Contributors / Christopher Lord

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Urban upswing

Dallas has sprawled in all directions but much of the action still comes from the city centre: from the Arts District and newly-built parklands to the neighbourhoods that are being brought back to life as new residents move…

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Meeting in the middle

Long the first stop for migrants coming into the US, Miami is now bursting at the seams with New Yorkers heading south for the city’s sunshine, music and burgeoning technology scene.

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Electric valley

As the new base for the electric-vehicle industry, America’s fastest-growing city is revving its engines.

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Balance of power

More than 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, the surprise military strike still looms large in Hawaii’s memory. Now, amid rising tensions with China, the US is working to shore up its dominance in the Pacific.

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Blazing a trail

The towns around Bozeman, Montana, are flying to the rescue of wildfire-hit communities in the US.

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New frontier

A flurry of young, dynamic industries and high-spirited entrepreneurs is breathing new life into this booming western outpost.

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Into the abyss

The International Seabed Authority is the most important club you’ve never heard of. We gain exclusive access to mine its depths.

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War of words

Since the 1970s the UK capital has been the home of the Arab media’s dissenting voices. But now, amid a Saudi and Qatar squabble, the press crackles with opinions, anger and propaganda.

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Ghosts of the past

Belgium has opened an impressive new embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But this soft-power flourish will struggle to repair relations with the old colonial master – especially when the DRC is set on a worrying…

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Sea change

A tiny North Atlantic archipelago of 50,000 people, the Faroe Islands falls under the Danish crown. But economic growth and cultural confidence means that some Faroese see themselves as increasingly distant from the Danes…

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Hidden talents

On Saudi Arabia’s fledgling cultural scene, artists tread a precarious path to put the kingdom on the international art map. While inspiration and invention flourish behind closed doors, the spectres of censorship and…

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Poll position

Nothing encapsulates German self-image like the country’s car industry. With voters set to decide between more Merkel or a change of direction, we considered what the contenders’ rides say about their popular appeal.

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Sea change

Christopher Lord reporting from the Aegean coast, Turkey: Political upheaval and terror attacks have hit tourism hard here but beach clubs are being buoyed by a homegrown crowd escaping city life and uncertainty.

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Floats your boat

The strategically key Bosphorus Strait has put Istanbul’s nerdy ship-spotters at the axis of shifting military tides.

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Close Thais

In the fiercely competitive world of mall development, Thailand’s Siam Piwat is the gold standard. CEO Chadatip Chutrakul makes sure it stays that way with a team of visionaries.

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Career advisers

With the German chancellor’s position hanging in the balance, we ask politicians, journalists, media experts and more to give us their angle on Angela’s next move – was jetzt?

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Securing the skies

With Donald Trump’s comments about ditching Nato and his ambiguous stance towards Russia stoking fears of being abandoned, the airbase at Ämari has become a crucial site for policing the Baltic states from above.

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Sunny outlook

During the monsoon season Oman’s second city turns into a lush oasis in the heart of the Arabian desert. It is ripe for discovery – and ready to give its Gulf neighbours some competition in the year ahead.

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Piece together

Amid the crises that Lebanon has faced over the past few years, new design galleries and studios have emerged across the capital and secured its status as a chief design centre in the Middle East.

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Healthy trade

Bulent Eczacibasi heads the industrial group with a focus on pharmaceuticals that bears his family name – and he’s been creative to maintain success. In London for the Design Biennial, he tells us why patronage is key to…

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Designer plans

Dubai wants to be known for more than its artificial islands and ‘megatall’ skyscrapers. We visit the city’s design district and meet the makers trying to turn it into a bastion of Middle Eastern craft and creativity.

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