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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.

Rutherford has not competed since suffering a hamstring injury

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Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford’s hopes of being fit for next month’s World Championships suffered a setback when he was forced to pull out of next weekend’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London.

Andrea Antonelli in action earlier this season at Phillip Island

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Italian rider was hit by another bike in supporting Supersport race that was held in horrendous weather conditions

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Russian lawyer says Snowden could leave soon whilst Parliamentary committee finds that reports GCHQ used a secret US programme to access internet providers were unfounded

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When I received an email late on Thursday from “Edward Snowden”, I was naturally sceptical. The invitation, supposedly from one of the world’s most sought-after people, had a whiff of Cold War spy thriller to it. The note instructed me to go to the arrivals hall of Sheremetyevo Airport, and “someone from airport staff will be waiting there to receive you with a sign labelled G9”. What would you think?

Dynamic duel: 400m hurdlers Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child

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British champions do not necessarily make major waves internationally but that is not the case in the women's 400m hurdles.

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport today

Edward Snowden 'yet to seek' Russia asylum as NSA whistleblower emerges from hiding

Fugitive from US intelligence services emerges from hiding at Moscow airport and says he wants to be allowed to fly to Latin America

Dai Greene could manage only second place in Gateshead last month

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I will be up against Lisa Dobriskey (right) again today

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The former world triple jump champion has endured a difficult spell spanning back before the London Olympics

The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged yesterday that the National Security Agency was 'in bed together' with German intelligence

Confusion mounts: Has NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted Venezuela's offer of asylum?

Head of Russian foreign affairs committee announces that he has accepted the offer in a tweet but quickly deletes it

The actress Tilda Swinton has posed on Red Square with a rainbow flag in an act of support for Russia’s beleaguered gay community

Russia a regime of 'scumbags', says opposition leader

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader described the country’s government as a regime of “scumbags” today in impassioned final words to a provincial court that could jail him for up to six years.

The opposition politician Alexei Navalny says a “feudal system” runs Russia

Alexei Navalvy on trial: blogger denounces regime of 'scumbags'

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