7 Days

British rapid reaction force ready to go 1,800 British paratroopers will lead a Nato force, Operation Essential Harvest, to Macedonia to disarm Albanian rebels.

Kim visits Kremlin Kim Jong-Il, the president of North Korea, joined Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, in declaring a moratorium on missile testing until 2003. In Moscow, Kim visited Lenin's mausoleum and the Khrunichev space technology factory.

Israeli hit list Israel's secret service published the names of seven Palestinian men it intends to assassinate. So far, 40 militants have been killed under the policy of "pinpoint prevention" pursued by Israel. By giving the Palestinian Authority the opportunity to arrest the men before they get to them, the Israelis hoped to deflect mounting international criticism.

New farms supremo As the European Commission launched a fraud inquiry into compensation payments made to UK farmers during the foot-and-mouth crisis, the British government appointed Lord Haskins as rural recovery co-ordinator.

Clash over cloning The controversial fertility specialist Severino Antinori, who gained notoriety by helping a 63-year-old conceive in 1994, plans to start cloning humans in November. He defied critics of his plans at a meeting of the American National Academy of Sciences, in Washington.

Aid for tortured boy The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, intervened to allow a Sierra Leonean torture victim to receive treatment in Britain. The ten-year-old Issa Kamara, who was roasted over a fire by RUF rebels in front of his mother, will be treated at Norfolk and Norwich hospital following a campaign by the Eastern Daily Press.

Delays If your copy reached you late this week, we sincerely apologise. Production at the New Statesman was delayed because of W32/Magistr@mm, a computer virus. Watch out for it.

This article first appeared in the 13 August 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The diva of Downing Street