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Shwedagon, Yangon, March 2015.
Shwedagon, Yangon, March 2015.

ISIS has never been weaker, but it can’t be defeated militarily. July 12, 2017.

Brits are pissed that Polish hate preachers were invited to a far-right rally. June 23, 2017.

Acid is the new weapon of choice on Britain’s streets. June 1, 2017.

The Manchester bomber grew up in a neighborhood struggling with extremism. May 25, 2017.

Survivors struggle to come to terms with Manchester terror attack. May 23, 2017.

Poland’s populist government let far-right extremism explode into the mainstream. May 9, 2017.

Jesse Klaver: The progressive left’s big hope in the Netherlands looks like Trudeau but says he’s more like Bernie. March 13, 2017.

Germany struggles to fight anti-migrant fake news amid fears it could influence its election. February 2, 2017.

Migrants face freezing temperatures as they struggle to get to the EU. January 18, 2017.

Turkey and the EU’s relationship hits a new low as vital migrant deal hangs in the balance. December 15, 2016.

Why the war in Syria won’t end with the battle for Aleppo. December 14, 2016.

Trump’s victory has Baltic countries even more worried about a Russian invasion. December 13, 2016.

Pope Francis extends Catholic priests’ right to forgive abortion. November 21, 2016.

Kurds must give up captured territory once ISIS is defeated, Iraqi leader says. November 18, 2016.

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Belgrade, Serbia, January 2017.

Hundreds of migrants feared dead in latest sinkings on Mediterranean. November 18, 2016.

Syria war: Bombs fall like ‘rain’ on eastern Aleppo, resident says. November 17, 2016.

Syria: Heavy airstrikes resume on east Aleppo amid major regime offensive. November 15, 2016.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange questioned on Swedish rape allegations. November 14, 2016.

UK’s Boris Johnson tells EU leaders to stop whining about Trump. November 11, 2016.

France identifies suspected coordinator of Paris, Brussels attacks. November 8, 2016.

Mass grave containing 100 bodies found in town south of Mosul, Iraq says. November 7, 2016.

US, Turkey agree to develop long-term plan to seize, govern Syria’s Raqqa. November 7, 2016.

ISIS seizing boys as young as 9 to fight in Mosul, UN warns. November 4, 2016.

MI5 chief: Britain faces growing threat from Russia. November 1, 2016.

Battle for Mosul: How ISIS is fighting to keep its Iraqi stronghold. October 24, 2016.

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Belgrade, Serbia, January 2017.

French candidate Alain Juppé: Move UK border from France to Britain. October 21, 2016.

How the ‘Kurdish question’ complicates the anti-ISIS alliance. October 20, 2016.

Mosul offensive: Retaking city will take 2 months, says Peshmerga general. October 18, 2016.

Battle for Mosul begins with gunfire and car bombs. October 17, 2016.

Haitian leader: Cholera kills 13 after Matthew. October 10, 2016.

Turkey car bombing kills 18, government blames PKK. October 9, 2016.

Jerusalem attack: 2 killed, 4 wounded in drive-by shooting, Israeli police say. October 9, 2016.

Portugal’s Antonio Guterres poised to become next UN secretary-general. October 5, 2016.

Turkish police use post-coup powers to shut down TV station. October 4, 2016.

MH17 shot down by Buk missile brought from Russia, say investigators. September 28, 2016.

Jordanian writer who shared cartoon mocking ISIS killed outside courthouse. September 25, 2016.

Syria airstrikes kill 85 people in Aleppo amid diplomatic row. September 25, 2016.

New York explosion that injured 29 was ‘intentional act,’ mayor says. September 18, 2016.

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for deadly Mogadishu car bomb. September 18, 2016.

Syria ceasefire under threat after US-led strikes kill regime troops, Russia says. September 18, 2016.

Syrian airstrikes kill 23; Russia, US alleges violations. September 15, 2016.

US, Russia agree to extend ceasefire for another 48 hours.September 14, 2016.

