A disaster of biblical proportions
Iraq has a potentially even more catastrophic problem than the rise of ISIS: the country's biggest dam, located just upstream from Mosul, is failing. If it were to rupture — as experts warn it will — it would let loose "a wave as high as a hundred feet that would roll down the Tigris, swallowing everything in its path for more than a hundred miles," writes Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker.
The latest in smartphone revolutions
While much of the focus of Western media is on U.S. politics, Romania is seeing its largest protests since the 1989 fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. For Spiegel Online, Walter Mayr reports from Bucharest, where students and young people have been gathering to demonstrate against corrupt politicians and and show their support for the EU.
To Canada, at any cost
In recent months, the border between North Dakota and Manitoba has seen a spike in refugee claimants trying to cross from the U.S. into Canada, most often under the cover of darkness and in freezing conditions. What's driving this influx? Who are these refugees? And what support system exists to help them? Jason Markusoff investigates for Maclean's.
Whispers of war
It's no secret that Donald Trump's presidency will have far-reaching consequences, well beyond the United States. In this piece for The Globe and Mail, Mark MacKinnon reports from the Balkans, where simmering tensions are threatening to rise to the surface and borders are once again in question. What will happen to peace in the region if the U.S. — long the keeper of order — checks out?