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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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

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