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2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: home and abroad.

Biofuel under fire

GOVERNMENT measures to promote biofuels must be scrapped because they may do more harm than good to the planet, MPs demanded. Ministers were accused of pushing the green alternative without first ensuring production would not destroy rainforests.

Now you're still at top

ASSHUNTER'S catchy Eurodance tune about finding love on the internet held on to the top spot in the singles charts for a second week yesterday. Now You're Gone, held off the new soulful single Chasing Pavements from Adele.

Reform Treaty warning

GORDON Brown was yesterday warned that he will face growing backbench pressure from Labour MPs to hold a referendum on the controversial EU Reform Treaty. The Bill to ratify the treaty is due to begin its passage through Parliament today.

Rare species in danger

RARE species like the stone curlew, nightjar and sand lizard are facing extinction because of the degradation of much of their heathland habitat, conservationists warned yesterday.

Havel's heart scare

FORMER Czech President Vaclav Havel was taken to hospital due to an irregular heartbeat, Czech television reported yesterday. Havel had been scheduled to participate in a TV programme yesterday but was taken to a hospital a day earlier, the public broadcaster said.

Baby girl for Lemar

SINGER Lemar is celebrating after his long-term partner gave birth to a baby girl. Charmaine Powell gave birth to Nyiema Obika at London's private Portland hospital at 7.30 on Saturday night, weighing 7lbs. A spokeswoman for the 29-year-old singer said: "Lemar is overwhelmed."

White House

JOHN McCain and Hillary Clinton emerged as their parties' front-runners for the presidential nomination yesterday after victories in the race to the White House. McCain beat Mike Huckabee in a close contest in South Carolina while Clinton beat Barack Obama in Nevada.

Dark days for Gazans

GAZA'S only electrical plant shut down yesterday after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers them. The move plunged Gaza City into darkness and sending already beleaguered Gazans to stock up on food and batteries in anticipation of long, dark, cold days ahead.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2008
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