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

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal to make long-awaited comeback

Spaniard has not played since Wimbledon

Work started to clear the Olympic Stadium at Stratford the day after the Paralympic Games closing ceremony

West Ham owners promise not to cut and run as Olympic Stadium bid proves successful

Hammers named as the top choice to move into Stratford stadium

Rivals Sebastian Vettel (left) and Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso calm ahead of Formula One title showdown with Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso has conceded to being relaxed and focused ahead of his latest Formula One world title showdown with Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen confident of more success at Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen is confident he will not be a one-win wonder at Lotus.

David Cameron orders investigation into claims a paedophile ring - said to include a former prominent Conservative MP - operated in North Wales for more than a decade

David Cameron today ordered two major inquiries into claims that a paedophile ring – said to include a former prominent Conservative politician – operated in North Wales for more than a decade.

Rivals Sebastian Vettel (left) and Fernando Alonso

Ferrari break F1 curfew to help Fernando Alonso title bid

Ferrari broke a Formula One curfew at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to help Fernando Alonso in his title battle with Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Paul Di Resta

Paul di Resta hoping for change of fortune at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Paul di Resta is hoping the annoyance and frustration he has had to contend with of late will be a thing of the past in Abu Dhabi.

Mancini looks on during the defeat to Ajax

Roberto Mancini under pressure as Manchester City's senior players start to turn

Scepticism at the manager's methods grows after Champions League debacle against Ajax

South African doctor held in UAE jail on 10-year-old charge

Cyril Karabus, known for apartheid-era treatment of black children, held for manslaughter of girl

Grace misses out on hat-trick

Dunhill Links champion Branden Grace has pulled out of this week's Portugal Masters after remembering what happened to him the last time he tried for three wins in a row.

2012: Team Europe's Martin Kaymer of Germany takes his par (left); 1991: Bernhard Langer of Germany misses the vital putt

Ryder Cup: Bernhard Langer miss gave Martin Kaymer the strength to sink that crucial putt

Chat with fellow German turns around fortunes and mood of match-winner

British Museum sends artefacts overseas as UK funding falls

The British Museum is no longer just for the British, it seems. As Government funding falls and the museum seeks other sources of cash, the UK's most popular visitor attraction has more exhibitions on tour than ever before and is increasingly targeting wealthy countries.

Franck Cammas wins round the world race with crew of Groupama

The first French winner for 26 years of the round the world race, which was then the Whitbread and is now the Volvo, was celebrating in Galway as Franck Cammas and the crew of Groupama closed out the opposition ahead of the inshore race finale on Saturday.

Egypt: Presidential loser Ahmed Shafik leaves as graft inquiry launched

The loser of the presidential election left Egypt with most of his family yesterday, hours after an investigation was opened into claims that he wasted public funds as a minister in the former regime.

Travel unravelled: The trick of knowing when to secure best prices on long and short-haul flights

Q. I need to book two flights for travel early in 2013. If I delay booking will they tend to get cheaper or otherwise? One will be long-haul to Abu Dhabi and the other "low cost" to Spain. Sam Doak, East Yorkshire

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Major medical journal Lancet under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Lancet accused of 'anti-Israel hate propaganda' over coverage of Gaza conflict

Threat to free speech as publishers of renowned medical journal are accused of inciting hatred and violence
General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

All noisy on the Lib Dems' western front

The party has deployed its big guns in Cornwall to save its seats there. Simon Usborne heads to the heart of the battle
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How Etsy became a crafty little earner

The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?
Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle King Arthur - one of our most versatile heroes

King Arthur is inspiring Guy Ritchie

Raluca Radulescu explains why his many permutations - from folk hero to chick-lit hunk - never cease to fascinate
Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations for the man or woman on the street?

Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations?

The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch tomorrow
Don't fear the artichoke: it's a good cook's staple, with more choice than you'd think

Don't fear the artichoke

Artichokes are scary - they've got spikes and hairy bits, and British cooks tend to give them a wide berth. But they're an essential and delicious part of Italian cuisine
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11 best men's socks

Make a statement with your accessories, starting from the bottom up
Paul Scholes column: Eden Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo

Paul Scholes column

Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo
Frank Warren: Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal

Frank Warren's Ringside

Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal
London Marathon 2015: Kenya's brothers in arms Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto ready to take on world

Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

Last year Wilson Kipsang had his marathon record taken off him by training partner and friend Dennis Kimetto. They talk about facing off in the London Marathon
Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

Green leader prefers to stay clear of her 'painful' family memories but is more open about 'utterly unreasonable' personal attacks
Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

Khorasan is back in Syria

America said these al-Qaeda militants were bombed out of the country last year - but Kim Sengupta hears a different story
General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

On the campaign trail with Ukip

Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North?
Four rival Robin Hood movies get Hollywood go-head - and Friar Tuck will become a superhero

Expect a rush on men's tights

Studios line up four Robin Hoods productions
Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

In the driving seat: Peter Kay

Car Share is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade. The programme's co-creator Paul Coleman reveals the challenges of getting the show on the road