When devotion leads to deportation

Leeds schoolboy, Alexander Rostron, has arrived back in the UK after being deported from Beijing for protesting against alleged human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners.

Followers banned for their beliefs

Activists representing the spiritual group, Falun Gong, which is outlawed in China, were detained on arrival in Iceland during a recent visit by the Chinese premier, Jiang Zemin.

Croatian President on PR offensive

Embattled leader, Stipe Mesic, talks to Dominic Hipkins in Zagreb about his country's struggle to regain respectability.

Falun Gong- Mysticism or mayhem?

More than 70 million people in China are followers of Falun Gong. But their beliefs can come at a very high price.

Croatian war crimes general could implicate US commanders

A prominent supporter of Ante Gotovina has revealed the Croatian general indicted for war crimes will try to embarrass the US if he is extradited to The Hague for trial.

Sarajevo's isolation six years after the siege

Little about the journey from the Bosnian border post of Dobrljin to the capital is predictable aboard the Sarajevo Express from Croatia.

Roma of Europe: Second-class citizens?

A room is filled with gypsies: young men as well as tired mothers holding wailing children. A heavily built Croatian policeman stands proudly, guarding the door as if it is his national duty to secure the containment of the Roma.

Kurdish leader's arrest sparks armed stand-off

About 500 Kurds gathered outside the Greek embassy in Holland Park, West London to protest against the arrest of their leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

Straw rejects medical grounds to approve Pinochet extradition

"Sitting next to the fireplace with an attitude of confident and innocent expectation, the Colonel experienced the feeling that fungus and poisoned lilies were taking root in his gut. It was October. A difficult morning to get through, even for a man like himself…"

Pinochet checks out of Clinic

The High Court's decision last Wednesday to grant General Augusto Pinochet diplomatic immunity on charges of genocide and torture drew responses of "betrayed by Britiain" from disbelieving crowds of Chilean exiles.

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