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Sweetness and light among shame and confusion. The greatest of all novels is Leo Tolstoy's final novel, Resurrection. Its effect upon a reader is immense and immediate. Even after eight readings of various translations, I continue to feel its spell and admire its complexity.

Riders warm up on the 56km of Siberian pine that make up the velodrome’s track yesterday

Olympic Velodrome proves up to speed on opening day

The first person to ride around the Velodrome, one of the Olympic Park's signature constructions with its sweeping roof and wood-panelled exterior, was appropriately enough Sir Chris Hoy. The second, slightly less appropriately, was Boris Johnson. That was nearly two years ago, which only goes to show how far ahead of the game the entire project has been.

Set sail: BeWILDerwood Adventure Park in Norfolk
Sheets of ice on the River Oder near Frankfurt

BMW in hot water over naming cold front

It sounded like a brilliant marketing move by BMW: pay to have the name of its Mini Cooper Roadster associated with the cold snap currently engulfing Europe and everyone would be talking about it. But the car manufacturer is regretting the decision after the freezing weather was blamed for the deaths of more than 70 people.

Sheets of ice on the River Oder near Frankfurt

It's a Mini disaster! BMW sponsors deadly cold front

Car firm pays to name weather system after new model – then sees it kill scores across Europe

The oligarch, Oleg Deripaska: The Russian aluminium tycoon, who has an estimated £6.5bn fortune, is the centre of the story, with claims Rothschild tried to 'impress' him by bringing Mandelson to the dinner. Deripaska provided the jet which took Mandelson and Rothschild to Siberia

The billionaire, the banker – and a bit of birch-thrashing

A libel case is shedding light on the secretive world inhabited by the super-rich – and Lord Mandelson. Jerome Taylor reports

The mohawked Neymar is proving to be a paparazzi dream in Brazil

Pioneers head east in game's latest gold rush as football opens up final frontiers

From Siberia and the Middle East to China, Rory Smith follows the trail of vast fortunes

Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats

Russian research team astonished after finding 'fountains' of methane bubbling to surface

Blast off to spacestation

Two Russians and an American blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday to return a full crew to the International Space Station.

Video: Kim Jong-il in Siberia

The North Korean leader backs down over nuclear tests on a trip to Siberia.

Woolly mammoth calf fossil? No, just a wayward walrus

There was more than a ripple of excitement in the scientific community yesterday as news spread that a reindeer herder in an isolated part of northern Siberia had found a perfectly preserved, fossilised woolly mammoth calf.

The Tiger, By John Vaillant

A nature writer living in Vancouver, Vaillant crossed the Pacific to study the trail of havoc and death left in winter 1997 by one of the 450 or so Siberian – or Amur - tigers still wild in the "boreal jungle" of Russia's lawless Far East.

12 injured in Russian airliner's crash landing

Russian emergency officials say a Russian plane has crash-landed near the border with China, injuring 12 people.

Zapadnaya seeks listing on UK stock exchange

An eastern Siberian gold mining company is the latest resources firm from the former Soviet Union looking for a chunky listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The strange case of Mr Putin and the disappearing carpet of turf

Bloggers in a provincial Russian town are investigating what happened to hundreds of strips of turf used to spruce up the town centre before a visit from the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, which disappeared almost as soon as he left.

Khodorkovsky theft conviction upheld

Moscow's top court has rejected Mikhail Khodorkovsky's appeal against his conviction for theft and money laundering, condemning Russia's former richest man to another five years behind bars.

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HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower