If you live out­side a ma­jor town or city, you be­long to a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple on the planet. Ac­cord­ing to the UN, 55% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion are now ur­ban dwellers, with that fig­ure pro­jected to rise to 68% by 2050.

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With the world be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ur­banised, a new wave of megac­i­ties – those with pop­u­la­tions of 10 mil­lion or more – are emerg­ing, and our Big Story this week tells the sto­ries of three such be­he­moths in the mak­ing: Bagh­dad in Iraq, Dar es Salaam in Tan­za­nia and Xi’an in China.

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