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ABRACADABRA, the rabbit has been pulled out of the hat – again. By Gordon Brown – again ("Brown unveils vision for major UK reforms", The Herald, December 5). Let’s hoist the Union Jack and stop bothering about independence.
Radio France Internationale has denounced the suspension of its broadcasts in Burkina Faso's military government, describing accusations that it had contributed to "a desperate manoeuvre of terrorist groups" as wholly unfounded. In a press release, RFI's management said the cut-off occurred without prior notice and without implementing the procedures provided for in the station's broadcasting agreement established by Burkina Faso's Superior Council of Communication."The France Médias Monde Group
Britain's government is looking at bringing in the military to help keep public services running if key workers, including in the state-run National Health Service, take strike action, the chairman of the governing Conservative Party said on Sunday. Britain is already grappling with industrial action in a range of sectors, but now faces strikes by thousands of nurses in England and ambulance workers in England and Wales who plan to walk out later this month over pay and conditions. The government has repeatedly called on workers to halt strike action, saying it could not afford pay rises to cover inflation and that, even if it could meet their demands, such increases would further fuel inflation.