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

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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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