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Sunday, October 01, 2006


In the news this week top UN officials say the world body must abandon efforts to pressure Sudan to accept UN peacekeepers in Darfur, while Pakistan's president has warned the West would be "brought to its knees" without his country's co-operation in the so-called war on terror.

Political statements of different kinds take the news lead too, as a letter from 1988 in which Iran's top commander says Iran could need a nuclear bomb has come to light in Tehran.

Meanwhile in the UK the British government has said that passengers flying from UK airports will not be affected by a EU-US row over US demands for information on passengers, and an organisation called Truth in Science has been sending resource packs to all UK secondary school science departments promoting the idea of intelligent design - that there was an intelligence behind the creation of the universe.

Divisions are also highlighted with reports that Serbia's parliament has unanimously approved a new constitution that claims sovereignty over the UN administered province of Kosovo.

Kosovo has been run by the UN since Nato intervened in 1999 to stop Serbia expelling the ethnic Albanian majority.

And finally, US scientists say there is hope for a new diabetes treatment, a dog has started his owner's car after eating a chip, while the BBC's Magazine ponders the Spanish Civil War, Mona Lisa and winning entries of this year's BBC News website photo competition.

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