Dome loan The Millennium Dome was plunged deeper into controversy when its application for emergency aid was rewarded with a further £47m of Lottery cash and the appointment of David James, the third chairman in four months. The latest subsidy provoked calls for the closure of the beleaguered attraction, which is expected to bring in only a third of the number of visitors originally predicted for September.
Bill of rights William Hague reinforced his anti-European credentials by releasing the Conservative "pre-manifesto", which promises to maintain Britain's sovereignty in the face of pro-European pressure. In Believing in Britain, the Tory leader says he will keep Brussels away from Britain's hospitals, schools and army.
Results downgraded The chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, sparked a row over A-level results by claiming that another record performance this year masked "grade inflation" and falling standards. Teachers hit back and defended the efforts and achievements of pupils.
Head ache Marjorie Evans, the headteacher cleared of assaulting a pupil, was suspended again, as her school faced a new investigation into its treatment of students. Evans attacked the allegations of abuse as a "vindictive . . . witch-hunt".
Saddam stricken Saddam Hussein was reported to be seriously ill with lymphatic cancer. According to the same report, the 62-year-old Iraqi leader is refusing chemotherapy.
Holy row The Roman Catholic Church came under fire for publishing a letter, written by Cardinal Ratzinger and endorsed by the Pope, which condemns other denominations as "gravely deficient". John Paul II also faces criticism for his moves to beatify the allegedly anti-Semitic 19th-century pope, Pius IX.