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THE FIRST "Day Without Cars" in 32 French cities got a mixed response yesterday from the notoriously car-loving nation.

Blair will stand by his man

TONY BLAIR promised Bill Clinton yesterday he was not a "fair- weather friend" and would stand by him as he struggles to survive as President.

UK poverty levels `among worst of industrial nations'

THE UK has one of the highest poverty levels of all industrialised nations, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations.

Blair calls G7 talks on Russia

TONY BLAIR yesterday invited senior representatives from the Group of Seven industrial nations to London for urgent talks on Russia's mounting political and economic crisis, writes Marie Woolf.

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SINCE THE Second World War "development" has been many things, but it has always contained the hope that the countries of the South will finally move out of a long period of humiliation and get on a footing of equality with the industrialised countries. International equity has been recast as catching up with the rich countries, with the quest for great justice in the world being firmly welded to the idea of economic development. However, in a world beset with environmental risks it has now become obsolete to turn the desire for justice into a demand for even more accelerated growth, since the environmental space available for humanity is finite and in some respects already overstretched. In these circumstances, it becomes, therefore, vital to de-link the concept of justice from the idea of development.

Politics: Hague's Euro speech deepens divide with Tory moderates

THE ROW over William Hague's Fontainebleau speech caused even greater Conservative divisions yesterday, to the evident glee of Tony Blair, who told the Commons the Tory leader had aligned himself with the Eurosceptics.

Suharto puts faith in force as riots spread

AFTER a remarkable week in which his senior supporters have spoken openly of Indonesia's imminent collapse, President Suharto warned yesterday that force would be used against any threat to "national stability".

Asia's economic crisis will slow world growth, says IMF

THE International Monetary Fund forecast yesterday that world growth would slow to 3.1 per cent this year, down from 4.1 per cent in 1997, as Asia's economic flu spreads its contagion around the globe.

Critics circle as IMF questions its role

THE IMF, at its annual spring meeting in Washington this week, will strive to redefine its mission as it works to build support for programmes to rescue Indonesia, South Korea and other battered economies.

Tories will target Labour 'disguise'

Shadow Chancellor will respond to Budget by attacking Labour on taxes and job creation

Windfall tax plan to pay for bigger back-to-work scheme

The Government is considering extending its New Deal for the long-term unemployed to anybody under the age of 50 who has been out of a job for more than six months. A sharp dip in the number of young people out of work means that older people can be included in the project, a move which could come as early as next month's Budget.

G8 code calls for open statistics

FINANCE ministers and central bank governors of the world's leading economies, meeting in London this weekend, will give their initial approval to a draft code for greater openness in financial statistics in the wake of the Asian crisis.

Millennium Bug: Blair goes to war

Tony Blair, who has been warned that the computer-based "Millennium Bug" could provoke a pounds 250bn world recession, is mobilising world leaders behind a campaign for urgent action to tackle the crisis.
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