Voices Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk towards the frontline in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus

Of its 250,000 Palestinians, scarcely 18,000 now remain; up to 1,500 are dead, many of them due to hunger

Andy Roddick enjoys his victory over Roger Federer in Miami

Roddick defeat leaves Federer citing fatigue after busy season

Roger Federer said a busy opening to the season had "taken its toll" after the world No 3's 16-match unbeaten run was ended by the world No 34, Andy Roddick, in the third round of the Miami Masters on Monday night. Federer, who lost 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, was playing his 29th match of the season.

Next week's football governance hearing could look into the role of Sir Dave Richards

Dave Richards apologises again for 'lighthearted' remarks on Fifa and Qatar

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised again this morning for claiming that FIFA and UEFA had "stolen" football from England and admitted sometimes he is a "little bit broad".

Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, are portrayed as being oblivious to the violence in their country

Secrets of the Assads' emails are revealed by rebels

Messages show the dictator and his wife obsessed with shopping while Syria suffers

Jessica Ennis’s joy turned to despair at the end of the pentathlon

‘Devastated’ Ennis falls victim to gold robbery

British heptathlete sees ‘victory’ taken away after computer error and poor long-jump performance

Jessica Ennis in front of an Istanbul backdrop at the Atakoy Athletics Arena yesterday

London Eye: Ennis will be talk of the town if she can see off deadly rival

It was all very different the last time a golden hope from Sheffield was preparing for an eagerly awaited duel in the Olympic track-and-field arena. Sebastian Coe might have lived in the same country as Steve Ovett but, in the lead-up to the Moscow Olympics, the great British kings of middle distance studiously avoided one another in the heat of competitive battle. Indeed, at one point, as they traded world records on the tracks of mainland Europe, one national broadsheet bemoaned in a leader column: "It as if they are playing a game of postal chess."

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

Brits on course for 'very good' Olympics

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

Helmand attack is a 'desperately sad day' says David Cameron

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

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rivals 'pulling ahead' in Iran election

Conservative rivals of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were leading in the race for parliament according to early election results today, an indication the president may face a more hostile house in the remaining 18 months of his second term in office.

A woman in Tehran shows off the ink print that shows she has voted

Obama warns of military strike as Iran goes to polls

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

The figures showed that Bashar al-Assad had far more support than had been portrayed by the opposition. No less than 55 per cent of the people of Syria, according to an opinion poll, wanted him to continue leading the country.

Album: Xiu Xiu, Always (Bella Union)

Xiu Xiu have been knocking around under the radar for a decade now, and Always may well be the Californians' finest yet.

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

Woe for Wozniacki as her slide continues

Caroline Wozniacki's troubles continue.

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

Azarenka sweeps on unbeaten with Doha rout of Stosur

She has a long way to go before she even goes close to matching his feat, but Victoria Azarenka is beginning 2012 in the way that Novak Djokovic embarked on his season in 2011. Azarenka has not been beaten since the final of last year's WTA Championships in Istanbul and yesterday took her winning start to 17 matches when she beat Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Qatar Open.

Freida Pinto: An actress who has the whole world at her feet

From Mumbai orphan to Greek priestess and now Arabian princess, her career has been truly global so far

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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