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

A view of the action at Cowes

Fastnet teams prepare for races despite lack of wind at Cowes

The Britannia Cup was called off amid the calm conditions

Roque Santa Cruz celebrates scoring against Atletico de Madrid in a La Liga game

Transfer latest: Malaga confirm permanent signing of Roque Santa Cruz following Manchester City release

Striker will remain with Spanish club having spent last season on loan from City

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

Lord Hanningfield is well-known as the MP who fiddled his expenses

Andy McSmith's Diary: Tories’ Essex man is a gift to Ukip

On an exceptionally good day for Ukip, one of their most extraordinary results was in Essex, where they had no county council seats until today but now have nine. The Tories lost 19 seats. There was a local issue at work here, a leading Essex Tory tells me: the “Hanningfield factor”. Lord Hanningfield is well known in Essex as the former council leader jailed for fiddling his Lords expenses.

Amanda Staveley advised on Barclays’ £3.5bn deal with Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour, below, who was paid £110m commission

Barclays back in the spotlight over £30m payout in 2008 rescue deal

It is the story that will not die down. Just as Barclays seems to be putting its past behind it, more revelations about the Middle Eastern cash calls that saved it from a government bailout during the financial crisis have surfaced.

David Cameron greets Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan at 10 Downing Street
New York Mayor Bloomberg will be crucial to Manchester City plans

Manchester City in America: Premier League club want MLS franchise to develop future stars after academy struggle

New York team would become club's 'nursery' though local objections must be overcome first

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Art review: Birth of a Museum, Manarat al-Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Stalled by downturns, delays and even the threat of a boycott by artists over the conditions of the building workers, Abu Dhabi’s masterplan to convert a vast sandy swathe of Saadiyat Island into a world-beating “cultural quarter” has sometimes looked like a desert mirage.

Bill Gates pledges $1.8bn for global fight against polio

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and world’s leading philanthropist, has donated $1.8bn (£1.1bn) to fight polio.

Doctor is cleared of manslaughter in United Arab Emirates

An appeals court has cleared a South African doctor of manslaughter over the death more than a decade ago of a three-year-old leukaemia patient – a case that caused a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

One in five children worldwide are missing out on vaccines

Worldwide, 20 per cent of children go unvaccinated

With the measles outbreak in Swansea now in its second month, Sarah Morrison reports on why the global drive to immunise all babies against preventable diseases has hit a plateau

A view from across the lake

Sexuality and religion 'not off-limits' at Abu Dhabi Louvre

The curator of the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre says no artistic subjects are off limits as the museum builds its collection for the planned 2015 opening.

James Ashton: Clinton's a sucker for hotel's creature comforts

Hotels are always keen to play up their green credentials and Bill Clinton, the tourism conference's star turn, did his best to help the Jumeirah Group emphasise its own.

James Ashton: Abu Dhabi is trying hard – maybe too hard – to be a new desert playground

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is stunning, but will the tourists come?

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'