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A Goddess Goes Home
Following years of haggling over its provenance, one of the most celebrated antiquities has returned to Italy from California.
By Ralph Frammolino
Go With the Flow
A new exhibition of 19th-century “wonders” highlights water’s role in America’s expansion.
By Daniel Walker Howe
The Arab Spring unleashed a spate of new violence against Egypt’s Christian minority.
By Joshua Hammer
Defending the Rhino
In South Africa, police and conservationists have turned to technology to combat an alarming increase in rhinoceros poaching.
By Richard Conniff
Shanghai Gets Supersized
Boasting 200 skyscrapers, China’s financial capital has grown like no other city on earth—and shows few signs of stopping.
By David Devoss with additional reporting by Lauren Hilgers
The Eyes Have It
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, potatoes fed the continent and made modern agriculture possible.
By Charles C. Mann
The Last Page
Guess who came to dinner.
By Angus Maclachlan