In 1839, Great Britain and Russia were playing the world map like a chessboard — and for no reason other than geography, Afghanistan got caught in the middle. In Return of a King, historian William Dalrymple tells the story of Britain's calamitous invasion.
From handpicking to sorting, it's women's hands that take on much of the labor involved in producing coffee around the world. New initiatives are empowering women to reap more of the financial rewards.
The Syrian government and rebels blamed each other for the destruction of the minaret of the 11th century Umayyad Mosque in the ancient city of Aleppo. One archaeologist described the damage as "a disaster."
After decades of military rule, Myanmar is experiencing rapid economic and social reforms. But some now fear that long-suppressed ethnic and religious tensions will be hard to contain. Violence between Buddhists and Muslims that began in the western part of country last year now appear to be spreading.
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