$3bn Afghan aid The British government promised to contribute £200m over five years to a $3bn international aid package set up to fund the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Omagh conviction A committed dissident republican, Colm Murphy, was found guilty by the Dublin Special Criminal Court of conspiring to cause the Omagh bombing in 1998. The incident, in which 29 were killed, was the worst single terrorist atrocity in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.
Lockerbie appeal begins The former Libyan intelligence official Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi appeared in court at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, to appeal against his conviction for the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. In January 2001, al-Megrahi was found guilty of the bombing, which resulted in 270 deaths, and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in jail.
Tyson hungry for Lewis Mike Tyson bit world boxing champion Lennox Lewis as the promotional launch of their forthcoming heavyweight title clash erupted into a 20-man brawl. Tyson, who was once banned from the ring for ear-biting, had to settle for a chunk of his opponent's foot on this occasion.
Milburn explains savings plans Alan Milburn, the Secretary of State for Health, tried to play down a leaked letter from the chief executive of the NHS south-east region, ordering hospitals to make savings to cover a £60m budget deficit. Milburn insisted that patient services in the south-east of England would not be cut to cover the shortfall, as the region "will get loans from other parts of the NHS".
Jerusalem street attack Two Israelis died and more than 20 others were injured after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a bus stop in one of west Jerusalem's busiest streets. In the ensuing melee, the Israeli police shot the gunman dead.