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New ideas in drugs war

Next month will see a pivotal UN summit review strategies to combat the criminal drugs trade. Could the new Sustainable Development Goals lead the way?
Mark Evans is an explorer, author and founder of the University of the Desert in Oman. His latest 1,300km expedition across the word’s largest sand desert, the Rub al’Khali, recreated the first crossing by Bertram Thomas in 1930
Renowned photographer Martin Hartley recalls his part in an expedition to make the first snowboard descent of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest active volcano in Eurasia
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
2015 saw an estimated 1.1 million migrants and asylum seekers arrive within Germany’s borders. But it won’t prevent the country’s long-term demographic decline
When a back injury threatened to derail Paul Deegan’s attempt to traverse the Pyrenees on foot, he re-evaluated every item in his rucksack. Would an obsession with item weight and Olympic-level techniques be enough to see him through?
Porters are often the unsung heroes of a Himalayan expedition, hefting vital equipment and making a trekker’s dream become reality. Rob Fraser decided to find out what life as a Sherpa really entails and whether a 51-year-old westerner could carry…
In southwest France, Chris Fitch finds himself seduced by a unique Basque cultural identity that preserves its heritage with a stubborn yet admirable passion
Louie Psihoyos is a photographer and an Academy Award-winning film director for the documentary The Cove, whose latest film is Racing Extinction

Swimming Britain

The route from Land’s End to John o’Groats has been conquered overland many times, but it has never been swum...
Former geography teacher Rob Lilwall recounts his 4,500-kilometre walk from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong, the equivalent of hiking from Birmingham to Tehran
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: journey’s end

Leading the way

Canada is ahead of others in terms of Syrian refugee resettlement, but are the numbers all they’re cracked up to be?

The mosquito trap

Could an innovative ‘smart’ lighting system also help put a stop to the worldwide growth of dengue fever?
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: socks, frisky…

Robert Penn

Robert Penn is an author, journalist and TV presenter. He wrote and produced the BBC series Tales from the Wild Wood, and wrote It’s All About the Bike and his latest book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: moonlight, shooting…
Among all the negative headlines emerging from the developing nations of the world, the ODI is keen to highlight the positive development stories which have emerged over the past few decades

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