It's inevitable that one day, perhaps soon, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II will come to an end. How will the networks respond? How will Commonwealth leaders be informed? What title will Camilla have? And, perhaps most importantly, what will the Queen's death mean for the British Empire? In this fascinating piece for The Guardian, Sam Knight takes readers behind the scenes of the meticulously laid out plans for life after Elizabeth.
Closing the coal mines
For NPR, Rob Schmitz reports from one of China's largest open-pit coal mines, once a hive of activity but now marked for closure by the government. As China shuts down mines, either for efficiency purposes or as part of a green strategy, what happens to the men who are left behind — coal workers who have known no other job?
Inside the refugee archipelago
For Refugees Deeply, Daniel Howden and Apostolis Fotiadis dig into the failures behind the reaction of the international community and the Greek government to the influx of refugees since 2015 ("the most expensive humanitarian response in history"). What they found was stories of severe miscommunication, ego and ineptitude on the part of the people whose responsibility it was to stem this crisis.
As Syria's civil war rages on, Bashar al-Assad continues to cling to power. But how strong is his hold on the areas of Syria under government control, really? For Spiegel Online, Fritz Schaap reports on the smugglers and warlords who are becoming more influential and brazen as the conflict goes on, leading militias that are, more often than not, accountable to no one.