News North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) inspects the command of Korean People's Army. The country's Defence Commission has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for an end to

The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

Late-summer getaway: Domes of Elounda in Crete

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'I got to work in Milan, New York and Korea, which made me pretty fearless'

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes waved the five-ringed flag as he and other officials disembarked from the flight that brought them back from London

Olympic flag touches down on Brazilian soil

The Olympic flag touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Big attraction: A professional career will be calling Anthony Joshua if he wins the super-heavyweight title

Boxing: Anthony Joshua has key to future riches in his fast hands

London's Olympics have been a knockout, but there's no doubt who will be Britain's biggest hit of the Games. If Anthony Joshua, one of the two British boxers in this afternoon's finals, wins the super-heavyweight title, he will be within striking distance of a gold mine.

South Korea's president Lee Myung-bak visits disputed islands

South Korean president Lee Myung-bak made a surprise visit today to islets at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute with Japan, ignoring warnings from Tokyo that it would worsen the neighbours' already strained relations.

German hockey players 'bolting' after beating Australia 4-2

Hockey: Defending Olympic champions Germany come from behind twice to defeat Australia and reach final

Defending Olympic champions Germany twice came from behind to beat world number ones and red-hot favourites Australia and book their place in the final.

Pole vaulter Lazaro Borges sees pole snap

Pole vaulter Lazaro Borges sees pole snap during qualification at the Olympic Stadium

Pole vaulter Lazaro Borges escaped uninjured this morning despite seeing his pole snap beneath him.

Wrestling: Hamid Soryan wins Iran's first Greco-Roman gold

Hamid Soryan hoped he had put a smile on the faces of the Iranian people after he finally delivered the country their first Greco-Roman gold this evening.

Charles van Commenee has enjoyed a lively tenure at UK Athletics as the London Games loom

British athletes on verge of golden era, says Van Commenee

Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets under way in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.

Christine Ohuruogu is ready to try and emulate her Beijing triumph

Great Britain's athletes on verge of golden era – Charles van Commenee

Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets away in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.

Diving: Veteran diver Greg Louganis praises Tom Daley

This afternoon, four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis will be just metres away, watching from the stands, as the 18-year-old Briton, who he prefers to call Thomas, competes in the men’s synchronised event alongside Pete Waterfield.

Meadows does not wish to deprive fellow athlete Lynsey Sharp of her 2012 place

'Stunned' Jenny Meadows won't fight London 2012 snub

British athlete left out of home Games on day she becomes European champion

Colourful Bradstock turns the javelin into performance art

Standing at trackside at the Alexander Stadium in his 1984 British Olympic rain-suit yesterday, Roald Bradstock was asked if he could recall the last time he made the rostrum at a national championships cum major games trials. "Er, no," the veteran javelin thrower and award-winning artist replied. "But, then again, my memory goes a little bit, so I'm not quite sure … Where am I?"

How Elliott got hate mail for depriving Coe of place

When Peter Elliott stepped off the track after winning the 1500m final at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Birmingham he walked straight into the biggest Olympic selection storm in British athletics history.

North Korean army threatens to shell Seoul media

The military says it has aimed artillery at the specific co-ordinates of South Korean media groups, as Pyongyang threatened a "merciless sacred war" over perceived insults.

North Korea threatens media groups

North Korea claims it has aimed rockets at the specific co-ordinates of South Korean media groups.

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