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IN a New York court a 25-year-old Afghan immigrant was charged with planning to blow up key sectors of the New York subway sytem. n THE Dutch government coalition collapsed over the issue of early withdrawal of Dutch troops from Afghanistan. NATO sources admitted concern over the possibility of a domino effect on other countries.

IN Turkey several retired generals and admirals were among those arrested for plotting the overthow of the mildly Islamist AK-party government. The four occasions on which the secular military has overthrown Turkish governments were recalled.

DESPITE renewed allegations about Gordon Brown's “bullying” temperament, the latest opinion poll suggested that Labour had closed the gap with the Conservatives to five points.