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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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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable