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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.

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

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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

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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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