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Bad sports The executive board of the International Olympic Committee recommended that six committee members be expelled. Three members had already resigned and three others are under investigation in the £500,000 bribery allegations over the choice of Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Imam wanted In a letter to Tony Blair, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh requested that Abu Hamza al-Masri, an imam at Finsbury Park mosque in London, be extradited to face charges of sabotage. He is accused of sending five British Muslims to Aden on a bombing mission. Hamza said he would fight the request.

Stalemate continues Western military intervention in the Kosovo crisis came closer after a further massacre near Rakovina. Witnesses told the ethnic Albanian-run Kosovo Information Centre that Yugoslav security forces were responsible, while the Serbs claimed that the area where the bodies were found was controlled by the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Gay rights won The House of Commons voted in favour of the lowering of the age of consent for gay sex from 18 to 16.

Tit for tat American aircraft carried out at least five air strikes on Iraqi targets. Baghdad said 11 civilians, including women and children, were killed. The US claimed that Iraq had begun a build-up of air defences in both the southern and northern no-fly zones. Britain and the US have more than 200 aircraft patrolling southern Iraq.

Biggest quake of century The death toll reached more than 2,000 in the earthquake that devastated western Colombia, flattening the cities of Armenia and Pereira. The quake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale.