Review of 2013: what happened in the news in August

Sarah Coles
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The silly season was in full swing, with the world's most unusual car boot sale, the country where chewing gum is against the law, and the world's most dangerous shoes. But while we amused ourselves with frivolities, more sobering stories gradually emerged.

Debt worries and desperate measures showed that real life was much less amusing.
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