EU faces ‘existential crisis,’ warns European Commission head. September 14, 2016.

Woman charged in plot to attack Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. September 11, 2016.

Syrian ceasefire appears to hold, but aid deliveries are on standby. September 10, 2016.

Hollande: Republic must create ‘Islam of France’ to respond to terror threat. September 8, 2016.

7 killed as scene of alleged Aleppo chlorine attack targeted again. September 7, 2016.

Priest’s killers met on messaging app 4 days before attack, source says. August 1, 2016.

Syria, Russia to open exit corridors in besieged Aleppo, officials say. July 28, 2016.

Pope on priest killing: World is at war, but not a religious one. July 27, 2016.

Turkey detainees tortured, raped after failed coup, rights group says. July 27, 2016.

Hollande: Deadly church attack carried out in name of ISIS. July 27, 2016.

Suicide bomber in Munich pledged allegiance to ISIS. July 26, 2016.

Munich shooter researched rampage killings, police say. July 24, 2016.

Has South China Sea ruling set scene for next global conflict? July 13, 2016.

Chilcot report delivers damning verdict on Britain’s role in Iraq War. July 7, 2016.

Iraq’s interior minister resigns in wake of devastating truck bomb. July 5, 2016.

Attack on Medina appalls Muslims during Ramadan violence. July 5, 2016.

Boris says he won’t run for PM. July 2, 2016.

Corbyn accused of comparing Israel to ISIS. June 30, 2016.

Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder as court overturns earlier conviction. December 3, 2015.

Putin: Turkey will regret downing airplane ‘for a long time.’ December 3, 2015.

Outrage over Saudi death sentence for poet. November 30, 2015.

Iran test-fires new generation long-range missiles. October 15, 2015.

U.N. Security Council authorizes military action against human traffickers off Libya. October 9, 2015.

ISIS kills tops Iranian military commander in Syria. October 9, 2015.

UK’s first Ebola patient back in hospital with complication. October 9, 2015.

Refugee crisis: Hungary uses tear gas, water cannons on migrants at border. September 16, 2015.

Refugee crisis: Chaos as Hungary blocks most migrants at Serbian border. September 15, 2015.

Japan in twist over controversial ‘bike helmet’ design for Olympic stadium. July 29, 2015.

Tyler the Creator slams feminist for ‘ban’, death threats ensue. July 29, 2015.

Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda feared missing in Syria. July 16, 2015.

Thai junta urged to drop criminal defamation case against journalists. July 16, 2015.

Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed. July 3, 2015.

Australian terrorists killed fighting for ISIS, teen wife says. June 25, 2015.

Toxic moonshine kills 102 in Mumbai slum. June 23, 2015.

10 arrested, accused of making explosives in Hong Kong. June 16, 2015.

Second hospital closed in South Korean MERS outbreak. June 12, 2015.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing, meets President Xi. June 11, 2015.

Indicted ex-FIFA official cites ‘Onion’ article to defend himself. June 1, 2015.

Migrant boat re-enters Malaysian waters after refusing offer to land. May 17, 2015.

We will send Rohingya back, says Malaysia, amid calls to rescue migrants. May 15, 2015.

Four arrested after discovery of Thai ‘detention camp’ with 26 graves. May 6, 2015.

Treacherous journey to epicenter of Nepal quake. May 5, 2015.

Days after Nepal quake, traumatized villagers escape disaster zone. April 30, 2015.

Nepal quake toll passes 4,400 amid fears over remote areas. April 28, 2015.

Mom survives 36 hours in Nepal quake rubble. April 28, 2015.

Indonesia executes 6 for drug offenses, sets off diplomatic storm. January 18, 2015.

Rajapaksa’s gamble fails as rival wins Sri Lanka election. January 9, 2015.

‘Caught between a hammer and an anvil’: Inside Myanmar’s Rohingya internment camps. October 31, 2014.

Abbott vows to ‘shirt-front’ Putin over MH17; Russia says comments ‘immature.’ October 15, 2014.

