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Israel’s Livni says she won’t be No.2 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said if she doesn’t become Israel’s next prime minister, she will lead her governing Kadima Party into the opposition – a move that could indefinitely stall Mideast peacemaking. It wasn’t clear whether Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, was ruling out a coalition headed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s hawkish Likud Party – or angling for better terms for her centrist party should it choose to enter such a coalition. Kadima captured 28 of parliament’s 120 seats in Israeli elections last week, barely edging out Likud, which won 27. But parties that take a hard line on concessions toward the Palestinians won 65 seats, versus 55 for the more moderate camp, meaning it would be easier for Netanyahu to put together a coalition government. President Shimon Peres is allowed to assign the task to whatever party he thinks is best able to form a government, and is expected to announce his decision late this week. Both Livni and Netanyahu have called on each other to join a broad-based government, but neither has indicated readiness to serve under the other. If Likud and Kadima don’t join forces in the next government, the kingmaker would be the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, who wants to redraw Israel’s borders to place heavy concentrations of Israeli Arabs under Palestinian jurisdiction. Arabs who remain would be forced to sign a loyalty oath to the Jewish state or lose their citizenship. Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu is the country’s third-largest party, with 15 seats in parliament. A new government dependent on Lieberman’s backing could cripple efforts to negotiate an accord with the Palestinians. That could put the new government into conflict with the US, where President Barack Obama has pledged to put Mideast peacemaking high on his agenda.

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Australia fly to South Africa on winning note The Australian cricket team will leave for its tour of South Africa today buoyed by last night\’s thrilling Twenty20 win over New Zealand at the SCG. The undermanned national side downed the Kiwis by one run with the match most memorable for a theatrical catch on the boundary by Adam Voges. The Australian touring party starts its tour of South Africa with a three-day practice match in Potchefstroom from Friday. The opening Test of Australia\’s three-match series against the Proteas for the No.1 world ranking begins on Thursday week in Johannesburg. Voges\’ screamer helps Aussies across the line Adam Voges took a dramatic outfield catch as Australia ended their tough home summer on a positive note with a one-run Twenty20 triumph over New Zealand. With Brendon McCullum (61 off 47 balls) blasting the Black Caps towards the victory target of 151, Voges was more tightrope walker than cricketer on the boundary in the second last over at the SCG. McCullum cracked a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery straight to Voges at deep mid-on. The West Australian caught the ball but was overbalancing and feared going over the rope, so he threw it back in the field of play. In his desperation to get the ball on the full, he tripped on the boundary rope before crawling his way and diving to catch the ball. The Kiwis never completely recovered from the setback and finished up at 5-149 with Brendon McCullum\’s big brother Nathan hitting a four and six off the last two balls. With Australia flying out to South Africa on Monday morning, skipper Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson were all rested and Michael Clarke sat out the clash with a back injury. The Kiwis were missing Ross Taylor, with a hamstring injury, but looked like they didn\’t need him for most of their innings. In New Zealand\’s response to Australia\’s 7-150, paceman Peter Siddle (2-24 off four overs) warmed up for the tour of South Africa by trapping Martin Guptill in front for a second ball duck and dismissing Peter Fulton for 1. At the other end man of the match Nathan Bracken (0-16 off four overs) turned up the pressure with the Kiwis not scoring a run against him until his 11th ball of the innings. At 2-27 after five overs, Brendon McCullum took matters into his own hands by cracking a lofted cover drive that despite landing before the rope was signalled as six. Neil Broom (36 off 26 balls) rejuvenated the Black Caps with his lusty hitting before McCullum started bamboozling Australian fielders. The spin off his reverse sweep sent Voges the wrong direction but Voges was to end up getting his man. The wicketkeeper enjoyed a life on 39 with David Hussey dropping a tough caught and bowled chance and the home side paid in the 17th over bowled by James Hopes with 20 coming off it. That left the Kiwis needing 25 off the last three overs but Bracken allowed just five off the next six balls. McCullum then smashed a ball to Voges who produced a theatrical effort to take the catch. New Zealand needed 14 runs off the final over and James Franklin was run out off the first ball of that over by a delighted Haddin. The Kiwis were just out of the hunt before the older McCullum brother made it the smallest of wins for Australia. David Hussey (41 off 39 balls) earlier topscored for the Australians in their 7-150 with Kiwi spinner Daniel Vettori (1-23 off four overs) proving as difficult as ever to get away. Moises Henriques (1) had his first bat for Australia but that didn\’t last long, he was run out second ball following a mix up.

