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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

The Business On... Ken Costa, Chairman, Lazard International

Nothing to do with the coffee chain then?

Brian Viner: London 2012 is the time to do a runner

With gold-medal winning serendipity, the Olympic countdown clock in Trafalgar Square developed a glitch on Tuesday just hours after transmission of the first episode of Twenty Twelve, a spoof BBC documentary series about general haplessness in the preparation of next year's Games.

Mark Hughes defends Michael Jackson statue

Mark Hughes today insisted Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed had earned the right to erect a statue of Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage.

Fulham to erect Michael Jackson statue

Fulham today confirmed a commemorative statue of the late Michael Jackson is being erected at Craven Cottage at the behest of chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

Mohamed Al-Fayed committed to Fulham despite huge losses

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed remains fully committed to the Barclays Premier League club despite the Cottagers posting a £16.9million loss for the last financial year.

Al Fayed threatens to 'take council to hell'

Mohamed al Fayed today vowed to take Surrey County Council to court if plans to extend a sand quarry on greenbelt land are successful.

Baird's unlikely double allows Hughes to breathe easily again

Stoke City 0 Fulham 2

Dembele close to return for Fulham

Moussa Dembele hopes to hand Fulham a much-needed boost by returning to training this week.

Liverpool fans criticised by Konchesky's irate mother

Roy Hodgson welcomes his former side Fulham to Anfield tonight but Paul Konchesky, who followed the Liverpool manager to Merseyside in the summer, might get a less warm reception from the Kop after his mother became involved in a bizarre internet row with some of the club's supporters.

Bruce urges Fayed to persevere with Hughes

Fulham 0 Sunderland 0

Fayed's rallying cry puts spirit back into Fulham

Fulham 1 Birmingham City 1

Dempsey finds way to get boo boys off Hughes' back

Fulham 1 Birmingham City 1

Mark Hughes happy with Mohamed Al Fayed's Fulham training ground rant

Mark Hughes insists that Mohamed Al Fayed had every right to deliver a dressing down to the Fulham squad after their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

Tevez fires City's title warning

Hughes tips former club for Premier League after captain scores twice in 4-1 demolition of Fulham

Hughes finds Cottage is haven of calm

After his bitter departure from Madchester City the Fulham manager is building anew
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

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Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

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Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence