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For 150 years the railway line between Moscow and St Petersburg ran as straight as an arrow for 403 miles. Straight, but for one big bend near Novgorod. The story goes that Tsar Nicholas was so fed up of officials dithering over the route that he plonked a ruler on the map and drew a straight line between the two cities, accidentally drawing around his finger in the process. Too terrified to point out his error, the builders constructed the railway with the Tsar's bump in place.

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They started filing happily into their seats not long after four o'clock,  having made it past the clowns cavorting at the entrance gates – positioned perhaps in case anyone should be seen daring not to smile – and were still there six hours later, possibly wearied by the endless Britpop pumped around the stadium but still revelling in what was.

Jessica Ennis-Hill ready to hurdle into the unknown

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Edward Snowden claims he will face torture or the death penalty should he return to the US

US tells Russia: 'We won't torture Edward Snowden if he is extradited home'

Attorney General Eric Holder says the NSA whistleblower's claims of what he would face should he return to America are 'entirely without merit'

Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Sergei Magnitsky died in custody after helping to expose a large tax scam

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David Rudisha avenged defeat by Mohammad Aman in 2012

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Olympic 800m champion and world record-holder David Rudisha will miss the remainder of the season and is unlikely to race again until at least March, the Kenyan athlete’s coach has said.

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