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1. Legislators in the Philippines voted not to review a law restoring capital punishment, dealing a serious blow to efforts to halt a planned execution that would be the country's first in 23 years.
2. In practice, NATO's changes this year seemed to point toward a post-Cold War configuration enabling the alliance to cope with most foreseeable security contingencies, NATO officials said.
3. Commission staff, having finally recognised that labour laws tend to increase rather than reduce unemployment, stress how mild these measures are compared with those once envisaged.
4. The National Foreign Trade Council, representing 550 of the nation's top multinational companies and banks, warned in a report yesterday that international provisions in the US tax code were seriously out of step with those of other big industrial countries.
5. Appeals to reason fall on deaf ears, because thinking and reason tend to get in the way of those who have plans for the rest of us. Agenda politics works much better in an environment of belief backed by emotions.
6. Brazil finally gave in to the course followed by most of the world's major nations, allowing the currency it has long coddled to trade freely.
7. Roughly speaking, the Thacherites argued that the story of Britain since 1900 has been one of economic decline, followed by imperial and international decline.
8. Having long considered a strong military unnecessary, Mexico suddenly decided to spend a portion of its oil earnings on armaments and for the first time intended to buy supersonic jet fighters in the United States.
9. Tackled over the government's promise to maintain and improve the quality of education, the Education Secretary admitted the cuts would leave gaps in schools timetables but hoped schools would help each other.
10. He said that the strike movement may turn into a national strike bringing about the downfall of the dictatorship.
11. Unfortunately the point of view of this politician is becoming increasingly widespread in the Western press. This is why it seems expedient to review some of the arguments put forward by those opposing the idea of such talks.
12. Opening a new session of Parliament, he disclosed that the regime intends to introduce legislation providing for preventive detention even when there is no official State of Emergency.
13. Not satisfied with the plans for the creation of an independent anti-fraud office, which could take months or even years, the Chancellor of the Exchequer calls for the speedy appointment of an independent fraud-buster within the commission's existing anti-fraud squad.
14. The Belgrade Children's Hospital in South London now faces a threat to close all the beds, meaning that the only children's operating theatre in the district will shut down despite recent modernisation.
15. Looked at in the medium term, it is hard not to be more pessimistic about Hong Kong's prospects.
16. Though dragging their feet to the last, Britain and America could not avoid agreeing to setting up a control system, faced by Russia readiness to accept reasonable proposals.
17. Companies have flowed money raised from stock sales into computers and new technologies that have accelerated productivity thus increasing corporate profitability while allowing companies to give real raises.
18.They wanted a Government freely chosen by the will of the people.
19. During the work-to-rule campaign many saw their efforts wasted because some were induced to work extra hours.
20. The peoples of all countries are vitally interested in seeing further steps taken at the Foreign Ministers' Conference in October.
21. All his criticisms were reserved for Labour backbenchers who want the British Forces withdrawn from that country.
22. Those who opposed the showdown in the State Department a small and not very influential group at the time saw their viewpoint being taken increasingly into account by the White House.
23. Over the famous non-dissemination draft treaty, harmony is to be expected and a powerful attempt to get it signed by many nations.
24. The need for pressure from the Labour movement to get such decisions taken is urgent.
25. We will not seek to frustrate that consensus, since it is not in the world interest to have the work of the General Assembly immobilized in those troubled days.
26. It is understood that the decision was taken against strongly expressed opposition to the T.U.C. plan, particularly in the light of the Government's intention to have permanent legislation holding up pay increases without retrospective payment.
27. Almost daily, The Washington Post and other newspapers have their advertising revenues increased by full-page ads in which one corporation or another is telling Congress to quit dallying and pass the program.
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1. With everyone asking What sort of European Commission do we want?, it was hard not to ask simultaneously What sort of Europe do we want?
2. With his impeachment trial over, the US President has found himself more easily able to involve himself in foreign policy.
3. With the economy booming and incomes finally beginning to climb for those on the middle and lower rungs of the ladder, a national culture of upscale spending has emerged.
4. With state pension systems being stretched by the ageing of Europe's population and with returns on traditional savings instruments shrinking, investors are turning increasingly to mutual funds.
5. In 1980s with their profits falling as viewers turned increasingly to the choice offered by cable TV and VCRs, the networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) were taken over by Wall street deal makers, who thought they could be run more efficiently.
6. Its economy crumbling, America struggled to escape the global Depression and find its place in a violently changing world.
7. Their worst fears about the national election realized, leaders of the trade union movement now expect an assault against many of organized labor's most cherished programs and interests.
8. With $40 billion of Brazilian dollar reserves having evaporated since Russia's debt default last summer, the move to a floating currency was increasingly favored by officials at the International Monetary Fund and the US Treasury.
9. With 70 per cent of Japan's land area mountainous and a small percentage devoted to farmland, two-thirds of Japan's urban population resides and works in less than 5 per cent of the total land area.
