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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

The sporting week ahead (17/03/13)

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On hold: Armen Nazaryan says ‘from now on I will drink only syrup’

Wrestling may be back in the rings

All is not lost for one of the oldest Olympic disciplines as rival politicians form an unlikely tag team

Wrestling president quits after omission of sport from Olympics

The president of the international wrestling federation has quit in the wake of the IOC's decision to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics.

Smudger Smith: Title race is not over bar the shouting

The Journeyman Pro

Wrestling at the London 2012 Olympics

Wrestling dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games

IOC announce decision

Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the match during Liverpool's Champions League match against Debrecen in 2009

Under suspicion: Liverpool match against Debrecen 'targeted by fixers'

Champions League game with Debrecen in 2009 alleged to be one of 700 which concern Euro investigation

Brian Cookson: 'I am not a candidate'

Cycling: Brian Cookson rules out UCI post

British Cycling's president, Brian Cookson, has insisted he is fully supportive of the under-pressure UCI president, Pat McQuaid. Cookson has been mentioned as a possible successor to unify the sport if McQuaid is forced to resign over the world governing body's handling of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Lance Armstrong pictured with his bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Lance Armstrong stripped of Olympic medal

Disgraced cyclist won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games

World awaits Lance Armstrong admission

Disgraced cyclist's interview with Opray Winfrey airs later today

Lance Armstrong talks to Oprah Winfrey

Lance Armstrong asked to speak with authorities following Oprah Winfrey admission

Cyclist urged to divulge details

Backing for British talent such as Jess Ennis impressed bidder

Tokyo inspired by spirit of London in race for 2020 Olympic Games

The impact of London's Olympics has been felt as far away as Japan, with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games boosted by a rise in public support thanks to the success of last summer's event in Britain.

The founder of the modern Olympics wasn't alive to see 2012, but he would have loved it

At the close of London's Olympic year, the current president of the International Olympic Committee looks at Pierre de Coubertin's continuing legacy

BOA welcome move to double ban for drugs cheats to four years

The BOA's lifetime ban was overturned in the Court or Arbitration for Sport in May

Windsurfing returns to Olympic sailing line-up for Rio 2016

People power kicked the decision to drop windsurfers from the Olympic sailing line-up into the oblivion of history as rank and file national representatives voted against the council members of the International Sailing Federation at its annual general meeting in Dublin.

Taxpayer will not foot Olympic bill as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped Locog meet £2.4 billion cost

The taxpayer will not have to make up any Olympic budget shortfall as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped organisers Locog meet the £2.4 billion cost needed to stage the Games.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003