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Bomb blast disaster A bomb exploded in a Moscow underpass at the height of rush hour, killing at least eight people and injuring many others. The casualties included the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, who blamed the attack on Russia's separatist region of Chechnya. President Vladimir Putin has taken personal charge of an investigation into the bombing.

Paedophile suicide James White, a paedophile, killed himself in order to protect his family from a vigilante mob of more than 70 people who attacked his house in Chorley, Lancashire. The News of the World, which dropped its "name and shame" campaign just two days before the attack, denied responsibility for the suicide, pointing out that White was not among those named on the newspaper's list.

Diplomatic drama Two British policemen were arrested in Montenegro by Serbian military forces and could face charges of terrorism. John Yore and Adrian Pragnell, who have been detained along with two Canadians, were working in Kosovo to help train police cadets. The men were accused of "terrorist actions" after border guards alleged that one of the Canadians was carrying explosives.

Sadly missed The broadcaster Sir Robin Day, known as the "Grand Inquisitor of British television", died, aged 76. His passing spurred warm tributes from many of the politicians he had skilfully interrogated. The actor Sir Alec Guinness also died, aged 86. He will be remembered as one of the greatest character actors of all time.

Lady Macbeth slur The Tory MP John Bercow attacked Cherie Booth QC as an "unaccountable cross between First Lady and Lady Macbeth", after she co-authored a newspaper article in defence of the new Human Rights Act. The MP accused the Prime Minister's wife of breaking the tradition that "prime ministers' spouses do not push their own political agendas".

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