Sport England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

Independent blogger rescued after boat overturns in Atlantic

Six men have been saved from drowning after their boat capsized as they were days away from entering the record books as the first crew to row across the Atlantic in a month.

Bright thing: A beach stall in Antigua

Traveller's guide: Affordable Caribbean

A week in Barbados for £549? Act fast and it's all yours. Fred Mawer guides you to the best island bargains, with budget holidays for all seasons.

Stanford, the Texan who shook cricket, takes his guard

Wearing a grey patterned suit and a blue open-collared shirt, not the green or orange prison jumpsuits which have been his public attire for almost three years, Allen Stanford faced his peers in a Houston courthouse at last.

The Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow

30 things to do by the time you are 30

She's joined the scouts, drunk Dom Perignon, and bagged a prince. As the Duchess of Cambridge turns 30 tomorrow, Matthew Bell, who follows suit in August, finds out how many must-do-before-you're-30 achievements Kate Middleton can tick off, and compares notes. How many have you done?

British woman dies after garden cliff fall

The family of a British woman who was killed after plunging from the top of a Caribbean clifftop on Christmas Day have described her death as "a terrible accident".

Jack Warner said he was awarded TV rights for just $1

Blatter hit by new corruption row as Warner tells of 'inducements'

Fifa last night faced potentially damaging fresh accusations of corruption, this time involving Sepp Blatter, the world governing body's president. Jack Warner, once Blatter's right-hand man, said he was awarded lucrative World Cup TV rights for a nominal $1 after assisting Blatter's election as president.

Fame Academy: Tracey Emin is the RA's new, high-profile professor

Editor-At-Large: The royal liggers should stick around in hard-up Britain

Buckingham Palace has a terrible sense of timing. As the latest figures show unemployment reaching the highest level for 17 years, one group of plucky Brits can look forward to a spot of sun and fun in 2012, and, even better, they won't have to pay: the hard-up British taxpayer will. Lavish plans to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were unveiled last week, just as the number of women out of work passed a million, just slightly more than the number of jobless young people. Given that Great Britain plc is staring at the very real possibility of a double-dip recession, and personal debt is higher than ever, you might think the bureaucrats who organise events for the Royal Family would have some sense of appropriateness, of adapting to straitened times. Sadly, not.

Doubts over BP role as chairman lands Volvo job

Carl-Henric Svanberg's days as BP chairman could be numbered,analysts warned, after the Swedish businessman agreed to add to his busy assortment of appointments the same job at Volvo.

Blatter seeks Caribbean reform

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, has invited Caribbean football leaders to Zurich next month to help rebuild relations after the region's reputation was wrecked by a bribery scandal sparked by their own colleagues.

CWC reports profits of £90m

Cable & Wireless Communications said its Caribbean business had stabilised and smartphone usage was booming as it yesterday reported better than expected half-year profits of $145m (£90m).

Halliburton sues BP over Gulf spill

The US oilfields contractor Halliburton is suing BP in the US for "negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement and defamation" related to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster last year, which killed 11 people and caused the worst offshore spill in US history.

Fifa cash payments row rumbles on

Fresh evidence that Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials were given envelopes containing "gifts" of $40,000 in cash has been revealed.

No charges yet in St Lucia rape case

Police on the Caribbean island of St Lucia wrongly announced they had charged six men with the rape of two British women, officials have said.

DNA profiling used to track rapist

Investigators tracking the Night Stalker used cutting-edge techniques to try to build a picture of the man from his DNA.

England v West Indies scorecard

Scorecard: Follow the latest action from England's must-win World Cup match.

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