Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

7 Days

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Art imitates life? The shamed Tory peer Jeffrey Archer was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice, following allegations that, during his 1987 libel action against the Daily Star newspaper, he asked Ted Francis to devise an alibi for him. Lord Archer also made his acting debut in his courtroom thriller The Accused, in which he plays a doctor accused of murdering his wife, and the audience plays jury using electronic keypads. They let him off on the first night.

Women's cancer figures Deaths from lung cancer among women reached an all-time high of 12,765 in 1999, a rise of 36 per cent over the past 20 years, according to a new report. For the first time, they exceeded breast cancer death rates. The rise is thought to be the delayed effect of the peak in female smoking in 1966, when 46 per cent of women smoked.

Greek ferry tragedy At least 40 people were reported dead when a ferry sank after hitting a reef in the Aegean sea off the island of Paros. …

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