Last week's debate with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Presidential polls tell two different stories – but which is true?

According to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney is, on average, up by one point in the polls. According to both Nate Silver and Intrade, President Barack Obama has a better than 60 per cent chance of winning the election. I think it's fair to say that the election is, for the moment, close. But not according to Gallup. Its seven-day tracking poll shows Romney up by seven points with likely voters. But he's up by only one point with registered voters.

Disabled man who was robbed while he sat in wheelchair makes appeal for help

A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants.

Paraphernalia makes death an expensive business

The grandeur of the funeral industry is being sidestepped as ever more people opt for something a little on the cheaper side. Thought about a cardboard coffin?

Debutant shows england how to skittle proteas

The much-vaunted England pace attack was able to take just two South African wickets over five days last week – but a 23-year-old from the Isle of Wight managed to claim three scalps in just a matter of hours yesterday in the first day of the tour match at New Road, Worcester.

Investigation launched as jogger dies in collision with low-hanging power cable

A health and safety investigation has been launched after a man died when he apparently ran into a low-hanging high-voltage cable.

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Lower costs and harder work on the agenda for Volvo round the world race

Lower costs and harder work for the crew are on the menu for the next two Volvo round the world races after CEO Knut Frostad announced in Lorient a new design of yacht to be used by all the competitors for at least two races from 2014.

Psychic faces jail for conning women into performing naked sex acts

A psychic who conned young female disciples into stripping off for raunchy spiritualist sessions is facing jail.

Beached yesterday, the 66ft pontoon from Misawa, made of concrete and steel but filled with styrofoam, is one of four such docks that broke loose during the tsunami

Barnacle-encrusted reminder of Japan's tsunami docks in Oregon

For years, the fishermen of Misawa, a small town on the north-eastern corner of Japan's main island, Honshu, set sail from one of four outwardly unremarkable floating docks, built using concrete and steel and adorned, for largely protective purposes, with several dozen old car tyres.

Three killed after racing yacht hits cargo ship

A yacht involved in a race off the coast of California and Mexico apparently collided at night with a much larger vessel, leaving three crew members dead and one missing.

Three dead in yacht race accident

Three crew members of a yacht were found dead and a fourth person was missing after they ran into trouble during a race off the coasts of California and Mexico.

Lord Blencathra has lobbied on behalf of the Cayman Islands

Watchdog set to investigate Lord Blencathra over lobbying for Cayman Islands

Peer's paid role for tax haven may have broken parliamentary regulations

Britain's Minister and Cabinet member Baroness Warsi toured the country and met Conservative voters who don’t fit the Shires stereotype

The baroness with bad news for the old guard

Britain's first Muslim Cabinet minister tells her colleagues to wake up to what's happening in the country. Oliver Wright meets Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

Pregnant girl's murderer jailed for 35 years

A former nightclub bouncer has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years for murdering a pregnant teenager two weeks before she was due to give birth.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
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'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen