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Repair workers examine the top of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Repairs start on Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after lightning strike

Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

Repair workers examine the top of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Repairs start on Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after lightning strike

Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

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Jessica Ennis-Hill announces pregnancy: Sporting comebacks from motherhood

The heptathlete aims to return in time for the 2016 Olympics

World Cup 2014: Why Germany's beachside resort may signal a happy holiday to come

German football reflects German business. Both value stability, demonstrable competency and obedience to a set of tried and tested rules

British Airways will not take England to Brazil World Cup because of a 'lack of a plane'

The Sun claim that a £10m price-tag has ended negotiations between the FA and BA but the flight company claim they can't free-up an aircraft for the duration of the tournament

A view of the Maracana in Rio - where England will be based

World Cup 2014: England manager Roy Hodgson wary of the dangers of boredom after experience with Switzerland in 1994

Alain Sutter, who was Hodgson's creative force in the Switzerland team, recalls his experiences under the current England manager

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Style File: Time to join the jet set

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores soon, a tailored pair of trunks will hide all manner of festive indulgence, says Lee Holmes

Wayne Rooney celebrates for England

World Cup 2014 dates: When will the games kick off?

Here is the full itinerary for Brazil

Santos in action during the 2-0 win against the Soviet Union in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden

Nilton Santos: Footballer

Double World Cup-winner who began his career up front but went on to pioneer the role of attacking full-back

Riot police and protesters face-off near the Maracana Stadium during the Confederations Cup

2014 World Cup: Security issues in Brazil has England 'very concerned'

Recent protests have on occasion turned violent and Hodgson admits it will be a main concern of the Three Lions's security team

Video: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's 'Jetman' Yves Rossy over Mount Fuji

Iron Man might sound like a Marvel's comic, and only a comic, but a Swiss pilot proves wrong and flies up in the skies using an engine-powered jetsuit

Katie Taylor won Ireland's only gold medal at London 2012

Boxing: Golden girl Katie Taylor threatens to turn back on Olympics

Irish Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor may abandon a planned defence of her title in 2016 to turn professional after enduring a “terrible year” which she said saw women’s boxing take a step backwards.

Brazilian forward Leonidas (L) controls the ball in front of a Swedish defender during the World Cup soccer match for third place between Brazil and Sweden 19 June 1938 in Bordeaux.

Google Doodle celebrates fancy footwork of Brazilian footballer Leonidas da Silva

Today's Google Doodle features a frame-by-frame sketch of Brazilian footballer Leonidas da Silva performing a 'bicycle kick' on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
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Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

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Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'