Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

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1. Europe

Germany's economy, the largest in Europe, grew by just o.1 per cent in the second quarter of the year, despite expected growth of 0.5 per cent. Eurozone growth overall was 0.2 per cent, matching that of the UK and Spain, with France's GDP failing to rise.

2. Asia

Police in Delhi arrested the leading social activist Anna Hazare, who was preparing to start a fast in protest against a proposed anti-corruption law. More than 1,300 supporters of his Gandhi-inspired national campaign against government bribery and fraud were also detained on 16 August.

3. Africa

The Netherlands is returning [section]87m to the Libyan people from their nation's frozen assets. The Dutch foreign minister, Uri Rosenthal, said that Libyan money inside Dutch bank accounts had been given to the World Health ' Organisation and would be spent on medicines and hospitals.

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4. Middle East

At least 61 civilians and security force members were killed on 15 August in a coordinated series of bombings by insurgents in more than a dozen cities across Iraq. The explosions came a fortnight after the government announced plans to negotiate a US military presence in the country beyond the planned troop withdrawal deadline of 31 December.

5. North America

Eighty-one members of the US House of Representatives are visiting Israel as guests of a charity that is affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group. The trip, by a fifth of the House, is the largest of its kind ever made during a single recess.

6. Latin America

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of Argentina, won the country's first national primary with so per cent of the vote. …

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