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Euro threat Pressure mounted on the government to adopt a clear stance on the euro, after Andrew Fraser, the chief executive of the Invest in Britain Bureau, warned that a delay in joining would result in a "manufacturing meltdown".

A new beginning Vicente Fox, the candidate of the centre-right National Action Party, won the Mexican presidential elections. His victory marked the end of 71 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Fox won 43 per cent of the vote, compared with 36 per cent for the PRI's Francisco Labastida.

Cash back Consumer pressure prevailed as three of Britain's largest banks, Lloyds TSB, HSBC and Barclays, abandoned charges to non-customers for cashpoint withdrawals. Don Cruickshank, the head of the government's inquiry into banking, called the present charging system "inefficient, anti-competitive and socially exclusive".

The price of oil Saudi Arabia said it would increase its oil production by half a million barrels a day in an attempt to lower oil prices, which are currently around $30 a barrel. Concerns are growing among Saudi officials that the high cost of oil may lead consumers to switch to alternative fuels.

Do you Ken? Ken Livingstone was officially inaugurated as London Mayor amid warnings from Trevor Phillips that "this is a democracy, not a Kenocracy". Another Ken, the novelist Ken Follett, launched an attack on the Prime Minister for briefing against ministers. Follett described the party's spin-doctors as "the rent boys of politics".

Allez les Bleus France beat Italy 2-1 to win Euro 2000, making France the first team ever to hold the World Cup and European Championship simultaneously.

Anyone for cricket? The first cricket match in a generation between the New Statesman and the Spectator ended in an honourable defeat for those on the left. Next year . . .

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