Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

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1. Europe

The practice of throwing fish back into the sea dead, to avoid exceeding quotas, could be ended. The EU's fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, has said that as fish stocks are declining another means of regulating catches must be found.

2. North America

America's last surviving First World War veteran has died, aged no. Frank Buckles lied about his age in 1917 to join the US army and served in France as a driver. The two remaining survivors of the conflict, Claude Choules, 109, and Florence Green, 110, are British.

3. Africa

Egypt has reopened its national museum, which holds the golden death mask of Tutankhamun. Its director, Tarek el-Awady, said that he wanted to dispel rumours that there had been "an orgy of looting" by protesters.

4. Asia

China's top search engine, Baidu, has been put on a US government list of "notorious markets" for fake goods. It is among the top ten most visited sites in the world but the US trade representative has accused it of steering users towards pirated material.

5. Entertainment

Forget the Baftas and the Oscars--the Golden Raspberries, which "honour" the year's worst films and performances, have been announced. M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender won five "Razzies" despite earning [pounds sterling]200m at the box office, and Sex and the City 2 picked up three.

6. Business

Britain's ban on product placement in broadcasting has been lifted, allowing advertisers to pay for their wares to be seen and discussed in soaps and dramas--but not on news, current affairs, consumer, religious or children's programmes, or on the BBC. …

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