Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the Honda Classic on Sunday to became the top-ranked golfer in the world

How McIlroy became king of the world

The moppy-haired boy from Belfast always thought he would be world No 1. Now expect him to dominate the game for decades, writes James Corrigan in Miami

Beagles at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

The beagles have landed – but who will be best in show?

Every dog has its day and at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show, that day is full of pomp, preening and a lot of posing.

Last Night's TV - The Night Watch, BBC2; Imagine, BBC1

A grim tale that looked the part

Lady Gaga's tearful confession

Lady Gaga has tearfully confessed on film that she thinks "people are trying to destroy her".

Thomas G. Weiss: The UN has proved its worth in Libya and Ivory Coast

Libya may be pivotal for the evolving norm of the responsibility to protect, agreed at the 2005 World Summit

Henry Dimbleby: 'I try to make sure Leon doesn't become a sterile chain. Imperfections give something life'

My earliest food memory... It goes back to Devon, where we used to go during the holidays, and mum making plum ice-cream and brown-bread ice-cream. We also used to scramble around the rocks and pick mussels and boil them up in the evening. As a child, my mum [the cookery writer Josceline Dimbleby] didn't teach me how to cook – she would always shoo us out of the kitchen because she was trying to write detailed notes – but she really taught me how to eat, which is much more important.

Michael Brennan: 'In a hundredth of a second I shot the picture I had always dreamed of'

The photographer tells James Lawton the story behind one of the most iconic images of Muhammad Ali

Inside Lines: Fall-out worry as Lords of the rings clash over cash

With exactly 500 days to go from tomorrow before the curtain goes up on the London Olympics, a new event has been added to the programme: the tug of war. Pulling in opposite directions, much to the embarrassment of the International Olympic Committee, are the organisers, Locog, led by Lord Coe, and the British Olympic Association, headed by fellow Tory peer and Olympic medallist Lord Moynihan.

Mo Farah set for new coach

Nick Rose can remember little of his 5,000m run at Madison Square Garden on 12 February, 1982 - other than his British indoor record performance at the annual Millrose Games in New York City being regarded back home as “not much of a deal.” It will be different if Mo Farah manages to beat the clock, and Rose’s time of 13min 21.27sec, in the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham this afternoon – especially now that Britain’s male athlete of the year has announced his intention to move to the north-west American city known as “Little Beirut,” and to switch coaches to the man who finished two places and four seconds behind the Bristolian Rose in that near-forgotten 5,000m race at ‘The Garden.’

Caught in the Net: A Flaming dozen for Lips fans

Back in 1997 Flaming Lips released Zaireeka, an epic four-CD experimental album, which required each disc to be run simultaneously on different players to achieve the full effect of the music.

Madison Square Garden has really gone to the dogs

New York's Madison Square Garden, a name more closely associated with basketball giants and rock 'n' roll legends, is again holding a sell out crowd this week. But the stars of the show are Jack, the Yorkshire Terrier, and 2,499 of his friends.

Boxing: Vitali Klitschko wants David Haye fight

David Haye has been challenged to move on from the grubby aftermath of his facile win over Audley Harrison by signing a deal to fight Vitali Klitschko in a world heavyweight title unification bout.

Global interest as Elton John's mother sells memorabilia

A highly-prized collection of Sir Elton John memorabilia which is being sold by his mother is generating global interest from buyers, auctioneers said today.

Impressionists: Bringing gardens to the foreground

Gardens are an enduring motif in artwork, usually as a picturesque setting for a picnic scene, tea on the lawn or a child picking flowers. But for the Impressionists in Paris in the 19th Century, a movement which coincided with an explosion in enthusiasm for domestic horticulture, gardens became a subject in their own right and not simply a convenient backdrop.

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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’
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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