Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Cycling: Boasson Hagen pipped at the line in race for opening stage in Oman

A well-timed team effort by Britain's Team Sky saw their talented young Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen come within a wheel's length of taking the bunch sprint which decided the opening stage of the first-ever Tour of Oman.

Traveller's Guide To: United Arab Emirates

Ultra-modern malls meet mosques, mountains and markets in this oil-rich corner of the Middle East.

La boheme, Royal Opera House, London

This was to have been Piotr Beczala's night – his chance to show off his vibrant top notes and ardent timbre as the romantic lead, Rodolfo, in Puccini's La bohème. But a severe cold, causing him to sound more fuzzy than focused and dulling the gleam of his upper register, forced him to withdraw after a couple of acts.

Oman: Going for gold, frankincense and myrrh

With the help of a few wise men, Matthew Teller tracks down three ancient treasures in Oman

The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House, London

Magic Miyako's plum swansong

Guillemot wins the Transat Jacques Vabre

A very happy Marc Guillemot and Charles Cauledrier-Benac won the 60-foot division of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Safran today, having led the fleet for 12 of the nearly 16 days.

Small Talk: Modern Water taps demand in Middle East

Water, in case anyone hasn't noticed, is becoming a rather scarce commodity.

Nilmar strikes again as Brazil cruise to one more victory

Brazil rounded off a successful pre-World Cup year yesterday with a 2-0 friendly win in Oman to take their tally to 14 victories in 17 matches. Nilmar opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Oman midfielder Hassan Ghailani headed into his own goal just past the hour.

Benfica look to tie Di Maria to club until next summer

Benfica are refusing to enter a pre-contract agreement for their winger Angel di Maria in the hope that his performances in next year's World Cup for Argentina will trigger an auction.

Brazil demand respect from Manchester City in Robinho row

Brazil's verbal sparring with Manchester City over Robinho continued tonight with the national team manager Dunga suggesting that the club should show greater respect. The player himself said it was in his best interests to be here, even though he is not fit to play against England tomorrow.

More bad news for City from Robinho

Robinho was last night at the centre of another of the controversies which have bedevilled Manchester City's trip to Abu Dhabi, as Brazil declared they may play him in one or both of the nation's internationals, against the club's express wishes.

Arteta suffers injury setback for Everton

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has suffered a setback in his recovery from a serious knee injury, manager David Moyes has confirmed.

Travel challenge: A week in Oman

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a week in Oman in early November. Prices are for two people travelling together and include return flights from Heathrow to Muscat on 2 November...

Oman Red seals iShares Cup victory

Oman Red, skippered by Pete Cummings with Olympic bronze medallist Chris Draper at the helm, wrapped up the 2009 iShares Cup, but it came down to the last leg of the last race on the last day of the last regatta in Almeria, Spain. Just one point after six regattas pipped a Yann Guichard Gitana pushing Oman to the last minute with a spirited final attack.

Matador pips Quantum on final day in Palma

By a few seconds here and a boat length there the defending TP52 world champions Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum crew were beaten on countback on the final day in Palma to see the Albert Roemmers’ Argentinian boat Matador make up for what, at times, has been a frustrating season and take the title.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there