7 Days

Shipman death toll soars An official report concluded that the former Manchester GP Dr Harold Shipman was probably responsible for 236 deaths, but suggested that the death toll could be as high as 345. Shipman, Britain's most prolific serial killer, who was convicted on 15 counts of murder last year, is unlikely to face further prosecutions because there is insufficient evidence to put the cases before a court.

MoD bows to pressure over tests for troops In response to mounting domestic pressure and international research findings, the government agreed to screen Balkans veterans for contamination from depleted uranium used in US anti-tank shells. The government's refusal to offer the tests to troops involved in the Gulf war, where far greater numbers of DU-tipped shells were used, angered Gulf veterans.

Clinton's Middle East peace plan fails Palestinian negotiators rejected President Clinton's latest peace deal, arguing that it reflected Israel's position too closely and did not take into account the reservations set out by Yasser Arafat. Clinton had urged Palestinians to accept his proposals, in a final effort to secure an agreement before he leaves office on 20 January.

Old Bailey bust-up Ann Goddard QC was injured when a man leapt from an Old Bailey dock and punched her repeatedly in the face. The 64-year-old judge was taken to hospital after a policeman and a court clerk pulled the man off her.

Splat! Tony Blair's "unofficial" election campaign got off to an inauspicious start in Bristol when a 25-year-old protester against the bombing of Iraq threw a rotten tomato at him. The culprit was arrested and charged with criminal damage to Blair's jacket.

Return of the Mac ITN is to move its main nightly news bulletin back to 10pm from 22 January, following a drop in ratings and mounting public pressure. ITN's bulletin will now be at the same time as the BBC's.

This article first appeared in the 15 January 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Dotcoms will rise again