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Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

World's rarest snake back from brink of extinction

The world's rarest snake has slithered back from the brink of extinction, with its numbers increasing 10-fold in the past 15 years, conservationists said today.

Sir Viv Richards: 'England must work Ponting over to win Ashes'

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Johnny Edgecombe: Hustler and jazz promoter who played a key role in the Profumo scandal

On the late morning of 14 December 1962, armed with a Luger pistol, John "Johnny Edge" Edgecombe fired six shots at the door-lock of 17 Wimpole Mews in central London.

Mexico: Hurricane aids crocodiles' escape

At least 280 crocodiles have escaped from a Mexican refuge near the Gulf of Mexico after heavy flooding caused by Hurricane Karl, Mexican media said yesterday.

Travel: Deals of the week

Win a three-night break for two in Glasgow

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24-Hour Room Service: Curtain Bluff, Antigua

It is nigh on half a century since the American horticulturist Howard Hulford took a fancy to a small promontory at the foot of the rainforest on the coast of southern Antigua. He applied to the island's planning authorities for permission to build a home. To his surprise they said no. Hulford was undeterred. "Fine, then, I'll build a hotel," he said, and did.

Arrow: Soca singer who came to worldwide fame with his hit 'Hot, Hot, Hot'

Alphonsus Cassell, better-known as "Arrow" or "The Mighty Arrow", was considered the king of soca (soul-calypso) music, taking the traditional Caribbean calypso to a worldwide audience with the upbeat addition of soul, merengue, salsa, rock, zouk, reggae and hip-hop influences. His self-penned 1980s hit "Hot, Hot, Hot" became one of the most-played songs ever – from beaches and cruise ships to discos and wedding receptions – and has been recorded in more than a dozen languages, including Hindi.

BA jet's narrow escape after take-off from wrong runway

The commander of the British Airways Boeing 777 observed that the runway ahead looked "very short" as the plane prepared for take off from the Caribbean holiday island of St Kitts. Meanwhile, back among the 87 passengers on the shuttle flight bound for Gatwick via Antigua, were sitting two very anxious men: the local BA airport duty manager and station engineer.

Hurricane Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the US coast early today after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

The Business On... Allen Stanford, Cricket-loving financier

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The secret talks that threaten two decades of whale conservation

The future of the international whaling moratorium, one of the world's great conservation achievements, is being decided behind closed doors today and tomorrow, after whaling's governing body went into a secret session to discuss proposals that would end it.

Nations divided over lifting ban on whale hunt

A showdown looms this week over the 25-year ban on commercial whaling: Should it be eased, which might mean fewer whales are killed? Or should it remain — leaving Japan, Norway and Iceland to hunt down as many whales as they want?

Small Talk: Aim marks many happy returns as worst may be over

The typical 15-year-old can be irrational, behave unexpectedly badly, and disappoint those who have invested huge amounts of capital in it. Over the last two or three years, the Alternative Investment Market (Aim), which last Thursday celebrated its 15th anniversary at the London Stock Exchange Group's headquarters in the City, has treated investors, companies and commentators with all the contempt of a surly teenager.

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