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The scale of the Po-i Kalan Islamic complex of 16th century buildings in Bukhara brought Shilpa Ganatra to  tears.

Uzbekistan is ridiculously good-looking. Somewhere within the Nuratau Mountains, as jittery birds chirp in the trees and a stream babbles in the backg(...)

Islam Karimov: January 30th, 1938-September 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev, AP

In a celebrated assessment of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza the US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: “He may be a son-of-a-bitch bu(...)

People attend a mourning ceremony following the death of Uzbek president Islam Karimov in Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photograph: Kyrgyzstan Government Press Service/Reuters

The president of Uzbekistan, notorious dictator and serial human rights abuser Islam Karimov, is dead. When he first became national leader, Margaret (...)

People attend the funeral ceremony of the late Uzbek president Islam Karimov at Samarkand’s Registan square. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Uzbeks, many weeping, lined the streets of the capital Tashkent on Saturday to watch the funeral cortege of president Islam Karimov, whos(...)

Lisbon: Park bar, on the roof of a car park. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira
Weekend in . . . Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Throughout the hilly metropolis on the Tagus River, fading structures and spaces are being s(...)