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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.

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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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London because of his left knee problem.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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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible