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It was a tale of two England bowlers yesterday as advantage in this match see-sawed from one side to the other then back again. Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad could not have enjoyed more contrasting fortunes. Both had featured in the final Test of the series in New Zealand last winter, but whether both make it to the first Test against the Kiwis at Lord's next week is another matter.

George Habash: Palestinian terrorist leader

George Habash, political leader: born Lydda, Palestine 2 August 1925; Secretary-General, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 1967-2000; married (two daughters);died Amman 26 January 2008

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Labour has received thousands of pounds in donations from energy companies and lobbying firms linked to the nuclear industry. The cash donations give the pro-nuclear lobby access to decision makers, campaigners for the environment warned.

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Western donors have agreed a plan to channel more than £200m to Ethiopia's poorest people to compensate for a cut in aid to the central government which has been punished for a post-election crackdown.

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