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

Travel Challenge: An August break in Bali

Every week we invite competing travel companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day trip to the Indonesian island of Bali in August. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All prices include flights departing from Heathrow and transfers.

Arsenal must start season well says Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie believes a strong start is essential to Arsenal's hopes of success next season.

Malaysian police break up opposition rally

More than 20,000 people defied government warnings in Malaysia yesterstady to attend a rally calling for political reforms.

Malaysia fires tear gas and arrests hundreds at protest

Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed today across Malaysia's main city demanding electoral reforms in the country's biggest political rally in years.

Malaysia to lockdown largest city to block protest

Malaysian police say they will shut major roads and suspend public transportation into Kuala Lumpur to block a rally by opposition-backed activists.

Air Asia owner makes West Ham offer

Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes has today confirmed making an offer to buy West Ham.

Air fares war: Price cuts amid low sales

A 13,000-mile round-trip to South East Asia for less than a standard return rail ticket from London to Glasgow: the apparently absurd bargain flight announced yesterday shows the disarray within the aviation industry.

Travel Challenge: Northern Vietnam

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Rory McIlroy shares lead in Malaysia Open

Rory McIlroy gave a clear demonstration today that his Masters heartache would not hang over him as he fired an eight-under-par round of 64 to join Alexander Noren at the top of the leaderboard at the Maybank Malaysia Open.

Sir Frank Lampl: Holocaust survivor who later became chairman of the construction company Bovis

Sir Frank Lampl, a Holocaust survivor and Cold War prisoner, went on to become chairman of Bovis, turning it into one of the world's leading construction companies. Lampl epitomised man's desire to survive and succeed in the face of adversity and earned a worldwide reputation as one of the industry's leading figures.

McIlroy rediscovers his range in Kuala Lumpur

Rory McIlroy unleashed one of the longest drives of his career as he made a good start to the rest of his golfing life with a first round, three-under-par 69 at the Malaysian Open yesterday.

First McIlroy loses Masters, next, his clubs

Rory McIlroy is not having a week to remember. As he struggles to get over his disastrous final-round 80 in Augusta on Sunday he arrived in Kuala Lumpur – after sharing a flight with Charl Schwartzel – for today's Malaysian Open only to discover his clubs had not.

'Spiderman' Alain Robert scales world's tallest tower

A French skyscraper climber successfully scaled the world's tallest building, even navigating the tapered spire that extends beyond the top floors of the Dubai structure.

Not such a capital idea after all

South Sudan wants to build a new seat of government, but it should learn from the mistakes of others, warns Simon Akam
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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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