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Vol 43 No 3

Published 8th February 2002

Designer diplomacy

At face value the omens could hardly be worse for Prime Minister Tony Blair's West Africa tour from 6-10 February. First stop Nigeria has been blighted by an arms dump explosion killing more than 1,000 people, a police strike and communal clashes ­ all in the past fortnight ­ and although Blair is travelling with International Development Minister Clare Short, no one is expecting large new pledges of aid or debt relief.

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