The Games That Bring Us Together (Cover/Summer Journey)

Sports and games are hurdling borders as never before, in the process breeding fresh champions, creating new wealth, and changing forever the lives of individuals and the destiny of nations

Field of Dreams (Summer Journey/Football)

For many young men in the West African nation of Cameroon, football is a way to leave home — and poverty — behind. But the game can also be a road to despair

The Power Play (Summer Journey/Rugby)

Rugby arrived in South Africa with the British settlers, was taken up by Afrikaner prisoners of war and later became a physical and ideological obsession. How a sport continues to define a nation

Riding a New Wave (Summer Journey/Surfing)

Why surfers are inundating the frigid waters off Britain's rocky Cornwall coast

Cue China (Summer Journey/Snooker)

Snooker conjures up images of smoke-filled British pubs and bow-tied players on TV. But its newest face is Chinese

Leaps and Bounds (Summer Journey/Parkour)

It's not quite a sport, and it is certainly no game. But for sheer athleticism, the French-born extreme activity parkour is unmatched as a spectacular thrill

Big Game Hunter (Summer Journey/The Royal Game of Ur)

For decades, museum curator Irving Finkel has been on the trail of a 4,600-year-old board game. Here are the secrets he discovered

Serious Fun (Summer Journey)

This year's Summer Journey double issue zooms in on the games people play, and the myriad ways they are transforming lives the world over


World Food Program: On the Front Lines of Hunger

Every year the U.N.'s World Food Program feeds tens of millions of the planet's hungriest. Now, as food prices soar and even more people need constant help, its brief is more urgent than ever — and its budget more pinched

The Taliban: Resurgent Insurgents (Afghanistan)

By engineering a bold jailbreak and taking control of villages in a key Afghan district, the Taliban flaunts its growing strength and confidence




Dealing with Ireland's No

Ireland's rejection of the European Union's plan for reform leaves its members with unpalatable options


Seville: Old Charmer (Check In)

Seville finally has a hotel as seductive and romantic as legendary ladies' man, Don Juan

A Perfect Day in Helsinki (TIME Traveler)

Food writer Lydia Itoi's tips on where to eat and what to see in the Finnish capital