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2011

Osama bin Laden killed

Osama bin Laden killed

Complete coverage of the US raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. (May 2011)
Earthquake in Japan

Earthquake in Japan

Coverage of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. (March 2011)

2010

Haiti Earthquake

Haiti Earthquake

Governments and aid agencies around the world launched a massive relief effort after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. (January 2010)

2008

Higher aspirations

Higher aspirations

The budding relationship between Chinese students and American universities. (November 2008)

2007

Lost war child finds her way back

Lost war child finds her way back

Twenty-four years after she was kidnapped by soldiers, Suzanne Berghaus, was reunited with her family in El Salvador, one of hundreds of such reunions in the past decade. (April 2007) (By Joseph P. Kahn, Globe Staff)
Dispatches from Baghdad

Dispatches from Baghdad

Chris Elliott, a technical writer from Cambridge and weekend trumpeter, chronicled his band's week-long gig in the Iraqi capital. (January 2007)

2006

In Iraq, 'it's us versus death'

In Iraq, 'it's us versus death'

Members of the 399th Combat Support Hospital, a Mass.-based Army Reserve unit, became intimately familiar with the casualty call to action and the siren blare that warns of incoming shellfire in Mosul. (December 2006)   Mission to heal (By Colin Nickerson, Globe Staff)
 PART 1: The medics' battle Pop-up Preparation
Hezbollah fighter strove to be a martyr

Hezbollah fighter strove to be a martyr

A glimpse of Rani Ahmed Bazzi's public and private faces tells the story of Hezbollah's battlefield strength, its fanaticism, its religious potency, and its deep cultural hold over Lebanon's Shi'ites. (December 2006) (By Thanassis Cambanis, Globe Staff)
Pop-up AUDIO SLIDESHOW: The story of a Hezbollah "Martyr"
Saddam Hussein, 1937-2006

Saddam Hussein, 1937-2006

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity in the mass murder of 148 Shi'ites in the 1980s, sent to the gallows by a government backed by the United States and led by Shi'ite Muslims who had been oppressed during his rule. (December 2006)
Includes photo galleries and NECN Video
Saving baby Mariam

Saving baby Mariam

When Navy medic Chris Walsh met a baby named Mariam in Fallujah, war became secondary. The child, just a few months old, had a rare medical condition, and she wouldn't live long without surgery. (December 2006) (By Kevin Cullen, Globe Staff)
Photo Gallery PHOTOS: Mariam's team Audio AUDIO: Kevin Cullen on Hear & Now
Muslim voices rising in China

Muslim voices rising in China

On a recent Friday, the holy day of Islam, crowds swelled inside the antique Jame mosque, the largest in this ancient town in the far west of China, home to the nation's small but restive Muslim minority. (November 2006) (By Jehangir S. Pocha, Globe Correspondent)
 China pipeline raises ethnic strife Photo Gallery Muslims in former East Turkestan
Life in Gaza steadily worsens

Life in Gaza steadily worsens

A little more than a year after Israeli troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip, nearly everything that was expected to improve for the 1.4 million Palestinians here has instead gotten worse. (October 2006) (By Anne Barnard, Globe Staff)
 Four Gaza lives made difficult Audio AUDIO: Fouad al-Amoudi Audio Khaled Abdel Shafi

The Long War: Five years after 9/11

A Boston Globe special report looks at security, families of the victims, and the hunt for Osama bin Laden five years after the deadly terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people. (September 2006)
Pop-up MULTIMEDIA: A Reporter's notebook
Iranians pursue freedoms while shunning US influence

Iranians debate parameters for a global role

TEHRAN -- Behind Iran's defiant stance on its nuclear program, the Globe's Anne Barnard discovers an anxious debate over the country's role in the world.
Crisis in the Middle East

Crisis in the Middle East

Complete coverage of the Israel/Lebanon conflict, including the latest news, stories from today's Globe, and past coverage. (July 2006)
Includes photo galleries, audio slideshows, NECN video, and graphics
Outlasting AIDS in Africa

Outlasting AIDS in Africa

Across Africa, the continent's young and middle-aged are forced to fashion a way of life, and improvise a sense of the future, in an era shattered by AIDS. (July 2006) (By John Donnelly , Globe Staff)
PART 2 Hospice workers now agents of life
Pop-up Audio slideshow Pop-up Photo gallery
At the front of Israel's culture war

