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And now, almost unmentioned in the media, their holy places are also being desecrated

Gilgamesh by Joan London

Utopian dreamers in a world scarred by war

Hughes remains hopeful

Judo: Silver debut for Fallon

McIlroy calls for Hughes

There's always been too much food at the inn

THERE WERE bits of the Christmas blow-out I enjoyed. I liked the sloe gin, the pickled walnuts and the homemade mince pies. I also liked Some Like It Hot, not that this has much to do with food, unless you include Jack Lemmon marvelling at Marilyn's jouncing rump: "Like Jello on springs." But, in general, I can't say I'm too distraught to have reached the fag- end of Yule.

Obituary: Sergei Badalian

SERGEI BADALIAN, the head of the Armenian Communist Party, suffered the fate of many current Communist leaders of the former Soviet Union in failing to move beyond his natural constituency of nostalgic hardliners. Although the largest party in post-Soviet Armenia (it claims some 50,000 members), the Communist Party never came close to attaining power and the most Badalian himself managed was third place in presidential elections.

Jazz: Added interest

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Week in the Life: Murat Cano, Turkish Lawyer - Man who dares to challenge the Turkish state

EVERY OFFICE in the country has a portrait of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, on display. The same picture hangs in Murat Cano's office but there is a twist. Across it is printed a quotation in Ottoman Turkish, in the beautiful Arabic script that Ataturk banned.

Film: The tangled roots of Atom Egoyan

Why is the cult Canadian director so fascinated by buried secrets? Nick Hasted asked him about his own life-story, and found out

Football: Welsh hopes shattered by Tomasson

A REMARKABLE fightback by Denmark in Naples last night put paid to Wales' hopes of reaching the European Championship finals.
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