We test the temperature of the nation this week

Stampede at Indian temple kills more than 140
Sick Gazans are being forced to act as spies in return for Israeli medical help, report finds
US unemployment reaches four-year high of 5.7 per cent

Northern Rock announces losses of £600m as UK housing market worsens
Proportion of young Brits who self-harm is one of the highest in Europe
Half the world's primate species face extinction, warns conservation review

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Children skipped three million schooldays in spring - but that's 700,000 fewer than last year
Bobby Spiers, one of UK's most wanted, extradited to Britain
Policewomen in Germany get choice of bulletproof bras

India announces $450m development aid for Afghanistan
First double arm transplant performed successfully
Scientists develop new source of clean energy: giant kites

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Summary: Self-harm and truancy levels show young Brits are as tempestuous as ever
Forecast: Economic gloom to worsen - even HSBC's profits are falling

This article first appeared in the 11 August 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Spies for hire