America sees red US-Chinese relations were plunged into crisis when a US spy plane landed in China after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. Jiang Zemin, the president of China, demanded an apology from the US, claiming that it was their fault. President George W Bush called for the 24-man crew and the spy plane to be returned or, he warned, ties between the countries would suffer.
Guilty or not guilty? DNA evidence seemed to prove that James Hanratty was guilty of the A6 murders, but his supporters vowed to fight on, claiming contamination of the evidence. Hanratty was hanged in 1962 for the murder of Michael Gregsten.The new evidence, brought forward following the exhumation of Hanratty's body, showed odds of 2.5 million to 1 against the killer not being him or a close relative.
Hague: Thatcher Mark II Sir Ken Jackson, the general secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union, claimed that 550,000 jobs would be at risk if the Tories were elected and William Hague fulfilled his pledge to cut public spending by £16bn.
Tate triumph With five million visitors expected by its first birthday in May, the Tate Modern is considered the most popular new museum in the world. Attendance has far exceeded an early estimate of two million visitors a year.
Down's discrimination London's Royal Brompton Hospital and its sister hospital, the Harefield, were forced to apologise after a report into hospital practices revealed that children with Down's syndrome were less likely to receive potentially life-saving heart operations.
Life-saving screensaver Scientists at Oxford University hope that thousands of people will install a screensaver that, by creating millions of 3-D shapes representing drugs, can do molecular research into potential cancer cures.