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Sunday, 19 August, 2001, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Summer news - 13 to 19 August
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Saturday 18 August
Seventy people have died in a fire which swept through a hotel in the Philippines. Investigators suspect a short circuit in a stockroom set off the blaze in Manila.
A car bomb has exploded outside a busy hotel in Spain's Costa Dorada. Tourists have been warned to be vigilant after the incident, in which 13 people were injured.
William Hague has endorsed Iain Duncan Smith as his successor as Tory leader, because he fears Kenneth Clarke could split the party over Europe.
Friday 17 August
Police investigating the disappearance of missing Essex schoolgirl Danielle Jones have arrested one of her uncles on suspicion of her murder. Stuart Campbell, a 43-year-old builder from Grays, was taken to Harlow police station for questioning.
RUC chief constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan has rejected allegations that police in Northern Ireland knew about an imminent bomb attack just before the Omagh blast and failed to act on it as "absolutely preposterous".
Police have said that oxygen pipes used to treat hospital patients may have been deliberately tampered with. Officers from the Essex force announced they were now studying a total of four cases in which pipes were blocked.
Paul Burrell, the trusted butler of Princess Diana, has strongly denied accusations that he stole hundreds of her personal possessions. He has been charged with three counts of theft and is due to appear in court on Friday morning.
Girls have come out as the big success story in the A and AS level results, extending their lead over boys. Overall the figures showed an improvement in grades for the 18th year running; just under 90% of papers have been awarded grades A to E.
Lady Archer has used her first interview since her husband's conviction for perjury to denounce allegations that he misused millions of pounds raised for Iraqi Kurds 10 years ago. She said a prison regime was "rather a good one for a writer".
Wednesday 15 August
A 400-strong deployment of British Nato troops are being sent to Macedonia to oversee the handover of weapons by the ethnic Albanian rebels. A larger multi-national force is likely to follow.
Lord Archer has appealed against his conviction for perjury and perverting the course of justice. He has also appealed against his four-year sentence.
Unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 1975. The total now stands at just over 950,000.
Tuesday 14 August
The IRA has withdrawn its offer to decommission weapons. The move came in the wake of the UK government's decision at the weekend to briefly suspended Northern Ireland's power-sharing assembly.
English will become the dominant language of the European Union under new plans, protested Germany and France. They believe a proposal by European Commissioner Neil Kinnock to save money on translation costs would restrict some documents to the language they were originally written in.
Monday 13 August
A 20-year-old woman from Merseyside, Rachel Forber, who suffers from the human form of mad cow disease, vCJD, has shown "remarkable improvement" after being given a revolutionary treatment in America.
The number of speed cameras on British roads is expected to soar in the next few weeks, as trial cameras in eight counties have led to a marked reduction in accidents.
Sunday 12 August
The Northern Ireland Secretary, Dr John Reid, said a peace deal was "tantalisingly close". But Sinn Fein said the suspension of devolution could be counterproductive.
At least fifteen people were injured in another suicide bomb attack in Israel. The militant Palestinian group, Islamic Jihad, said it was responsible.
The former Tory minister, Neil Hamilton, condemned the sex allegations against him as "disgusting and grotesque". He asked why the police had arrested him and his wife before having heard their side of the story. And he described the couple's treatment as a "public scandal".
Saturday 11 August
Neil and Christine Hamilton strongly denied allegations they took part in a sexual assault. They said the claims were "appalling" and "nonsense".
A man attempting a bank robbery in Paris killed three people and wounded several others.
A fourth child from Newport in Wales was diagnosed as suffering from typhoid fever. Three teenagers in the area have already been confirmed with the disease.
The song got it right, Copenhagen is wonderful. There could not be much more of a difference between Copenhagen and London. Copenhagen is unbelievably clean, has lovely friendly people (who don't think you are going to steal their watch when you ask them the time), good public transport and a lovely atmosphere. Its just a short boat or train ride from Sweden. The Danes seem to speak better English than the British. Beautiful beaches are just outside the city centre. All in all the phrase Wonderful Copenhagen sums the place up nicely.
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