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England's Johnathan Trott runs between the wickets as South African captain AB Devilliers (second right) looks on during the One Day International (ODI) ICC Champions Trophy Semi-final cricket match (AFP)

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Pakistan attacks death toll rises to 24

Pakistani police say the death toll from attacks on a hospital and a women's university bus in a south-western provincial capital has increased to 24.

Pakistan: Gunmen storm hospital after Quetta bus bombing which killed 14 female students

Another four injured in second blast at hospital where victims were being treated

Fawad Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been fast-tracked into the Australia set-up

Champions Trophy: Fawad Ahmed set to make history for the Aussies

Fawad Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been fast-tracked into the Australia set-up, finally donned the gold and green for the first time today.

India vs Pakistan is one of the sport's most anticipated matches

Champions Trophy: A dead rubber with as much passion and intensity as a final

India are through and Pakistan are out but today’s meeting means the world to both sides

West Indies' Chris Gayle
India's Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century (100 Runs) during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies at The Oval in London

Champions Trophy: India cruise to victory over West Indies by eight wickets

India (236 for two) beat West Indies (234 for nine) by eight wickets

Woolwich murder aftermath: Theresa May praises British-based Islamic group

Home Secretary says there has been increase in attacks directed against Muslim communities since 'horrendous' murder of Drummer Lee Rigby

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Champions Trophy cricket: Pakistan 'totally lost' after defeat to South Africa, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side's batsmen were “totally lost” after mis-firing again on the way to a 67-run defeat by South Africa.

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan
Conservationists hope to save the Great Indian Bustard from extinction

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Bird has disappeared from 90 per cent of the territory it once occupied

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Suspects found guilty and sentenced to death in Shahzeb Khan murder case

Case sparked widespread debate over whether the country’s elite could be held accountable for crimes they committed

Sunil Narine is the top-ranked bowler in the 50-over format

Today at Champions Trophy: Pakistan v West Indies - Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels take on the guile of Saeed Ajmal's spin

Both teams enter their first game of this year's ICC Champions Trophy after winning one warm-up game. Pakistan had their first game washed out due to rain and then beat South Africa, while the West Indies were easily beaten by Australia before Monday's victory over Sri Lanka.

Australia has propelled a little-known bowler called Fawad Ahmed into the Ashes squad

Australia gamble on Pakistani spinner, Fawad Ahmed, for Ashes squad

For Australia, it is one thing after another. They are beset by worry and panic. Their preparations for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes are constantly moveable feasts which are increasingly threatening thin pickings.

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