Women's cricket: Taylor ensures unbeaten side avoid West Indies in last four

England's women completed a clean sweep of the group stage with a seven-wicket win over Australia to set up a World Twenty20 semi-final with New Zealand on Friday.

Alex Hales hits out during his valiant innings of 68 for England

World Twenty20: England felled by Rampaul double

West Indies 179-5 England 164-4 (West Indies win by 15 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.

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Cartels take cover in Costa Rica

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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.

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America's 'femme fatale' trial: did she lure rich men for ransom?

She is alluring, but the story being told about her now in a San Diego courtroom is not. When the trial of Nancy Mendoza Moreno, 24, is over it will be for the jury to decide. Is she the woman who honey-trapped wealthy businessmen so they could be kidnapped for ransom or was it someone else?

Mary Dejevsky: Even cold warriors like me miss the communists

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Enrique Peña Nieto celebrates with his wife Angelica Rivera

Nervous US calls for no let-up in war on drugs as Mexico elects new president

With the ballots barely counted after Mexico's landmark presidential elections on Sunday, voices in Washington were already prodding the winner, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), not to relax the crushing war against the drug cartels started six years ago by the outgoing President Felipe Calderon.

David Cameron uses summit to tackle Argentina's claim on Falklands

PM takes swipes at both Fernandez and French tax laws as G20 gets off to a fractious first round of talks

Angela Merkel has been criticised for her uncompromising attitude

Angela Merkel stands firm on eurozone debt crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted today that Europe's debt crisis can only be solved by keeping a tight rein on government finances and introducing structural reforms.

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.

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