Inside City 40
The forbidden Russian city of Ozersk — also known as City 40 or, more tellingly, "the graveyard of the earth" — was constructed in total secrecy after the Second World War, as the site of the Soviet nuclear weapons program. It's now one of the most contaminated places on earth — so why do its residents want to stay? Samira Goetschel reports for The Guardian, in advance of the release of her documentary.
In the aftermath of the attempted coup, Turkey's president has declared a state of emergency. For this New York Times Magazine piece, Suzy Hansen spends time in a conservative, pro-Erdogan Istanbul neighbourhood, delving into the increasingly more complicated issues — the influx of Syrian refugees, ongoing tensions with the Kurds, worrying security concerns — facing residents there.
Thursday's attack in Nice, which left at least 84 dead after a truck drove into a crowd on Bastille Day, is the latest bout of terrorism-related violence to occur in France in recent years. For the Guardian, Jason Burke attempts to explain why the country has been the target of attacks. While some reasons may be historical, cultural or related to French foreign policy, "others are rooted in grave problems within France itself," he writes.
The Hillary Clinton gap
Vox's Ezra Klein sat down for an interview with the Democratic presidential nominee seeking to answer one question: "Why is the Hillary Clinton described to me by her staff, her colleagues, and even her foes so different from the one I see on the campaign trail?" The answer, he concludes, lies in Clinton's ability to really listen - an underrated quality, perhaps, on the traditionally male-dominated campaign trail.