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Olive oil soap from Crete was once the toast of the Mediterranean. Entrepreneurial, nature-loving Cretans are now taking the island’s soap-making tradition to new levels
Bedouin pastoralists have inhabited the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years. Today, however, many are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their traditional semi-nomadic way of life
Canada’s Inuit population is beginning a year-long project to amalgamate its varying written characters in order to create a common alphabet
The widely reported shaving of thousands of Muslim men in Tajikistan is the latest in a series of strict measures adopted by the country in recent years
In southwest France, Chris Fitch finds himself seduced by a unique Basque cultural identity that preserves its heritage with a stubborn yet admirable passion

Building a Republic

Isolated and battered by storms and earthquakes, the relatively new nation of Vanuatu struggles at times to survive. Marco Magrini marvels at how a land of diversity overcomes immense hardship

Austria by rail

If you want to see the ‘high hills’ or ‘lonely goatherds’ of Austria, Hazel Southam discovers there’s no better way than taking the train
Hazel Southam investigates how a 17th century practical joke in Austria, led to a 19th century water sustainability project that’s still going strong today

France’s lawless lands

Far from the Château de Versailles, indigenous people in remote French Guiana are French citizens inadvertently living outside the law
French food is formally recognised by UNESCO as World Intangible Heritage. However, the southern region of Provence is using gastronomy to bolster its own identity

Out of Africa

Archaeological finds shed new light on how societies dealt with climate change

The Welsh Gauchos

There’s a little bit of Wales alive and well in the valleys of Argentina
A two-year global tour sees Shakespeare’s Globe theatre attempting to put on performances of Hamlet in every country on the planet. Geographical caught up with the players in Laos
Recent discoveries suggest Iceland’s first settlers were not, in fact, Viking-age Scandinavians. Celtic Scottish and Irish explorers look likely to have arrived first

The forgotten war

As WWI commemorations take place, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya remember the East Africa campaign

Rights of passage

A landmark ruling finally gives hope to indigenous peoples around the world fighting to reclaim their homelands
Finland is one of the OECD’s most rural countries, but the rural population is ageing fast and one-by-one the country’s villages are shrinking away

High on a hill

Switzerland’s youth have the second- highest cannabis consumption in the world, according to UNICEF

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