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THE Iraq army, under the direct orders of prime minister al-Maliki, attacked militias loyal to the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Basra. The initial deadline of 72 hours for the militia's surrender was quickly extended to nine days.

The State Visit of the President of France to Britain proved to be a diplomatic and social success. Nicolos Sarkozy lavished praise on Britain, past and present, and his new wife, the former singer and model Carla Bruni, won plaudits for her style and charm.

Hillary Clinton stumbled in her fight for the US Democratic presidential nomination when she admitted “misspeaking” about being under sniper fire during a visit to Bosnia in 1996.

Bulletin Headlines of the Week

SUNDAY/MONDAY: 8 Million Euro Health Bill For Tourists (Treatment for tourists in Balearic hospitals increased by 50 per cent in 2007).
TUESDAY: Four People Killed On Majorcan Roads (The four fatalities occurred in two accidents in the Esporles district).
WEDNESDAY: Climate Change Hits Balearics Hard (The director of the Balearic Meteorological Observatory said that the increase in temperatures had been greater than anywhere else on earth).

THURSDAY: Fears Over Balearic Economy (Among other negative indicators, sales of homes had declined in the first two months of the year).
FRIDAY: What A Storm (More than 4'000 bolts of lightning hit Majorca during a freak storm which also brought high winds and torrential rain).
SATURDAY: Palma Buses Go Green (Twelve buses powered by natural gas had been ordered by the City Council).


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