Ninety per cent of the world's most highly prized rubies, called 'pigeon's blood' for their deep hue and intensity of colour, come from the hills near the town in Mogok, 200 kms north of Mandalay, Myanmar's second city. The two most precious rubies found...


Grace Kudzu has sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that makes her red blood cells sickle-shaped and rigid, rather than the usual flexible doughnut form. They block her capillaries and cause excruciating vasco-occlusive crises that last for days at a...


Abbie used her own experience of being an overweight teenager to connect with six young men who struggle with their weight. "This is an intimate study of how it feels to be overweight as a young man in today's world. I was a fat teenager myself ...


In the middle of the night, villagers wade through shallow enclosures 100 metres offshore, looking for small, sausage-like creatures in the dark waters. Prized as a delicacy in the Far East, sea cucumbers are a godsend for this small village in one of ...


Since the financial crisis in the 1990s, many young women have left the Faroe Islands, a small nation in the North Atlantic Ocean which is nominally part of Denmark, but governs its own affairs. Most leave to study in Copenhagen or other European cities....


In Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, the stunning beauty of glacial ice and mountain lakes hides a worrying environmental phenomenon unfolding in slow motion. The glaciers in this remote part of South America are melting at an alarming rate. As ...


After the fifth election in five years - three general elections and two referendums - the UK is no closer to healing the divisions that emerged during the EU referendum. The English nationalist project, otherwise known as Brexit, has unleashed a level ...


The two islands of Mayotte and Anjouan are separated by only 40 miles of sea. They share same language, faith and ethnicity, and their populations have been intertwined through family links for hundreds of years. But in 1974, the colonial power, France, ...


Or rather it doesnt. The World Trade Organization (OMC in French) is in crisis. While it is supposed to regulate 98% of international trade, between its 164 country members, i.e. just about all countries, it has totally failed to update rules mostly ...


Every country has its favourite sport. In England, football is the undisputed leader. In India, a huge home audience, running into the hundreds of thousands, is obsessed with cricket. America calls its annual baseball championship the World Series even ...


11 December 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the First Chechen War. Though by no means the only conflict to beset the imploding Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the War in Chechnya came to epitomise the chaos and wanton destruction of ...


The Tour du Faso is one of the world's great cycle races. It covers 1,306 kilometres across Burkina Faso every October and has been won 15 out of the past 32 times by local Burkinab teams since its inception in 1987. Until 1998 it was reserved for ...


For Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory, lack of opportunities and extreme isolation are often coupled with substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide. The annual "carnival", however, brings far flung indigenous ...


Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it was previously known, is one of Australia's most recognisable landmarks which has featured in the background of countless tourist photographs for decades. Considered sacred by local Anangu Aboriginal people, the huge sandstone ...


Crocodiles are sacred in Timor Leste, one of the world's youngest and least developed countries which seceded from Indonesia in the late 1990s. Locals call them 'Abo', or grandfather in the Tetum language, and revere them through their foundation myth ...


Over the past 10 years, the weather in the Arctic has been changing at an unprecedented rate. In the summer of 2019, air temperatures of 31 C and water temperatures of 20 C were recorded in Alaska, a rise of 3 to 4 degrees C and thus way above the 1.5 ...