An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.
There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental islands and oceanic islands. There are also artificial islands. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, for instance the Philippines. An island may be described as such despite the presence of an artificial land bridge, for example Singapore and its causeway. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a wide land bridge, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are strictly tied islands. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, it is generally not considered an island. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "island".
The picture of Malta painted by murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia seems to be one of an island rife with corruption. Something akin to a Mafia state. But is it? Transparency International is a global coalition against corruption. Max Heywood is on it’s grand corruption and anti-money laundering team. He explains where Malta stand in an index of corruption and transparency?
The tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa has seen thousands of migrants seek safety there after a dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Men, women and children. Many spend weeks there, with little to do. That’s why a group of librarians from around the world, decided to offer those children a library of books that everyone can read. Megan Williams reports.
Climate change is already ever-present in Fiji. Like many other archipelago islands it's under threat of destruction. The small nation has this year's World Climate Summit presidency. Shortly before the summit Fiji wants to introduce green bonds - to save the island paradise from demise.
This summer, parts of Turkey suffered drought and fire - and Istanbul was hit by its biggest rainstorm in 32 years. The last two winters saw the typically mild city buried in snow. With crazy weather becoming the new normal, how is the Turkish capital preparing for climate change?
US-Cuban relations have gone from hot to cold in a matter of months. Last week, the US state department has issued a travel warning for those heading to the Carribean country. It's a bitter blow for those on the island preparing for a tourism boom.