7 Days

Dome and gloom The Japanese bank Nomura withdrew its £105m bid for the Millennium Dome, prompting speculation that the Greenwich attraction would have to be pulled down. Its fate will now be decided by a Whitehall subcommittee headed by the Dome minister, Lord Falconer.

Hostages saved Six British hostages and one Sierra Leonean were rescued from the camp of the rebel group West Side Boys by an elite band of British paratroopers. One British soldier and 25 of the West Side Boys were killed.

Aids theory threatened The New York scientist Claudio Basilico has reignited the controversy over the origins of HIV. His tests appear to disprove the theory that the Aids virus was passed from chimpanzees to humans via a contaminated polio vaccination in Africa in the 1950s.

wwwhitehall Tony Blair pledged £1bn to put all government services online by 2005 as part of the comprehensive spending review. He also outlined plans for 6,000 computer centres in schools, supermarkets and mobile units in order to bring the internet to the whole community.

Brown nose to grindstone Gordon Brown told workers at the TUC conference to raise productivity, rather than campaign for "inflation-busting" wage rises. This followed calls from the TUC general secretary, John Monks, for an end to "whingeing" over workers' rights.

Downing Street blues A new book serialised in the Observer has increased rumours of a raging feud between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Downing Street quickly moved to denounce the allegations in Andrew Rawnsley's Servants of the People as "100 per cent wrong".

Bug's rife An outbreak of salmonella, possibly spread through fast-food outlets, has caused one death and 332 infections in six weeks, according to health officials.

This article first appeared in the 18 September 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Let the poor seek a place in the sun