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Video explainer: The Independent explains exactly what Hamilton needs to do on Sunday to be crowned champion

The hour the world goes dark

Lights will switch off around the globe tomorrow for the fifth annual Earth Hour.

Premier League trophy to go on world tour

The Premier League are attempting to stimulate further growth in overseas markets by today launching a three-year global tour of their league trophy.

Bahrain GP could find back-to-back slot with Abu Dhabi

A senior FIA official has revealed the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix could go back-to-back in any revamped Formula One calendar for this season. The Bahrain race, scheduled for 13 March, was called off on Monday due to the political unrest there but Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has promised to do all he can to accommodate the Gulf state later this year.

BP's Hayward in talks with Abu Dhabi to lead new firm

Tony Hayward has held talks with Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund about launching a new oil company, which could mark a remarkable turnaround for the former chief executive of BP.

Ruck and Maul: Sand storm as Abu Dhabi Quins claim 'we're not in the middle of the desert'

Harlequins have been playing in Abu Dhabi for three years: the Abu Dhabi Harlequins, that is, who in 2008 became affiliated with the London club of the same name who on Wednesday announced their LV Cup tie against London Wasps will be held in the Gulf state on 30 January.

Quins and Wasps boldly take oval ball to Abu Dhabi

Wasps and Harlequins have confirmed they will play their forthcoming LV= Cup fixture in Abu Dhabi. The London rivals will be the first English clubs to stage a competitive match outside of the country.

Wasps to play Harlequins in Abu Dhabi

Wasps and Harlequins have confirmed they will break new ground by staging their forthcoming LV= Cup fixture in Abu Dhabi.

December: Sample the atmosphere down at Yellowknife

Where to go, what to do in 2011

Grounded stories: 'We got on the plane but then waited eight hours'

Rob Sharp and John Elmes talk to passengers hoping to get away for Christmas but who find themselves stranded at Heathrow

Abu Dhabi pines for a golden Christmas

A hotel in Abu Dhabi is in the running for the accolade of having the world's most expensive Christmas tree.

Olazabal fit to lead Ryder Cup defence

Jose Maria Olazabal is expected to be named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain in Abu Dhabi on 18 January.

Capello's trip to Abu Dhabi fuels speculation about Inter move

Fabio Capello will be in Abu Dhabi next week for the Fifa Club World Cup, which will do nothing to dispel suggestions that he is being lined up to replace Rafael Benitez as the coach of Internazionale, who are there as the European champions.

Abu Dhabi bank snaps up last One Hyde Park unit

The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is to pay a record rent for the final retail unit at One Hyde Park, the luxury Knightsbridge development managed by the Candy brothers in London.

Cultural desert: Will Abu Dhabi censor its new museums?

The world's leading architects are building museums in Abu Dhabi as the emirate pours a fortune into trying to become one of the art capitals of the world. But will the works inside be censored?

Simon Calder: Avoid the airport experience with a 'no-fly' cruise

First they came for our nail clippers and tweezers; next, any water bottle containing more than 100ml was confiscated; now, that 500g printer-ink cartridge you hold so dear is prohibited from your hand baggage.

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

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A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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