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Pietersen defends shot decision
5 Feb 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Kevin Pietersen defended the shot which saw him miss out on a 16th Test century on day one of the first Test against the West Indies in Kingston. Pietersen was caught for 97 attempting to hammer Sulieman Benn for a boundary which would have brought up his ton. "That's how I play. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. If you'd given me 97 this morning I'd take it," he said. "We are 236-5 going into day two on a wearing pitch. I've been criticised for the way I play - that's the way it is." P ...

UK set to cut rates; BOJ warns may need to do more
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alex Richardson SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Bank of England was set to cut record low interest rates yet further on Thursday and a central banker in Japan, where rates are already near-zero, warned of the need for unconventional policy moves to stave off the global crisis. As glum earnings from Deutsche Bank and U.S. corporate stalwarts such as Kraft Foods stoked fears of deepening  ...

Obama administration moves to heal rift with Europe
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ross Colvin WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will seek to break with the unilateralist tilt of the Bush years by emphasizing cooperation and diplomacy in a major weekend foreign policy speech in Germany, U.S. officials said. His remarks on Saturday to the Munich Security Conference, a gathering of defense and security experts, will be scrutinized for more detai ...

Government needs investment plan for bank shares: report
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has collected more than $271 million in dividends from ownership stakes in American banks and needs to develop an investment strategy for its holdings, a government watchdog said in a Thursday report. In its first report to Congress, the special inspector general for the Treasury Department's $700 billion bailout program said the government must de ...

Tests link Barry Bonds to steroids: U.S. prosecutors
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Henderson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court on Wednesday unsealed drug test results and a recorded conversation about U.S. baseball star Barry Bonds that prosecutors say is evidence the home run king took steroids and lied about it. Bonds is expected to plead not guilty on Thursday to charges of making false statements to a grand jury and obstructing justice. Hi ...

Senate adds housing relief to economic plan
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeremy Pelofsky and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Wednesday moved to attract needed Republican support for a $900 billion economic stimulus bill by approving an amendment to jumpstart the ailing housing market with an expanded tax credit for home buyers. By voice vote, the Senate accepted the amendment to the bill that Democratic leaders ho ...

Senate OK's softened "Buy American" plan
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to soften down a "Buy American" plan as part of its nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill, after President Barack Obama expressed concern the original language could lead to a trade war. Senators approved an amendment requiring provisions that have upset Canada, the European Union and other trading partners be "ap ...

Blaming Madoff, man sues over divorce settlement
5 Feb 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York lawyer who invested millions of dollars with accused swindler Bernard Madoff sued his ex-wife on Tuesday for the return of part of their divorce settlement, saying he was misled about his actual worth. Steven Simkin and Laura Blank held $5.4 million in a Madoff account, according to a statement provided by Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities at the time o ...

Pietersen steers England out of trouble
5 Feb 2009 source: bbc.co.uk

Kevin Pietersen fell three runs short of his 16th Test hundred as England stuttered on day one of the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica. The ex-captain came to the crease with England reeling at 30-2 inside 10 overs after Andrew Strauss elected to bat. He put on 86 with Andrew Flintoff (43 not out) but perished top-edging Sulieman Benn to keeper Denesh Ramdin. Spinner Benn (2-64) was the pick of the home bowlers, receiving fine support from Chris Gayle and Daren Powell. Despite F ...



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