Going Goon gone Author, comedian and royal offender Spike Milligan died of liver failure, aged 83. One of Britain's best-loved performers, he first achieved fame in 1951 as one of the founding members of the Goons alongside Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine. Milligan received an honorary knighthood from the Queen in 2000. He refused to pledge allegiance.
Saudi peace plan Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave tentative support to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's new Middle East peace initiative. The plan calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the West Bank, Arab East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, in return for an assurance that all Arab nations would respect the state's 1967 borders. It does not call for the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Britain nuked again The country's two atomic power operators, British Energy and British Nuclear Fuels, published a plan to build nine new reactors across the UK. The £9bn scheme, to replace several of Britain's ageing nuclear plants, is the first new building proposal for the industry since Sizewell B was completed in the early 1990s. It advocates that one of the first stations be built in Hunterston, Ayrshire, in the energy minister Brian Wilson's constituency.
Zimbabwe politician arrested As Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe's main opposition party took the lead in the election polls, he faced charges of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. As revealed in the NS last week, experts claim that a video allegedly showing the MDC leader discussing the "elimination" of Mugabe was doctored to portray Tsvangirai in a bad light.
X-Ray reprieve Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, said that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay whose cases are not heard by a military tribunal will be returned for trial in their home countries - or held in US custody "indefinitely".