North Korea women’s rights

North Korea’s human rights record is among the worst in the world. But women in North Korea face particular challenges. North Korea is a...

The looted antiquities trade

Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of...

India’s air pollution crisis

Recently an international cricket match in the Indian city of Delhi had to be temporarily halted in the middle of the game for an unusual reason. The...

China’s internet addicts

It’s hardly uncommon for parents to be worried their teenagers are spending too much time online. But in China the concern is particularly acute,...

Arctic shipping grows as ice melts

For hundreds of years, European explorers sought a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Now as Arctic ice melts, just such a route is opening across...

Zimbabwe, South Africa in transition

Two figures have dominated the politics of southern Africa in recent years. One is Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The other is...

Finding Syria’s disappeared

Since the start of the Syrian war, a remarkable 100,000 people have gone missing - a distinct figure from the estimated 400,000 confirmed...

Europe confronts Russian hacking

There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries...