Bomb injures 15 police near Turkey ruling party HQ

A remote control bomb injured 15 police officers and one civilian today as a police minibus passed close to the Istanbul headquarters of Turkey's ruling AK Party, police said.

Jessica Ennis in action during the 60 metre hurdles heats

Ennis timing her run to perfection

The Russians are coming. Six months after Jessica Ennis was relieved of her World Championship heptathlon crown by Tatyana Chernova, another potential golden girl of the multi-events scene happens to be emerging from within the boundaries of the Russian Federation. Competing in Moscow last week, the previously unheralded Ekaterina Bolshova won her national pentathlon championship with a score of 4,896 points – 41 more than Chernova has ever amassed.

The pack runs around Mo Farah after he fell in the mile at Boston

Chambers stays in running as he waits for ruling

For Dwain Chambers, the key battle has yet to come in 2012. Still, as he awaits the Court of Arbitration for Sport's definitive ruling on the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on doping offenders – due to be announced before the end of April – the world indoor 60 metres champion is up and running in London Olympic year.

Cargo ship damaged after collision off Istanbul

A cargo ship struggled to pump out water that seeped in through cracks today after it brushed against two anchored ships while trying to moor during strong winds off the coast of Istanbul, but a senior maritime official said it was not in danger of sinking.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Sir Bruce's marriage has survived his jokes'

Who knew that when Bruce Forsyth (31 years before he was awarded his knighthood) interviewed some beauties at a Miss World Gala he asked Miss Turkey, "And what do you eat for Christmas?"?

Travel Agenda: Champs-Elysées Mac Mahon; The Cube; Istanbul; Cathay Pacific

Today: Check into the new Champs-Elysées Mac Mahon, a four-star hotel whose windows frame views of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It's well placed for last-minute shopping and the city's Christmas market (bit.ly/champshot).

Fixing claims: 93 charged

A Turkish court accepted an indictment yesterday charging 93 officials and players with match-fixing.

Joe Biden urges Turkey to impose new sanctions on Iran

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Turkey to impose new sanctions against Iran, while praising Ankara for its role in pressuring Syria to stop its bloody crackdown on protesters.

Tennis takes action against grunters (but it's too late to silence Sharapova)

Wimbledon has asked the professional game to do something about it, Michael Stich once called it "disgusting, ugly, unsexy", while world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki says it can adversely affect an opponent and that some players do it deliberately. With spectators and television viewers increasingly put off by the grunting and shrieking of several female players, the Women's Tennis Association is seeking to reduce the decibel levels on court.

Bomb threat grounds flight from Pakistan to Manchester

A plane bound for Britain was forced to land in Turkey yesterday after a Pakistani airline received bomb threats by email.

Trail of the unexpected: Along the Bosphorus

Cathy Packe explores lively districts and historic sites along both sides of the Bosphorus

Amy Winehouse cancels two dates of comeback tour

Amy Winehouse has cancelled the next two dates of her comeback European tour following a disastrous comeback concert on Saturday night.

'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog was really a man in Istanbul

A blog purportedly written by a Syrian-American woman living in Damascus has been confirmed as a hoax.

Turkish students plan anti-government protest

Inspired by mass demonstrations against dictators across the Arab world, a group of Turkish students have camped out in the centre of Istanbul for a three-day protest against the elected government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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