THE International Atomic Energy Authority confirmed that North Korea had closed its plutoniumproducing nuclear reactor and four other facilities. In return, the first shipment of fuel oil reached North Korea.

Britain expelled four Russian diplomats in protest at Moscow's unwillingness to extradite Alexander Lugovoy, a suspect in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London. Russia responded by expelling four British diplomats.

Gordon Brown made his first overseas visits as prime minister to Berlin and Paris. At home he saw Labour comfortably win two parliamentary by-elections, although by reduced majorities.

Despite insisting on an all-night debate, the Democrats in the US Senate were unable to get the votes they needed to call for an early withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Bulletin Headlines of the Week l SUNDAY/MONDAY: Cheap Spain (Overall, food products in Spain are on average eight per cent lower than in the rest of the EU, although bread and cereals are 12 per cent more expensive). l TUESDAY: Heat Alert (Temperatures at records levels across the islands with weather remaining the same for most of the week). l WEDNESDAY: Baleares on Track (Government said their new transport plan still on and it would link the rest of the island to Palma). l THURSDAY: Royal Holiday (King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrived in Palma for their annual summer holiday on Majorca). l FRIDAY: Majorca On Alert (Another boat carrying North African immigrants had reached Majorca, increasing fears that the Balearics are becoming a European entry point for illegal immigrants). l SATURDAY: Government Cash Crisis (The new Balearic government accused its predecessor of leaving it an upaid 65 million euros bill for new roads).


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