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Women’s World Twenty20: West Indies to begin title defence on Friday

The inside story of West Indies’ Women’s World T20 win in 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Venues: Guyana, St Lucia, Antigua Dates: 9-24 November Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary and in-play video highlights on all games on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and via the BBC Sport website & app; live text commentary on all England & Ireland games, plus selected other matches Hosts West Indies will begin the defence of their Women’s World Twenty20 title on Friday when they face outsiders Bangladesh in Guyana. Earlier at the…

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Storm Callum: Flood defence review after Wales battered

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome of the most striking images from the Storm Callum floods Communities will want new flood defences after many Welsh rivers burst their banks during Storm Callum, Wales’ environment agency has warned. Parts of Wales saw the worst flooding for 30 years with towns and villages hit along the rivers Towy, Teifi, Taff, Cynon, Neath and Usk. Natural Resources Wales confirmed it would review the “flooding issues”. Some roads and rail services are still affected on Monday morning and there are flood…

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Nato states to up defence spending – Trump

US President Donald Trump says Nato countries have agreed to increase their military spending. Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets. The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others. After the meeting, he said he believed in Nato and it was “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting it. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the…

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News Daily: MPs urge more defence spending, and heatwave to last to weekend

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Image copyright MOD Raise defence spending, MPs urge MPs have warned that unless government spending on defence rises, the UK risks losing influence with the US and other Nato allies. The Commons Defence Committee says an increase in the Ministry of Defence’s budget from 2% of GDP to 3% (or £60bn a year) is needed. This should go towards improving the readiness of the armed forces and bolstering anti-submarine warfare, it adds. It’s been reported that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Prime Minister Theresa May…

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Defence spending rise needed to keep influence, say MPs

Image copyright MOD The UK will have to significantly increase defence spending if it is to maintain influence with Washington and Nato allies, MPs have warned. A House of Commons Defence Committee report says the defence budget should rise from 2% of GDP to 3% (£60bn). Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has reportedly demanded an extra £20bn for his department. A government spokesman said: “We have been clear we will continue to exceed Nato’s 2% spending target.” The committee said the extra money for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could be…

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Defence spend rise urged over Russian threat

Image copyright PA The UK’s armed forces need increased funding in order to meet threats from states including Russia, MPs have said. The Commons Defence Committee report said the level of defence spending should rise from 2% to 3% of total GDP. Chairman Julian Lewis said this would also help the UK fill existing financial “black holes”. The Ministry of Defence said the UK has the biggest defence budget in Europe and continues to exceed Nato’s 2% spending target. Earlier this year, ex-commander of the UK’s Maritime Forces Rear Admiral…

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Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018-19: Celtic open title defence v promoted Livingston; Rangers start at Aberdeen

Celtic celebrated a seventh league title in a row last season Champions Celtic will open the new Scottish Premiership season at home to promoted Livingston on 4 August. Steven Gerrard’s first league game in charge of Rangers will be away at Aberdeen, runners-up for the past four seasons, the following day. Gerrard’s first taste of the Old Firm derby will come as early as 1 or 2 September, in Rangers’ fourth game. The first Edinburgh derby of the season is scheduled for 31 October, while Alan Stubbs’ St Mirren open…

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Paul Gustard: Harlequins name England defence coach as new head of rugby

Newcastle-born Paul Gustard (centre) won four Premiership titles as a player with Leicester Premiership side Harlequins have named England defence coach Paul Gustard as their new head of rugby. The 42-year-old will join the London club after England’s tour to South Africa next month and will replace John Kingston, who left by mutual consent. Gustard has worked with Eddie Jones since 2016 and was under contract until 2019, but Quins agreed compensation with the Rugby Football Union. “I just couldn’t turn this opportunity down,” Gustard said. He told the club…

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