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Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that football has had a major impact on our world. We investigate how a lowly sport gained the power to start wars, make millionaires, and prompt a nation to paint its lampposts…
If you think you can escape the ballyhoo of the World Cup, think again. Football is taking over the world
As the world’s top footballers battle it out in Russia, a gathering of unrecognised nations had their own moment in the sporting spotlight
The US meat industry is attempting to officially define ‘meat’ as a slew of new, clean meats move closer to the dinner table
As the world prepares for the next FIFA tournament in Russia, the top football teams from the world’s unrecognised nations square off in London
Growing demands for dairy products from an increasingly wealthy China are set to have a dramatic impact on the country’s carbon emissions
Diamonds are perhaps the least modest of all jewels. But, in Antwerp, they have attracted a community known for its humility

Art on the border

Influencing international peace through street art

Cave secrets

Instead of gradually leaving Africa in a single wave, new fossil discoveries are showing that early humans left the continent in multiple waves, across many tens of thousands of years
A British Overseas Territory, the home-in-exile of General Napoleon Bonaparte, and the site of a £285million airport to which the airlines won’t fly. Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell visits a remote outpost on the cusp of dramatic change
Contrary to pervasive myth, Easter Islanders were resourceful and sensitive to the limits of their environment
Of the approximately 7,000 languages thought to be alive, the eight most spoken are accounted for by 40 per cent of the world’s population
After years of debate, the German alphabet has got a new letter, but not everybody is happy about it
The conflict in Syria has focused attention on the ‘war crime’ of inflicting damage to significant cultural property
For many living in the Outer Hebrides, the Gaelic language is a cornerstone of their narrative culture. But like many minority tongues, it’s in danger of dying out as generations modernise. Mark Rowe investigates those pushing to keep the ancient…
A few years ago Ulaanbaatar was a sleepy backwater – not anymore. Multinational corporations now sponsor star wrestlers, while amateurs often combine day jobs in the mines with training and competition. Mongolia’s national sport is changing the country’s image
In an increasingly health-conscious China, tourists are flocking to a small village in the south fabled for aged residents and life-giving natural properties
A Spanish cultural divide has been ripped open by the overturning of Catalonia’s bullfighting ban

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