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Portrait of the Week – 12 October 2002

Police raided the offices of Sinn Fein in the Northern Ireland Assembly building at Stormont and several private addresses before charging Sinn Fein’s head of administration at Stormont with passing on documents that could be ‘useful to terrorists in planning or carrying out acts of violence’; two others were also charged. The action came after


Diary – 12 October 2002

Kabul On the trail of genetic traces of Alexander’s soldiers in Afghanistan, I arrived in Badakhshan, the country’s most remote and beautiful province that abuts China. I went to see my old friends at the government guest house, which is set on an island in the middle of the Kokcha river. We sat on a

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