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A voting station in London where the remain vote was strong. Only the London region, Scotland and Northern Island voted to remain. Neil Hall/Reuters

The geography of Brexit: what the vote reveals about the Disunited Kingdom

The London area has been the U.K.'s political and economic power center, causing the social inequality with other parts of England and Wales that fueled the leave campaign.
Purportedly Chinese dredging vessels are building up land around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last year. U.S. Navy via Reuters

Troubled waters: conflict in the South China Sea explained

The Philippines is cheering a ruling that China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis. But the ruling will also ratchet up military tensions with the U.S.
Inside the U.S. Army’s Cyber Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Army-Cyber/flickr

America is ‘dropping cyberbombs’ – but how do they work?

The country's actual offensive cyber capabilities remain shrouded in the classified world. But what is public is enough to discuss potential cyber weapons and how they might be used.
Maintenance has been pushed off so much that the D.C. Metro needs to shut lines down for months for repairs. momentsnotice/flickr

Why is the U.S. unwilling to pay for good public transportation?

How did urban public transport in America, like much of our infrastructure, get to be in such bad shape? Will millennials help turn it around?
On the rebound: a number of cities, including Chicago, are becoming magnets for a growing number of professionals. Jamie McCaffrey/flickr

Cities are booming but progress is uneven and, to some, too costly

After a period of decline, cities around the world are revitalizing but it's coming at a cost: an increasingly tight affordable housing squeeze.
So many Chinese immigrants have come to Vancouver, it’s been nicknamed Hongcouver. isabelle_puaut/flickr

The other immigrants: how the super-rich skirt quotas and closed borders

Immigration policies for people fleeing poverty or civil unrest dominate the news, but there's been a huge rise in wealthy migrants to the West. Are these "cash for citizenship" programs worth it?
Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings. Sookie/flickr

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.

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