Mongolia was only recently a rising economic star, but a downturn in China has hit its neighbour hard, and now poverty is rising, even as its freezing winter sets in.
Thousands of Mongolian herders face disastrous livestock losses as the country experiences its hottest summer in fifty years.
With thirteen governments in the past 25 years, no government in Mongolia has completed a four-year term since 2004.
Known in Mongolia as the "dark blue pearl," Lake Khuvsgal is Mongolia's deepest and purest source of fresh water. But it is now under threat.
In the vast and wild forests of northern Mongolia, a centuries-old way of life is migrating closer to modernity.
With under half of all Asian countries having signed the 1951 Refugee Convention or having any domestic legislation in place, refugees in the region are forced to live on the fringes of society.
Mongolia suffers from a unique weather phenomenon known as 'dzud' – long droughts followed by severe winters. The most recent has killed more than 40,000 livestock.
Battulga, of the opposition Democratic Party, won with 50.6 percent of the vote on a 60.9 percent turnout, giving him the majority needed to overcome his opponent, parliament speaker Miyeegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People's Party.
Prague zoo sends four more Przewalski's horses – a rare subspecies of wild horses – back to their homeland in bid to repopulate the arid desert and mountains along Mongolia's border with China.
The second round will be between former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party, who won the most votes, and ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold.
Most voters expect a two-horse race between the ruling Mongolian People's Party and the Democratic Party. But the breakaway Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party could win enough votes to force a second round of voting.
Mongolian contortionists are in high demand & performers may be vaulted into an international career if they're lucky enough to be spotted by scouts from theatrical producers like Cirque du Soleil.
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