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

How to find a cheaper flight to Asia this summer - and good news for SeaFrance customers

Q. Why are flights to Asia in summer 2012 at least £100 more than they were when I went last year? It is putting me off going: £800 at least to Kuala Lumpur. I am sure I can't be the only one. Paul Swannie

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim cleared of sex charge

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted by the country's High Court today of a sex offence against a former aide, citing unreliable DNA evidence.

London sees in the new year in dramatic style

Happy 2012! New Year sparks global celebration

The end-of-year party rulebook demands fireworks – whatever the woes of the world – and as midnight ticked by in one timezone after another, 2012 was ushered in with a familiar bang and fizz.

Sepp Blatter listens to some awkward questions in Kuala Lumpur yesterday

Racism row is now over, says rattled Blatter

Fifa President Sepp Blatter snapped at colleagues and looked beset by nerves yesterday as he described the hurt he felt after being criticised for his comments about racism in football.

Corporate response to Blatter comments out of touch with fans and reality

Sepp Blatter struggles amid questions regarding racism comments

Fifa president Sepp Blatter snapped at colleagues and looked beset by nerves today as he described the hurt he felt after being criticised for his comments about racism in soccer.

TV company at centre of global news fixing row goes into administration

Collapse follows investigation by <i>The Independent</i>

Special investigation: TV company takes millions from Malaysian government to make documentaries for BBC... about Malaysia

Corporation suspends relations with leading film-maker accused of conflict of interests over 'palm oil' programmes

Mugged student leaves hospital

The Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has been discharged from the Royal London hospital, the trust said today.

Taiwan's main opposition claims Beijing hacked its HQ

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party said yesterday that its headquarters had been targeted for six months by hackers working for Beijing.

Australia to post expulsions on YouTube in bid to deter refugees

There are 54 of them, and they include four women and a young boy. They say they are from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Little more is known about them, but they are about to become famous; soon after arriving in Australia, these asylum-seekers will be filmed being expelled and the footage posted online.

Malaysian FA apologise over Yossi Benayoun abuse

The Malaysia Football Association have apologised to Chelsea following the London club's complaint over anti-semitic abuse directed at midfielder Yossi Benayoun.

Anelka happy to stay and play with a smile

"Here to Play. Here to Stay" is the slogan Chelsea have chosen for their tour of Asia, indicating that they do not plan to pass through three countries merely to press the flesh and rake in fees for exhibition matches. It is a slogan that could equally apply to Nicolas Anelka.

Villas-Boas: 'European Cup will arrive at Chelsea one day'

The 12-hour flight to Malaysia was the first of Chelsea's season and they would hope to end it with a rather shorter one to Munich in May. In the first weeks of his tenure at Stamford Bridge, Andre Villas-Boas has been keen to play down the importance of his role but on one thing he is adamant – sooner rather than later Chelsea will win the Champions League.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on verge of Chelsea switch

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is undergoing a medical with a view to completing a move to the Barclays Premier League club.

Liverpool trading on history to make it big in Malaysia

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