7 Days

Bush v the world America declared it would scrap the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and proceed with its missile defence system, despite near-universal condemnation. Russian military and diplomatic sources quoted by the Interfax agency warned that America's actions would undermine stability and lead to a new arms race.

Hunger strike against Berlusconi The Italian politician Emma Bonino went on hunger strike in protest against unfair coverage of Italy's forthcoming elections. Bonino says that her Radical Party has been ignored by the media, much of which is owned by the front-running candidate for prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Man in space Dennis Tito, a Californian billionaire, became the first space tourist when he travelled on the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Tito's space trip cost him £14m.

Philippines protests Authorities in the Philippines ordered the arrest of three senior politicians in connection with a plot to topple the president, Gloria Arroyo. The arrests came in the wake of protests during which tens of thousands of people tried to storm the presidential palace in Manila in support of the ousted former president Joseph Estrada, who was arrested on corruption charges.

DUP goes for McGuinness The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate a motion of no confidence in the education minister, Martin McGuinness, following his admission of his central role in the IRA at the time of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972. The no-confidence motion was proposed by the anti-agreement Democratic Unionist Party.

Wembley under threat The national stadium may be relocated from London if it fails to solve persistent funding problems. The Football Association warned that the £650m project is doomed without government help.

This article first appeared in the 07 May 2001 issue of the New Statesman, John Prescott: sinking fast