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Bishop quits as Shadow Treasurer Embattled Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop has quit as opposition treasury spokesperson after only four months in the job. Ms Bishop said she will remain as the deputy opposition leader and take over the foreign affairs portfolio. Disquiet about Ms Bishop\’s failure to cut through on economic issues reached a fever pitch last week as some opposition MPs campaigned for her removal. Ms Bishop, a former minister in the Howard government, had previously served as spokeswoman for workplace relations until Malcolm Turnbull won the leadership from Brendan Nelson in September last year. Possible contenders for the treasury spokesperson\’s job include frontbenchers Joe Hockey, Peter Dutton and Andrew Robb. Ms Bishop said she felt that she had fulfilled her obligations as opposition treasury spokesperson. She told reporters that as deputy leader she had the option of choosing which portfolio she should step into, and that was foreign affairs. “When our leader Malcolm Turnbull was elected last year, I chose the treasury portfolio because it had been something of a tradition in the Liberal Party for the deputy leader to hold that portfolio and because I believed that with Malcolm and others this would give the opposition a strong and effective team in the area of economic management,” she said. Ms Bishop said the ongoing commentary about her role had been a distraction. “While I believe I have carried out my duties as shadow treasurer diligently and competently, I have formed the opinion that the ongoing commentary on my role has been a distraction from the scrutiny that should have been applied to the government\’s reckless economic performance.” Tough portfolio Eralier frontbencher Dutton has refused to say whether Julie Bishop should continue as the federal party\’s treasury spokeswoman. Pressure mounted on Ms Bishop after a series of blunders and recent polls showing the opposition is losing its mantle as a superior economic manager. Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull had expressed complete confidence in Ms Bishop, but others in the party were believed to be pushing for a handover to limit damage caused by any forced transition. Mr Dutton, assistant treasurer in the previous Howard government, said treasury was a tough shadow portfolio. Bishop finds unlikely ally in Gillard Julie Bishop is paying the price for the failings of her Liberal leader, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says. But Ms Gillard said the coalition\’s inability to gain traction in debate on the economy was not Ms Bishop\’s fault, but rather due to the policy direction adopted by Mr Turnbull. “I think Julie Bishop is being criticised for following Malcolm Turnbull\’s script,” Ms Gillard told the Nine Network on Sunday. “Malcolm Turnbull\’s script about the global financial crisis has been no plans, no suggestions, wait and see, play politics.” Ms Bishop had faithfully followed Mr Turnbull\’s directions, Ms Gillard said. “And I do wonder whether it\’s Ms Bishop who should bear the criticism for Mr Turnbull\’s approach.” However, Ms Bishop\’s predicament is also of her own making. Since taking on the role of treasury spokeswoman in September, the Liberal deputy leader has been accused of plagiarism and has been responsible for a number of gaffes in relation to the economy.

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Japan \’facing worst crisis since WWII\’ Japan said it was trapped in its worst economic slump since World War II, as once-buoyant China and India issued stark warnings on the outlook and more job cuts were announced in Europe. New data released showed the Japanese economy, the world\’s second largest, shrank for a third straight quarter in the three months to December. It was the weakest performance since 1974 when the country was reeling from the first oil crisis, and the government said this slump would be even worse. “This is the worst-ever crisis in the post-war era. There is no doubt about it,” Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Kaoru Yosano said. The news came after a weekend meeting of the Group of Seven — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States — which urged bold reforms to the world financial system and painted a bleak picture of the economy. The G7 finance officials “appear to fully recognize the gravity of the current situation, and they have said the right things about the actions that need to be taken,” said Bill Witherell, economist at Cumberland Advisors. But he added that “the good words need to be matched by deeds, by prompt and effective action.” Chinese President Hu Jintao warned the crisis was deepening and India\’s acting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said “extraordinary economic circumstances” meant India had to ramp up its budget spending. “The impact of the crisis on economies around the world is still deepening and its grave consequences will be felt more in the days to come,” Hu said in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam during a tour of Africa. Meanwhile the government in India, which like China is considered a global growth leader, abandoned its traditional fiscal caution and approved a sharp increase in budget spending in a bid to beat the crisis. “Extraordinary economic circumstances merit extraordinary measures,” Mukherjee told a session of parliament. “Employment generation schemes have to be expanded and social security nets have to be strengthened to protect the vulnerable sections of our society.” In Europe, Ukraine suffered a fresh blow on Monday when international ratings agency Standard and Poor\’s warned of a possible credit rating downgrade as the ex-Soviet republic struggled to get International Monetary Fund credit. And Russia disclosed that its industrial production plunged by 16.0 percent in January compared with January 2008. Russian officials have already warned that the economy will record a contraction in 2009. There was more fallout from the crisis in Japan where hundreds of laid-off temporary workers protested and in Britain where German automaker BMW said it would shed 850 workers at a plant in England who help make the Mini car. BMW said nearly a fifth of workers at its plant in Cowley, near London, would be affected by the downsizing starting on March 2 to coincide with a reduction in the working week to five days from seven. “While Mini has been weathering the economic downturn, it is not immune from the challenges of the current situation,” BMW said in a statement. A trade union official said Dutch truckmaker DAF will slash its workforce in half at its Westerlo factory in northern Belgium, cutting 873 jobs. In the United States, where financial markets were closed for a public holiday, President Barack Obama was preparing to sign a new massive economic stimulus plan on Tuesday. Obama has said his 787-billion-dollar stimulus package, combining public works spending and tax cuts, is the only alternative to catastrophe. Analysts also expected the US administration to announce a new plan to ease home foreclosures and to offer further details about a bank rescue plan announced last week. An administration official said Obama is to set up a task force to steer the restructuring of the crippled US auto industry instead of relying on just one “car czar.” As two giant automakers prepare to unveil painful recovery plans to the government on Tuesday, the official said the task force would be headed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House economic advisor Lawrence Summers.

