The Briton, who now has 77 career wins and a 17-point lead over team mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship, had called for a miracle as Red Bull's Max Verstappen filled his car's mirrors, with the pair banging wheels late on.
Talking to reporters after his all-time record lap of the Mediterranean street circuit, Hamilton recalled that it was the three-time champion Austrian who persuaded him to leave McLaren for Mercedes in 2012.
An erratic Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 defeat against the 10th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.
The congress is currently comprised of 27 members, including six women, according to its minimum quota.
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic crowned a winning return to the courts after surgery with the Laureus sportsman of the year award, while American gymnast Simone Biles won the sportswoman of the year prize.
Leonardo Jardim returns for a second spell after the struggling French Ligue 1 club fired Thierry Henry.
The mosaic depicting a youthful St Mark was one of several pieces of Byzantine artefacts looted from the Church of Panayia Kanakaria after Cyprus split into ethnic Greek and Turkish sides in 1974.
Thierry Henry has plenty to ponder as he leads Monaco into Wednesday's Champions League clash with Club Brugge.
Syrian refugees are heading back from Lebanon in very low numbers. Many are exhausted with the UN and the dehumanising living conditions in Lebanon, forcing them to risk their lives. But their fate is still a mystery in Assad’s Syria.
Cristiano Ronaldo can look forward to a return to Old Trafford this season after his new team Juventus came out in the same group as Manchester United in Thursday's draw in Monaco.
Ronaldo will be up against Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the award next week at the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco.
Rafael Nadal easily reached the trophy over Kei Nishikori with a 6-3, 6-2 win and became the first man in the Open era to win the same title 11 times.
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