BY Monitor QUEEN Elizabeth became the oldest monarch to sit on the English throne when she reached the age of 81 years and 244 days and passed the lifespan of Queen Victoria. Jacob Zuma was elected leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress despite allegations of corruption and misconduct against him. He defeated South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, who remains in office until 2009. Sean Hoey was acquitted of all charges against him for the 1998 bombing of Omagh in Northern Ireland in which 29 people were killed. The judge criticised the handling of the prosecution by the police. Japan's whaling fleet called off its hunt for the endangered humpback whale. The decision followed a threat by Australia to track the fleet and report its activities.

Bulletin Headlines of the Week
SUNDAY/MONDAY: Don't Tip So Much (Spain's Economy Minister said Spaniards are too generous with their tips).
TUESDAY: Freezing/ (Low temp led to forecasts of a white Xmas.
WEDNESDAY: Train Tragedy ( A 76-year-old woman died after being hit by a Palma-Inca train) .
THURSDAY: Bad Weather Alert (A new radar system will give the
Balearics better warning of impending poor weather).
FRIDAY:100 Years Young! (Gerald Ross of Andratx celebrated his 100th birthday).
SATURDAY: Fingers Crossed.../(Majorca was hoping for better luck in the El Gordo lottery.