Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Talks about Northern Ireland at Downing Street broke down; Mr Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein, the political face of the Irish Republican Army, said that the Good Friday Agreement was `in free fall' and that the British and Irish governments were `caught on this Unionist precondition that the IRA has to do something before the agreement can be implemented. If that persists, then the agreement is dead.' A nail bomb went off in Electric Avenue, Brixton, putting 39 people in hospital, some with eye injuries; a two-yearold boy had a nail sticking into his brain successfully removed. Mrs Fiona Jones was found not guilty on appeal of fraud involving election expenses; but in the meantime Newark, for which she had sat in the Labour interest, had been declared a vacant seat by the Speaker, who then asked the High Court to clarify the law. David Norris and Jamie Acourt, who had been named in the inquiry into the killing of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, were charged with theft of soda syphons valued at 224. Underlying inflation rose to 2.7 per cent from 2.4 per cent, exceeding once again the government's target of 2.5 per cent; headline inflation remained unchanged at 2.1 per cent. Mr Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, authorised renewed extradition proceedings by Spain against General Augusto Pinochet, the former head of state of Chile, who is confined to a house in Wentworth, Surrey. Radio Four will not carry a ball-by-ball commentary of the England tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in the winter because the rights to cover it have been bought by Talk Radio, a commercial station. Thirty thousand took part in a marathon in London. Cardinal Basil Hume, the Archbishop of Westminster, wrote to priests telling them he was dying of cancer.

MANY thousands more civilians - the old, women and children - were forcibly expelled from Kosovo by agents of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; 30,000 entered Albania over the weekend. …

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