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Podium: A new deal for the world's poor

From a talk by the Christian Aid adviser to Third World debt campaigners at the G8 summit in Cologne, Germany

World leaders order GM food safety review

LEADERS OF the world's most powerful nations yesterday agreed to launch an international review of the safety of genetically modified (GM) food.

G8 Summit: Diplomatic mystery now a lumbering media circus

IT'S THAT time of year again. A weekend in early summer, an agreeable provincial city of one of the world's richest countries, and international summitry is the order of the hour. Naples, Halifax in Nova Scotia, Lyons, Denver and Birmingham, England, have in recent years been singled out by the diplomatic wheel of fortune to host the annual G-7 or G-8 confabulation. This time, it's Cologne's turn.

Russian MPs refuse to bow to IMF

RUSSIA'S HOPES of securing desperately needed financial aid from the West suffered a big blow yesterday as its parliament threw out a key part of a reform package on the eve of the G8 summit in Cologne this weekend.

G8 `crumbs' for world's poorest

THE GROUP of Eight industrial countries are only offering "crumbs of comfort" to the world's poorest countries with their latest initiatives for improved debt relief, a leading campaign group said.

Cologne Summit: Blair insists euro vote will go ahead

TONY BLAIR declared yesterday that he still intended to take Britain into the single European currency soon after the next general election. The Prime Minister sought to kill speculation that he had cooled on British entry, which has been fuelled by the 12 per cent fall in the euro's value since its launch by 11 EU countries in January.

Cologne Summit: Last orders for duty-free

HOPES WERE fading last night for an eleventh-hour reprieve for duty-free sales for travellers between European Union countries.

War In The Balkans - Diplomacy: A bomb-strewn road that leads to imperfect peace

IT WAS as Tony Blair posed for the "family photo" with European leaders at yesterday's summit in Cologne, that the news came through from Belgrade that the Serbs had finally caved in.

Cologne Summit: France presses for new defence force

FRANCE OUTLINED ambitious plans yesterday to place the rapid reaction corps it dominates at the centre of the EU's new military strategy, putting pressure on Britain to join an embryo pan-European armed force.

Hague goes for broke on euro

WILLIAM HAGUE provoked a new Tory civil war over Europe yesterday by urging the Government to scrap its plans for business to prepare for Britain to join the single currency.

A SUMMER GUIDE TO EUROPE'S THEME PARKS, NO: 1 PHANTASIALAND, GERMANY

Phantasialand, Germany's best known theme park, is eight miles (13 km) from Cologne. The park has different themes from around the world; you can stroll through life-size mock-ups of Mayan Mexico, Petit Paris, China and Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. At the Silverado Theatre you can watch a spaghetti western in German or, at the Arena de Fiesta, an ice show on the miniature indoor ice rink.

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Hockey: Bronze for sloppy Slough

ROTT-WEISS COLOGNE won the women's European Club Championship in the Netherlands yesterday in a remarkable steal from the host club, Den Bosch, who had led 2-0. The Germans came back to score twice in the closing five minutes and then win the penalty shoot-out 3-1, with Scotland's Susan Gilmour scoring both the equalising goal and winning penalty.

Government acts to save Ford plant

THE GOVERNMENT has entered confidential talks with Ford amid serious concerns that the car giant might close its Bridgend plant in Wales.
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