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Mercedes take front row as new rule limits communications between the teams and their drivers

'Sick' Ed Miliband spotted at football match

Ed Miliband was spotted at a football match this weekend just three hours after he was due to give a speech that he cancelled due to illness.

Kautilya Nandan Pruthi duped celebrities and sport stars out of £115 million in Britain's biggest

14 years for 'Ponzi' fraud mastermind Kautilya Nandan Pruthi

Corrupt businessman Kautilya Nandan Pruthi, who duped celebrities, sports stars and hundreds of other victims out of £115 million in Britain's biggest "Ponzi" investment scam, was jailed today for 14 years and six months.

McBride’s incisive style made his services much sought after

Paul McBride: Lawyer who enjoyed a high profile outside court

Paul McBride, who was found dead in his hotel room during a trip to Lahore in Pakistan, was one of Scotland's most highly respected and prominent criminal lawyers. The 48-year-old was attending a wedding with his fellow lawyer, Aamer Anwar, but retired early complaining of feeling unwell. He is believed to have died in his sleep from natural causes.

Two cleared of £115m Ponzi scam

Two businessmen have been cleared of deceiving celebrities, sport stars and hundreds of other victims out of £115 million in Britain's biggest "Ponzi" investment scam.

Clarkson discussing Wednesday’s strikers, said on The One Show: 'I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families'

BBC boss Mark Thompson sank Jeremy Clarkson satnav deal

The decision to reverse Jeremy Clarkson's deal to record a voiceover for a Top Gear satnav went to the very top of the BBC when director-general Mark Thompson "intervened", according to a report published today.

The pro-Putin rally was held on Defenders of the Fatherland day, a national holiday that replaced the Soviet-era Red Army Day

Putin takes a rock-star approach to campaigning

Moscow rally proves presidential hopeful never does things by halves. Shaun Walker reports

The pro-Putin rally was held on Defenders of the Fatherland day, a national holiday that replaced the Soviet-era Red Army Day

Thousands march in pro-Putin campaign rally

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin today warned against the dangers of foreign influence at a campaign rally attended by tens of thousands of people.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Bernie Ecclestone rejects fresh calls to cancel Bahrain Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone sees no reason for this season's Bahrain Grand Prix not to go ahead despite violence flaring again on the island kingdom.

Lotus' Lopez expects F1 Bahrain return

Lotus team chairman Gerard Lopez sees no reason why Formula One cannot return to Bahrain this season providing promises made are not broken.

Last Night's Viewing: We'll Take Manhattan, BBC4<br />Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, E4

Sutcliffe's Third Law of Dodgy Dialogue runs as follows: "If an East End character employs both elements of a bit of rhyming slang then they are probably a Cockernee – television's caricature of an East Ender – rather than the real thing." Example: a young jack-the-lad photographer asks his assistant: "What happened to that bird from Pinner with the big Eartha Kitts?" If he'd said this at all, surely he would have said "big Earthas", and left it at that. But, since the audience can't be trusted to work it out, or, possibly, to know that Kitt follows Eartha, it had to be clumsily signposted in We'll Take Manhattan, John McKay's drama about David Bailey's romance with Jean Shrimpton. Bailey spent quite a bit of time being a Cockernee in this film because one of its themes was the clash between the brash young upstarts who would make the Sixties swing and the old guard who thought it was vulgar for it to move at all.

The world number four was rarely troubled by the Japanese, winning 6-3 6-3 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes, as he maintained his smooth progress through the draw in Melbourne

Murray reaches third successive Australian Open semi-final

Andy Murray reached his third successive Australian Open semi-final today after easing past the challenge of Kei Nishikori.

Sébastien Loeb (right) and co-driver Daniel Elena celebrate victory in Monte Carlo as the Frenchman bids for a record ninth world title

Rallying: Loeb crowned king of Monte Carlo once again

The eight-time world champion Sébastien Loeb continued his dominance of the Monte Carlo Rally by completing his sixth career victory in the event yesterday.

Mandla Mandela with his grandfather Nelson Mandela

Mandela missing as disunity marks ANC's centenary party

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Party atmosphere at Bloemfontain’s Free State Stadium for the ANC’s 100th anniversary

Disunity marks ANC centenary celebrations

The African National Congress stumbled into its second century yesterday with little rejoicing, amid a clampdown on speeches and after international dignitaries stayed away from a chaotic series of commemorative events.

Murray sees off teen Tomic

Top seed Andy Murray saw off the spirited challenge of Australian teenager Bernard Tomic to reach the final of the ATP Brisbane International.

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