10. With old-age pensions starting at 60 for both men and women, French workers already down tools several years before their counterparts in other rich countries.
11. With the Government doing its utmost to keep wages down, and with price increases due to the EU membership coming on top of price increases arising from the Government policy, the standard of living in this country would be given an extremely serious setback.
12. The rebellion in Mexico is over four years old. Two years ago peace negotiators reached a series of agreements, But the deals broke down later that year, with the rebels claiming that the government did not really mean to act upon them.
13. The European Parliament is coming under sharp criticism with allegations made by members of inflated expenses too much money spent on overseas trips, expensive quarters, and office cleaners.
14. Japanese diplomats said their government's approach is that the lead in opening up new markets should come from industry and commerce, with banks following.
15. A second round of wage talks for insurance and metal workers broke off Wednesday, with employers and unions still far apart on pay increases.
16. The Italian media have carried reports of tragedy as makeshift boats capsize, with many would-be immigrants from North Africa, Asia and Albania drowning before they can reach shore.
17. He is likely, though not yet certain, to continue as prime minister, with Finland continuing on its course of gradual liberalisation on the economic front and faster integration into the rest of Europe in foreign affairs.
18. He declared that at the next sitting of the peace conference the proposal should be made to conclude peace, all theoretical questions being excluded.
19. As there is a natural limit to the capacity of consumption of necessities of life (food, etc.), particular attention must be paid to industrialization, consumption prospects in this sphere being particularly unlimited for a long time to come.
20. Government can be understood to include any mechanism through which ordered rule is maintained, its central features being the ability to make collective decisions and the capacity to enforce them.

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1. A Zimbabwean judge sentenced the former president to a year in prison, provided he pay compensation and commit no more offences.
2. Foreign-owned companies that set up British subsidiaries to channel their profits pay no tax, provided their management and control remain outside.
3. Today most people in rich societies assume that, provided they obey the law, they have a right to enjoy privacy whenever it suits them.
4. What gives voting its democratic character is that, provided that the election is competitive, it empowers the public to kick the rascals out, and it thus makes politicians publicly accountable.
5. Objections to this plan, supposing there are any, should be reported to the committee at once.
6. It cannot be denied that, granting the difficulty of the undertaking, she has done her work with great skill.
7. Assuming the hearty cooperation of all the members, it is reasonable to expect that the celebration will be successful.
8. The French government is committed, assuming all the existing preconditions are met, to suggest to the Assembly next Tuesday that it should fix a date for the debate.
9. Prospects are bright for a big expansion of trade between these two countries, following the signing of a new three-year trade agreement.
10. The Security Council on Friday voted unanimously to end the UN peacekeeping missions in Angola, following the collapse of peace accords.
11. Brazil will allow the real (its currency) to trade freely, following last week's failed attempt at a limited devaluation. The currency has lost nearly a third of its value since that move.
12. Nevertheless, the leaders did decide what they describe as a strong message to agricultural ministers to get back to the negotiating table in Brussels next week, following their failure to reach any agreement this week.
13. In Bremen, following a demonstration against atomic energy, the police seized 24 youths and charged them with smashing show windows of banks, department stores and other businesses.
14. The idea of waging a nuclear war appears inconceivable, and winning one, meaningless, given the scale of destruction on all sides.
15. Analysts said the downward revision of the forecast for Hong Kong's economy came as no surprise given the current economic climate.
16. Given the growing availability of pornographic material by mail order and through the Internet, it must be better to attempt to police this market in a more sophisticated way rather than taking refuge in old rules.
17. Is demand lagging too far behind supply just now? Does global monetary policy need to be eased? A strange question to ask in the United States, given that its economy is currently stretched as tight as a drum.
18. Failing agreement by the United States to steps of this kind, serious consideration should be given to the possibilities and scope for concerted action by the industrialized countries of Western Europe to maintain high levels of output and trade in the international economy outside the United States.
19. The only certainty is that on this last lap of the race every effort will be made by the larger parties to win over liberal voters or, failing that, to encourage by every means the liberal obstacle to their opponents' chances.
20. This was what the Tories want. They are against the Bill, but failing its complete defeat they are aiming to get it amended into uselessness.
21. Pending the reopening of negotiations and fearing the abrogation of some privileges the State Council adopted certain measures.
22. Founder and guru of Aum Shinrikyo was thrown in jail pending the outcome of a trial that could drag on for years.
23. The one decisive thing which Mr Dobson has done is to freeze the closure of any more London hospitals pending yet another wide-ranging review of the capital's health needs.
24. It is argued that the risk that Britain runs in exposing her hand, though not to be discounted, is well worth taking, considering the importance to British industry of the negotiations as a whole.
25. The decision this month, according to the sources, was to postpone any such changes pending a large policy review regarding relations with China and Taiwan.
26. The 31 were charged with criminal association and jailed pending interrogation.


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