Republican bomb Dissident republicans exploded a bomb in a Protestant town following government threats to re-impose direct rule on Northern Ireland. The Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, con-demned the bombing, but maintained that there is no legal basis for the suspension of the new institutions over decommissioning.
Clause 28 defeat The government suffered a heavy defeat in the Lords over plans to repeal Clause 28. The law, which prohibits the "promoting" of gay lifestyles to children, is said to prevent teachers from tackling homophobic bullying. Lord Alli, an openly gay peer, compared the "hate" engendered by Clause 28 with last year's nail-bomb attack on a gay pub in Soho.
Dome boss quits Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, the 34-year-old operations director of Disneyland, Paris, has been drafted in to take over the crisis-hit Millennium Dome. He replaces Jennie Page, who was forced to resign following threats from the Dome's sponsors to withdraw a vital £30 million unless new management was introduced. The surprise move followed the release of figures revealing that in January the Dome attracted 3 per cent of the 12 million visitors needed to break even.
Hijack confusion Despite a demand for the release of the rebel leader Ismail Khan, speculation that Afghan hijackers at Stansted airport were seeking asylum was increased by the arrival of a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. With the escape of four hostages and the release of nine, 157 passengers remained on the plane.
Genocide suspect arrested A former Rwandan army chief implicated in the slaughter of 100,000 ethnic Tutsis has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police. Tharcisse Muvunyi, who has been living in south London for almost two years, was a lieutenant-colonel during the 1994 genocide. Police acted on a warrant issued by the United Nations Tribunal for Rwanda.