7 Days

Camelot victory Camelot retained its lottery licence for another seven years. The company beat off Richard Branson's People's Lottery in a 4-1 vote by the National Lottery Commission. Camelot's win comes after a court appeal against the commission's original decision to exclude the company from the bidding.

Netanyahu pulls out Binyamin Netanyahu, the right-wing former Israeli prime minister, was forced to pull out of the prime-ministerial contest when the Knesset rejected his call for early parliamentary elections. Netanyahu had been leading in the opinion polls.

Boxing ban? Calls for a ban on boxing were renewed following an incident in which Paul Ingle was left fighting for his life. Ingle underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, caused by a blow to the head at a featherweight title fight in Sheffield. His injury prompted proposals to hold a full parliamentary inquiry into boxing.

Liz loses An American acting union fined British actress Liz Hurley a hefty $100,000 for filming an Estee Lauder commercial during an organised strike in July. Hurley, who does not plan to contest the decision, claims that she was unaware of the strike.

Too nude Posters of the model Sophie Dahl posing in the nude as part of an advertising campaign for Opium, a perfume made by Yves Saint Laurent, were banned from UK billboards, following 730 official complaints from members of the public.