Rebecca Tyrrel: Any hopes Jim Davidson has of reviving his career look illogical (captain)

Who knew that when Trekkie Jim Davidson learnt of Patrick Stewart's support for the Labour Party, he wept? He sobbed his heart out because Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation is a leftie or "do-goody, leftie, white, socialist hybrid", as Davidson prefers to call all Labour voters.

Get me out of here: Bali, Mauritius, Hong Kong

Now... Book by 31 Jan and there's a week at the Grand Hyatt in the Nusa Dua area of Bali for £1,139pp (room only), including Singapore Airlines flights from Heathrow via Singapore between now and 14 Marcht. Pureluxuryholidays.co.uk

Thames cable car firm rises despite troubles

The architecture practice behind the Thames cable car crossing, which proved so popular when it opened ahead of the Olympics, has seen revenue rise by 12 per cent.

Sepp Blatter disagrees with Kevin-Prince Boateng's actions over racist abuse

The FIFA president believes the midfielder acted wrongly in the face of racist chanting

Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour

Ian Herbert: Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners will be dismayed by Mario Balotelli's behaviour

Some of Roberto Mancini’s staff are utterly disenchanted with the player

Get me out of here: Saint Lucia, Dubai, Sorrento

Now... Take in the Caribbean before Christmas. Travelling before 17 December, Travelbag has a week in Saint Lucia at the four-star Coconut Bay Resort & Spa with all-inclusive board and Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick for £1,069 per person. Travelbag.co.uk

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Fernando Alonso calm ahead of Formula One title showdown with Sebastian Vettel

Fernando Alonso has conceded to being relaxed and focused ahead of his latest Formula One world title showdown with Sebastian Vettel.

James Lawton: Early promise gives way to reality amid slack-jawed admiration of Zlatan

Waiting for Wilfried Zaha was, naturally, a matter of great compulsion.

David Cameron defends Middle East visit insisting he WILL raise concerns about hosts' human rights records

The Prime Minister hopes to win billions of pounds of defence contracts during his visit

Defence contracts on the agenda as Prime Minister arrives in UAE

David Cameron will tomorrow arrive in the United Arab Emirates on a mission to sell Britain's expertise in producing everything from bombs to hospitals.

Prime Minister David Cameron is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf amid rising tension in the region

Britain meets Gulf allies over growing tensions in Iran

Saudi Arabia and the UAE fear there may be attempts to block a vital oil supply route

Tehran has criticised the American and French presence in the Gulf, saying it is an attempt at intimidation

Exclusive: PM on standby to send warplanes to Gulf as Iranian tensions rise

Cameron weighs use of jets amid fears move could inflame situation

It's myopic to pretend all Arab states are the same. So stop traducing the United Arab Emirates

Huges amount of daily evidence are ignored. Why must critics paint a false image?

Women in power: Just 17 percent of Congress is female

Women hold just 20% of World's political power, report says

Women have gained little ground in political leadership around the world, with men still in about 80 percent of key elected and appointed positions, according to the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report.

South African doctor held in UAE jail on 10-year-old charge

Cyril Karabus, known for apartheid-era treatment of black children, held for manslaughter of girl
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Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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