Environment The new Revenio Carbon racer from Raleigh

Lacking a little oomph, but some very nice touches

John Degenkolb lies exhausted after winning stage five yesterday

Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins fails to capitalise on pack crash during fifth stage

ohn Degenkolb won the latest stage

Ice fishing is currently having to embrace testing as they try to have their sport recognised as a future Winter Olympic event

Angling: Fishing for a doping scandal

In our jaded post-Lance Armstrong world, even the sleepiest sports are not immune to the vigilance of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. After a week spent crouched low, kneepads on, caught fish stuffed in their trouser pockets, the winners of last week’s World Ice Fishing Championship were led to a room in the Plaza Hotel, Wausau, Wisconsin, to be tested for steroids and growth hormones.

Chef calls for sea change in fishing laws

The television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is urging people to bombard the Twitter accounts of EU fisheries ministers this weekend in the countdown to a crucial meeting in Brussels which could sink his campaign to ban the discarding of fish.

Whales and dolphins are so intelligent they deserve same rights as humans, say experts

Marine biologists and philosophers have joined forces to support a controversial declaration of rights for whales and dolphins on the grounds that their astonishing intelligence and emotional empathy puts them on a par with humans.

A dead whitetip reef shark caught accidentally in a fishing net

Mobile marine reserves may end slaughter of endangered sea life

The indiscriminate slaughter of vast numbers of turtles, sharks, albatrosses and other endangered marine animals that get unintentionally caught by fishermen as “by-catch” could be prevented by a radical proposal of mobile marine reserves, scientists said yesterday.

Italian ship fires on fishing boat off Indian coast

India's navy revealed today that an Italian cargo ship had fired at a fishing boat off the coast of southern India, killing two fishermen.

Weather adds to Costa pollution fears

The pollution of the sea around the Giglio cruise liner wreck "has already begun", Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy's civil protection agency, said last night.

Diplomat caught illegally fishing

The new North Korean ambassador to Germany is in hot water after being caught fishing without a permit in a Berlin river.

As well as music Bruno Brookes also advises retailers on 'tonal strategy'

From Radio 1 to your high street: how Bruno took the shops by storm

That Immedia plc should have lost the Lloyds Pharmacy radio services contract is not the sort of thing that sends shockwaves through the stock market. But the forlorn words of the firm's chief executive raised one or two eyebrows among market watchers of a certain demographic. "Naturally we are disappointed to stop broadcasting Lloyds Pharmacy Live after nine years," said Bruno Brookes.

As well as music Bruno Brookes also advises retailers on 'tonal strategy'

Want to know who's to blame for all those shop radio stations? Try Bruno Brookes

Tom Peck on the ex-chart show DJ, his music firm – and its fall down the FTSE chart

Race rocked by spying claims

Australian supermaxi Investec Loyal's thrilling Sydney-Hobart win is under threat, after a protest claiming that its crew asked a media helicopter pilot to spy on the rival supermaxi Wild Oats XI during the race.

Survival of species may rest with captured rhino

Malaysian wildlife authorities have captured a female Sumatran rhino, which they plan to pair with a new mate in a breeding program meant to save the species from extinction.

Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts of Russian fishing ship Sparta

Desperate race to save Russian fishing crew adrift in Antarctic

Polar ice continues to hamper rescue attempts as appeal goes out to any ships in the area to help

Relatives and friends of Xue Jinbo, who died in police custody, attend his funeral in Wukan yesterday

The town that dared to defy Beijing

The death in police custody of a village elder who tried to fight land-grabs by the state has galvanised protesters, says Clifford Coonan

Mother accused of giving fake alibi

The mother of one of the men on trial over the murder of Stephen Lawrence was today accused of giving a fake alibi for her son.

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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