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

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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

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Davydenko masters dogged Nadal

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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.

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