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Around the World in 40 Books

Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.

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Fragile States Index 2016

In 2015, long-simmering crises crossed borders, even continents, in a reminder that it takes very little for regional instability to go global.

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Trouble Is Brewing in Nigeria’s Oil Country

For years, the government paid militants in the Niger Delta not to blow up oil pipelines. Now it’s cutting them loose — and they’re taking up arms once again.

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Nigeria’s Latest Enemy? Tomato-Eating Moths.

A moth infestation in Nigeria's tomato plants has increased the price of tomatoes by more than 30-fold.

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The Bandits’ Banker

David Cameron is right that Nigeria is “fantastically corrupt.” He just forgot to mention that Britain is making it worse.

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Now Who’s Being Rude? British Leaders Snub the Countries They Once Ruled

Did Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II realize that the three countries they offended in recent comments were each exploited by the British empire?

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Boko Haram’s Terrorist Behind the Curtain

Meet the man who transformed an obscure proselytizing group into the deadliest terrorist organization on earth.

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Africa’s Petrostates Are Imploding

And that’s setting off a dramatic shift in the economic balance of power on the continent.

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