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IN Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe won an uncontested presidential election; he immediately travelled to an African Union summit in Egypt which passed a resolution urging reconciliation between him and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Ingrid Betancourt, a former presidential candidate in Colombia, was freed by national forces from six years jungle imprisonment at the hands of FARC rebels. A profits warning by Britain's Marks & Spancer high street retailer led to a drop in its shares by 25 per cent and was taken as a sign of hard trading times ahead. Following settlement of a long writers' strike, Hollywood studios made a final offer to avert a threatened strike by actors.

Bulletin Headlines of the Week

SUNDAY/MONDAY: Three Killed In Plane Crash (A light plane bound for Minorca had crashed near Sa Pobla; the Cessna-172 aircraft, based at Barcelona, had been taking part in a “rally” on Majorca and Minorca).

TUESDAY: Learning Your Language (The starting age for local children learning a second language such as English was being lowered from eight to five).

WEDNESDAY: Car Sales Fall By 44 Percent (The fall, one of the biggest ever experienced in the Balearics, was partly due to the credit crunch and partly to the decision of car hire firms not to add to their fleets).

THURSDAY: Balearic Jobless Rate Hits New High (There were 37'000 unemployed in the Balearics at a time when summer season jobs usually reduce the rate to zero).

FRIDAY: The Vote For All (Spain's governing PSOE party was expected to extend voting rights in local elections beyond EU citizens to all legally resident foreigners).

SATURDAY: Summer of Great Music in Majorca (The Bulletin's Summer Special edition featured popular and classical music concerts on Majorca throughout the summer.)

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