• The Sweet Smell of Old Belgrade

    Written for BBC Radio Four’s From our own Correspondent, broadcast on November 14, 2015, and also featured on the BBC website: I hesitate before the deep maroon shopfront. The shop, in a cobbled street in central Belgrade, looks like it hasn’t changed in decades. Little bottles of scent and old black and white photos decorate […]

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  • Whose side are you on? Kosovo football dilemma sparks identity debate

    Written for BBC Radio Four’s From Our Own Correspondent, broadcast on November 10, 2016: The fans of Kosovo’s national side are in good voice – even though the team’s so new that they don’t yet have many songs to sing. “We want victory!” they chant in the bus taking them to their first official home […]

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  • 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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  • 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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