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Yasser Arafat: why he still matters

He neither looked nor sounded like a natural leader. Yet Yasser Arafat dominated Palestinian politics for a generation before his death 10 years ago. How did he do it, and how much of a shadow does he still cast?<p>Hated and venerated in equal measure, Yasser Arafat dominated the Palestinian …

‘It’s not like Argo’: the trials of a tour guide in Iran

As Iran stands on the brink of a deal over its nuclear programme, a party of tourists tests the limit of the country’s new openness<p>In the spring – already hot because this is southern Iran, and southern Iran is hotter than it used to be – I landed in the middle of the night at the tidy, unassuming …

The reckless plot to overthrow Africa's most absurd dictator

In December, a handful of middle-aged American immigrants attempted to topple the autocratic ruler of the Gambia. They had few weapons and an amateurish plan. What possessed them to risk everything in a mission that was doomed to fail?<p>After the coup failed, the raids began. On New Year’s Day this …

Africa

The selling of the Krays: how two mediocre criminals created their own legend

With three new Kray films and yet more books on the way, Duncan Campbell recalls that the twins were always better at fame than crime<p>In 1965, David Bailey, already Britain’s most fashionable photographer, took a portrait of the gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who looked fiercely well-groomed …

Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy?

When Ashraf Marwan fell to his death from the balcony of a London flat, he took his secrets with him. Was he working for Egypt or Israel? And did the revelation of his identity lead to his murder?<p>This much is certain: Ashraf Marwan, a man some describe as the 20th century’s greatest spy, was alive …

‘It’s up to us to stop these Muslim girls making the worst mistake of their lives’

Sara Khan is determined to protect young Muslim women from the lure of extremism – but has her vocal support for the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy alienated the very people she hopes to save?<p>When three schoolgirls from the Bethnal Green Academy in east London fled the UK and travelled …

The Louvre comes to Abu Dhabi

Floating on a £18bn island, two new museums will make the UAE a global capital of culture. But are they part of a cynical campaign to put art in the service of the state or a sign of a more enlightened future?<p>When they are finally completed, both the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi …

Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

This week, the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will deliver its findings. The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret …

14 years a fugitive: the hunt for Ratko Mladic, the Butcher of Bosnia

The Bosnian Serb general is accused of killing thousands of civilians at Srebrenica and Sarajevo – the worst atrocities in Europe since the Nazi era. Julian Borger tells the inside story of how he evaded capture for so long and was finally caught<p>In July 1997, a Yugoslav army officer named Milan …

Why did two parents murder their adopted child?

Asunta Fong Yang was adopted as a baby by a wealthy Spanish couple. Aged 12, she was found dead beside a country road. Not long after, her mother and father were arrested<p>One day in late June 2001, Rosario Porto, a petite, dark-haired lawyer from Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain, sat nervously …

Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram

How the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect transformed into a relentless terrorist army that Nigeria cannot defeat<p>In February 2009, I was at a motor park in Maraba, a satellite of the Nigerian capital Abuja, looking for motorcyclists wearing dried vegetables on their heads. The Nigerian Police …

Tale of a Would-Be Spy, Buried Treasure, and Uncrackable Code

Author: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Magazine<p>Date of Publication: 01.25.10.<p>Time of Publication: 12:00 pm. 12:00 pm<p><b>One night in June</b> …

Crime

The Improbable Life of Paula Zoe Helfrich

The four Burmese officers who came to the apartment that morning in 1963 didn’t break down the door. They pounded hard, though, very hard. When Paula …

Wimbledon 2017 has many emotional stories, but none more sentimental than Petra Kvitova’s

A gruesome knife attack in December led to the Czech player requiring surgery. Her return to tennis is a triumph of her courage.<p>On the morning of …

Iran ‘thwarts Mossad attempt to assassinate nuclear scientist’

Iran claims it has foiled an assassination attempt against one of its nuclear scientists by the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. A senior …

Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president

More than a century before Hillary Clinton, ‘Notorious Victoria’ Woodhull made a bid for the White House – a pioneering protest for which she was called ‘Mrs Satan’ and sent to jail<p>On 2 November 1872, three days before the nation went to the polls to elect its 19th president, one of the candidates …

1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal

How a jailed former banker and a lone British journalist broke a story that shook the world<p>On 22 June 2015, Xavier Justo, a 48-year-old retired Swiss banker, walked towards the front door of his brand new boutique hotel on Koh Samui, a tropical Thai island. He had spent the past three years …

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdogan got more popular than ever

After a decade in power, Turkey’s ruler presides over a new form of democracy that the west neither likes nor understands: an authoritarian regime that exalts the will of the majority<p>The village headman, or <i>muhtar</i>, is the plankton in the food chain of Turkish politics. He – or, less often, she – is …

Who murdered Giulio Regeni?

When the battered body of a Cambridge PhD student was found outside Cairo, Egyptian police claimed he had been hit by a car. Then they said he was the victim of a robbery. Then they blamed a conspiracy against Egypt. But in a digital age, it’s harder than ever to get away with murder<p>When six senior …

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets<p>The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the …

Leonardo DiCaprio On For Crime Thriller The Black Hand

A man who seemingly never found a book he didn't want to adapt, Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star in yet another movie drawn from a tome. And, as …

Watch the terrific reverse thriller REWIND

"Luck is a four-letter word." Watch how this clever film by Atul Taishete unfolds entirely in reverse.<p>I caught this at an Indian Film Festival in LA …

Fortune 5: The Biggest Organized Crime Groups in the World

It’s tough to go even a few months without seeing the effects of organized crime on the economy and everyday life. The most salient example these …

I travelled to 41 countries using borrowed air miles and credit card points

I am a 29-year-old woman from a middle-class Indian family from a Kolkata suburb.<p>My father worked with the Indian Army. Once a year, during the vacations, my family travelled in trains using my father’s leave travel allowance. Those journeys weren’t particularly luxurious, still I wanted to travel …

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Everything you need to know about the way India’s economy has performed one month after demonetisation

It has been an unusual month for the world’s fastest-growing large economy.<p>After expanding at a rate of over 7% through the past year, India has suddenly found itself in a quagmire, thanks to Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise the country’s high-value currencies. On Nov. 08, the Indian prime …

Economy