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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

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CWC pays price of poor Panama progress

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) shares yesterday tumbled more than 16 per cent after the emerging-markets telecoms firm warned that its business in Panama "has not progressed as planned".

Falklands moves 'entirely routine', says William Hague

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Allen Stanford ruled as a "charismatic dictator" by using "money, flattery, intimidation and fear" to carry out a $7 billion investment fraud, the businessman's former finance chief told a court in Houston, Texas, yesterday.

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

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

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