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Tremlett is England doubt, Zaheer blow for India

England paceman Chris Tremlett is a fitness doubt for the second test which starts on Friday while opponents India will be without their number one swing bowler Zaheer Khan.

Zaheer sustained a hamstring injury on the first day of his team’s first-test defeat at Lord’s and India are hoping he will be fit to return for the third game in the four-match series in Birmingham next month.

Tremlett bowled briefly in practice on Thursday morning before pulling out of the session with a hamstring problem. He then managed a handful of deliveries off one stride on his return before leaving again.

“He has this hamstring niggle,” England captain Andrew Strauss told reporters at Trent Bridge.

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Lochte breaks record, Magnussen ends wait

Ryan Lochte became the first swimmer to break a long course world record since controversial polyurethane swimsuits were banned last year while James Magnussen ended a far longer Australian wait at the world championships on Thursday.

Lochte, pushed every stroke of the way, managed to hold off compatriot and Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the men’s 200 metres individual medley and break his own record in one minute 54.00 seconds.

The 26-year-old was 0.10 faster than the time he set at the Rome world championships in 2009. Phelps was a fingertip behind in 1:54.16.

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Chunky and bold, London reveals medals for 2012 games

The thousands of athletes striving to compete at London 2012 now know what treasure awaits at the end of their long and tortuous journeys after the medals for next year’s Olympics were revealed in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday, one year before the start of the Games.

Measuring 85mm in diameter the gold, silver and bronze medals designed by British artist David Watkins are considerably larger than those in many previous Games and, weighing in at a hefty 400 grams — the heaviest for a summer Games — multiple champions may well be paying some excess baggage on their flights home.

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(new) EAC: expect two power cuts today

THE electricity authority (EAC) has announced two power cuts today because of the expected increased demand from high temperatures.

The EAC said the second cut was necessary because the high temperatures expected today will likely increase the use of air-conditioning systems.

The authority said it expects the second cut to last around 45 minutes.

 

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Conflicting statements cast doubt on eurozone deal

CONTRASTING statements by eurozone politicians to domestic audiences have underlined the fragility of last week’s deal to rescue Greece and unsettled financial markets already on edge because of the US debt impasse.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou told lawmakers from his PASOK socialist party yesterdaythat debt-stricken Athens will effectively receive the first joint eurobonds in the form of loans at close to cost price from the euro zone’s rescue fund.

“The decision of our European partners to lend us at 3.5 per cent, an interest rate just above the one at which Germany itself is borrowing, is in essence tantamount to introducing a European bond, regardless of the fact that this system has not been completed yet,” he said.

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It’s dim up north, so people need bigger brains

PEOPLE from northern parts of the world have evolved bigger brains and larger eyes to help them to cope with long, dark winters and dim skies, scientists said yesterday.

Researchers from Oxford University studied the eye sockets and brain capacity of 55 human skulls from 12 different populations across the world and found that the further human populations live from the equator, the bigger their brains.

It’s not because they are smarter, however, but because they need bigger vision areas in the brain to cope with the low light levels at high latitudes, the scientists said in a report of their findings in the journal Biology Letters.

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Britain expels Libyan diplomats and asks for rebel envoys

BRITAIN will expel all remaining Libyan diplomats, treat the rebel opposition as the legitimate government and unfreeze some Libyan assets, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday, in the latest diplomatic push to break Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power.

Hague dismissed suggestions he had softened his stance on the fate of the Libyan leader, saying Britain still wanted him to leave power and face charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, although he repeated that it was not for external powers to dictate Libya’s future.

Britain, which expelled Libya’s ambassador to London in May, has told the remaining nine diplomats to pack their bags.

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Norway police criticised for slow response

When Anders Behring Breivik launched his assault on the youth campers of Utoya Island, he expected Norway’s special forces to swoop down and stop him at any minute.

Instead, Delta Force police officers made the 25-mile journey by car – they have no helicopter – then had to be rescued by a civilian craft when their boat broke down as it tried to navigate a one-minute hop to the island.

It took police more than 90 minutes to reach the gunman, who by then had mortally wounded 68 people.

Breivik immediately dropped his guns and surrendered, having exceeded his wildest murderous expectations.

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Cabinet reshuffle imminent

THE PRESIDENT will ask his entire cabinet to resign this morning in an emergency cabinet session after the remaining two ministers belonging to junior coalition partner DIKO handed in their resignations last night.
The resignation letters of Commerce Minister Antonis Paschalides and Health Minister Christos Patsalides arrived late yesterday at the presidential palace after DIKO publicly announced the party’s decision to withdraw their members from cabinet.
Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou issued a statement last night condemning the ethics of letting President Demetris Christofias hear through the media that the two ministers had been told to hand in their resignations.
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Our View: How many more wake-up calls does this government need on finances?

NO ONE will have been surprised to hear that Moody’s rating agency yesterday downgraded the Cyprus’ government bond ratings by two notches and ominously stated that “the outlook is now negative”. The review for possible downgrade was initiated by Moody’s more than two months ago, on May 16, and the only surprise was that it did not happen sooner.

The justification for the downgrade said nothing we did not know: the fiscal position “amplified by the fiscal and economic consequences” of the Vassilikos power plant; the “implementation risks to government plans” caused by trade union militancy and the “fractious domestic political climate”; the exposure of Cypriot banks in Greece and the danger that some might need state support.

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