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.
Kashmir’s Heroin HighwayThe war-torn region has become a major narcotics trafficking route, sparking a new Indian drug epidemic.
The Ukrainian SerengetiBordering war-torn Crimea, the world’s oldest steppe reserve—home to zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests—fights for survival.
Egyptian RuinsA year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
Australia’s Temple of WeirdA controversial museum funded by an eccentric millionaire, featuring a poo machine and the chocolate-coated entrails of a suicide bomber, has bolstered tourism in Tasmania, much to critics’ dismay.
South Africa’s Tower of DreamsThe tallest apartment building in Africa was built as a modernist tribute to apartheid. Now it’s something far more important.
The New Gin CrazeCenturies of mediocrity gave gin a bad name. But now, liquor stores are stocked with brands boasting funky names and one-of-a-kind botanical blends.
The Weird and Wonderful World of Korean PizzaSweet potato crust, fig and snail toppings, strawberry and cream cheese: Seoul’s pizza-makers aren’t afraid to experiment.
Nomads on the GridAn ambitious program is bringing modern tech to Mongolia’s 800,000-strong nomadic population.
Rescued From the Land of Fire and IceStranded on a floating glacier? This crew of Icelandic volunteers is here to save you.
Final EditionIn Istanbul, a once-mighty newspaper that serves the country’s dwindling Greek community is in danger of collapse.
The Surreal StatesIn Eastern Ukraine, home to the world’s newest breakaway republics, nothing is as it seems.
Sheikh of the SkiesTo curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.
After the CrashIn the Ukrainian town where Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky, 90 percent of adults are out of work, and young men drink vodka on airplane seats.
Soccer and Tear GasAn amateur team in Turkish Kurdistan competes against a backdrop of police violence and a moribund peace process.
Colombia’s Bloom BoomOn farms outside Bogotá, Valentine’s Day is less hearts and kisses and more big bucks and sore backs.
Everybody in Uganda Is Kung Fu FightingA rising generation of young martial artists are hoping to drop kick their way onto the big screen.
Shanghai on the NileEgypt’s revolution (and counter-revolution) hasn’t stopped an influx of Chinese, who bring with them a rich and delicious culinary heritage.
Show Me the YuanSuperagent Sheng Li wants to bring Hollywood-style talent management to Chinese sports.
Faith and Fear in Istanbul The Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for centuries. Will the fallout from the war in Syria only make things worse?