Hong Kong protesters remain on streets but allow government workers past. October 7, 2014.

Group ditches talks with Hong Kong government, calls for more protest. October 4, 2014.

Pro-democracy protesters target office of Hong Kong’s chief executive. October 2, 2014.

Understanding the symbols of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution.’ October 1, 2014.

Australian deal to settle refugees in Cambodia slammed as ‘new low.’ September 26, 2014.

Dolphins killed as controversial hunting season resumes in Japan. September 25, 2014.

Snowden, Assange, Greenwald, Dotcom: Can this gang of four take down a PM? September 15, 2014.

‘House of Cards’ in the South Pacific: New Zealand’s ‘dirty elections’. CNN.com, September 12, 2014.

Fascists in saffron robes: The rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist ultra-nationalists. CNN.com, July 18, 2014.

10 year’s hard labor for reporters: Is it back to square one for Myanmar’s press freedom? CNN.com, July 12, 2014.

Fear, shock among Sri Lankan Muslims in aftermath of Buddhist mob violence. CNN.com, June 24, 2014.

From coup-maker to hit-maker: Thai general pens happiness ballad. CNN.com, June 12, 2014.

Alarm in Hong Kong at Chinese white paper affirming Beijing control. CNN.com, June 11, 2014.

Report alleges ‘systematic’ torture in Kachin areas of Myanmar. CNN.com, June 10, 2014.

Kidnappings, murder and a female Christ: Why China’s banned ‘Eastern Lightning’ cult has Beijing worried. CNN.com, June 9, 2014.

Will Myanmar’s extremist nationalist monks succeed in banning marriage between Buddhists and Muslims? CNN.com, May 30, 2014.

55 sentenced before 7,000 onlookers at terror ‘show trial’ in Chinese stadium. CNN.com, May 29, 2014.

Kim Dotcom and Hone Harawira: The world’s least likely political bedfellows? CNN.com, May 27, 2014.

Cricket hit by fresh match-fixing allegations over New Zealand players. CNN.com, May 21, 2014.

Who is Narendra Modi? Meet India’s pro-business, Hindu nationalist MP-in-waiting. CNN.com, May 20, 2013.

Protesters descend on Thai capital seeking government’s ouster. CNN.com, May 9, 2014.

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck to face impeachment over rice program. CNN.com, May 8, 2014.

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra dismissed from office by court. CNN.com, May 7, 2014.

Why the U.S. government is ‘trolling’ jihadists on social media. CNN.com, April 18, 2013.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the Rohingya: Has ‘The Lady’ lost her voice? CNN.com, April 15, 2013.

Nehru-Gandhi heir to face-off with polarising Hindu nationalist in Indian election. CNN.com, April 7, 2014.

Groups warn of backlash as U.N. calls for probe of Sri Lanka’s civil war abuses. CNN.com, April 3, 2014.

Chinese mining tycoon charged with running mafia-style gang. CNN.com, April 1, 2014.

Sri Lankan activist held under ‘anti-terror’ laws says crackdown aimed to stifle international scrutiny. CNN.com, March 19, 2014.

Malaysian opposition leader: MH370 wasn’t hijacked in my name. CNN.com, March 18, 2014.

Medecins Sans Frontieres banned in Myanmar state for alleged ‘Rohingya bias’. CNN.com, March 3, 2014.

Thai police confront protesters in bid to seize Bangkok demonstration sites. CNN.com, February 14, 2014.

‘Japanese Beethoven’: ‘I can hear sometimes’. CNN.com, February 12, 2014.

Checkbook journalism under fire as Schapelle Corby eyes big payday. CNN.com, February 11, 2014.

Uproar as ‘Japanese Beethoven’ exposed as a fraud. CNN.com, February 7, 2014.

WHO: Imminent global cancer ‘disaster’ reflects aging, lifestyle factors. CNN.com, February 5, 2014.

Thailand braces for looming Bangkok shutdown. CNN.com, January 14, 2014.

