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Friday, 4 August, 2000, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Pick of the week
Some of the highlights from BBC correspondents around the world
31 July - 4 August

BBC News Online presents a round-up of some of the week's more remarkable stories covered by BBC correspondents.


Air France grounds Concordes


British and French aviation experts held talks in Paris aimed at restoring confidence in Concorde. Air France's supersonic fleet remained grounded as investigators looked into the cause of last week's crash which killed 113 people. Jonathan Charles reported from Paris.

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Return of the osprey


The Osprey is one of the rarest birds in the UK. Now scientists are using pioneering technology to attach tiny solar panels to the birds so they can study their movements. Margaret Gilmore reported.

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Europe's sexual slavery


The Italian government says 40,000 young women have been smuggled into the country to work in the sex trade. The women, most of whom come from former communist countries, are now being offered protection in return for evidence against the criminals who control them. Brian Barron reported from Italy.

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Mugabe denies farm truce


President Robert Mugabe seemed to change his mind about farm occupations in Zimbabwe. Earlier in the week, he had said that squatters illegally occupying hundreds of white-owned farms, would be removed by the end of the month, then he said he would be expanding the resettlement programme. Allan Little visited a farm that has just been taken over.

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Queen Mother celebrates century


A century after the birth of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, she became the first member of royalty to reach 100 years. Thousands gathered in central London to congratulate her, and to wish her well. Jennie Bond reported.

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Eyes on Bush


US voters will have another Bush to vote for come November after George W Bush formally accepted the Republican nomination for President. The Texas Governor told his party delegates that the Clinton years were full of missed opportunites. Philippa Thomas reported from Philadelphia.

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