Criminal courts review Defendants could lose their right to jury trial in intermediate "either way" cases, including theft, assaults and drug offences. The proposals unveiled by Sir Robin Auld, an appeal court judge, would be the most sweeping reform of the criminal justice system for 30 years.
Trimble to pull ministers out of Stormont Three months after resigning as Northern Ireland's first minister over the decommissioning impasse, the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble, announced plans to withdraw his party's ministers from Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive. Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists threatened to follow suit, sounding the death knell for the coalition government.
Extra grants for NHS hospitals The government promised an extra £300m over two years to avert a bed-blocking crisis in NHS hospitals by providing for older people to be moved to care homes.
British Nobel Prize-winners Two of Britain's leading cancer researchers, Sir Paul Nurse and Tim Hunt, shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine with an American, Leland Hartwell, for shedding light on how the cell cycle might be regulated, a seminal contribution to cancer research. Their identification of a gene in yeast cells that regulated cell division led them to the discovery of an identical gene in human cells.
England qualify The England football team qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea after a last-gasp free-kick from the captain David Beckham salvaged a 2-2 draw with Greece. Germany were held to a goalless draw by Finland.
Mental illness One in four people suffers from mental disorder at some point in their lives, according to the latest World Health Organisation report. Among suggestions to improve mental health services around the world were universal provision of community care and access to the most recent drugs.