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Andy Murray hits a backhand return

Murray made to work before progressing

Andy Murray showed no sign of the back injury that has troubled him recently as he advanced past Paul-Henri Mathieu at the BNP Paribas Open in Paris tonight.

Superstorm Sandy may cost States up to $50bn as stock exchange stays shut

First time bad weather has shut NY market for two consecutive days since 1888

Santiago de Cuba looked yesterday after a pummelling from Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy's trail of destruction

This is how the city of Santiago de Cuba looked yesterday after a pummelling from Hurricane Sandy. At least 41 people were killed as the storm system swept through the Caribbean; 11 of them in Cuba and most of those were in this 498-year-old city. There was no power or water supplies for its half a million inhabitants, but, at first light, truck convoys rolled into the city bringing equipment and utility workers from the rest of the country to help restore services.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal ruled out of World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London because of his left knee problem.

New financial watchdog's chief urges tougher insider trading sentences

The chief executive of Britain's new financial watchdog wants tougher sentences for white-collar criminals, to persuade more to turn "state's evidence" and shop miscreant colleagues to avoid jail themselves.

Ex-Goldman director jailed Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta, the ex-McKinsey chief and Goldman Sachs board member who was convicted earlier this year of leaking insider information to hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, failed in his bid to avoid jail time yesterday after a New York judge sentenced him to two years behind bars.

Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock greet supporters at a campaign event in Indiana in August

Romney winces as another Republican Senate candidate shocks with rape comment

An "outrageous and demeaning" comment by a Republican Party candidate for the US Senate has again dragged the party into the mire over women's rights.

Lap dances aren't art, folks

Kelly Brook once said "striptease is an art", but a New York court has ruled otherwise, stating this week that lap dances do not promote culture in the way that ballet or other arts do, so cannot be exempt from tax.

Mitt Romney's Gulf gaffe just a ripple in this cliffhanger of a contest

For all the rhetoric and oozing contempt, there's little to choose between them on substance

Editorial: A step forward for the judiciary

The creation of the Supreme Court was a radical change to Britain's constitutional arrangements that passed with remarkably little fuss. With its first session in October 2009, the ultimate authority of the judiciary was, for the first time, wholly divorced from all other branches of the state. Over the three years since, the Court has avoided any of the controversies that so easily accrue to a final arbiter and produced a string of finely wrought judgments on everything from asbestosis to enfranchisement rights to "closed" trials.

We've chatted you up: British phrases go transatlantic

As a blog charts the rise of British terms entering US English our writer weighs up who's responsible for more linguistic atrocities - us or the Yankees?

Match made in heaven carry off economics award

Two "matchmakers" whose work has found practical applications in pairing pupils with schools and organs with transplant patients, yesterday won the Nobel Prize for economics.

Congratulations! You've just won the Nobel Prize

Two "match-makers" whose work has found practical applications in pairing pupils with schools and organs with transplant patients, yesterday won the Nobel Prize for economics.

Telecoms deal is Japan's biggest buy overseas

The Japanese mobile phone operator Softbank agreed what is the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese firm yesterday with a $20bn (£12.44bn) deal to buy a majority stake in Sprint Nextel.

Gary McKinnon is wanted by the US for hacking military computers, and will find out next month if he is to be deported

'Waterboarding of the mind': Computer hacker Gary McKinnon to find out if he'll be extradited to the US as mother slams appeal process

The decision comes more than ten years after McKinnon was first arrested for breaking into a string of American military networks from his north London bedsit

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