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Away from the desk: the lost wonders of Afghanistan

In early 1997, I was a fledgling foreign correspondent living in Delhi, which journalists from all over the world then used as a base for visiting Afghanistan.<p>A few months earlier, like others in the region, I had dashed to Kabul after the Taliban seized the city and made headlines around the world …

5 Resumé Secrets That Give You an Edge

Step inside a hiring manager's head<p>It doesn't take long to leave an impression: Recruiters and hiring managers spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a candidate's resumé before they make an initial assessment, according to a study from the job-search website TheLadders.<p>Six seconds.<p>Now that you’re …

Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn

Fruit juices and smoothies represent a new risk to our health because of the amount of sugar the apparently healthy drinks contain, warn the US scientists who blew the whistle on corn syrup in soft drinks a decade ago.<p>Barry Popkin and George Bray pointed the finger at high fructose corn syrup in …

Stylish holiday destinations in eastern Europe

Romania<p>Romania has plenty of beautiful farm buildings and a strong folk craft history, which means there are some gorgeous places to stay in rural …

My favourite dish: Rick Stein's madras fish curry

A flavoursome madras curry featuring snapper, tomato and tamarind.<p>“I discovered this dish on the beach in Mamallapuram, on the south-east coast of India – a fabulous setting. What made the curry so special was how unexpected it was. Unfortunately our researcher hadn’t realised what a famous place …

Bulgaria: ethical farm stays

"Who shot that?" I point at the wolf skin on the wall while we wash down an organic beef stew with Shumensko beer.<p>"Mitko," says his grandmother.<p>Mitko …