News A police leaflet in a Sochi hotel shows Ruzanna Ibragimova, claiming she is a potential suicide bomber in the city

Olympic committees in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and the UK have received messages threatening their delegations, although officials dismissed them as unfounded

A gay rights activist in St. Petersburg last week

Coalition of international figures urge IOC to strip Russia of Winter Olympics unless homophobic laws are repealed

Sportsmen, actors and politicians condemn Russian authorities for stoking up gay hatred as Stephen Fry likens Sochi Games to those held in Berlin under Nazi Germany

Beth Tweddle’s routine was marred by a poor landing but she still ended up with bronze

Gymnastics: Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle announces retirement

The 28-year-old is Britain's most successful ever gymnast

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell failed drug tests earlier this month

'Shocked' Asafa Powell vows to return to athletics after failed drug test

Jamaican sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine

Sebastian Coe has overseen a drastic 50 per cent cut in the number of staff employed by the British Olympic Association

Lord Coe cuts staff by half as post-London reality bites

Sebastian Coe has overseen a drastic 50 per cent cut in the number of staff employed by the British Olympic Association as the new chairman attempts to reduce the body's financial "fragility" in the wake of the London Games.

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Sixty British companies banned from publicising their involvement with London 2012

Almost sixty British companies have been banned from publicising their involvement with the successful London Olympics to protect the interests of major international sponsors, an investigation has found.

The New BOA Chairman, Lord Seb Coe talks to the media during the BOA Announcement of Their New Chairman

Sebastian Coe to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Sebastian Coe is to be honoured for his achievements on and off the track by being given the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Sports dopers to face four-year bans

World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have backed proposed tougher sanctions for drugs cheats that should bring an end to the British Olympic Association's aim to revive their lifetime ban for dopers.

BOA welcome move to double ban for drugs cheats to four years

The BOA's lifetime ban was overturned in the Court or Arbitration for Sport in May

Taxpayer will not foot Olympic bill as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped Locog meet £2.4 billion cost

The taxpayer will not have to make up any Olympic budget shortfall as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped organisers Locog meet the £2.4 billion cost needed to stage the Games.

Lord Coe is likely to rein in the BOA's drive to have a greater role across British sport

Sebastian Coe pledges BOA will fight for longer drug bans

Sebastian Coe took on the "monumental responsibility" of the chairmanship of the British Olympic Association yesterday with a promise to continue to campaign for lengthier bans for drug cheats.

Sebastian Coe elected British Olympic Association chairman

Sebastian Coe has been elected as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Lord Coe has criticised the practice of neglecting sport is primary schools

Sir Steve Redgrave surprised by Sebastian Coe's BOA bid

Sir Steve Redgrave admits he is “surprised” that Seb Coe wants to become the new leader of the British Olympic Association.

Sebastian Coe assured of BOA chair

Sebastian Coe's election as chairman of the British Olympic Association was assured last night when his only opponent withdrew.

Teachers hit back at David Cameron over sports

David Cameron today faced a furious backlash from teachers after he criticised staff for refusing to play their part in running school sports.

Phillips Idowu

Team GB mystery man Phillips Idowu arrives at Olympic Village

The saga of Phillips Idowu's fitness and whereabouts has been fascinating or irritating depending on your point of view, but the so-called “Invisible Man” of British athletics will finally be seen tomorrow.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links