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

Robert Fisk’s World: 'I listen as a lost people tell of their woes in a kind of trance'

These people speak with great and terrifying and justifiable anger

Robert Fisk’s World: Malaya 1948: another shameful episode in Britain's colonial past

Some 24 innocent villagers were killed by Scots Guards in a pre-Vietnam My Lai

Travel Challenge: Malaysian Borneo in May

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night holiday in Malaysian Borneo in early May. Prices are for two people and include flights departing Heathrow on 11 May and 10 nights' room-only accommodation...

The Blair rich project

People are paying up to £4,600 for the privilege of hearing the former PM at two Far East conferences

England World Cup bid hit by exit of Richards

Sir Dave Richards, the chairman of the Premier League, resigned yesterday from the board of England's 2018 World Cup bid in a shock move that heaps fresh embarrassment onto the project but is unlikely to do much material damage.

Jerome Taylor: Pack your bags and dodge the downturn

Malaysia Notebook: About 60 per cent of people said the economy was the prime reason for their decision to go travelling

Davydenko masters dogged Nadal

Rafael Nadal played in his first final for five months here yesterday but still has some way to go before he finds his best form following the knee and stomach injuries that so disrupted his summer.

City Slicker: Kuala Lumpur

This dynamic Malaysian city is the place to make a cheap connection to South-east Asia’s other hotspots. Andrew Spooner explains why it’s worth extending your stopover

Turn that trip to Australia into a two-centre holiday

Jetting off to the other side of the world this winter? Mark Rowe looks at the best places to break your journey – and how to make the most of a stopover

Woman, 107, seeks 23rd husband

A centenarian from Malaysia is hoping to marry for the 23rd time to overcome her loneliness after her current husband was admitted into a drug rehabilitation programme.

'Spiderman' fined for climbing Malaysian twin towers

A French climber nicknamed "Spiderman" was fined 2,000 ringgit (£350) today for climbing Malaysia's 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers.

'Spiderman' scales new heights

A climber nicknamed the "French Spiderman" celebrates on top of Malaysia's 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers yesterday after climbing them at the third attempt.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch