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No Church Unity over Women

In a joint declaration from the Vatican in Rome, the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury announced that their talks on reconciliation had foundered over the issue of the ordination of women. Archbishop Carey confirmed continuing Anglican support for womens' ordination, commenting that women priests were going from strength to strength. The Pope was unyielding in his opposition, advising Anglicans that if they prayed hard enough they would see he was right, and come to accept his authority. He went on to state that disagreement over womens' ordination prevented reunification between the two churches from being a realistic objective. Meanwhile, a request from Madonna to the Pope to bless her baby daughter; fathered by her personal fitness trainer is believed to have been refused. Madonna, who will be in London before Christmas for the premiere of 'Evita', will visit Rome before returning home to the U.S.

Child Soldiers

A report by 'Save the Children' estimates that some 250,000 children, some as young as 5 years old are serving in wars around the world. The organisation is promoting a UN pact which would raise the minimum recruitment recruitment age from 15 to 17, but emphasises the difficulty in enforcing the existing 1979 Convention on the Rights of the Child. Young soldiers include girls as well as boys, and are mostly in Africa; but also in Asia and Latin America. Physical and Sexual abuse of both boys and girls was widely reported. The report: 'Children: The Invisible Soldiers', quotes from 27 studies of fighting around the world.

Child Labour

The International Labour Organisation (ILO), estimates that the number of child workers worldwide is more than 250 million. The issue will be debated at December's World Trade Organisation meeting in Singapore, where there will be pressure for a social clause in trade agreements which bans child and forced labour. Some of the worst abuses are believed to take place in factories producing goods under contract to Western multi-nationals. Domestic service is not included in the figures, and Indonesia alone is believed to employ 5 million child domestic workers. The report estimates that there are 153 million child workers in Asia, 80 million in Africa, and 18 million in Latin America. It cites the impact of IMF 'structural adjustement' programmes, the transition to market economies in Asia and Eastern Europe, and the collapse of state structures in some parts of Africa as key factors in the growth of child labour. The ILO highlights the exploitation of children in dangerous industrial employment and the sex industry as being areas of particular concern.

At the first ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Singapore in December, an American-French proposal will call for a working party to discuss the links between world trade, child labour and other social rights. British ministers are among those who oppose any investigation, on the basis that it would represent interference in other countries' sovereignty.