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

Something To Declare: Sydney; The East Coast main line; Kuala Lumpur in Comfort

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Owen is the predator we need, says Giggs

Ferguson's 'punt' looks to be paying off as striker continues to score goals

Once Upon a Time in England, By Helen Walsh

Warrington in the 1970s: Robbie is an Irish singer with a big voice, moderately successful on the club circuit – but not successful enough to give up his job at the factory. He is married to Susheela, a Tamil beauty from Kuala Lumpur; they met when Susheela, a nurse, tended to Robbie when he came to hospital with a broken nose.

United call off match after attack

Indonesia tour questioned after bombing of hotel where champions were due to stay

Manchester United team 36 hours away from tragedy

Manchester support staff were already at the Ritz Carlton in Jakarta and the team were 36 hours from checking in when the hotel's facade was torn away by a suspected suicide bomber. It did not take long for the Premier League champions to cancel their three-day visit to the city.

Manchester United sign Diouf from Molde

Manchester United have signed promising striker Mame Biram Diouf from Molde.

Vidic sits out tour

Nemanja Vidic was missing from the Manchester United squad that headed out to Malaysia this afternoon for the first leg of a four-match Far East tour.

Will the release of secret documents allow the real story of the Batang Kali massacre to be told?

Malaya, 1948. In one of the most controversial incidents in British military history, 24 unarmed civilians were killed by a platoon of Scots Guards. Now the release of secret documents means the real story may be told at last

Giovanni Bisignani: Flight path to survival

The Business Interview: The worse the crisis for airlines, the bigger the opportunity to make governments let them behave like normal businesses, says the Iata director general

Britain's airline regime under attack

Airline industry attacks airport charges and taxes as it forecasts $9bn annual loss

Global gigs planned to celebrate 250 years of Guinness

Hip hop favourites Black Eyed Peas and rockers Kasabian are among music stars lining up for a clutch of global concerts to toast 250 years of Guinness this autumn.

Malaysian court rejects ruling party's takeover

A Malaysian court announced today that the ruling coalition unlawfully ousted the chief minister of a state previously governed by the opposition in a major blow to the new prime minister's efforts to consolidate power.

60 years on, Malaya 'massacre' by British troops to be investigated

Ministers have bowed to legal action and agreed to reinvestigate the alleged massacre of 24 unarmed villagers by British soldiers in Malaya more than 60 years ago.

Pirates release cargo ship, says UN

Somali pirates have released a Lebanese-owned cargo ship seized last week as it headed to pick up food aid for Africa, a UN spokesman said today.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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