BRITAIN was on high alert after failed car-bombings in London and Glasgow; it emerged that some of eight suspects arrested were immigrant doctors working in the National Health Service.

Portugal took over the presidency of the European Union from Germany; its main task in the next six months will be to get full approval of the new “reform treaty” agreed in outline at the German-hosted summit in June.

President Bush commuted the 30month prison sentence given to Lewis Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, for obstructing the course of justice. The decision was widely criticised. The US Supreme Court reversed a previous judgement by agreeing to hear an appeal by detainees at Guantanamo Bay against their indefinite detention.

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe received a warm welcome at an African Union meeting in Ghana despite the parlous state of his country.
Bulletin Headlines of the Week l SUNDAY/MONDAY:Airport Choas (British airports on full alert after car explodes into Glasgow airport.) l TUESDAY: Terror Alert (Six Spanish tourists in the Yemen were killed by a suspected al-Qaeda suicide bomber). l WEDNESDAY:Parents To Get Baby Bonus(The family of every child born in Spain will get a 2'500 euros bonus under a plan to raise the country's low birth rate). l THURSDAY: Next Stop Alcudia (The new Balearic government said it wanted to extend Majorca's rail network to Alcudia in the north). l FRIDAY: Building Boom Takes Toll (A central government survey showed that 40 per cent of land designated for building in the Balearics had been used in he past ten years compared to the national figure of 25 per cent). l SATURDAY: War Of Words Over Jellyfish (Madrid and Palma were in disagreement over whether the presence of jellyfish in Balearic waters amounted to a “plague”).


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