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There was drama enough off the field for Rob Key, the Kent captain, who made a 235-mile dash home to Whitstable to be with his wife, Fleur, for the birth of their second child. Back at the County Ground, meanwhile, Kent's chances of keeping the match going long enough for Key to play a further part looked slim.

Somerset 427 & 129-5 Kent 208: Langer leaves opening but Kent still have it all to do

After dominating the first five sessions, Somerset were in danger of making things difficult for themselves as Kent clawed their way back from an apparently hopeless position. Fittingly, it rests on the shoulders of the Somerset captain, Justin Langer, to make sure it does not happen.

Tea Report: Somerset v Kent

Tea on the first day of four (Kent won toss) Somerset 314-5 (65 overs) v Kent

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Notts 202 & 106-2 Kent 238: Broad falls short of Sidebottom as Kent hit back

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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