At the front of Israel's culture war

A five-part series
Five Israelis were profiled as they prepared for a parliamentary election on March 28. At left, Benny Elon. (March 2006)
(By Anne Barnard, Globe Staff)
Struggles, and choice test Palestinian voters

Struggles, and choice test Palestinian voters

A four-part series
The Boston Globe's Middle East co-bureau chief Anne Barnard examines the Palestinian elections, where voters faced the broadest range of political choices in their history. (January 2006)
(By Anne Barnard, Globe Staff)
For returning unit in Iraq, a battle with doubts

For returning unit in Iraq, a battle with doubts

Captain John McLaughlin's company of combat veterans has returned to Iraq, exchanging unalloyed enthusiasm for Operation Iraqi Freedom in the spring of 2003 for a mix of professionalism, resignation, and cynicism.   (January 2006)   Includes five audio slideshows (By Thanassis Cambanis, Globe Staff)

2005

Oil in Africa

Oil in Africa

The fate of Africa's crude oil reserves is important not just for Africans, but for Americans, who use millions of barrels of oil imported from Africa every day. In this three-part series, the Globe's Africa bureau chief, John Donnelly, examines the issue.  (October - December 2005)  Includes audio slideshow
Slow rebirth comes to a wounded land

Slow rebirth comes to a wounded land

One year after a cataclysmic 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia caused waves up to 90 feet high that devoured coastal communities in 13 nations and killed more than 230,000 people, life across the wounded lands is undergoing a slow but vast rebirth. (December 2005) (By John Donnelly, Globe Staff)
Audio Audio slideshow Pop-up GRAPHIC: Dealing with disaster
The death of Pope John Paul II

The death of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II died at age 84 on April 2, 2005, ending one of the most influential papacies in the 2,000-year history of Christianity. This package recaps the days just before and after his death and looks back at an extraordinary life. (April 2005)   Includes photo galleries, video, graphics
Video Audio slideshow: Globe reporter Charles Sennott at The Vatican Video Audio slideshow: Globe reporter Michael Paulson from Rome
Armenians remember the horror

Armenians remember the horror

The Armenian genocide saw mass killings by Ottoman Turks that led to the deaths of over 1 million between 1915 and 1923. Survivors share their memories in these excerpts.  (April 2005)  Includes three audio slideshows (By Yvonne Abraham, Globe Staff)
Congo rising from chaos, isolation

Congo rising from chaos, isolation

Congo has long been blessed by its gold and diamonds but cursed by those who have exploited them -- and brought war with them. Now, Congo has a slender chance to undo the devastation.  (July 2005)    Photos (By John Donnelly, Globe Staff)
Inside moderate Islam

Inside moderate Islam

For millions of Muslims, Islam is not about living by a literal reading of the Koran. It's about finding the peaceful nexus between an ancient faith and modern ways. (May 2005)
Previous reports
2004
Crossing Divides Crossing Divides
A Globe reporter and photographer spent one year traveling to remote regions on four continents. This is their account of the stark geographic and cultural divides they traversed. (September 2004 - December 2004)   Audio slideshow
Includes photo galleries and maps
2003
Northern Ireland's uneasy peace Northern Ireland's uneasy peace
It was an article of faith that the Good Friday agreement would tear down the walls dividing Catholic and Protestant Northern Ireland. But five years after the historic accord, the walls -- both literal and figurative -- have grown higher in many places. (July 2003)  Belfast  Finucane case  The future
Lives Lost: None of them had to die Lives Lost: None of them had to die
This section launched a yearlong effort by the Globe to feature stories on world health challenges and solutions that are within reach. (2003)  Overview Includes photo galleries
2002
Nuclear shadow Nuclear shadow
Globe writers David Filipov and Anne Kornblut examined the most worrisome threat in an age of terror: the proliferation of nuclear weapons in dangerous nations. (June 2002)  Includes graphics
Obstacles to peace Obstacles to peace
Globe writer Charles Radin studies the roadblocks standing in the way of a lasting peace in the Middle East. (June 2002)