Patrick Fort
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/ 17 April 2007

‘It’s dangerous to play tennis’ in Iraq

Multimillionaires Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may be upset over ATP reforms, but their problems are nothing compared with those encountered by tennis players in Iraq. Even putting together a team for next month’s Davis Cup Group IV Asia/Oceania tie in Burma is an achievement, as three of their group were murdered last August.

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/ 3 January 2007

Saddam’s grand palaces live on

Saddam Hussein is dead, but memories of the grandiose excesses of his 24-year reign live on in his resplendent palaces still used by the United States forces that deposed him in 2003. The late dictator built eight ornate presidential palaces across Iraq that embodied absolute power.

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/ 18 December 2006

Baghdad’s weapons traders making a killing

Sporting a beige jacket, starched pink shirt and polished shoes, Haider looks like any other young businessman about town, not a sly gunrunner who wheels and deals in Iraq’s burgeoning arms trade. Yet with the country sucked into sectarian warfare and the classic laws of the marketplace clicking into gear, traders like Haider are making a highly illegal killing.