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

How To Keep Beloved Kentucky Derby Winners From Ending Up As Dog Food — As the global glitterati descend on Louisville's Churchill Downs today for the most exciting two minutes in sports, it's instructive to remember an earlier Run for the Roses nearly three decades ago. The 1986 Kentucky Derby was a sentimental, even magical affair, as the legendary 54-year-old jockey Willie Shoemaker finally captured the only major racing prize that had eluded him-the winner's circle rose garland.

Nepal earthquake: broken villages awash with memories — Arjun, the carpenter of Bhimtar, was charging a bank of mobile phones in the small shop we stopped at to ask directions to his village. It had taken us three hours to drive there from Kathmandu, which, as the crow flies, was just 25 miles due west.

Nepal earthquake: slow aid stirs anger in ravaged villages — Distressed and hungry quake-refugees emerging from remote villages close to the Tibetan border report death and destruction on a horrifying scale. Those interviewed by Channel 4 News today said roads running through devastated settlements in the Himalayan foothills are strewn with rotting corpses.

Al Jazeera in Egypt: the inside story — We put these allegations to Al-Jazeera, and have reproduced their responses in full below. The claim: Al Jazeera's channels took a pro-Muslim Brotherhood editorial line, which put their teams on the ground in danger, due to the Egyptian government's stance toward the organisation.

The man who rescued 500 Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram — The militants have led sustained attacks in the Gombe area in recent weeks. Ten days ago, a car bomb exploded 200m from a stadium in Gombe city, just minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan had left a political rally there. The bomb killed at least one bystander and wounded seven.

Nigerian election: the key players - video

On the trail of the smugglers shipping refugees to Europe — They're Syrian Palestinians from Yarmouk in Damascus. They've survived siege and bombardment and hatched their family escape plan six months ago. In 1948, another generation was forced to flee to Syria from Palestine. "When we were in Syria, they were in permanent danger," says Hiba, the mother of three children, Yousef, 10, Abdul Rahman, 9, and Yasmina, 5.

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.
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May 22, 2015

With #Syria and #Iraq there's no Plan B, and the omens are not good - watch @jrug on the fight against #IslamicState

May 21, 2015

RT @kshaheen: My full piece on the tragic fall of the city of #Palmyra, and its strategic importance, quoting @charles_lister

May 21, 2015

@cbmorrissey Well, Saul was a badass once. Seems all sides in Syria need something of a Damascene conversion @GurtlerDavid

May 20, 2015

@JonasRenz @Channel4News Conf w/opposition activists we follow in Palmyra. Then IS claimed it. Tonight regime confirmed their own retreat

May 20, 2015

Islamic State's Year Zero jihadis vow to destroy #Palmyra, archaeological jewel in the Syrian desert @Channel4News

May 20, 2015

@mccann_liz @Channel4News Maybe after a quarter of a million dead, it'll be the destruction of Palmyra that will galvanise the world to act

May 20, 2015

RT @Charles_Lister: In capturing #Palmyra, #IS has shut off regime forces in Deir ez Zour & opened up direct routes to #Homs, the #Qalamoun

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