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British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce 1.1 billion pounds of investment in defence on Monday, his office said, to bolster the country's ability to respond to threats such as global terrorism. Britain has cut defence spending by around 8 percent over the last four years as part of a government plan to reduce a record budget deficit. The investment, funded from savings made by the defence ministry, includes 800 million pounds for intelligence and surveillance, the government said, to extend the "range and flexibility" of British defence including the ability of special forces to respond to the threat of terrorism and hostage taking. There will also be a 300 million pound investment in existing resources such as a new so-called E-Scan, or electronically scanning, radar for the Typhoon jet.
Argentina captain Lionel Messi ended the World Cup final with a golden trophy in his hands, but it was not the one he wanted. Moments after the final whistle at the Maracana stadium and with Germany's jubilant players still cavorting on the pitch, Messi was called up to receive the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. He flashed a perfunctory smile, but it was with the knowledge that Argentina's defeat had prevented him from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great. While the 27-year-old has won everything there is to win -- and broken every record o break -- with Barcelona, the World Cup final offered him the opportunity to definitively seal his legacy in the sport.