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A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Mark Hughes: Doubts raised once again about Met's marksmen

During the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest nearly two years ago, the Metropolitan Police's CO19 firearms unit was pilloried. They were not where they should have been on the morning of the operation, and the jury did not believe parts of the officers' testimony.

Shawcross: we must boost defence

It is not like Stoke City to bemoan their defensive frailties as they have been brilliantly parsimonious at the back over the last two seasons but their centre-half Ryan Shawcross said yesterday he is not content with the way the back line is playing.

Zamora return put back to February

The England striker Bobby Zamora will be out for five months, Fulham manager Mark Hughes confirmed yesterday. Zamora underwent surgery on Sunday to correct the broken fibula sustained in last weekend's 2-1 victory over Wolves, but additional ankle ligament damage was also discovered.

Fulham target more summer signings

Mark Hughes hopes the arrival of Belgian international striker Moussa Dembele will not conclude Fulham's spending this summer.

Mark Hughes: A hard act to follow – especially with fewer police

The Conservatives have always seen themselves as the party of law and order, so these figures will be a bitter pill to swallow.

British Land reports first NAV hike since 2007

British land has reported its first increase in net asset value for three years, reinforcing the view the UK's commercial property sector is finally over the worst of the financial downturn.

The West Ham manager contenders

Following the news that Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as manager of West Ham, the search for his replacement has begun.

So, did the leaders get their facts right?

'Independent' writers separate the truth from the fiction presented in Thursday night's television debate

Letters: Factory farming

Cheap milk and the 'factory farming' dilemma

Award success for Independent journalists

The Independent has been shortlisted in seven categories in the British Press Awards, the national newspaper industry's most prestigious annual prizes. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London next month.

Robinho joins Santos on loan

Manchester City forward Robinho is to rejoin Santos on a six-month loan after the two clubs today reached agreement on the deal.

Bolton face crucial manager decision

If supporter opinion is to play a part, Bolton will approach Mark Hughes to replace the sacked Gary Megson - but as he weighs up a decision that will shape the Trotters' future, owner Eddie Davies knows he must get it right.

Bellamy affirms commitment to Manchester City

Craig Bellamy has ruled out a move away from Manchester City and insists new manager Roberto Mancini has his full support.

Steve Tongue: Celebrity signings must share blame for shabby dismissal

"Some might say," the banner at Eastlands read yesterday, quoting Manchester City fans Oasis, "we will find a brighter day". Many more will say, after the shabby sacking of Mark Hughes, that they do not deserve to.

Champagne offers may not be a great deal

Shops are misleading customers by artificially inflating the price of champagne so they can sell it at "half price" in the run-up to Christmas, it has been claimed. Supermarkets are advertising bottles of bubbly for £14 this month amid talk of a champagne "price war".

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform