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Wet summers could be caused by warming of North Atlantic, says new scientific study

A recent run of wet summers in the UK could be caused by substantial warming of the North Atlantic Ocean, according to a new scientific study.

Sunil Narine of the West Indies celebrates dismissing Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene

West Indies win World T20 final against Sri Lanka by 36 runs

Marlon Samuels inspired a West Indies fightback from the brink to deny Sri Lanka a home win and triumph themselves instead in the ICC World Twenty20 final.

Chris Gayle celebrates with Kieron Pollard

Gayle swats away Aussies as West Indies storm into final

West Indies 205-4 Australia 131 (West Indies win by 74 runs)

Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Republican Party convention

Emergency personnel in Florida rushed yesterday to finalise contingency plans to postpone or relocate next week's Republican Party convention in Tampa, should the area be lashed by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Belize offers 'scalping' on its bond

Belize is offering bondholders just 20 cents in the dollar in an attempted debt restructuring which is on even worse terms than Argentina's after it defaulted in 2001.

August 7, 2012: Shara Proctor of Team GB leaps into the final of the long jump

Team GB's Shara Proctor qualifies for long jump final

Great Britain's Shara Proctor made swift work of qualifying for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

The price of not caring: Youths walk past a looted Debenhams store during the London riots in 2011 Peter

Among the Hoods, By Harriet Sergeant

A candid, and deeply affecting, report of one woman's encounter with a street gang

The weather at Edgbaston is not promising

England and West Indies draw third Test as rain strikes again

The rain-ravaged third Investec Test between England and West Indies concluded as a draw, after a third washout in five days was confirmed at Edgbaston.

Matt Prior arrives for a training session at Lord's yesterday

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior passed fit for third Test against West Indies

Matt Prior has been passed fit to keep wicket for England in the third Test against West Indies at Edgbaston today.

Jonathan Trott (left) hits the winning runs at Trent Bridge yesterday

Andrew Strauss: 'Each time we make history, I feel part of something special'

Shortly after tea in the second Test yesterday, England made history. More history, it could be said, for a team which has made such activity routine.

High Court challenge to searches

Police stop-and-search powers are being used in a "disproportionate" way against black people with "no adequate explanations", the High Court has been told in a landmark legal case.

Lyon savages West Indies

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets in the final session to end West Indies' fightback on day three of the second Test in Port of Spain.

Cutting edge: Gros Piton, one of the tooth-shaped peaks that tower over the south-west of Saint Lucia

St Lucia's jagged peaks and Ayurvedic treats

Whether your taste is for adventure, luxury or a combination of the two, Saint Lucia is bursting with possibilities, says Tom Peck

The team was within reach of breaking the 30-day record for an Atlantic crossing

Rowers rescued after boat capsizes

Six men hoping to become the first to row the Atlantic in under 30 days have been saved after their boat capsized.

The team was within reach of breaking the 30-day record for an Atlantic crossing

How six would-be record-breakers ended up in seriously deep water

Container ship saves crew cast adrift on life rafts after their Atlantic crossing turns into a scramble for survival

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