They still pray for Madeleine McCann in the little whitewashed church in Praia da Luz, a small but faithful clutch of 15 or so locals and ex-pats who stumble down the little cobbled hill to the church every Friday evening for a "service for missing children".
The British Ministry of Defence is conducting a major study into brain injury in troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan amid fears that thousands of soldiers may have suffered damage after being exposed to high-velocity explosions. The United States army says as many as 20% of its soldiers and marines have suffered "mild traumatic brain injury" from blows to the head or shockwaves caused by explosions.
Catherine Liu is 28 and a little nervous, she says, because two weeks ago she split up with her boyfriend. ''In China, it is only [okay not to be married] until 30.'' Then, a little forlornly, ''My mother is worried about me.'' Liu is a Shanghai success story -- well educated, sophisticated, with a high-profile job. A generation of young Chinese women has embraced a sexual liberalism that is alien to most of the country.
Giovanni di Stefano is adviser to Slobodan Milosevic, friend of Saddam Hussein, admirer of Osama bin Laden, former aspirant owner of Northampton Town football club, Italian lawyer, Serbian army general and prospective British member of the European Parliament.