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Aegean Concrete: 8 Greek Homes Rethinking the Vernacular

Greek architecture is born from context. Grounded in a legacy of order and proportion, modern Greek projects form new spatial approaches amidst current socio-economic conditions. Novel ideas on environment, view and form have emerged to reinterpret history and express modernity. Illustrating this …

Athens

In Venezuela, The Dictator Who Stole Christmas

He seizes toys to give them away in his own name, and prints so much money it’s worth nothing, then makes it disappear. The Grinch has nothing on …

Germany Warns of the Danger of War

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Oct. 8 that the situation between the U.S. and Russia today is more dangerous than it was during the Cold War. As he put it, "It's a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous." Since …

Geopolitics

Rocked by Brexit vote, Gibraltar lays plans for new kind of EU relationship

According to more than one member of Gibraltar’s business community, it felt “like someone had died”. The day after Britain’s Brexit vote, this outpost of Albion on Spain’s southern tip was in shock.<p>The Rock’s residents voted 96% to remain. Its flourishing economy, built around financial services, …

United Kingdom

South American rivals battle for 'Cinderella county'

<b>From a height of 8,000ft (2,500m), the mighty Amazon can be seen giving way to swathes of grassland, as the Rupununi savannah opens up.</b><p>Spanning thousands of acres of virtually untouched plains, rain-forested mountains, Amerindian villages and rare wildlife, it's one of the brightest jewels in …

Venezuela

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The history of Mosul, in five maps

In 1165, Benjamin of Tudela, a medieval Spanish Jewish traveler, approached the city of Mosul on the banks of the Tigris. A visitor, even a thousand years ago, could marvel at its antiquity. "This city, situated on the confines of Persia, is of great extent and very ancient," he wrote in the …

Middle East

Fraud case could tip South Africa over the edge

South Africa just dodged a recession. The last thing it needs is another shock.<p>Losing the man overseeing the economy would be one such blow and the risk of that happening just jumped.<p>Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with fraud, news that went down badly with …

South Africa

India and Pakistan are clashing again over Kashmir. Here's what you need to know

India and Pakistan are at it again.<p>The South Asian rivals are locked in another escalating confrontation over Kashmir, the ruggedly beautiful Himalayan territory they have tussled over for seven decades.<p>The countries have fought two wars over Kashmir, but the prospect of fresh hostilities is …

A desert farm is growing tomatoes on seawater and solar power

Agriculturalists dream of making deserts bloom. Now the dream is coming true using sun, seawater, and little else.<p>On 20 hectares in the South Australian desert, Sundrop Farms—officially launched on Oct. 6—uses a field of 23,000 mirrors to produce energy for electricity and water conversion. …

Aquaponics

Bolivia ended its drug war by kicking out the DEA and legalizing coca

The leaves, he says, represent one of his three harvests per year, grown under Bolivia's policy of legal but regulated production of the crop. Each harvest will fetch about $200 at market, but half of that goes toward expenses, including pesticides and wages for locals who help pluck the ripe …

South America

Venezuelan oppositions vows to keep up pressure on Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is vowing to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro after flooding the streets of Caracas with demonstrators Thursday in its biggest show of force in years.<p>Protesters filled dozens of city blocks in what was dubbed the "taking of Caracas" to …

Venezuela

What You Need to Know About Palawan, the "Best Island in the World"

Warning: These pictures will give you serious wanderlust.<p>If you're thinking of where to go on your next tropical beach getaway, you may want to look a little farther than the Caribbean.<p>For the second time, the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines has been named "Best Island in the World" by the …

The Suez crisis should have taught us brutal dictators are the real threat to world peace

Exactly 60 years ago today, on July 26 1956, Egypt’s President Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal Company, thereby inaugurating the Suez crisis. Three months later, on October 30, Britain and France, in secret collusion with Israel, invaded Egypt to restore international control of the canal and …

Geopolitics

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11 American Road Trips Everyone Should Go On

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Erdogan's purge may give Nato no choice but to expel Turkey from the alliance

Ever since Turkey joined Nato in 1952, its membership has been viewed as a vital bulwark in the defence of Europe against threats emanating from Russia and the Arab world.<p>During the Cold War, the fact that American bombers could be flying over the former Soviet Union within an hour of take-off from …

How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

<b>The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.</b><p>City-dwellers tend to take electricity for granted, says Ashok Das, but for …

Renewable Energy

Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

Birds

Navy removes task force commander after investigation of sailors’ detainment by Iran

The Navy has removed the commanding officer of a task force in the Middle East following an investigation into how 10 U.S. sailors were detained by Iranian forces in January after two boats drifted into territorial waters.<p>Capt. Kyle S. Moses was effectively fired from his job Friday by Vice Adm. …

Military

Washington’s most unlikely business giant prepares to split itself in two

Danaher, one of Washington’s quiet business success stories, has begun the process of splitting itself in two pieces — pulling the curtain down on Act One of its 30-year run.<p>Founded by a pair of publicity-averse billionaire brothers, the $65 billion industrial conglomerate is lifting the curtain on …

Wall Street

Japan protests to China over ship in disputed waters

<b>Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea.</b><p>Japan administers the uninhabited Senkaku islands, which China also claims under the name Diaoyu islands.<p>Russian naval ships were also spotted in the area at …

China

Fallujah and the Failed Iraqi State

As Iranian influence in Iraq continues to grow, the chance to pull the country together grows slimmer by the day.<p>A fortnight before the battle got …

Saudi Arabia expands its anti-Iran strategy beyond the Middle East | Reuters

RIYADH (Reuters) - Under King Salman, Saudi Arabia is expanding its confrontation with Iran well beyond the Middle East, no longer relying heavily on Western allies to smother Tehran’s ambitions outside the Arab world.<p>Saudi King Salman (C) attends a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Jeddah, …

South Asia

These 20 photos will make you want to drop everything and go to China

Not all of China is factory’s and pollution; it’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on …

Tanzania seizes 'idle' land from investors to return to poor farmers | Reuters

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanzania has begun a nationwide program to seize land left undeveloped by investors and return it to poor farmers, in a bid to quell conflicts between farmers, herders and developers.<p>For more than a decade, foreign investors have bought up large tracts …

Environmentalism

The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's newest militants

<b>With a name that sounds like it has come from the pages of a superhero comic book, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is the latest militant group to emerge in Nigeria - attacking oil installations in a campaign which threatens the economy of Africa's most populous state.</b><p>"We are a group of educated and …

Africa

Far-right racist terror surges in Europe as Austrian neo-Nazi who threatened to massacre refugees is arrested

Mass refugee influx and economic crisis are fueling the growth of racist attacks and Europe’s nationalist far-right<p>The far-right is surging throughout the West. Persistent economic crisis and unpopular austerity measures that gut social spending, in conjunction with the mass influx of refugees, …

Asylum Seekers