Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.

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Paul Flowers was arrested on Thursday night on drug allegations

‘An accident waiting to happen’: the mystery of how Paul Flowers’ career flourished

A week ago he was a member of the great and the good. Today he is a broken, disgraced figure. But, as Peter Popham discovers from those who know him, there was a sense of inevitability about this ending

Nepal is stagnating under its Maoist government

An ugly seam of cruelty and killing may be the Maoists' only long-term legacy

One of Jeff Koons' balloon dogs, photographed at the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, 7 Feb 2008

So what is it about Jeff Koons that has so captured art world’s imagination as Balloon Dog sells for record $58m?

His early heroes were Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol

A glasnost moment? Unlikely. The Chinese remember what happened to the Soviets

Could this be the moment when China demonstrates its ability to shake off bad old habits and embrace new ways?

Pope Francis delivers a speech to Catholic faithful at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

No wonder the Mafia are nervous. This pope is not one to indulge the wishes of gangsters

Many such criminals profess themselves to be extremely devout

The world stood by as the Holocaust began. Have we made the same mistake with Burma?

World View: Diplomats have unique  freedom of action - and  sometimes this is crucial

Amanda Knox, appearing on NBC News' 'Today' show in September; accused Raffaele Sollecito sits in the courtroom for the hearing of the retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher

Justice, but not as we know it: Meredith Kercher retrial marches on without Amanda Knox

Let's hope the absence of Ms Knox in the courtroom allows for cooler judicial heads to prevail

Two formerly unknown paintings by German artist Otto Dix, two of 1,500 artworks seized by the Nazis discovered in a Munich flat

Nazi-looted art: How many more masterpieces are out there?

The whole history of art in the 20th Century may now require careful revision

Muhammad Yunus shakes hands with school children in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after receiving his Nobel Peace Prize

A room full of Nobel Peace Prize winners: now that’s something special

The Nobel Peace Prize is a small and highly select but rather strange club

The two-year-old boy taken from his natural Romany parents in Ireland

Why the children of the Romany are made to suffer

The trauma of youngsters wrongfully taken from their parents by officials reveals an entrenched prejudice

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