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The Oasis at the End of the Dusty Road

The saga of Castle Hot Springs resort sounds like a Carl Hiaasen novel if he swapped…

In Search of Ancient Morocco

ImageThe walled garden of the hotel Dar Paru in M’Hamid, with a door that opens into…

Times Insider: Who Would Run 140 Miles Through the Sahara?

In 40 years as a (very slow) runner and sports reporter — the past 25 at…

A Remarkable Rail Journey Into the Horn of Africa’s Past, and Future

We were around 30 miles shy of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, when the train hit a cow,…

ISIS Kidnaps and Kills Truffle Hunters in Iraq’s Western Desert

BAGHDADI, Iraq — As he hunted for a seasonal delicacy, Mohaned Salah Yasseen scanned the ground…