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“Follow the money”. This famous phrase has inspired generations of investigative reporters.


She was known for dressing like a man and wearing a false beard, and was more powerful than either of her more famous female successors, Nefertiti and Cleopatra.


Armed gangs are seizing children for ransom payments in the lawless north of the Central African Republic.


A chance meeting in a White House waiting room sparked a young, almost adolescent journalist”s friendship with an FBI agent, and this friendship would change their country forever.


The US Central Intelligence Agency is to declassify hundreds of documents detailing some of the agency”s worst illegal abuses. Among them: the confinement of a Soviet defector in the mid-1960s; assassination plots of foreign leaders, including Cuba”s Fidel Castro; wiretapping and surveillance of journalists; behaviour modification experiments on “unwitting” US citizens.


The 12.000 inhabitants of the town of Mourenx live in horizontal blocks if they are married, in towers if they are single. The married quarter consists of identical houses, symmetrically divided between two families.


The quiet revolt of Berlin actor Wolfgang Neuss, who in 1963 placed a notice in the paper “Der Abend”vgiving away the identity of the killer in a television serial that had been keeping the masses in suspense for weeks.


In a social experiment highly unusual for this most unplanned of countries, the Indian government has handpicked Nagpur, relatively small, forgettable city, to be fattened and primped into an international metropolis.


Researchers are investigating a long unknown killing field in Cambodia with the graves of thousands of Khmer Rouge victims from the 1970s. But local villagers found it first. By the time the researchers arrived last week, some 200 graves had been dug open and the bones scattered through the woods by hundreds of people hunting for jewelry. After the assault on the burial ground, the village seemed filled with remorse and dread. Several people said they had been awakened at night by screams from the graves.


Passannante earned a place in Italian history by trying to assassinate King Umberto I of Savoy; he was subsequently arrested, tortured and received a death sentence, later reduced to life in prison. As further punishment his entire family was jailed and Passannante”s hometown, formerly known as Salvia, was forced to change its name to Savoia di Lucania. He went insane. In 1910 he was sent to an asylum and died shortly after. It was at that point that his head and brain were removed to be studied by sociologists.