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James Hall had been forgotten after serving 25 years in prison – until the very different case of the NSA whistleblower brought the intelligence community back into the headlines

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Grand Prix of America postponed until 2014

Grand Prix of America promoter Leo Hindery Jnr is adamant he remains “100 per cent committed” to the project despite confirming a postponement of the race until 2014.

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Was she really 132? World's 'oldest ever person' Antisa Khvichava dies in remote Georgian village

A Georgian woman who claimed to be 132-years-old - making her the world’s oldest human being ever - has died.

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Editorial: Georgia's democratic milestone

The President of Georgia's admission of his party's defeat, after a bitterly fought election against the opposition Georgian Dream, is quite a milestone. By giving way gracefully (so far, at least), Mikheil Saakashvili is playing a part in his country's first democratic transfer of power in the two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nor does the optimism end there. Independent monitors have judged the vote free and fair, and threats of unrest on the streets have not materialised.

If only other post-Soviet leaders would follow Mikheil Saakashvili's dignified example in Georgia

The president has shown true statesmanship in a region blighted by autocracy and corruption. Our writer, a citizen of Georgia, salutes his brave and noble stance

We've won the election, says Georgia opposition

The billionaire opposition leader of Georgia claimed victory in the country's parliamentary election last night after exit polls gave his "Georgian Dream" coalition a shock lead.

Mikheil Saakashvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili, and why whoever wins in Georgia it's time to stop dreaming

Our writer, a Georgian citizen, says that the people of this post-Soviet nation have been terribly let down by politicians who promise much and deliver little

Editorial: A Rose Revolution losing its bloom

As voters go to the polls in Georgia today, the former Soviet satellite is facing the greatest challenge since its Rose Revolution in 2003.

3 commandos and 11 militants killed in Georgia hostage rescue attempt

At least 3 Georgian commandos and 11 militants have been killed during an operation to free hostages held along Georgia's border with Russia, authorities said today.

Postcard From...Tbilisi

Everyone has had the feeling that the doctor might be making a guess at what is wrong with them rather than giving the perfect diagnosis, but in Georgia, people are terrified of doctors giving them the wrong medication.

Well-paid footballers like Craig Bellamy have no place at the Games

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The critic without a ticket: Would an octet from The Dog and Duck end on their backsides at the first tug from the Tajiks?

Matthew Bell: It's a very good 17 days to bury bad news

Nobody puts anything dodgy in emails any more. But if they did, there'd be plenty of Jo Moores whizzing round Whitehall this weekend. Remember her? She was the civil servant who, minutes after the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center, cheerfully rattled off a note saying it was "a very good to day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors' expenses?"

Jona Hogh-Christensen won both yesterday’s Finn class races

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Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie struck a satisfied figure after securing second-place finishes in both of today's opening Olympic sailing races.

Fireworks marking the end of the ceremony at the Olympic Park

London Olympics 2012: The greatest show on Earth (and it's only just begun)

We cannot know yet what these Olympics will bring us, not in the full sweep of the greatest sports spectacle on earth, but last night you could feel the weight of all the possibilities

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