Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Article excerpt

1. North America

The Republican outsider Herman Cain won a straw poll at the party's Presidency 5 event in Florida on 24 September. Of the 2,657 activists canvassed, Cain registered 37 per cent support, while the governor of Texas, Rick Perry -widely regarded as the front-runner--came a distant second, with 15 per cent.

2. Latin America

Mexican police discovered the decapitated body of Maria Elizabeth Macias Castro, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Primera Hora, on 24 September. Macias Castro had published many articles denouncing the drugs trade and gang violence.

3. Africa

Wouter Basson, head of South Africa's germ warfare programme during the apartheid era, began a legal fight to retain his right to practise as a cardiologist in Cape Town. Basson is accused of manufacturing illegal drugs in the 1980s and 1990s that were allegedly used on state prisoners.

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4. Middle East

Forces fighting for Libya's National Transitional Council took control of the port area in Sirte, home town of the country's ousted leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, on 27 September. The full capture of the city would be a symbolic victory for the new leadership in Tripoli.

5. Europe

The prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, cleared the way for another run at the presidency in 2012, after Dmitry Medvedev, the current president, announced that he would not seek a second term. As a result of recent changes to the Russian constitution, presidential terms now last for six (rather than four) years. …

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