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Speaking for the first time following the singer’s arrest, Universal chief Lucian Grainge broke company protocol to make this public plea

The art of football on a Miami moonscape

While powerful art dealers, wealthy collectors and party-goers descend on Art Basel Miami Beach in Florida next week, other visitors to the swanky art fair are thinking more about football than art.

One dead as helicopter crashes at Bahamas millionaires' playground resort

One person was killed and four others injured when a helicopter carrying five American passengers crashed in a Bahamas millionaires' playground resort.

We should be proud of Britain's great melting pot

A friend of mine visiting from Miami was stunned by way different cultures mix

Offer of new training ground wooed Martinez into rejecting Anfield job

Most managers want more money to stay at a football club. Some want a greater transfer budget. Roberto Martinez wanted a new training ground. The choice this summer between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic, who play each other tomorrow at Anfield, seemed on the surface a nonsensical equation.

Andy Murray lost the Wimbledon final, left, but won the US Open
and at Olympics

Murray shrugs off Federer defeat at end of year with plenty to cheer

After breakthrough season, British No 1 will skip awards parties to attend boot camp in preparation for 2013

Back to work for President Obama

Obama gains with Cuban Americans, but effect on policy remains unclear

President Barack Obama won a historic share of Cuban American ballots in Florida this week, challenging the Republican Party's lock on a voting bloc that for decades has defined US policy toward Cuba and the Castro brothers.

Andy Murray practises ahead of tonight’s final round-robin match

Murray fights to keep season alive – then plans rare holiday

Andy Murray is hoping not to start thinking about holiday plans until the end of Monday night's final here at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but the Scot will be taking his first break for two years after the season-ending finale. Murray, who meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight in his concluding round-robin match as he attempts to qualify for Sunday's semi-finals, is changing his off-season plans this year to incorporate both a holiday and Christmas at home.

Why Florida is missing from the results map

The US election results map has a gap: the state that would have been one of the most important if the result had been closer - the swing state of Florida.

Miami, the city of sex and immigration: Tom Wolfe Mark

Back to Blood, By Tom Wolfe

Now into his ninth decade, the turbo-charged chronicler of America can't slow down.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro confers with Gutiérrez-Menoyo, centre, and William Morgan in 1959

Eloy Gutiérrez-Menoyo: Fidel Castro's dissident Spanish comandante

He told Castro that he would follow the family tradition and die for his beliefs

Back to Blood, By Tom Wolfe

A quarter-century after 'The Bonfire of the Vanities', one of America's great chroniclers is disgusted at where his country is headed

Stay of execution for convicted mass killer in Florida

A US federal judge has granted a stay of execution for a convicted mass killer in Florida who is mentally ill and was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday.

Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia says divine intervention caused him to change course at the last minute and prevent a worse disaster

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino arrives in court to hear evidence against him

Passengers who survived the collision off the Tuscan coast on January 13 in which 32 people were killed are also attending.

Costa Concordia captain in court to hear evidence

The former captain of the shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia has arrived at a court in Italy to hear the evidence against him.

Golding prepares for life in fast lane

Andy Murray is taking Oliver Golding, last year's US Open junior champion, to his Miami "boot camp" during the close season. Golding, one of Britain's brightest prospects, will accompany Murray for the first 10 days of his stay in Florida, when the Scot will be working on his physical preparation and then honing his game with his coach, Ivan Lendl.

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