COVER

The Private Jessica Lynch (Cover Story)

TIME visits U.S. soldier Jessica Lynch as she struggles to recover from her ordeal in Iraq

ASIA

What's Her Game?

President Kumaratunga's power grab may destroy a delicate peace

Personality Clash

A bitter, public showdown between Sri Lanka's President and Prime Minister has jeopardized the country's hopes for peace with the Tamil Tigers. Here's a look at the two rivals

Pride and Prejudice

A ribald skit by Japanese students at a Chinese university reopens national wounds

GLOBAL ADVISER

If You Can Stand the Heat ... (Time Global Adviser | Time Traveler)

...Get into the kitchenŚand learn to bake, roast and fricassee with some of the best chefs in the world

Head for the Hills (Time Global Adviser | The Cost-Of-Living-It-Up Index)

Here's what it costs to spend a week at some of the world's top ski resorts

Giving David a Bath (Time Global Adviser | Dossier)

A group of modern-day patrons helps preserve Florence's extraordinary heritage

The Perfect Match (Time Global Adviser | Do It Yourself)

The best places in the world for a kick in the grass

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Behind Closed Doors (Books)

Two memoirs reveal what life is like for women in post-Taliban Afghanistan

Collective Tragedy

English translations of Yu Hua's two best novels introduce the Chinese author to the West

BRIEFING

A Tower of Troubles (Notebook | Philippines)

A lethal showdown at Manila's airport caps a week of turbulence

A New Terror Tactic? (Notebook)

Jemaah Islamiah attempts to reignite religious conflict with a massacre of Christians on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi

The Longish March (Notebook)

A pair of adventurers retrace Mao Zedong's epic strategic retreat to find the journey may not have been as long as the history books say

Milestones (Notebook)

"Voyager is beginning to explore the final frontier of the solar system."

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the week

Letters (Notebook)

Letters to the Editor