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Girls long to learn at school for refugees

THE GANGS of men on the road from the Afghan capital, Kabul, to Peshawar in Pakistan are not, as first appears, mending the suspension- shattering surface with their spades and picks. That is a charade: they are just going through the motions.

Nirvana, by way of Ancient Greece

In a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan there sits a Buddha wearing a toga. He is part of the remains of a great, lost culture initiated by Alexander the Great

I lost my virginity in... Crete: Charles de Ledesma

Late summer 1977 had been chaotic. After A-levels, most of my friends had holed-up in a squat in St John's Wood, London, experimenting with various drugs and sleeping on flea-ridden mattresses copped from the street. The only way to get Nicky out of this vice-ridden, public- schoolboy environment was to offer her a trip olive-picking on the Greek island of Crete - hitch-hiking there and back, of course. Once alone among the Hellenic sights and smells, romance would naturally bloom, or so I imagined.

Johnson earns his place in history

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Cricket: Zimbabwe poised for series win

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Cricket: Lambert propels tourists to first win

THE WEST INDIES recorded the first victory of their South African tour when they beat a Natal XI by eight wickets in a one-day game yesterday. After dismissing the home side for a modest 120, the tourists scored 123 for 2 in just 25.3 overs.

Taliban sends assassins to quell dissent

ASSASSINS linked to the Taliban government of Afghanistan are attacking enemies of the hardline Islamic regime who have sought sanctuary abroad.

Cricket: Ijaz hits back after Streak's landmark

HEATH STREAK became the first Zimbabwe bowler to take 100 Test wickets as Ijaz Ahmad's 87 and an unbeaten 74 by Yousuf Youhana helped Pakistan reach 272 for 6 on the first day of the first Test in Peshawar yesterday.

Cricket: Walsh skips Free State

WEST INDIES played a practice session yesterday without Courtney Walsh, who will sit out a final warm-up match against the provincial Free State. After twisting his ankle against Griqualand West last weekend, the 36-year-old pace bowler has also injured his left knee.

Afghan aid faces collapse as Western workers leave

THIS HAS not been a good year for villagers around the north-eastern Afghan town of Rostaq. In January and June two earthquakes killed thousands. Last month the advance of the Taliban Islamic militia brought war. Now the threat of revenge attacks after the American cruise-missile strikes has forced all international aid workers to leave.

India blamed for train bomb

SOON after the Khyber mail train pulled out of Khairpur in Pakistan yesterday, on its long journey to the north-west frontier town of Peshawar, a time bomb exploded in a crowded second-class coach, killing at least 23 people and injuring 75.
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