Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
I’m sitting here getting a headache with the effort of thinking if there is a worse job. But Abdullah is all smiles and simply delighted to see us. And we are, well, reasonably delighted to see Abdullah – but actually not for all that long.
Nothing personal you understand. It is just that Abdullah is the frisker at the front of the polling station queue in central Kabul. And it falls to him to frisk men for suicide bomb-belts. You see the issue.
I hope very much that back in Europe you are enjoying enormously the Afghan election and closely following the result – because you are paying for it.
The EU move is a start but the numbers are not enough, not nearly enough to end the slide into violence in the Central African Republic
The Taliban may threaten to wreck Afghanistan’s elections – but only a deal between the insurgents and the Afghan government can offer any resolution to the country’s
Najibullah is good enough to show us around the house that is now a total ruin and he gives the sense of man unsure whom he is more angry with – Taliban or government?
The Afghan conflict has claimed the lives of nearly 450 British military personnel. What kind of country will coalition troops leave behind?
At a gun battle in Kabul Alex Thomson reports how Kabul reacts, if you can you get off the streets regardless of where the attack is happening – you get off them fast.
International attention may have turned away from the violence in the Central Afrian Republic, but the situation there has not stabilised – instead it is getting worse.
It’s 2014, so please don’t presume to assume that I’ll be supporting any old British team just because they are playing European opposition.