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In the often unintelligible acronym- and jargon-crazed world of Work and Pensions Questions, no-one could accuse the right-wing Tory Philip Davies of not telling it like he thinks it is.

Wright only serious rival to Ainslie at regatta

The only serious rival to the supremacy of triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, Ed Wright, is producing dominant performances at the Rolex Olympic classes regatta in Miami.

Equestrianism: Van der Vleuten in the money as Tomboy speeds to victory

Eric van der Vleuten made good use of his horse's swift turn of foot yesterday, when he rode VDL Groep Tomboy to win the FEI Rolex World Cup Qualifier at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

On the agenda: Tiger, tiger, burning bright – and it's coming right for us! Plus, lessons in carving turkey

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Whether you like to see a master at work or watch an auteur in the making, Rolex's biennial Mentor and Protégé programme will catch the eye. Six virtuosos, from visual artist Rebecca Horn to author AS Byatt, each take an up-and-coming talent under their wing for a year, and will be discussing their experience at various venues around the capital.

'Role model' worker fights for life after armed robbery

A cash and carry employee is fighting for his life after he was blasted in the chest with a shotgun as he tried to stop a gang of armed robbers.

Shot cash-and-carry worker fights for life

A cash and carry employee was blasted in the chest with a shotgun at point-bank range as he tried to stop a gang of armed robbers.

Equestrianism: Townend survives 'intense' course to keep lead

Oliver Townend is poised to take his second four-star event this year as he capitalised on a useful lead in dressage on Carousel Quest with an impressive performance cross country in The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials yesterday.

Equestrianism: Lundback wins jump-off at Windsor

Helena Lundback, the diminutive Swedish show jumper riding Madick, defeated her only rival, the Dutchman Harrie Smolders on Exquis Walnut de Muze, in a jump-off to win the Rolex Grand Prix at Windsor yesterday.

Seb Josse wins Open 60 Fastnet Race

A quiet Frenchman, one of whose previous trips through the Western Approaches to Britain was filled with tragedy, and a compatriot known as Jeff, had the biggest smiles in Plymouth today at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Beau Geste fails in Isle of Wight record attempt

By just two minutes and 13 seconds, the Hong Kong-based 80-footer Beau Geste failed to beat the existing Round the Island record of 3 hours 56min 03sec yesterday as the big boys came out to play in Cowes Week.

Hiddink leaves Ancelotti with a hard act to follow

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McMafia, By Misha Glenny

After Glenny's thrilling and chilling tour of global crime and the motley folk who run it, who stands in the dock? We do. Even those consumers who shun classic gangster markets in drugs, sex or gambling profit from illegal labour and cheap goods made in places where might mocks right.

Equestrianism: King Solier clearly the best for France in Masters

The valuable Renault Christmas Masters, contested by the most successful riders in qualifying events at the Olympia International Horse Show, resulted in an impressive French victory for Penelope Leprevost, 29, riding King Solier.

Lie detectors at war (but who's telling the truth?)

It's not just Jeremy Kyle and Trisha Goddard who are rivals: the polygraph experts on the two shows are engaged in a bitter defamation battle. Jerome Taylor reports

Time machines: Our chronic obsession with watches

From Oysters to Seamasters, Skyhawks to Hemipodes, the world of luxury watches is booming as if recession were an alien concept. But who actually needs a diamond-encrusted, solid gold chronograph with built-in altimeter? John Walsh finds out what makes this extraordinary industry tick

Sleeping around: A bit of balance

'There's a lot to be said for taking the time to get to know the other person and not falling for a fantasy image'
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Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines
Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?

What are Jaden and Willow on about?

Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?
Fridge gate: How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces

Cold war

How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces
Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

From dogs in cars to online etiquette, while away a few minutes in peace with one of these humorous, original and occasionally educational tomes
Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

New Wigan manager said all the right things - but until the FA’s verdict is delivered he is still on probation, says Ian Herbert
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

Isis takes a big step back

Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants
Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits: How to shop politically

How to shop politically

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits
The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Sex on the brain

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection