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Italy recently became the first nation in history where there are more people over the age of 60 than there are under the age of 20. [International Herald Tribune, 11th July 1998]

Germany has about six times more tanks than Britain, while Taiwan will soon have the same number of frigates as the Royal Navy. [Jane’s Fighting Armies; Jane’s Fighting Ships]

In 1991, 35 per cent of Americans believed that global warming was a serious problem. By 1996, the number had dropped to 22 per cent. [The Atlantic Monthly, June 1998]

In the eight years since the end of…

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