Doha and Baku out of running for 2020 Olympic Games

The cities of Doha and Baku have been cut from the list of candidates to stage the 2020 Olympic Games.

Eurovision row escalates as Iran withdraws ambassador

Iran has withdrawn its ambassador from Azerbaijan in a row about the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward through to Eurovision final

Jedward have made it through to their second Eurovision Song Contest final.

Humperdinck will sing first in Baku on Saturday night

Is the Hump sunk before singing a note at Eurovision?

If Engelbert Humperdinck can't rally the "grey vote", what chance does he have of Eurovision glory?

Israel 'does Azerbaijan airbase deal' in plan to attack Iran

Americans may have leaked news in effort to stop Israelis carrying out their threats
Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest

Engelbert Humperdinck to sing 'soaring ballad' at Eurovision

Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has unveiled the "soaring ballad" that he hopes will restore the UK's reputation at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Ell & Nikki from Azerbaijan at the 2011 Eurovision in Germany (left); protests in Quba this month (right)

Eurovision: light entertainment in a dark place

Britain's Eurovision bid is now in full flow, but the hosts remain out of tune with the contest's sunny image

Smeared: Khadija Ismayilova has exposed corruption in Azerbaijan

Sex video used to blackmail Azerbaijani journalist

A sex tape of a prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist, filmed using a covert camera, has been released online in the latest disturbing sign of the perils that activists and independent journalists face in the country.

The proposed Doha Port Stadium

Rome departure throws 2020 Olympics race wide open

The surprise departure of Rome from the race to host the 2020 Olympics has put the spotlight on the finances of the five remaining candidates, with Azerbaijan's Baku and Qatar's Doha, initially seen as outsiders but flush with cash, set to gain in status.

Rome out of race to host 2020 Olympics

Rome has dropped out of the race to host the 2020 Olympics and in doing so has given a massive boost to Qatar's hopes.

Left: Katia Zatuliveter, 26, is facing deportation over claims she was a Russian spy. Right: Mike Hancock MP, for whom she worked as a researcher

Did a libidinous Lib Dem ask lobbyists to pay his lover's way?

Russian aide accused of spying says MP asked Azerbaijani group to fund her visa

Andrew Selby is a genuine Olympic medal prospect but faces a box-off even to be selected for the Games

Bunce on Boxing: Two Olympic certainties but one sure loser

There was a time when there were so few realistic British Olympic medal winners, in what seemed like an endless list of summer Games, that the hopes of "nicking" a bronze were pinned on the shoulders of just one kid. Times have changed and this Friday at York Hall in east London two boxers, one from Wales and one from England, will begin a best-of-three series to determine who fills the flyweight position next summer.

Boy, 13, pulled from Turkey quake rubble

A 13-year-old boy was pulled from a collapsed building without injury on Friday, five days after Turkey's powerful earthquake struck, and state-run TV said he survived by drinking rain water that seeped through cracks in the wreckage around him.

Pearce: I enjoy this job too much to quit

Stuart Pearce yesterday insisted the thought of quitting as England Under-21 manager never crossed his mind after this summer's European Championship failure.

Kid Acne: Kill your darlings - picture preview

Sheffield is currently celebrating home grown graffiti artist Kid Acne with his debut solo show at the Millennium Gallery in the heart of the city.

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