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Hardman Tony The Prime Minister announced a hard-line initiative to "sound the death knell of the European superstate". He appointed Michael Wills, a junior education minister, "patriotism envoy", to lead the way in the all-out offensive over European policy.

Pop star cleared The Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall was cleared of a rape charge brought against him by a woman who had spent a night partying with him.

Peers' pay packet The 696 members of the House of Lords demanded a 50 per cent "pay rise" on their main allowance, to compensate for the heavier workload brought on by the departure of most hereditary peers last year.

Turner trouble Wolfgang Tillmans, a German photographer, won the £20,000 Turner Prize. Tillmans was the first stills photographer to be awarded the prize, which lived up to its reputation for controversy when Glenn Brown, another shortlisted artist, was found to have copied the image from a science fiction book cover.

Off the rails Two more trains were derailed, one seven miles from Glasgow and the other in Northampton. The first incident occurred just before Railtrack announced that services will not get back to normal until mid-January, weeks later than promised.

History man dies Sir Malcolm Bradbury, one of Britain's most influential novelists and critics, died following a long illness. Bradbury, together with novelist Angus Wilson, had founded the world-famous creative writing school at East Anglia. Former students Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro paid tribute to him.

Israeli elections Ehud Barak, prime minister of Israel, unexpectedly announced a snap general election. Barak's coalition government looked set to collapse when attempts to lure the hardline opposition leader Ariel Sharon failed.

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