A new era for Tibet as Dalai Lama steps down
The holiest monk of Tibetan Buddhism is retiring from politics after decades of service to his people. Now Tibet’s exiles face an uncertain future.
Rescued Afghan treasure trove comes to UK
Curators smuggled priceless objects to a secret vault before their museum was shelled. Amazingly both objects and curators survived.
No regrets: ‘Agent Curveball’ lied to topple dictator
An Iraqi defector claimed Saddam Hussein was making chemical weapons. He now admits he lied to help the case for war, but remains proud of what he did.
Life stories: Bomb disposal in Afghanistan
An inquest is taking place into the death of Olaf Schmid, who was killed in Afghanistan in October 2009. This is his story.
Palestinian document leaks may kill peace hopes
Delicate peace talks in the Middle East have been ruptured by publication of secret documents. Palestinians didn’t know how much negotiators offered on their behalf.
Secrets foil attempt to lay Iraq war to rest
An inquiry wants letters between Blair and Bush about Iraq to be published. But does honesty always make better policy?
Bloodstained riches: Zimbabwe’s diamonds
New finds have sparked a diamond rush in impoverished Zimbabwe. But are the diamonds a mainly a lifeline to prop up a tyrannical regime?
Army chief gets the boot, as Afghan war heats up
A change at the top signals a new approach to the war in Afghanistan. But can this battle really be won? And should we be fighting at all?