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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

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.

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.

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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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us