• Loggers begin to see light in Congo Basin forests

    IN THE RAINFOREST OF SOUTHEASTERN CAMEROON, Feb 2005 (Reuters) – Standing in a clearing by a pile of recently felled tree trunks, Edmond Fouda says life as a woodcutter has changed in recent years. “Before, we went much faster,” he said, clutching a bottle of water in the searing heat. “It was really wild compared […]

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  • Eerie echoes of the Balkans in post-Saddam Iraq

    BAGHDAD, April 2003 (Reuters) – For anyone who thinks the current lawlessness in Iraq is a bit of exuberance with little long-term importance, veterans of Balkan stabilisation missions have some advice: Think again. If you don’t get law and order right at the start – even, some say, at the cost of a delay in […]

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  • War more grim than glamorous for U.S. unit in Iraq

    KIFL, Iraq, April 2003 – In the first days of the Iraq war, soldiers in the U.S. army’s most decorated tank battalion were somewhat frustrated at not being in the fight. Some worried the only stories they would have to tell would be of guarding roads, bridges or camps. Now they have real stories to […]

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  • Dinner in Geneva led to Rumble in the Jungle

    KINSHASA, October 2004 – When a guest at a plush dinner in Geneva asked where Kinshasa was, she set off a chain of events that led to one of the world’s great sporting showdowns. Zaire’s President Mobutu Sese Seko was furious his fellow diner was ignorant of the country’s capital. When he had calmed down, […]

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  • East German communist aims to win over west

    DORTMUND, Germany, Sept 1998 – Of all the candidates campaigning in this month’s German general election, few can have a more daunting task than Sahra Wagenknecht in Dortmund. The 29-year-old communist from eastern Germany is trying to capture a constituency in the industrial west, the Ruhr Valley heartland of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD). She […]

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