Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News since 2003. - I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written. - Seamus Heaney

On the trail of the smugglers shipping refugees to Europe — They pour into Mersin Otogar, the central bus station, every hour, from towns along the Syrian border. And there, to prey on them, are smugglers, middlemen and mafia. The Mersin underworld advertises its services on Facebook. "Take a boat to Europe! All your needs catered for."

Kentucky Sports Radio — Politicians lie. OK, that was obvious as Kim Jung Un at a screening of The Interview. But contrary to conventional wisdom, pathological prevaricating is not part of the DNA of the genus politicus.

Jonathan Miller: Editorial unfairly impugns the integrity of the Beshears — The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, KY offers local news coverage online. Serving Fayette, Bourbon, Franklin, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford and Scott counties in Kentucky, offers local breaking, weather and crime news.

Real-Estate Appraisals Are Bubbly Again — A key goal of the financial reforms after the housing bust was to prevent banks and other interested parties from pressuring real-estate appraisers to inflate valuations. One remedy that was folded into the Dodd-Frank Act led the industry to rely on appraisal-management companies (AMCs) as a buffer between appraisers and lenders.

Downtown LA Revival-For Millennials Only? — You can pick up some of your most cogent, well-spoken market information from cab drivers A hack in LA was no exception earlier this week. Its the smart young people who work hard and play hard who are moving into downtown.

The $10 Million Home, Never Hotter — As the U.S. housing market cools from last year's overheated state, sales of homes at the top haven't been following the same script. Prices and sales at the upper reaches are soaring. Sales of homes in Southern California costing $2 million and more are at record levels.

The killing of four little girls in Birmingham prompted action; deaths of four rabbis should do the same: reader opinion — By Jonathan Miller On September 15, 1963, a bomb at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church rocked Birmingham, killing 4 church girls in their white dresses. Birmingham has never been the same. Concern for the welfare of our city, our character, and our future became paramount across the lines of race, neighborhood, class and faith that had riven this city apart.

What Will 2015’s Office Market Bring?

Housing's Misleading Health Indicator — The National Association of Realtors will release its monthly U.S. existing home sales report tomorrow. Among other things, the report includes what's known as the absorption rate, or how many months it would take to sell all inventory at the current sales pace.

Western Buyers Are Out in Force — NEWPORT BEACH, CA-How do real estate professionals view the future of Western markets? To find out, Capital One Multifamily Finance polled 200 experts last month at the RealShare Apartments Conference in Los Angeles. Their feelings came across loud and clear: Western buyers are decidedly bullish.
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Jan 18, 2015

What are you up to Gotabaya Rajapaksa? And there we were thinking you were such a nice guy.…

Jan 15, 2015

@thegibosuk Thanks Alan... Sometimes it's good to be reminded that we won life's lottery.

Jan 15, 2015

The travel agents from hell in Mersin, Turkey advertise one-way package trips to Europe on FB @maurogalluzzo #c4news

Jan 15, 2015

Mersin, Turkey, where organised crime meets Syria's humanitarian plight: my report on the people smugglers #c4news

Jan 15, 2015

Cargo ships lurk in the darkness in off the Turkish coast, ready to smuggle Syrian refugees to Europe: #c4news 7.30

Jan 15, 2015

The people-smuggling city of Mersin, southern Turkey, where organised crime meets humanitarian plight #c4news 7.30

Jan 15, 2015

Yasmina, 5, about to be smuggled by cargo ship frm Turkey to Europe. "It's worth the risk," says her mum #c4news 7.30

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