Friday, June 20, 1997

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  • McLibel

    Yesterday, a London judge ruled that part-time bartender Helen Steel and former postal worker David Morris had libeled McDonalds when they handed out a fact sheet seven years ago called "What’s Wrong With McDonald’s?" The pamphlet criticized the food chain’s environmental record and questioned the nutritional value of burger and fries.

  • Hong Kong

    On June 30, after nearly a century, British colonial rule of Hong Kong will officially come to an end. And on July 1 the People’s Republic of China will formally incorporate the capitalist metropolis into a Special Administrative District of Beijing. But under the "one country-two systems" formula, Hong Kong will retain its existing economic character.

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