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Woodhead holds on Britain's chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, came under pressure to resign after further details of his alleged affair with a pupil emerged. The actor Tony Robinson - a friend of Woodhead's ex-wife - said the relationship began when Amanda Johnston was still a sixth-former. Robinson claimed Woodhead had "forfeited his right to public office".

Lockerbie verdict The largest mass murder trial in Scottish history was ensured when Libya handed over the two men accused of the Lockerbie bombing. The trial of Abdel Basset Ali Mohamad al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah will take place under Scottish law at a disused American air base in the Netherlands. The site has been designated Scottish territory and the trial will be presided over by three Scottish judges.

European soul Romano Prodi, the new European Commission president, called for "a common European soul". He told the Financial Times that he wanted to build on "the consequences of the single currency and create a political Europe". Leading Conservatives were outraged by the remarks. John Redwood, the shadow trade secretary, claimed that Prodi "wants to abolish Britain and replace it with the US of Europe".

Malaysia's new opposition party In Malaysia, Azizah Ismail, the wife of the former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, has founded the National Justice Party. The group aims to unite opponents of the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamed, who sacked Anwar and had him arrested on charges of corruption and sodomy. The prime minister, who is struggling with an economic recession and a viral epidemic, is currently in hospital with a lung infection.

Computer hacker arrested Detectives investigating the "Melissa" computer virus have arrested David Smith, a software programmer from New Jersey. Smith has been charged with interruption of public communication, theft of computer services and wrongful access to computer systems. Melissa has attacked more than 100,000 computers since 26 March. Smith faces a possible $480,000 fine and a lengthy prison sentence.

This article first appeared in the 09 April 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Judge the US by deeds, not words