Rory McIlroy won the Australian Open last week
A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes with police near Government House in Bangkok

Police fend off mass protests in Bangkok

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters try to seize key sites in the Thai capital

Google Street View update helps you find your way through the airport - not just to it

16 international airports and over 50 train and subway stations are included

Rory McIlroy reacts after recording another bogey on the 18th

Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell among Europe's big names at risk of Ryder Cup agony

The foursome would not currently qualify automatically

Gulfer: Ian Poulter walks to the 18th hole during his third round in Dubai

World Tour Championship: Ian Poulter happy to be 'in the hunt' for Europe's No 1 spot

Henrik Stenson remains on course to become European No 1 for the first time, although Ian Poulter has not given up hope of spoiling the Swede's bid to make history.

Deals of the week - Swiss Alps, Dubai, Madeira

Less than £200... Eurostar still has seats left on its train service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the French and Swiss Alps. The French service runs from 20 December to 12 April, the Swiss train from 21 December to 8 March, with returns from £149-£179. eurostar.com

Rory McIlory

Rory McIlroy on salvage mission at the DP World Championship

The former world number one denies it has been 'a disastrous year'

Ian Poulter wants to finish the season with the Race to Dubai title to show he can succeed when chasing personal glory

Race to Dubai: Ian Poulter gunning for leader Henrik Stenson after personal bet to be the best in Europe

Poulter has shone time and again in the Ryder Cup but he feels it's time he shows that success when chasing personal glory

Ian Poulter of England looks on after he hits his tee shot the 16th hole during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course

Ian Poulter is betting on chasing down Henrik Stenson, while Tiger Woods rues missing out on 'something really special' at the Turkish Airlines Open

In between cries of “get real” and “get in there” the essence of Ian Poulter is revealed. The cleanest striker of a golf ball Poulter is not, but on the greens he punches like Mike Tyson in his prime and on his day he is never out of the running. Today was just such a day.

Henrik Stenson in action in Shanghai last week

Henrik Stenson keeps his mind on money to avoid footing bill

Swede goes to Turkey determined to avoid paying for an evening out with Ian Poulter

The arrest of Pervez Musharraf broke new ground in Pakistan

Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf granted bail

70-year-old charged over murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, suspension of judges when he imposed emergency rule and killing of Baloch separatist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti

Royal warrant holder Brintons eyes five-star boost from hotels

Royal warrant holder Brintons is looking to cash in on the revival of the five-star hotel boom in Dubai just two years after the Kidderminster-based fine carpet-maker was rescued from collapse.

Tales Of Grimm (left), ridden by Ryan Moore, sinks Godolphin's French Navy at Newbury

Valonia set to realise true worth of new money and old values

Qatar follows long-term business plan while Haggas hatches a get-rich-quick scheme

Stuart Broad was denied the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar by Billy Bowden but technology showed it was out lbw

DRS in the dock again after ICC orders investigation

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1. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the vainest building in the world, it is 828 metres tall and 244 metres is unoccupiable

Indyplus gallery: The 10 vainest buildings in the world

Along with being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is now the world's 'vainest', according to new research. 

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn