SHENYANG, China: Two years after China’s first state run company went bankrupt, 300,000 of the nation’s firms are teethering on the brink of failure. The threat of mass layoffs is such a Sensitive issue in this communist country, however, that no other firm has yet met the same fate, and economists say that even after a bankruptcy law goes into effect in November, few will.

WELLINGTON: New Zealand has long been the destination for emigrants searching for a better life for themselves and their children, with its rolling green outdoors, tiny population and slow pace of life; it was always seen as a great place to grow up. A rising teenage suicide rate cracks that image. Teenage boys are killing themselves in New Zealand at three times the rate of those in Britain.

SAN SALVADOR: Against a backdrop of Polarisation and violence in El Salvador, leaders of the democratic revolutionary front are planning a campaign that will offer a leftist alternative in presidential elections next March. Since the country plunged into civil war nearly nine years ago, Salvadoreans have gone to the polls five times but this is the first time the leftists are running for office.

THE HAGUE: Experts are developing a new vaccine aimed at combating leprosy, one of the World’s oldest recorded diseases. The vaccine currently being tested in Malawi and Venezuela could help reduce the disease, which still afflicts about 15 to 20 million people worldwide, according to experts at an international leprosy conference in The Hague.

Article extracted from this publication >> September 23, 1988