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Damilola's murder Four boys aged between 14 and 16 were charged with the murder of Damilola Taylor, the ten-year-old who was stabbed in Peckham, London, seven months ago. The murder, which took place only 100 yards from Damilola's home, is thought to have been a racially motivated attack.

Oxford bursaries From September 2002, Oxford University is to award bursaries worth £2,000 to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The multimillion-pound scheme, partly funded by a substantial sum from an unnamed donor, is the first to be launched in Britain. The bursaries, which will be payable towards living expenses and are aimed at recruiting more state school pupils, will help appease criticism that Oxbridge is still the preserve of the upper classes.

Riots in Burnley Three consecutive nights of racial violence in Burnley, Lancashire, climaxed in fighting between 200 whites and Asians, armed with bricks and hammers. The events came in the wake of previous riots this summer in Bradford and Oldham.

Civil war threat Boris Trajkovski, the president of Macedonia, warned of civil war after rioting outside the parliament building in the capital Skopje. Meanwhile, the EU said it would suspend aid from Brussels if Macedonia could not establish an agreement aimed at rebel disarmament.

Milosevic faces tribunal Momcilo Grubac, Yugoslavia's justice minister, cleared the way for the extradition of the former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, to face the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Milosevic's allies challenged the decision, arguing that it is "unconstitutional and against the people". Milosevic would be the first head of state to go before the tribunal.

Tesco enters US Tesco announced plans to export its online shopping expertise to America through a deal with the US supermarket group Safeway. Tesco hopes to reach 150 million customers in the US.

This article first appeared in the 02 July 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Best of young British