A NEW Palestinian parliament was sworn-in and the Islamist movement Hamas, with 74 of the 132 members, was invited by President Abbas to form a government. Israel immediately suspended payment of customs and tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, saying that Hamas is a terrorist organisation. Iraq's slow-moving efforts to form a government came to a stop when insurgent bombers, presumed to be Sunni extremists, severely damaged the Askariya shrine, the fourth-holiest to Iraqi Shias. l In Britain, the Prince of Wales abandoned attempts to stop publication of a witness statement by his former private secretary, Mr Mark Bolland, which said that Prince Charles often referrred to himself as a “dissident working against the prevailing political consensus”. The Prince had brought an action to prevent The Mail on Sunday publishing details from his private journal. l In Austria the controversial British historian, Mr David Irving, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for the crime of Holocaust denial, even though he pleaded guilty and admitted that the mass murder of Jews had taken place. In Britain the High Court ruled that the General Medical Council should not have struck off Professor Sir Roy Meadows for having given mistaken expert evidence as an expert witness that resulted in the conviction, later quashed, of Sally Clarke for murdering her two children.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
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- Indian summer in Mallorca, but will it last?
- Amber Heard's refuge in Mallorca
- Concern about possible return of cannibal drug to Magalluf
- British man has 100,000 pound watch ripped from his wrist in central Palma
- Spain is the only country in Europe which still has Covid restrictions for British travellers