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Saving the Great Barrier Reef

Ravaged by climate change, Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is facing the worst crisis in its history. Without drastic action, we risk losing one of the most valuable ecosystems on our planet

Iceland’s tourism boom

Since the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland has emerged as a tourism powerhouse that is captivating visitors with its breathtaking landscapes. However, the country’s tourism explosion will not be sustainable unless it is effectively managed

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Athens’ artistic revival

The Greek debt crisis has caused immense suffering across the country, but against all odds Athens has risen from the ashes as a cultural hub of global proportions

Ultra pain, ultra gain: the rise of the ultramarathon

Not satisfied with a mere 26 miles, many runners – amateur and professional alike – are turning to ultramarathons to test their mental and physical strength even further

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Bangkok transforms into tech hub

A storm of political instability has put Bangkok back in the limelight this year. Laura French takes a look at the changing face of the world’s most infamous city, where streets heaving with seediness meet a business hub brimming with opportunity

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Nicaragua: a hub for ecotourism

Nicaragua has long been characterised by social and political strife, but Matt Timms finds the country is making a name for itself as a major hub for ecotourism

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All eyes on Sri Lanka

From the ashes of a bloody civil war, modern Sri Lanka was born. Today it is one of the most promising business destinations in Asia, with unprecedented growth and plenty of opportunity. Rita Lobo looks at the long road from war to riches

Berlin’s great renaissance

The Berlin Wall was the symbol of a divided nation, but 25 years on, the wall and other former Soviet sites are now stirring tourist attractions

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How war fuelled Käthe Kollwitz’s art

The horrors of war prompt strong responses from many artists. As the world commemorates the centenary of the First World War, Jo Caird explores the deeply personal work of Käthe Kollwitz

Mongolia’s vast reserves make it the ‘Saudi Arabia of Asia’

Famed for fine wools and Genghis Khan, Mongolia is charging ahead, this time on the back of the wealth buried beneath its feet

Expanding the Panama Canal

After one hundred years in operation, the Panama Canal remains one of the world’s most vital shipping routes. But as vessels grow, so too must the centennial waterway

Riga: Europe’s new cultural capital

If there are any signs Latvia faced a crisis only half a decade ago, they cannot be found on the cobbled streets of Riga. The city has now joined the euro and been selected as European Capital of Culture 2014

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