For BuzzFeed, Mitch Prothero investigates the Islamic State's European tentacles - the cell that's been recruiting terrorists and flying under the radar for years. The results aren't good; Prothero's piece paints a picture of an intelligence and police service with too few Arabic speakers, operating in a landscape with too many cracks for shady and dangerous characters to slip through.
The war on drugs in the Philippines
“I don’t care about human rights, believe me," said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after being elected. For TIME, Rishi Iyengar chronicles the "autocratic tricks" that led Duterte to wage the country's bloodiest war on drugs. As the bodies begin to pile up, the once-popular leader now has citizens running scared.
Brazil, from boom to chaos
Next week, the 2016 Olympic Games will be but a memory, and the world's attention will move on from Rio. But what next for the country, steeped in corruption, political dysfunction and scandal? Franklin Foer traces the recent history of Brazil, from Lula's election to the Petrobras affair to the failure of Rousseff, and posits that despite the country's troubles, all is not lost. For Slate.
Keeping girls in school
“Every school holiday," the head of a school in eastern Uganda tells Helen Lewis of the New Statesman, "we lose ten to 15 girls. They elope or conceive.” This piece tells the story of how the school's supporters are changing families' minds about the value of keeping girls in class. They're also using something seemingly simple - sanitary pads - to offer students a sense of equality and liberation.