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China's president Hu Jintao quits as party chief

China's president Hu Jintao has stepped aside as ruling party leader to clear the way for vice president Xi Jinping to take over as part of only the second orderly transfer of power in 63 years of Communist rule.

Cycling: Vinokourov accused of bribing rival in 2010 race

The UCI has opened an investigation into allegations that the Olympic road-race champion Alexandre Vinokourov bribed a rival in order to win the 2010 Liège-Bastogne-Liège race.

Kimi Raikkonen wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Hamilton loses power on lap 20

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen won an accident-strewn and thrilling Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix for Lotus on Sunday.

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.

Rivals Sebastian Vettel (left) and Fernando Alonso

Ferrari promise 'aggressive approach' in bid to land Fernando Alonso the F1 title

Ferrari have promised “an aggressive approach” in their bid to help Fernando Alonso land the Formula One world title over the next five weeks.

Rivals Sebastian Vettel (left) and Fernando Alonso

Title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in confident mood ahead of Indian Grand Prix

Formula One championship rivals Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso both have cause for optimism about their victory chances in this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, as the title fight gets down to its final four races.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa signs new Ferrari contract but Sebastian Vettel speculation persists

Felipe Massa has signed an extended contract to drive for Ferrari for the 2013 season, although speculation remains that Sebastian Vettel will join the Italian side the following year.

Rivals Sebastian Vettel (left) and Fernando Alonso

Ferrari links to Sebastian Vettel cloud Fernando Alonso's future

Team president says that pairing the Red Bull driver and Alonso would be a non-starter

'Arab money talks': Son of billionaire Saudi sheikh claims police confiscated his uninsured £200,000 Ferrari then handed back it back when they found out who he was

Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s said police originally seized the £200,000 Ferrari FF supercar for being uninsured.

Kim Kardashian has a new ride on the £120,000 Mercedes G63 AMG

Hollywood stars and their unreasonably priced cars

Kim Kardashian has a new ride. The implausibly famous reality star claims she is the first to get a set of keys to the £120,000 Mercedes G63 AMG.

Hamilton: 'This win shows it is all still to play for'

Lewis Hamilton was feeling particularly patriotic after his own spectacular goldrush in Hungary yesterday. "It does feel extra special to win here after the recent Olympics [opening] ceremony. I'm rooting for all our teams and wishing them the best, and I can't wait to watch it all on TV. Having the Olympics back in the UK is great for Great Britain, which is why I carried the flag on my helmet today. And now I feel like I've done my part even though we're not there."

Vettel has been plagued by constant speculation this season linking him with a move

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel 'flattered' by Ferrari interest

Sebastian Vettel has again confirmed he would one day love to drive for Ferrari, but admits life at Red Bull could continue to be too good to leave.

Pininfarina and a Ferrari Testarossa

Sergio Pininfarina: Car designer hailed for his classic Ferrari marques

The name of Pininfarina is indelibly associated with the Ferrari supercar marque. The design house, which was led by Sergio Pininfarina for 40 years, created many legendary Ferrari designs, including the 250 GT Coupé (1958), the Daytona (1968) and the Testarossa (1984). His personal favourite was the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the last model on which he worked with his father.

Fernando Alonso’s fifth place can be seen as a positive for Ferrari

We must spend less, say Ferrari

Ferrari, once the highest-spending team in Formula 1, have called for cost controls to ensure that the way in which the sport is run reflects the world's economic situation.

Alonso backs Massa's class

Fernando Alonso has promised his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa his full support for the remainder of the season as he is convinced the Brazilian is capable of fighting for wins.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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