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The Gun Smuggler’s Lament

In 2011, Osama Kubbar ran Qatari-supplied arms to Libyan rebels battling the Qaddafi regime. Today, he is watching from afar as his country is torn apart by two warring governments and a web of rival militias. This is the story of a failed revolution and the people it engulfed.


The Age of Infection

Meet the iChip, a plastic block that helped scientists discover a new antibiotic that kills superbugs. Will it be enough to save humankind from the coming bacterial apocalypse?


Beijing’s Test Tube Baby

Zhao Bowen dropped out of high school, shunned state-run academies, and launched a gene-mapping start-up. Why the boy who once broke all the rules could be the man to lead a new generation of Chinese scientists.


Who Decides Who Gets to Go on the Hajj?

The world's 1.6 billion Muslims all are trying to make it to Mecca at least once in their lifetimes. Here's how Saudi Arabia controls the flow of pilgrims.


‘Close Your Eyes and Pretend to Be Dead’

What really happened two years ago in the bloody attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.



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