London 2012: Carrying Olympic flag was 'unbelievable' honour, says Doreen Lawrence

The mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has spoken of the “unbelievable” honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the London 2012 Games opening ceremony.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Danny Boyle hails 15,000 Olympics opening ceremony volunteers

Danny Boyle dedicated his £27 million Olympics opening extravaganza to the 15,000 volunteers who will help bring it to life tonight as organisers said they expected a sell-out crowd.

A view from outside the Olympic Stadium

Warm, dry start predicted for Olympic Games

The UK is in for more rain as the jet stream moves south again, but forecasters say the weather for the start of the Olympics will not be as bad as it has been for much of the summer.

A view of the Olympic Stadium at night

Opening ceremony rehearsal gives glimpse of the Olympic Games: chaos on trains

One of London's main Olympic transport routes failed its first major test ahead of the Games yesterday when tens of thousands faced severe delays as they journeyed to the Olympic Stadium to watch a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony.

London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Huge Olympic effect on value of homes in London's East End

Prices have risen by over £200 a week since London was awarded the Olympic Games

Pre-Olympic Games road restrictions 'cause delays'

Road restrictions in place ahead of the Olympics caused some long delays today, according to traffic information company Inrix.

Danny Boyle, with London 2012 crew and volunteers, unveils a model of the Opening Ceremony yesterday

Rain forecast for Olympic games opening ceremony

While the sun may be shining on Team GB's cyclists after their historic results in the Tour de France, there is a risk of showers for London on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony.

Torchbearer Phillips Idowu 'full of emotion'

British medal hopeful Phillips Idowu was "full of emotion" today as he carried the Olympic Torch in Stratford - just a stone's throw from the Olympic Park in east London.

Mole man home sold for £1m

The house where a man spent almost half a century tunnelling a labyrinthine network of caverns has been sold for over £1m.

Google extends London Campus

Google is to extend its London Campus for start-up tech firms to the rest of the UK through a mentoring service and network programmes.

Boxing: No fight? Haye's fault, says Vitali

Vitali Klitschko has reminded David Haye he rejected the chance to meet in a heavyweight super fight in favour of facing Dereck Chisora.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora exchange blows during their fight for the WBO and WBA International Heavyweight Championship

Boxing: Haye claims bragging rights with 'best punch I have ever thrown'

Chisora's dogged resistance is broken in fifth round as Haye ponders his next move – now the real fight begins over the future of British boxing

Firms abandon Olympics legal challenge

Scores of small businesses have withdrawn their legal challenge to the organisers of the Olympics over planned road closures and security restrictions which they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Police given extension to quiz terror suspects

Detectives have been granted more time to question four people arrested this month over a suspected terror plot in the UK.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee