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There are 87.4 violent deaths per 100,000 population in Lithuania: the highest figure in the world. [World Health Organisation]

400m people watch the varsity boat race on television. [The Guardian, 7th April 2003]

French troops are in active service in eight African countries. [Foreign Office]

One in three of Britain’s 1.1m rabbits are obese. [The Times, 18th March 2003]

The 50 most popular television programmes in Britain are all British. [The Economist, 5th April 2003]

In 2002, violent racist attacks in France were at the highest level for a decade. Attacks on Jews increased from 32 in 2001 to…

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