The women who sold their daughters into sex slavery. CNN.com, December 11, 2013.

Climate change may pose threat to economic growth, says report. October 30, 2013.

South Korea stunned as 6 who defected to Pyongyang are repatriated. October 28, 2013.

Sex scandal engulfs Auckland’s ‘super mayor.’ October 19. 2013.

India, China, Pakistan on slavery’s list of shame. October 18, 2013.

Is the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 racist? October 10, 2013.

How the FBI caught the Dread Pirate Roberts, creator of online drugs market Silk Road. October 5, 2013.

U.N. report highlights ‘unspeakable atrocities’ in North Korea. September 18, 2013.

Outrage as princeling teen son of Chinese ‘singing general’ faces gang rape charges. August 30, 2013.

Cirque du Soleil shocks Beijing audience with Tiananmen ‘tank man’ image. August 15, 2013.

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott slammed for ‘sex appeal’ comments. August 14, 2013.

Twin baby girls rescued as China maternity hospital trafficking probe continues. August 10, 2013.

Chinese newborn, sold to traffickers by obstetrician, is returned to parents. August 8, 2013.

Thai oil spill threatens fishing, tourism. CNN.com, July 31, 2013.

Confusion, grief and despair in India’s school poisoning village. CNN.com, July 19, 2013.

Egypt’s coup: What we know so far. CNN.com, July 4, 2013.

Police operation crushes Mekong drug gangs. CNN.com, July 2, 2013.

Chinese Internet users back Snowden, call on government to protect him. CNN.com, June 11, 2013.

Benjamin Lasnier: Danish Justin Bieber lookalike, now with a record contract. The Guardian, March 18, 2013.

Tahrir’s bodyguards fight to ‘cure Egypt’s disease’. CNN.com, February 21, 2013.

The power of the pickleback. The Wall Street Journal Europe, February 28, 2013.

Bersani leads Berlusconi in polls as Italy votes for new parliament. CNN.com, February 24, 2013.

Italy’s election: What are the issues? And will anyone win a majority? CNN.com, February 20, 2013.

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape “a marital right”. CNN.com, February 18, 2013.

Householders urged to stop feeding urban foxes after attack on baby. The Independent, February 10, 2013.

Mecca redevelopment sparks heritage concerns. CNN.com, February 7, 2013.

Police ‘stole identities of dead children’ to give undercover officers new identities. The Independent, February 4, 2013.

Can Iraq’s geeks save the country? CNN.com, January 29, 2013.

Who will win the battle for the new Tunisia? CNN.com, January 11, 2013.

Davos 2013: New year, same old problems? CNN.com, January 10, 2013.

Silence over sexual violence: Arab women take stand on ‘absurd honor’. CNN.com, December 6, 2012.

What’s driving Egypt’s unrest? CNN.com, November 30, 2012.

Palestinian United Nations bid explained. CNN.com, November 30, 2012.

Mideast men go under knife for manly mustaches. CNN.com, November 29, 2012.

Saving trees with smartphones: A high-tech solution to disease. CNN.com, November 12, 2012.

Fast food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling. CNN.com, November 8, 2012.

Young brothers, ‘denied refuge,’ swept to death by Sandy. CNN.com, November 2, 2012.

Probe of Antarctica’s hidden lakes may yield clues to extraterrestrial life. CNN.com, October 30, 2012.

Stolen British Olympic medal returned in mail. CNN.com, October 27, 2012.

Arrest made over British Olympic medals theft. CNN.com, October 25, 2012.

A rebirth of Berber culture in post-Gadhafi Libya. CNN.com, September 3, 2012.

Syrian artists fight Assad regime with satire. CNN.com, August 27, 2012.

Images of Tahrir: Egypt’s revolutionary art. “Inside the Middle East”, CNN.com, August 10, 2012.

Soldiers fill empty Olympic VIP seats as storm grows. CNN.com, July 29, 2012.

Navigating the ‘Isles of Wonder’: A guide to the Olympic opening ceremony. CNN.com, July 28, 2012.

