Sport Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

I dare police to prosecute me, says former GP

A former GP dubbed Doctor Death dared police to prosecute him today as he was questioned by officers for helping a terminally ill man pay for assisted suicide.

Beasts of the sea making a splash off the coast

Worldwide conservation experts meet to discuss plan to protect the giant fish with UK nature reserves

The tax crackdown that could net you £700 a year

Governments are being urged to shake up the way tax havens operate before the next G20 meeting later this summer, writes Neasa MacErlean

Call of the wild: 'Springwatch' presenter Martin Hughes-Games gets up close and personal with Britain's wildlife

I'm not ashamed to say that I've always done it, and anyone who does it knows just how enjoyable it can be. Mixing a UK holiday with wildlife watching has never been an easier or more accessible option.

JJB rejects chief executive's resignation

JJB Sports has dramatically rejected the resignation of its chief executive Chris Ronnie, arguing that the statement issued by his lawyers to the press was done without its agreement.

Cornish language declared extinct by UN

Just 300 speakers of dialect survive – and Welsh could be the next one to die out

Rum deal in store for Scots islanders

Feudal tradition of land ownership set to be swept away after two centuries

My life in travel: Murray Walker, Sports Commentator

'My ideal travelling companion? Cindy Crawford!'

Offshore: Fears over liability in Crown Dependencies

An independent review into the British Government's role in supporting the banking systems of the Crown Dependencies and overseas territories was announced by the Chancellor yesterday in the pre-Budget report.

Accidental death verdict on crew of fishing boat

The reasons for the sinking of the fishing boat 'Solway Harvester', with the loss of seven lives, will never be known, an Isle of Man coroner said yesterday.

Solway Harvester inquest due to end

An inquest into the deaths of seven crewmen who drowned when their fishing boat sank off the Isle of Man is set to conclude today.

James Daley: Who's to blame for the Icelandic banking mess?

When Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling were talking tough to Iceland a few weeks ago – seizing the UK assets of Icelandic banks and promising to stand behind all UK savers with money in those banks' accounts – I felt a great national pride. After all, the Icelandic Government had apparently told us that they had no intention of honouring their obligations in the UK – even though hundreds of thousands of savers had deposited money in the UK subsidiaries of their banks.

Flybe beats challenges to post profits rise

Regional airline Flybe today shrugged off the misery gripping the sector with a 14 per cent rise in first-quarter profits.

Andy Kershaw: The year my life fell apart

He's been thrown in prison. He's been rejected by his partner. He's lost contact with his children. He's on the run from police. How did such a successful and respected broadcaster fall from grace? Andy Kershaw talks exclusively to Rob Sharp

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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
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

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