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Charles van Commenee is the Dutchman hoping to guide Team GB to a golden summer

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UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee believes Britain remains “on course” for a successful Olympic Games after encouraging performances this winter.

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Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "a desperately sad day for our country" as news emerged of the attack in Helmand.

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President Barack Obama warned he should be taken seriously when he says he would consider military action to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

Statistics showing strong support for Assad regime damned by the truth

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Caroline Wozniacki who has been beaten by German Julia Gorges in each of their last three matches

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VICTORIA AZARENKA: The Belarusian world No 1 has started the year with 17 victories in succession

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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.

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