In Mauritania, northwestern Africa, slavery is a fact of modern life. It's estimated that 10-20 percent of the country's 3.5 million people are still enslaved in a system rooted in ethnic discrimination.
Blessed with a wealth of cultural treasures, the Iraqi capital Baghdad looks back on a unique history. Yet terror, war and state neglect have wrought ineradicable damage. Impressions by Ali al-Gharbawi