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France’s lawless lands

Far from the Château de Versailles, indigenous people in remote French Guiana are French citizens inadvertently living outside the law

Sarawak by kayak

Torrential rain and unnavigable waters may have proved troublesome obstacles for Jonny Hawkins’ rolling kayaking expedition through the jungles of Borneo, but on the positive side, they led to an unforgettable encounter
After nine months trapped in the Antarctic ice, including four months of winter darkness, Ernest Shackleton ordered the crew of the Endurance to abandon ship

Frank Barrett

Frank Barrett is an author and Travel Editor for The Mail on Sunday. His latest book, Treasured Island, is an odyssey around Britain in search of the landmarks that inspired Britain’s literary classics

Defining poverty

The benchmark for extreme poverty was established as a daily wage of $1 per day in 2000, as an average poverty line across developing countries and had been viewed as a suspiciously neat figure

Healing the world

Médecins Sans Frontières provides emergency responses to humanitarian crises around the world. But a lack of attention to these incidents means that much of the world’s long-term healthcare rests on their shoulders
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

24 hours to climb

Climbing a single peak can be daunting enough, but to tackle 130 in just twenty-four hours takes an immense level of skill and planning

Going for goals

This weekend, world leaders will convene in New York. Top of the agenda is the need to officially adopt replacements for the eight Millennium Development Goals

Mine-free Mozambique

Once one of the worst landmine-afflicted countries in the world, Mozambique can now celebrate being officially ‘mine-free’

Phyllis Omido

Dubbed the ‘East African Erin Brockovich’, Phyllis Omido wasn’t an activist when she went to work at a Kenyan lead smelter. But when her breast milk made her baby sick, she began gathering evidence on the smelter’s damaging health effects

Once were warriors

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is piloting a programme to help rehabilitate former child soldiers of Congolese armed forces

Running the Namib

The Namib desert, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and savage places on the planet, is perhaps the ultimate test of endurance for a long-distance runner, such as on the Namib 550 Desert Challenge

Boomtown rats

Giant African rats will soon be undertaking an important and dangerous job in Cambodia; locating the millions of unexploded landmines left over after over 30 years of conflict

Asylum in Austria

Most associate Austria with chocolate cake, opera and The Sound of Music. But right now, Austria has the highest per capita rate of asylum seekers in Europe

Beth Healey

Beth Healey is a research MD at the Concordia station in the Antarctic. Her job is to research the possible physical and psychological effects of living in the station and how they might be similar to long-term spaceflight

The goat economy

Since Saudi Arabia lifted an export ban on Somaliland’s livestock in 2009, the breakaway state has seen a boom in the trade of livestock, particularly goats

The Tianjin fallout

Geographical looks at the forthcoming impacts the devastation could have on the rest of the country, after an enormous explosion destroyed a large portion of the port of Tianjin

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