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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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect