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PRESIDENT Bush pleaded for patience over Iraq, but a Gallup poll showed his approval factor at 29 per cent while two-thirds of those questioned thought he had been wrong to commute the jail sentence given for perjury to Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff.

In Pakistan, Army special forces attacked the Red Mosque, a centre of radical Islamic militias, killing over 100 people; President Musharraf said that extremism had to be defeated throughout the country.

In Britain prime minister Gordon Brown broke with parliamentary tradition by revealing the probable legislative contents of the “Queen's Speech” which is normally unveiled in mid-November; he also announced a number of new constitutional measures. Florida joined the list of US States which have introduced regulations to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming; the aim is an 80 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2050.

Bulletin Headlines of the Week l SUNDAY/MONDAY: New Era For The Council of Majorca (New golf courses with residential or tourist facilities will be banned by the Council). l TUESDAY: “My Door Will Always Be Open” (A promise from the new Balearic minister for tourism, Francesc Buils). l WEDNESDAY: Spain Plans 275 Golf Courses, 36 New Ports (Greenpeace alleged that Spain's coastline was being eroded by excessive urban development). l THURSDAY: Cargo Ship Sinks Off Ibiza(An Iscomar vessel sank after apparently hitting an islet near the entrance to Ibiza harbour; there were worries about oil pollution of holiday beaches). l FRIDAY: Ibizan Clean-up (Thousands of litres of oil from the cargo ship which sank off Ibiza harbour were threatening nearby beaches). l SATURDAY: Nightmare(A large-scale emergency cleaning operation was under way on three Ibizan beaches affected by the oil-spill following the sinking of a cargo ship).

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