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Monumental by any measure

Russia is impossible to summarize. How does one sum up the world's largest country with a history spanning a thousand years? Its geography encompasses almost every imaginable landscape, its architecture runs from iconic fairytale palaces to crude Soviet concrete monoliths, and its politics have ranged from tsars to revolution. The culture that gave the world countless writers, musicians, artists, and thinkers is today a work-in-progress, still figuring out its place in a post-Communist world. Travellers will have their work cut out for them here, but the effort yields intense experiences and an adventure of a lifetime.

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5 of the World’s Greatest Journeys by Train

Oct. 28, 2014, 4:41 a.m.

From the world’s slowest express to the longest continuous service in the world, we share five must-do-before-you-die train journeys that are among the best our planet has to offer.

Sport Has the Power to Change the World

Feb. 21, 2014, 5 p.m.

After sixteen days of competition, the XXII Winter Games will come to a close and athletes from all over the world will once again march as the Games officially conclude. They say sport and politics should never mix, but they have seldom been entwined so tightly as they have been in Sochi

Unleashed from the East: Asia as figure skating superpower

Feb. 20, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

There’s a revolution afoot in figure skating, but it’s got nothing to do with axels and salchows. Today, the world’s top female skaters compete for the podium in one of Sochi’s most hotly anticipated and tightly contested events, and there’s an outside shot that, for the first time ever, all three places could be held by women from the Pacific Rim.

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