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Israeli minister killed The ultra-nationalist minister of tourism, Rehavam Ze'evi, 75, was shot dead in a corridor of the Hyatt Hotel in Jerusalem. The Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the shooting in response to the killing of its leader, Abu Ali Mustafa, in an Israeli rocket attack this summer. In July, Ze'evi sparked controversy by referring to Palestinians in Israel as "lice" and a "cancer".

US gunship targets Taliban The AC-130 Spectre, the armoury of choice during the Vietnam war, began the heaviest aerial attack on Afghanistan since the start of the military campaign. The low-flying, slow-moving aircraft is capable of intense rapid fire on a designated area. It is also used to support ground troops, which has increased speculation of an imminent deployment of US ground troops.

Anthrax fears reach Britain Health officials called for calm as suspect packages were found in Liverpool, London, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although no traces of anthrax were discovered, 400 workers were evacuated from a sorting office in Liverpool after a packet was found leaking white powder. Elsewhere, 12 workers on the London Stock Exchange were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Hailsham dies Lord Hailsham, Britain's longest-serving lord high chancellor of the 20th century, died at the age of 94. Hailsham became an MP in 1938, and twice served as lord chancellor in the 1970s and 1980s, making invaluable contributions to judicial work and law reform.

Farmer shooting case An appeal court heard that Tony Martin, the farmer jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, suffers from a long-standing paranoid personality disorder. Martin was said to be "mentally impaired" by sexual abuse as a child, and his violent reaction was born of self-defence and a fear of being "violated" again.

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