadly. If only it were fun.
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.
Can a bunch of surfer kids help the country’s devastated tourism industry take off?
After decades of bloodshed, Kurdish villagers in oil-rich northern Iraq are waging a new battle against Exxon Mobil.
FC Alga Bishkek was once one of the best teams in Soviet Central Asia. But in the post-Soviet age, the club—much like Kyrgyzstan itself—is mired in the nostalgia…
They used to hustle SIM cards or pick trash at the dump, but now they've got corporate speaking gigs and silk pocket squares. Meet the new motivational speakers…
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.
A century after Ernest Shackleton set sail from this unforgiving island, his disastrous voyage remains a lesson of the power of nature—and man’s ability to survive.
For a glimpse of one possible future for eastern Ukraine, look no further than the frozen-in-time breakaway republic of Transnistria.
Ten years ago, Saddam Hussein went on trial for crimes against humanity. Meet the Kurd who outfitted him.
The hospital conditions are appalling, but a bigger reason may be the crumbling infrastructure that prevents the poor from getting the care they need. …
A mansion. A crash site. And the spark that ignited the Rwandan genocide.
After Turkey’s massive Gezi Park protests last summer, LGBT candidates are now taking their fight to the political arena.
How a small eatery just across the Turkish border has become an unexpected oasis for Syria’s refugees.
A first-person tour of the Crimean peninsula—as it’s being stolen.
Hong Kongers are finding inventive ways to grow sweet potatoes, mangoes, and other edible goodies in an urban jungle.
How one family lost 4 sons to the fight for the terrorist group.
Getting your dollars in Argentina is now as easy as ordering a pizza.
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.
Vladimir Putin is drafting these warriors of Russian lore to provide their brand of law and order at the Sochi Olympics
Why does the place with the world’s best café culture have no coffee culture?
Why travel to Suriname: The former Dutch colony now run by a drug-running dictator is trying to attract tourists.
Cambodia punk rockers: The Southeast Asian country is home to a new hardcore music scene.
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.
One major difference between the Euromaidan street uprising in Kiev and the ones that kickstarted Arab Spring: it's freezing out here.
Can a controversial bodybuilder finally win Burma the respect that it craves?
In Nigeria, a battle looms over how best to treat mental illness: modern psychiatry or faith healing?
North Korea has its own restaurant chain. It’s good, even if the sea cucumber liquor and dog casserole are overpriced.
In Catalonia, booming local microbrews are just another way for people to express their independence.
The subcontinent’s vineyards want to turn India into a South Asian Tuscany, but can wine survive in a land of brown liquor?
Sheng is becoming a Kenyan language: How the urban slang of Nairobi slums is spreading.
Can the United Nations save something as intangible as a cooking style?
Selling Escobar: Is it immoral to build a tourism industry around the king of Cocaine?
How the ghost of socialist President Salvador Allende is changing Chile.
May Jeong reports from the Kabul Dairy Union, where the milk is good and the Taliban is involved
At the Saharna Monastery in Northern Moldova, a weekly exorcism casts out all the demons except the ones that really matter.
Lola Akinmade Åkerström on the deeply Swedish ideal of lagom.
Matt Goulding on why he loves airline cuisine (and why you should, too)
Can the desert's beast of burden save a de facto nation's struggling economy? Mark Hay investigates.
The Sri Lankan Army Brutally Crushed a Separatist Movement. Now They Want You to Stay At Their Luxury Resort.
The last days of the Doukhobors: a special dispatch from Sonia Smith
Turkish soap operas go global: Turkey’s homemade melodramas are popular across the Muslim world.
Why McDonald’s has become an unexpected defender of local taste.