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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.

Last Night's TV: One for the collection of Auntie's bloomers

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Bullard shows his value to Cottagers' industry

Fulham 3 Middlesbrough 0

Police investigate claims Fayed sexually assaulted 15-year-old

Harrods owner accused of forcibly kissing teenage girl

Fulham 0, Sunderland 0: Richardson misses a vintage moment

It was a day for nostalgia at the homely old Cottage by the banks of the Thames. At lunchtime, Mohamed Al-Fayed, the Fulham chairman, unveiled a statue of Johnny Haynes, three years to the day after the ultimate passing of the man Pele hailed as "the best passer of the ball I've ever seen"

The race for the stars: Top flight set for record transfer spree

It's that time of year when the Big Four go for the big fish, middle managers go begging to their benefactors and the new boys try to stay afloat. Nick Harris looks forward to a summer of spending

Maximum exposure: Inside Max Clifford's tranquil Surrey home

PR supremo Max Clifford has made his name with sex scandals and celebrity clients. But his tranquil Surrey home tells a very different story

Michael Mansfield: Meet Britain&rsquo;s boldest barrister

He's achieved fame (and fortune) securing freedom for the victims of Britain's worst miscarriages of justice. But when he agreed torepresent Mohamed Al Fayed, Michael Mansfield was accused of selling out. As he takes on yet another extraordinary brief, on behalf of Jean-Charles de Menezes, the nation's best-known civil rights lawyer gives Esther Walker the case for his own defence

Robert Verkaik: Why verdict will not silence the conspiracy theorists

Those hoping that the jury's verdicts on the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed would silence the conspiracy theorists will be disappointed.

Drunk driver and feral paparazzi caused deaths of Diana and Dodi, says inquest

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed died in a road accident caused by the dangerous driving of their chauffeur and a reckless pack of paparazzi motorcyclists, a jury concluded yesterday.

Leading article: Laid to rest

Unlike many newspapers, The Independent always believed it was right that a public inquest be held into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Now that the inquiry has found that Diana was unlawfully killed due to the "gross negligence" of her driver, Henri Paul, that evening in Paris 11 years ago, we continue to believe that it was right that the inquest was established. It is vital not only that justice is done, but that it is seen to be done. It is true that there was no compelling evidence that Diana was murdered, as Mohamed Al Fayed – whose son Dodi perished in the same crash – has long asserted.

Diana inquest: Who said what

The following are quotes from the Diana, Princess of Wales inquest:

Diana jury blames driver and paparazzi

Driver Henri Paul and paparazzi share the blame for the manslaughter of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed, the jury at their inquest concluded today.

No conspiracy, Diana coroner concludes after &#163;10m inquest

The Duke of Edinburgh and MI6 have been cleared of arranging the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed after the coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker said there was not a shred of evidence to support a conspiracy theory.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Corruption is now endemic in our political culture

I wonder if dishonesty at high levels is now so embedded in the British political culture that those who indulge in it truly don't consider it a wrong, consider the odd financial naughtiness nothing more than that or a treat they occasionally give themselves.

Pandora: Blue scarf hides Ken's blushes

When the rapper Eminem crosses swords with someone, you can usually guarantee that sparks will fly. So, understandably perhaps, there has been some uneasy shuffling over at the London-based publishers Orion during the past few days.

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