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British, French nuclear subs collide in Atlantic In what experts called an unprecedented incident, Britain\’s HMS Vanguard and France\’s Le Triomphant hit each other deep underwater in the middle of the ocean on February 4, according to British press reports. The crash caused damage but no leaks from the vessels. Each is some 150 metres long and can carry up to 48 nuclear warheads on a maximum of 16 missiles. The total number of crew members involved in the incident was 250 sailors. Confirming the media reports, Britain\’s First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band said the submarines “were conducting routine … patrols in the Atlantic Ocean. “The submarines came into contact at very low speed… No injuries occurred,” he said in a brief statement to reporters. “There was no compromise to nuclear safety.” The British sub was able to be towed to its Faslane base in western Scotland for repair, media reports said. France\’s defence ministry initially said on February 6 that Le Triomphant had been damaged when it hit an object, thought then to be a sinking cargo container. Le Triomphant, one of France\’s four nuclear-armed submarines, hit the object while submerging, and immediately returned to base at Ile-Longue, near Brest in northwest France. The sonar dome on the front of the vessel was damaged, the navy said at the time, adding that the incident had not resulted in injuries among the crew and did not jeopardise nuclear security at any time. But on Monday the the French ministry confirmed that the incident involved the British nuclear submarine. “This is the first incident of its kind in more than 400 patrols that we have carried out,” Captain Jerome Erulin, a spokesman for the French navy, told AFP. HMS Vanguard, launched in 1992, is one of four nuclear submarines operated by the British military as part of its Trident system, and one is always on deterrent patrol. Stephen Saunders, of military information group Jane\’s said there were three possible causes. The first was a possible procedural error: the submarines should have been subject to “NATO waterspace management” which “deconflicts” such incidents, even if France is not part of NATO\’s military command structure, he said. Secondly the two vessels may not have been able to hear eachother because of high-tech engineering designed to make them undetectable to enemies. Thirdly was simple bad luck. “Even if two submarines do find themselves in the same area, it is still bad luck to have run into each other — i.e. to be in the same place at the same depth,” he said. France and Britain are two of the world\’s five declared nuclear powers, along with the United States, China and Russia. France has maintained a sea-based nuclear deterrent force since 1971. Britain is planning to renew its Trident submarine nuclear missile system, at a cost of about 20 billion pounds (now 30 billion dollars, 22 billion euros). A French anti-nuclear group meanwhile attacked military authorities for taking so long to admit the collision. “It appears obvious that once again the first reflex of the nuclear lobby is to hide the truth,” said Sortir du Nucleaire (Get Out of Nuclear). “Nothing therefore has changed since the state lies about the Chernobyl cloud” in 1986, when the nuclear reactor in Ukraine melted down and sent a cloud of radioactive pollution into the atmosphere, it added. Saunders said the collision highlighted a serious management issue. “The damage, while embarrassing, can be repaired,” he said. “No doubt there are a number of technical issues to be investigated. But the root of the problem appears to be procedural. These submarines should not have been in the same place at the same time.”

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