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By Will Firth BERLIN — In the former German Democratic Republic, 787,000 people were registered as unemployed in February. This took the rapidly rising unemployment rate to 8.9%, compared with a stable 7.0% in west Germany. The situation will
US company targets Chile's rainforest A US development company Washington has made bids on 750,000 acres (300,000 hectares in the heart of southern Chile's old-growth-forested fjords. Horton-Davis Enterprises, a relatively small company, has
EMLYN JONES participated in the "Pilgrimage to the Philippines" organised by the Philippines-Australia Ecumenical Church Conference in January. Printed here are excerpts from her diary of the period. Wednesday, January 9 I sat next to a
Ozone layer vanishing at increased rate The ozone layer in the northern hemisphere is being depleted twice as fast as previously believed, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on April 4. New data from NASA showed that ozone had thinned by
By Paul Fauvet MAPUTO, Mozambique — The only agreement between the Mozambican government and the South African-backed Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo or MNR) seems close to collapse as rebels announced in mid-March that they were reneging
By David Kattenburg After municipal and legislative elections in El Salvador in which the governing Arena party captured close to a majority of seats in the National Assembly, charges of fraud continue to fly. The left-wing Democratic Convergence
By Norm Dixon The Botswanan government has suspended the dredging of the Okavango River delta in response to mounting local and international opposition. The announcement has brought a temporary halt to a giant scheme that would severely damage
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Opinion polling has come to the USSR. The polls are not always well designed or professionally executed, and it pays to check who has commissioned them. But the better ones are authoritative and provide intriguing data
By David Robie AUCKLAND — Tonga's hasty legal juggling act to grant citizenship to more than 400 foreigners has done little to quell unrest in the South Pacific kingdom over the passport scandal. Although commoner parliamentarian and
By Andrew Nette Crispin Beltran, chairperson of the May 1 Movement (KMU) of the Philippines, has been jailed on two fabricated charges — one a matter outstanding for 20 years — and leaders of the movement fear that the government of Corazon
By Judy Addison and Jeannie Rae Indonesian workers have taken advantage of increased political instability, as jockeying for power increases in the government and military, to form a new, independent, trade union. The organisers are also keen to
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — It was one of the tensest days Muscovites had experienced in some time. The immediate cause of the strained atmosphere was a decision by the liberal majority in the Moscow City Soviet to call a mass demonstration to
By Alison Murray February 1991: Asep Suryaman has been told his execution is imminent. Cipinang Prison is a civilian jail in East Jakarta. "Ordinary prisoners are held there, 18-20 men to a cell, and in a separate wing the political prisoners are
By Ian Powell WELLINGTON - New Zealand's largest protest for a decade stunned the National Party government on April 4. Around 100,000 people participated in nationwide demonstrations which were part of the Council of Trade Unions' April 3-9 week
By Laszlo Andor and Peter Annear BUDAPEST — Hungarians' originally high expectations about the transition to a Western-style market economy have, in the last few months, started to recede. While the old regime and its political elite have gone,
By Norm Dixon SYDNEY — "The president of the white people, F.W. de Klerk (he's not my president as I never elected him, I have no voting rights in South Africa), has been doing the rounds telling the international community that apartheid is at an

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