Disillusioned with Labour

A reporter who helped in the 1997 Labour campaign that brought the party to power considers her political allegiance after the shock seizure of one of its "safe" seats this week.

Sleepless in Abidjan

Nightclubbing in the Ivory Coast capital is a rich experience if you can get from your front door to the entrance without meeting a local militia gang.

The Champions League is back

Europe's premier club competition returns this week with all the continental swagger we have become accustomed to.

Death squads rife in Brazil, UN told

Death squads are operating in at least 15 Brazilian states, according to a document passed to the United Nations by the Brazilian Government this week.

Book review: Skull Dance by Gerd Balke

A new thriller examines the reality of the Cold War and the subsequent "process" of de-nuclearisation…

Iraq: Rolling the barrel

Going to war can be thirsty work, especially when you're holed up on the border with a small but desperate army of fellow hacks for company.

Music for militias

Serbia's most famous singer said her life was the stuff of fairytales - the poor peasant girl who became her country’s most famous singer before the age of 30.

Health on hold: Romania's TB crisis

Romania continues to suffer Europe's worst incidence of tuberculosis - the world's biggest infectious killer disease - at 30,000 cases per year. But while the crisis is deepening, its hospitals are closing…

Best Birmingham Bullring born?

Thousands of residents and tourists recently flocked to Birmingham city centre for the grand opening of the new-look Bullring.

UK faces crisis as student debt rockets

Prime Minster Tony Blair's neglect of students' mounting debts is creating an impending crisis that is going to cost Britain dearly, James Malysz warns…


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