Fighting for Jordan and Lebanon’s stateless children. CNN.com, July 27, 2012.

‘Bars for Ramadan’ list sparks protest in Dubai. CNN.com, July 25, 2012.

Can the Geneva Conventions stop the carnage in Syria? CNN.com, July 16, 2012.

Burning tires: Symbol of conflict to sign of peace. “Inside the Middle East”, CNN.com, June 29, 2012.

The iron ore lady: Why the world’s richest woman is mired in controversy. The Independent Magazine, June 16, 2012.

UK faces £5bn bill if Greece leaves euro. The Independent, June 5, 2012.

Eurovision Song Contest: ‘It’s soft politics, but it’s politics’. CNN.com, May 24, 2012.

Timbuktu: Mali’s treasure at risk from armed uprising. CNN.com, April 13, 2012.

Artist creates objects of beauty from images of death. CNN.com, March 22, 2012.

Radio appearance discussing Russia and Georgia’s diplomatic race in the South Pacific: “The Monocle Daily”, Monocle 24, February 23, 2012 (starts 52m17s in).

Phone journalism gives a voice to India’s rural poor. CNN.com, February 22, 2012.

Nauru and Abkhazia: One is a destitute microstate marooned in the South Pacific, the other is a disputed former Soviet Republic 13,000km away, so why are they so keen to be friends? The Independent, February 14, 2012.

Meet the Western members of the Kim Jong Il fan club. TIME, January 24. 2012.

His dear leader: meet North Korea’s secret weapon – an IT consultant from Spain. The Independent Magazine, January 21, 2012.

Hope for family of murdered waiter as prosecutor agrees to meeting after 14 years. The Independent, January 16, 2012.

Cameron runs into a new critic of high-speed rail: his father-in-law. The Independent, January 12, 2012.

Single stab to the heart killed teen in Oxford Street fight. The Independent, December 28, 2011.

Radio appearance discussing forthcoming New Zealand elections. “The Briefing”, Monocle 24, November 25, 2011 (starts 19m40s in).

Activist: Egypt’s leaders label female protesters ‘prostitutes’. CNN.com, November 25, 2011.

Boos turn to cheers for playwright Bean as he scoops top drama award. The Independent, November 21, 2011.

Photographer captures ‘new slaves’ of the Gulf. CNN.com, November 11, 2011.

Iran bans ‘underground university,’ brands it ‘extremist cult’. “Inside the Middle East”, CNN.com, November 10, 2011.

The rugby was ugly but victory was beautiful. The Independent, October 24, 2011.

New Zealanders hope to be on top of the world. The Independent, October 22, 2011.

MI5 suspected MP’s intern was ‘another Anna Chapman’. The Independent, October 20, 2011.

Russian aide: Yes, I had affair with MP but I’m not a spy. The Independent, October 19, 2011.

‘I don’t think they appreciate what the City contributes’. The Independent, October 18, 2011.

After the demos, the sit-in begins – in London and beyond. The Independent, October 17, 2011.

Willliams’s ‘healing’ Zimbabwe trip starts with anti-gay protests. The Independent, October 10, 2011.

Patients were put in danger by chaotic GP, whistleblowers claim. The Independent, October 3, 2011.

Quiet American: an interview with Ryan Adams. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), October 2, 2011.

Hating and hugging at the Rugby World Cup. Monocle, September 30, 2011.

Rabbi takes on WikiLeaks after secret talks with Iran are exposed. The Independent, September 10, 2011.

Couple held by Somali pirates for 388 days plan to return to the seas. The Independent, September 7, 2011.

The drugs don’t work. Monocle, August 29, 2011.

I’m gonna live forever: an interview with Catherine Mayer, author of Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Dangerously. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), July 3, 2011.

Pretty serious: an audience with actor Rob Lowe. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), June 12, 2011.

Christchurch begins to believe ‘Moon Man’ who predicted quakes. The Independent, March 23, 2011.

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