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Bin Laden told his children: ‘Go to the US and live in peace’

OSAMA BIN LADEN urged his younger children to go to university in the West and live peacefully rather than embrace terrorism, his brother-in-law said this weekend. “He told his own children and grandchildren, ‘Go to Europe and America and get a good education’,” said Zakaria al-Sadah, whose sister Amal was the fifth wife of the […]

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On the trail of Pakistan’s Taliban

The authorities in Pakistan have often seemed in cahoots with home-grown terrorists. Not any more. Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark report from Islamabad and the border badlands as a new intelligence unit gets serious about tackling the bombers. As the first reports of explosions at the Taj and Oberoi hotels in Mumbai reached Islamabad just […]

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Poor Kids

‘Some people  bully you because your house is not all fancy’ Sam, 11, is living with relatives after his single parent dad had a heart attack.  Paige, 10, recently moved off a condemned Gorbals estate.  Courtney, eight, and friend Holly, nine, in Bradford: ‘I think my future is going to have loads of bad things in it’ In the UK, 3.8 million children live in poverty. True Vision filmed five […]

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How to defuse a human bomb

In Pakistan, young boys are being recruited as suicide bombers by the Taliban.  Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy visit a new school that offers these brainwashed  children a different future. Photographs by Charla Jones The boy comes into view on the CCTV footage for just a few seconds, long enough to see that he is very young and wearing something bulky under his shalwar kameez. He walks purposefully through a crowd of worshippers gathering at Data […]

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Guardian Weekend – Why Molly Ran

Heartbreak can be a palpable thing. It made Louise Campbell shake uncontrollably. Slurring and weeping, her eyes made lazy by sedatives, Campbell was so devastated that she only just managed to explain that her 12-year-old daughter, Molly, was the cause of it. Her ‘loveable little girl’ had last been seen two days earlier on August […]

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Guardian Weekend – Surivor’s of our Hell

For the best part of a century, the British Raj sent Indian dissidents and mutineers to a remote island penal colony in an ‘experiment’ that involved torture, medical tests, forced labour and, for many, death. Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy have unearthed official records detailing the scandal, and heard first-hand accounts from those who survived […]

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