Sport Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm

Woman found alive in tsunami hit house

A 70-year-old woman has been found alive four days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan.

Thousands still missing, millions short of power and water – and fear everywhere

As the Japanese struggle to cope with the tsunami's immediate impact, they are also living in dread of the nightmares that lie ahead. David McNeill reports

Sumo event halted over bout-fixing

The crisis in Japan's national sport deepened this weekend when sumo wrestling's governing body scrapped a major spring tournament as it struggles to deal with match-rigging claims.

Suspect confesses to Hawker killing in book

The Japanese man accused of murdering British teacher Lindsay Hawker has written a book confessing to the killing - and has promised to donate the proceeds to her family.

Treading the circuit boards: Android actor makes her stage debut in Japan

Nick Duerden asks whether the world is ready for a ham with (micro) chips

Carolina Kluft: 'My body is done with heptathlon. I struggle to do one event now'

Sweden's prancing queen reigned supreme before a sudden abdication. Now she's an athletics also-ran but claims she can win a medal in London in 2012 and says it will be perfect if Jessica Ennis breaks her record. Simon Turnbull speaks to Carolina Kluft

Kluft views narrow escape in long jump as 'big victory'

Four years ago she was the home golden girl of the last European Championships; yesterday she avoided a qualifying-round exit by the tightest of margins. Back in 2006 Carolina Kluft was still an invincible force in the heptathlon. No one could come close to the Swede in the seven-event competition at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg. She retained her continental title by a margin of 317 points, setting a championship record of 6,740 points.

Williams finally loses... after 151 races

It was as inevitable as death, taxes and the endless loop of Frasier repeats. For five years and 151 races, Jodie Williams had been unbeatable, tearing up age-group records, pocketing a sprint double at the World Youth Championships last summer, and taking the world junior 100m title in her stride in midweek.

Sayonara, Mr Blue Sky: In search of the kamikaze-pilot-turned-abstract-artist

His Paris grave bears only his Buddhist death-name... An intrigued Charles Darwent goes in search of the kamikaze-pilot-turned-abstract-artist Kenji Yoshida

Suspect who bought a new face to evade justice is held

Man accused of Lindsay Hawker's murder is caught, despite plastic surgery

Richards' rapid win puts the heat on Ohuruogu

American sets best 400m time of the year in emphatic Golden League victory

Japan's Generation XX

They are known as the grass-eaters: effeminate young Japanese men more interested in perfecting their looks than finding a job or starting a family.

Japan confirms dozens more swine flu cases

Japan confirmed dozens more swine flu cases overnight bringing its tally to 176, health officials said today, as the government considered scaling down quarantine checks at airports while focusing on its domestic outbreak.

Kenji Yoshida: Artist whose work was shaped by his wartime experiences

Late in 1943, Kenji Yoshida, a 19-year-old conscript in Japan's Navy Air Force, was accorded his corp's supreme honour: selection for training as a pilot in the special wing known as Divine Wind, or "kamikaze".

Multi-skilled Ennis must raise bar again to land on podium

Heptathlon glory will put Briton in seventh heaven
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