The federal Conservatives say they won't re-open the constitution after one of their MPs suggested otherwise, nor will they lower the flag when Canadian soldiers are killed after the House passed a motion saying they should do so. Mixed-marriages were on the rise, while bullying, smoking, and TV-watching by high school students was on the decline.

Barack Obama said that if elected president he would consider giving Al Gore a cabinet position, and Robert Mugabe's party lost its parliamentary majority with the results of the presidential vote yet to be announced. France was expected to provide details of a commitment to provide combat soldiers for Afghanistan.

Elvis Costello collaborated with Elton John on a new song with a Canadian connection, and Elvis Presley had his record for second most number-one Billboard singles broken by Mariah Carey. The Beatles retained the number one spot.

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