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Portrait of the week | 30 January 2010

Britain technically emerged from recession, with economic growth of 0.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, although these might be revised in a month’s time.

Britain technically emerged from recession, with economic growth of 0.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, although these might be revised in a month’s time.

Britain technically emerged from recession, with economic growth of 0.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, although these might be revised in a month’s time. The previous six quarters of contraction had been the longest such period since 1955. Gross Domestic Product fell by 4.8 per cent last year. The 100 partners of Goldman Sachs based in Britain are having pay and bonuses for 2009 capped at £1 million each; this will not affect executives of the bank who are not partners. Among black people aged 16 to 24, unemployment has risen to 48 per cent, according to a survey by the Institute for Public Policy Research. Mr Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, and Mr Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach of Ireland, rushed to Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down, when the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein would not agree on the devolution of policing powers; Mrs Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, said she was monitoring talks. On the eve of an international conference on Afghanistan in London, Mr Brown said: ‘Over the long term we can split the Taleban.’ A conference on Yemen the day before lasted two hours. The Supreme Court ruled unlawful Treasury orders freezing the assets of terror suspects.

Kay Gilderdale was cleared of murdering her daughter, Lynn, aged 31, who had long been suffering from myalgic encephalopathy. Mrs Gilderdale was given a conditional discharge after admitting assisting her suicide by giving her sleeping pills, antidepressants and injecting air into her veins after her daughter had injected herself with morphine.

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