The World This Week
Monday 22 March 1993
The lawyers from each side will argue it out until Friday before three judges. Unusually, the state is asking for an even higher sentence. The prospect of Mrs Mandela in jail cannot be very appealing to the government, which hardly wants an ANC martyr figure. But the ANC is unlikely to lend more than token support to the disgraced Winnie if she should find herself behind bars. A judgment is expected in two or three weeks.
Also feeling apprehensive no doubt, an EC 'troika' of foreign ministers from Denmark, Britain and Belgium - representing the current, last and next EC presidencies - visits Moscow to meet President Boris Yeltsin, the Prime Minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and the Foreign Minister, Andrei Kozyrev, on Thursday until Saturday.
The trip was organised to discuss Russia's position on the former Yugoslavia, but has become an act of solidarity with Mr Yeltsin as he fights for his political life. Mr Kozyrev and the US Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, plan to press on with their meeting in Washington tomorrow and Wednesday to prepare next month's summit between Mr Yeltsin and President Bill Clinton.
There is more certainty surrounding the outcome of the second round of the French elections on Sunday: it is expected to seal the fate of the Socialist Party. The week also sees a couple of smaller electoral contests: Lesotho, a country enclosed by South Africa, holds its first general lections for 22 years on Saturday, marking a return to civilian rule. And on Sunday, in another electoral first, the republic of Serbian Krajina in Croatia holds parliamentary multi-party elections.
Israel's Likud Party holds its first primaries for the party leadership on Thursday. The winner needs 40 per cent of the vote to avoid a run-off and to become the party's candidate for prime minister. Of the two main contenders, Benjamin ('Bibi') Netanyahu and Ze'ev Benjamin Begin, Mr Netanyahu is expected to win easily and then promises to bring down the coalition government led by the Labour Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.
Also convening this week is India's ruling Congress party which is expected to see an assault upon the authority of the Prime Minister, Narasimha Rao. The country is reeling from a number of bomb attacks. Mr Rao has been battered by a strong political challenge from Hindu nationalists. Many in Mr Rao's own party blame him for not fending off the strong Hindu nationalist upsurge.
The space shuttle Columbia is finally due to take off from Cape Canaveral today (or, says Nasa, tomorrow or Wednesday) after being delayed by high winds. More likely to stick to its schedule, Antwerp launches a seven- month festival of culture with a big fireworks display on Friday. And, celebrating with ice rather than fire, the Japanese rock singer Yasunori Sugawara gives the first-ever concert in Antarctica on Friday for environmental preservation and world peace. Since it costs pounds 8,466 per head to go to hear him, it is likely that his audience will comprise mainly passing whales and penguins. Sounds very cool.
At least Mr Sugawara will be spared the horrors of the 'Golden Raspberries' award - an anti-Oscar ceremony for Hollywood's worst efforts of the year - which takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday. Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, leads the field with seven nominations.
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
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