Rapid urbanization has made an ordinary commodity suddenly precious: sand. As cities devour concrete, glass and asphalt, illegal sand mining has sparked a global wave of gang violence.
From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is wreaking havoc. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource won't let up.
Efficient cooking stoves could prove a more effective way to protect forests and stem illegal logging than the army
With the SAS based nearby, this picturesque city has a long military history. Now Hereford is formalizing its place as a center for a controversial industry which boomed during the ‘war on terror'.
Under General Pinochet’s rule of terror in Chile, one man saved thousands of people from the dictator’s brutal secret police. How did Roberto Kozak do it – and escape death?
Nayib Bukele is trying to wrest control of El Salvador’s capital from the grip of murderous gangs. His weapons? Gentrification, Instagram and YouTube.
Home to the scientists who built the nuclear bomb, the company town of Los Alamos, New Mexico is today one of the richest in the country—even as toxic waste threatens its residents and neighbouring Española struggles with poverty.
Former political prisoners say democratic shift—like the capital's flashy skyline—is merely cosmetic, with the economic crisis exposing the state’s true authoritarianism.
Ventimiglia is feeling the impact of heavier French border controls and deterrent measures, but the tension masks a wider humanitarian issue.
It's commonly argued that President Erdogan's regime is a perversion of democratic norms. In fact, in the light of burgeoning populism around the world, his demokrasi is the new normal.
A British company hired to buy medicines for Ukraine’s health ministry has succeeded in cutting prices by up to a quarter.
Each week, thousands of men take a four-day rail journey from Tajikistan to Moscow in search of employment.