Britain: Tony Blair has been named best-dressed politician of the year by The Clothes Show magazine.

Spain: A Spanish driver knocked down and killed a 13-year-old girl in Barcelona last week when distracted by a billboard advertising women's lingerie. His car careered on to the pavement when he took his eyes off the road to stare at a giant poster of a woman in bra and knickers.

Australia: A report by the Tasmanian Law Reform Commission has recommended the abolition of certain old laws, including a regulation that prevents men from legally going around town in women's clothing during the hours of darkness.

Florida: A federal jury in Tampa, Florida, was unable to reach a verdict on a case of a postal worker accused of embezzling postal matter. The items he was accused of taking included lingerie catalogues and junk mail that were either addressed to people who had died, or had been considered undeliverable by the post office for other reasons.