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Fighting with words

RITA Gomez Biddulph was not one to let difficult situations prevent her from reaching her dreams. Overcoming financial obstacles, she worked her way to an amazing career as a journalist for Reuters and then lawyer for the UK Government. ELIZABETH TAI met her in London recently.

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Exotic and endangered

The Indian star tortoise is a common sight in pet shops. Charmed by the exquisite star-burst patterns on its shell, many pet lovers may be tempted to carry home a specimen or two, little realising that they are feeding a flourishing international trade in exotic - and sometimes endangered - pets.

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The fatherly side of Genghis Khan

A REMARKABLE living legacy of the Mongol empire has been discovered by geneticists in a survey of human populations from the Caucasus to China. They find that as many as 8% of the men dwelling in the confines of the former Mongol empire bear Y chromosomes that seem characteristic of the Mongol ruling house.

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A friend indeed

While the public only know Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah as the Sultan of Selangor, not many get the chance to know him personally. Who is the man who wears the crown? KEE HUA CHEE penetrates a circle of friends who have known Tuanku for decades.

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Justice for the women

Women#8217;s issues will not go away, even when they lapse from public view. With today being International Women#8217;s Day, TAN LEE KUEN takes a look at what women#8217;s groups have been doing this past year.

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For the common people

As a king without a kingdom, the Maharawal of Jaisalmer in India now plays the role of a people#8217;s man, writes TERRY FRIEL.

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The fearless face of Kabul

After years of oppression, Afghan women are learning how to be glamorous again. LUCY MORGAN EDWARDS meets Kabul#8217;s beauty queens.

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In the name of honour

BRITISH police are investigating several cases of young women in the Asian community there who are beaten or killed for defying tradition and trying to forge a life of their own. SANDRA LAVILLE reports from London.

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Is war on Iraq justified?

READERS weigh in with their views on the Iraq issue.

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Meet Inspector Muniandy, super cop

Malaysian policemen have always performed admirably on United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping missions. One officer, Insp S. Muniandy, did the country and the Royal Malaysia Police proud when the UN appointed him Director of Operations in Kosovo. LOURDES CHARLES and JACKIE FERNANDEZ report.