Istanbul is a modern metropolis of glass and steel skyscrapers, but the old Grand Bazaar still exerts a powerful pull on the city's imagination.
Environmental public hearings that encourage local community participation are gaining relevance, but few power companies, citizens, or government officials are happy with the process.
Two Canadian mining companies are picking up where the Dominican Republic government left off. Their gold mine could pay off big, but Haiti's rivers and lakes are likely to suffer.
In Afghanistan, poems called landai express love and grief in two lines. For many Afghan women, these poems are a powerful form of protest.
In the midst of a killer drought, a lake in Chihuahua has dried up, 350,000 cattle have died, and farmers are spending up to $10,000 a month pumping underground water for irrigation.
Few countries in the Americas are as vulnerable to climate change as El Salvador, which in recent years has been battered by increasingly extreme storms and severe flooding.
Unemployed men sleep on the streets of Kamagasaki, curled up in cardboard boxes. They find themselves outcasts from the mainstream "salaryman" culture. Alcoholism and suicide are common.
The overloaded municipal dump near Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is not only a place for scavengers who make money selling scraps they find, but also a place for the hungry who cannot afford food.
Job creation is one of the biggest challenges Japan faces. A government labor center in Osaka has little to offer unemployed day workers other than mopping the floor at the center.
Kazakhstan is placing bets on making Aktau a transportation hub—planning a massive expansion and setting up an economic zone with low tax rates. The U.S. will be key to jumpstarting this development.
As Sudan's army fights rebels in South Kordofan, an estimated 1 million civilians suffer daily from air strikes. The situation is becoming a humanitarian crisis to equal Darfur.
Ivory Coast produces 40 percent of the world's cocoa, but cocoa has been a bittersweet crop for the country.