7 Days

They say it's all over After victory over Germany, riots, arrests and threatened expulsion from Euro 2000, England lost out on a place in the quarter-finals when Romania scored a penalty in the 88th minute to win 3-2.

Lorry horror The inspection of a Dutch lorry at the port of Dover uncovered the bodies of 58 suspected illegal immigrants. They were of Chinese origin. The two survivors were placed under police guard as an international search was launched to try to identify the victims and the people behind the trafficking operation. Jack Straw condemned the "profoundly evil trade whose perpetrators have no regard for human life".

The cheque is in the post The Post Office may axe up to 4,000 jobs following its first after-tax loss for 24 years. The £264m loss was attributed to the cost of setting up a computer network to handle benefit payments. The system was abandoned after the government decided to make payments directly into bank accounts.

False summit China rejected an offer by the new Taiwanese president, Chen Shui-bian, for a summit along the lines of the one recently held by North and South Korea. China still considers Taiwan a breakaway province and called on the island to embrace the mainland's "one-China" policy.

Get out of jail free? It was reported that US officials are discussing the possibility of guaranteeing Slobodan Milosevic immunity from prosecution on condition that he leaves the Balkans. The war crimes tribunal in The Hague was adamant that Yugoslavia's president would find nowhere to hide.

Mandelson security scare An explosive device was discovered and made safe in a field about 800 metres from the official residence of the Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Mandelson, who was not present at the time. No one has claimed responsibility.

This article first appeared in the 26 June 2000 issue of the New Statesman, We made the people-smugglers rich