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Philip Wen As far as dramatic plot turns come, it would not have been out of place in one of the salacious political volumes he published.
Stephen Jeffery Australia has become an unlikely staging point for a diplomatic scramble over disputed territories at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Michael Neilson "Jewel in the crown of the world's rainforests" threatened by government plan to allow roads, miners and plantations.
Nick O'Malley 'Sequesters' in the US mean next generation weapons systems such as B3 bombers and ship-borne lasers, very fast missiles and underwater robots have been put on hold.
Nick Miller In one of the most shocking, blatant political assassinations in recent history, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was murdered in 2006 in London, when lethal polonium was slipped into his cup of tea at a London hotel.
Farid Farid At Revolution Cafe, a stone's throw from Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, there's an air of unease five years after the revolution.
A view-blocking fence which wiped out the panoramic harbour vista from a Wellington apartment must go.
Nick Miller British judge Robert Owen has released the long-awaited findings of a public inquiry into the killing of Litvinenko.
Jewel Topsfield The Indonesian government has vowed to tighten anti-terrorism laws in the wake of Jakarta's deadly attacks but it faces a delicate task given the history of repression under the Suharto regime.