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Kabul Dispatch: ‘Memory Boxes’ Offer Poignant Reminders of Afghan Lives Lost to Violence

KABUL, Afghanistan — A brother’s sandals. A flag of Afghanistan. A daughter’s favorite toy. These are some of the remnants of lives lost to violence. The prosaic belongings, collected in handmade wooden containers, are displayed [...]

Philippines Dispatch: A Family Craft With a Deadly Toll: Illegal Gun Making

DANAO, Philippines — In the remote, mist-covered slopes outside the city of Danao in the central Philippines sits the illegal, makeshift workshop of a master gun maker. Accessible only by foot on a steep, winding pathway camouflaged [...]

Paris Dispatch: The ‘Blue Prince of Montmartre,’ at 87, Still Rules Parisian Demimonde

PARIS — The man in blue — azure suit, blue-tinted glasses and blue shoes — stepped onto the tiny stage of Paris’s best-known drag cabaret, and flashed a wide smile at the crowd. “I hope you’re enjoying your dinner,” said [...]

Syria Dispatch: A Syria Detention Camp Struggles to Hold the Women and Children of ISIS

AL HOL CAMP, Syria — She left the Netherlands to join the Islamic State in Syria, and married a fighter here. He was killed, so she married another, who got her pregnant before he was killed, too. Then this month, as the Islamic State [...]

Scotland Dispatch: ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’: Why Do So Many Pets Keep Leaping Into a Scottish Gorge?

DUMBARTON, Scotland — “I was sure she was dead,” Lottie Mackinnon said quietly. Ms. Mackinnon was sitting huddled in the corner of a cafe with her two children, sipping hot chocolate as she described the day three years ago when [...]

Russia Dispatch: An Ice Marathon Across a Frozen Russian Lake: ‘I Ran Twice as Fast’

LAKE BAIKAL, Russia — The ice rumbled and then shook underfoot. No one had warned Véronique Messina about that. Ms. Messina, a French speech therapist working in Cambodia, came to Lake Baikal in distant Siberia to run a marathon [...]

Madrid Dispatch: A Bar for Spain’s Radical Right, Run by a Chinese Immigrant

MADRID — Step into Bar Oliva, a cafe in a southern suburb of Madrid, and you step back 44 years. Gen. Francisco Franco, the far-right dictator, died in 1975, but his spirit lives on at the bar, where portraits of him hang from the [...]

Senegal Dispatch: In Forlorn Park, Lion Cubs Play in Traffic and Elephant Dung Is Met With Delight

NIOKOLO RANGER OUTPOST, Senegal — The nighttime horizon glowed red from fires started by poachers. In the distance loomed a hillside that illegal gold miners were blasting with explosives. And in the middle of a busy highway, a park [...]

Russia Dispatch: Turgenev Dissed Russia but Is Still Lionized as Literary Star by Touchy Kremlin

MTSENSK, Russia — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has often reveled in the majesty of Russian culture, particularly literary giants like Ivan Turgenev, whose country mansion the Russian state recently renovated as a showcase [...]

Cairo Dispatch: What to Do About Cairo’s ‘Uncivilized’ Buildings? President Orders Epic Paint Job

CAIRO — If the famed pyramids of Giza are the epitome of ancient Egypt, the chaotic road that brings tourists to the famed complex offers a bracing and authentic taste of the modern country. The Ring Road, a 68-mile belt of rutted [...]