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Fewer women in the UK are working full time than in 1975. [Changing States, Ford, Kinnock, McCarthy, 1996]

There are 7.18m cats in British households, and 6.65m dogs. But the most common pet is an ornamental fish-there were 24.38m of them at the last count. [Independent, 20th August 1996]

Russia last year overtook the US and France to become the largest arms seller to the developing world. Russian arms sales to developing countries grew by 62 per cent last year, from $3.7 billion to $6 billion. Its most important buyer was China. [International Herald Tribune, 21st August 1996]

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