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When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Lush often uses its front windows to campaign against social injustice

Cosmetics chain Lush stands up for gay rights in run up to Sochi Winter Olympics

As the Sochi games approach, Lush stores around the world will be running a Valentine’s campaign in defence of equal love

Treasures of the Olympic Winter Games

Book of the week: Treasures of the Olympic Winter Games

Britain may be minnows when it comes to winter sports, but we did invent modern sledding, and we’ve had our moments in figure skating too. Indeed, as this book reminds us, figure skating first appeared on the Olympic schedule in London in 1908.

Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will return to Sarajevo to repeat their gold-medal winning routine

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean 'excited and humbled' after invitation to return to Sarajevo and perform gold-winning routine

The Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch has been rebuilt having been destroyed in the Bosnian War and Torvill and Dean will return to the scene of their greatest success

A view of the Olympic rings in Sochi

Winter Olympics 2014: British Olympic Association receive terror threat ahead of Sochi Games

The threat, which has also been sent to Italy, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, 'lacks credibility'

President Vladimir Putin, who has backed the £30bn Games, with the Russia ice hockey team in Sochi

Ashling O'Connor: IOC and Fifa may learn Olympics and World Cup are not too big to fail

International Olympic Committee and Fifa are about to embark on a prolonged period of instability, with their flagship events lined up in a frightening domino effect of uncertainty

People gather at the site of an explosion on a trolley bus in Volgograd. President Vladimir Putin has vowed to annihilate 'terrorists' following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours

President Putin vows to 'annihilate' terrorists after Volgograd suicide bombings

Double bombings have killed at least 34 people

Alan Hubbard: Vladimir Putin compromises in bid to avoid the global cold shoulder at Sochi Games

Few world leaders are more aware of the power of sport in global politics
US Figure-skating champion Brian Boitano comes out as gay

US figure-skating champion Brian Boitano comes out as gay

Boitano now joins tennis ace and activist Billie Jean King and hockey play Caitlin Cahow to represent America during the Sochi Winter Games

Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has called for action to be taken on

Match-fixing: Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe calls for bookmakers to limit their market's to 'appropriate betting'

Sutcliffe raised the concern to current Sports Minister Helen Grant following the recent allegations of match-fixing

Nelson Mandela: IOC to lower Olympic flag for three days in mark of respect after death of former South African President

Mandela passed away aged 95 and IOC president Thomas Bach has confirmed the governing body will pay their respects to Mandela in lowering the Olympic flag

The 2003 Balco scandal ultimately brought down the US sprinter Marion Jones

Ashling O’Connor: Don’t blame Wada for failures to catch drug cheats – federations, politicians and the IOC all need to be braver in enforcing rules

Who is asking the IOC if it should throw Kenya and Jamaica out of the Olympics?

Asafa Powell tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine

Positive doping tests could be 'tip of the iceberg' warns senior drug tester in Jamaica

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among the high profile athletes to test positive recently

Louie Ireland, left, 11, takes on Oliver Simons, right, 13, during the youth final

They came, they saw, they conkered: Briton triumphs at World Conker Championships

Despite fierce foreign competition, Sam Masters sees a British triumph at the World Conker Championships

Brian Cookson has made a brisk and busy start to his tenure in charge of cycling

Cycling: Brian Cookson looks for drugs probe as reform starts

Brian Cookson has made a brisk and busy start to his tenure in charge of cycling, with the new president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, opening talks with the World Anti-Doping Agency over the creation of an independent inquiry into doping within the sport

Japan has called for help to prevent the ever-increasing seepage of contaminated water into the sea

Japan appeals for foreign help to stop leaks at crippled nuclear plant

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, has appealed for overseas help to contain the ever-increasing leaks of radioactive water at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima.

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