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November 10, 2015 No Comments

Islamic State group sells ancient artefacts on the black market

In southern Turkey’s smuggling heartland the looting and export of ancient treasures from neighbouring Syria is big business. Shrouded by intense fear and distrust, you will hear whispers about the possibilities of incredible riches to be made from artefacts available for sale.


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August 10, 2015 No Comments

Miguel Angel Jimenez: reflections on a murdered Mexican activist

Miguel Angel Jimenez, an activist who was shot in the head at the weekend, was one of those guys you rarely meet in Mexico.

July 16, 2015 No Comments

Almuerzo con la mamá de ‘el Chapo’

Ví que era una llamada de México. Cuando contesté mi amigo respondió que el Chapo se escapó.

July 15, 2015 No Comments

Lunch with ‘El Chapo’s’ mum

It was two in the morning and my phone rang, writes Guillermo Galdos. I saw it was a call from Mexico. When I answer a friend shouted “El Chapo is gone”.

June 18, 2015 3 Comments

Aung San Suu Kyi: a painful metamorphosis

For so long Burma’s chief dissident, now the leader of a political party, Aung San Suu Kyi strongly denies any complacency against persecution.

June 12, 2015 2 Comments

Exposed: why naked photos offended many in Malaysia

When travelling abroad it is a good idea not to make the locals mad. A lesson learned, perhaps, by four backpackers who pleaded guilty to committing an “obscene act in a public place”

June 2, 2015 No Comments

China cruise ship disaster: hundreds missing

The ship sank within two minutes and no distress call was issued, although the captain and chief engineer are reported to have survived the incident. They are currently being questioned by police.

May 29, 2015 1 Comment

Malaysia’s human traffickers adapt to survive – and are back in business

Speed boats ferry people to shore from a giant ship hovering off the coast after the ransom is paid – and those who die onboard are simply tipped over the side.

May 21, 2015 2 Comments

Rohingya will not be saved by the new ‘no push-back’ policy

As odious as the business of smuggling people across the Andaman Sea is, the traffickers and the “boat people” fleeing Burma and Bangladesh share a common cause.

May 20, 2015 2 Comments

Nightmare at sea ends for the ‘green boat’ migrants

The mystery of the ‘green boat’ was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.