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Ice storm cuts out power to 600,000 in Midwest
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snow and ice storms across the Midwest knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses from Oklahoma to West Virginia by early Wednesday, local utilities reported. The storms, which started on January 27, so far have hit Kentucky hardest, leaving more than 200,000 customers in the Bluegrass State without power. Officials at E.ON U.S., which owns Louis ...

Senate panel OKs Holder as attorney general
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee voted to approve Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general, sending his nomination on Wednesday to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm him. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Holder, a deputy attorney general under former president Bill Clinton. Holder had faced questions ov ...

Egypt attacks Iran and allies in Arab world
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt aired its grievances against Iran, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, saying they worked together in the fighting over Gaza to provoke conflict in the Middle East. "(They tried) to turn the region to confrontation in the interest of Iran, which is trying to use its cards to escape Western pressure ... on the nuclear file ...

Wells Fargo posts loss, says Wachovia on track
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co reported a surprise quarterly loss, its first since 2001, as it added to reserves for credit losses, but it maintained its dividend and said it did not need more taxpayer funds to absorb the troubled lender Wachovia Corp. Shares of Wells Fargo rose $3.46, or 21.4 percent, to $19.65 in premarket trading. The bank also said on Wednesday that Wa ...

Iran tells U.S. to show change in policy not tactics
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Zahra Hosseinian TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would welcome President Barack Obama's offer of a change in U.S. policy provided it involved a withdrawal of U.S. troops from abroad and an apology for past "crimes" against Tehran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was speaking after Obama offered to extend a hand of peace if Iran "unclenched its fist." This marked  ...

Confidence evaporates, currency row brews at Davos
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ben Hirschler and Jason Subler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Confidence among the world's top company chiefs meeting in Davos has tumbled to a new low and a brewing currency row between the United States and China cast doubt on the political will to act in concert. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will both address business and political leaders in th ...

World economy may lose 51 million jobs: U.N. agency
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 51 million jobs worldwide could disappear by the end of this year as a result of the economic slowdown that has turned into a global employment crisis, a United Nations agency said on Wednesday. The International Labor Organization (ILO) said that under its most optimistic scenario, this year would finish with 18 million more unemployed peop ...

Israel hits Gaza tunnels, U.S. envoy backs truce
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed smuggling tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border on Wednesday in a response to the killing of an Israeli soldier, violence that strained a fragile ceasefire before the arrival of a U.S. peace envoy. George W. Mitchell, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, planned to meet Israeli leaders later in the ...

Russia offers Obama olive branch on missiles: report
28 Jan 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Conor Humphries MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has suspended a plan to retaliate against a proposed U.S. missile defense shield by stationing its own missiles near Europe's borders, a Russian news agency quoted the military as saying on Wednesday. If confirmed, the suspension of plans to deploy tactical missiles in the Western outpost of Kaliningrad would show Russia is extending an ol ...

Live text - Verdasco v Tsonga
28 Jan 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

"The Frenchman has a new spring in his step now and you feel this match could go the distance." BBC 5 Live's Alastair Eykyn Verdasco 7-6 (7-2) 2-5 TsongaI can't help but ponder how Andy Murray would have fared against Tsonga if he had got past Verdasco in the last round. That would have been an intriguing clash of styles - these two are both power-merchants slugging it out from the back of the co ...

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