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There are many in Jamaica who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medallist

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Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

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The cosy world of the natural resources industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo was hinted at yesterday as it emerged that a spin doctor for Dan Gertler, a major investor in the industry, had a hand in delivering a communication about an apparent U-turn by the government that benefited his client.

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

Let the divorce row begin... Tom Cruise tops Hollywood's rich list with $75m

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Few who have worked for The Economist can match the 28 years that Peter David gave so outstandingly to that magazine – and fewer still could match the range of his interests or the breadth of what he wrote about.

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