Sport A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Almaty, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo are the others hoping to stage the games

Typhoon Haiyan: Experts fly in to Philippines as death toll reaches 1,200

More than 1,200 people are feared dead in the Philippines after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded left a trail of destruction across large parts of the archipelago.

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Skyscrapers are the architectural equivalent of penis extensions

The original breed of classic towers has become an endangered species

Cardiff City eyes a listing in the Far East

City stalwart Mehmet Dalman has held talks with investment bankers about a possible stock market listing of Cardiff City, the Premier League football club he chairs.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates a goal in Chelsea's 4-1 win over a Malaysia XI

Romelu Lukaku makes strong case for leading the line at Chelsea ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba

The £18m striker has impressed Mourinho and is confident he can score goals for club

Risky business: Ryan Bertrand is focusing on his Chelsea career

Ryan Bertrand ready to graft to make it at the Bridge after turning down Liverpool move

Bertrand opts to stay at club he joined as a 15-year-old from Gillingham in hope of being Cole's successor

Juan Mata

Juan Mata and David Luiz given assurances they will not be sold by Chelsea reveals Jose Mourinho

It was suggested either player could be used as a make-weight in the deal for Wayne Rooney

Kevin De Bruyne

Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne ready to show Jose Mourinho that he can make the step up to first-team

Belgian midfielder will go on pre-season tour of Asia with aim of impressing new Blues boss

Richard Branson, dressed up as an air stewardess
Phil Ivey, from Las Vegas, is thought to be the world's sixth-highest
earner from punto banco tournaments

Poker’s Tiger Woods Phil Ivey sues British casino for £7.3m in winnings

A global gambling star known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” is suing Britain’s oldest casino for refusing to pay him £7.3m in winnings.

Paul Di Resta

F1: Paul Di Resta keen to move on from Malaysian Grand Prix

Force India drivers fail to finish race

Charl Schwartzel: The South African had to play 25 holes yesterday due to rain delays

Charl Schwartzel weathers storm to keep up Malaysian hopes

Pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel already has one eye on a Monday finish after finishing round two of the weather-delayed Maybank Malaysian Open one shot shy of the leader.

Tiger Woods alongside Justin Rose at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods begins pursuit of world number one ranking with steady 69 at Bay Hill

Rory McIlory could be knocked from the top of the standings this weekend

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...