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Cricket: World Cup to open
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The choice of Sobers to open the tournament was "befitting of the greatest cricketer the world has ever seen", according to Chris Dehring, the managing director of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. "It is because of legends like Sir Garry that today we have the opportunity to host this event," he added. A former all-rounder and West Indies captain, Sobers scored more than 8,000 runs and took 235 wickets in 93 Tests before retiring in 1974, just one year before the first World Cup took place. He was ...


Resurgent England see off France
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

England 26 (9) Tries: Flood, Tindall Pens: Flood 3, Geraghty Cons: Flood, Geraghty France 18 (12) Pens: Skrela 3, Yachvili 3 England ended France's hopes of a Six Nations Grand Slam as they beat them for the first time since the World Cup. Three penalties from David Skrela and one from Dimitri Yachvili, to three from Toby Flood, gave France a 12-9 half-time lead at Twickenham. England went in front soon after the break through Flood's converted try. France hit back with two Yachvili p ...


Madrid memorial for train victims
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon welcomed the unveiling of the memorial. "It is a monument that, in addition to astonishing with its beauty, will perfectly symbolise the pain of the victims and of all the citizens," he said The messages of grief can be seen from a chamber beneath the hollow monument. More than 1,700 people were injured in the attacks, which investigators have attributed to a local cell of Islamic extremists inspired by al-Qaeda. Last month the trial began of 29 people  ...


Trident rebels 'will be defeated'
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Ministers have said they are confident of overcoming a possible Labour rebellion over plans to replace the UK's nuclear weapons system. A total of 64 out of 101 Labour backbenchers who responded to a BBC survey said they opposed renewal. MPs will vote on Wednesday on a £20bn government plan to replace the Clyde-based Trident system. Defence Secretary Des Browne said he was "confident" MPs would be persuaded to agree with the government. Lack of support The survey, for BBC Radio 4's Th ...


Bush visit to boost ally Colombia
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

US President George W Bush is due to arrive in Colombia shortly as part of his five-nation Latin American tour. He will meet President Alvaro Uribe in a display of support for efforts to combat that country's insurgency. Colombia is one of the largest recipients of US aid to help fight a long-running war against left-wing guerrillas and drug traffickers. The visit is being overshadowed by a political scandal, which has raised questions about US support in Congress. The scandal has linked a n ...


Tories plan green flight taxes
11 Mar 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - The Conservative party is planning a range of taxes on air travel as part of a new initiative to tackle climate change which will set personal "green miles" allowances. Conservative officials said the proposals, to be published in full later on Sunday, were constructed around a "pay as you burn" rather than a "pay as you earn" structure. "Our plans will target dirtier planes a ...


Best treatment pledge for troops
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Defence Secretary Des Browne has responded to claims of neglect towards British troops wounded in conflict by promising the best possible treatment. He told BBC News it was "unacceptable" that some cases may have fallen short of his "very high standards". He said an inquiry was under way into the case of teenage soldier Jamie Cooper, whose family claims he was treated "appallingly". A mental health charity said the way veterans were treated was "scandalous". Psychiatric problems Letters f ...


Advert appeal over Omagh bomb car
11 Mar 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Police probing the Omagh bomb will run a series of adverts in newspapers this week in an attempt to gain information about the car used in the attack. Advertisements will be placed in daily and weekly newspapers asking people to think again about coming forward. Chief Superintendent Norman Baxter said all information would be treated confidentially. He also urged public representatives to use their influence to encourage people to come forward to the police. "It's eight and a half years sin ...


Chelsea and Spurs draw 3|-3|
11 Mar 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea stormed back from two goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in an electrifying FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Hossam Ghaly and an own goal by Michael Essien gave Tottenham a 3-1 halftime lead as they looked set to end a 17-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge. However, Frank Lampa ...


Iran wants to brief U.N. on nuclear plans
11 Mar 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted to brief the U.N. Security Council about his country's civilian nuclear plans, which the West says are a covert attempt to make atom bombs. The five permanent members of the Council -- the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia -- plus Germany are considering imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambiti ...


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