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Danger man: At least Ricky Gervais is witty

Ricky Gervais blasts testing on animals

Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has waded into a row over the testing of cosmetic products on animals.

Daniel Purvis pays tribute to Louis Smith's influence on men's gymnastics

Daniel Purvis has praised Louis Smith for the influence he has had on men's gymnastics as the team gears up for its first Olympic final in over 80 years. 

Badminton: Chinese duo Wang Yihan and Wang Xin advance with ease

The big guns in the women's singles entered the action for the first time on the third morning of Badminton competition at London 2012.

Daley resists Chinese rule

British pair hope to spring a surprise in the synchronised diving, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

Tom Daley (R) and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain dive during a training session at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park

Diving: So can Tom Daley deliver first gold today?

British pair confident of springing major surprise in the synchronised diving, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

Hubbard's Cupboard: Different world when Cane was bedridden after his bellyflop

The man with incredible tales from past Games

Britain’s Andy Murray stretches on his way to a convincing win

Tennis: ‘Pumped’ Murray gives Centre Court plenty to cheer with opening victory

Scot beats Wawrinka in straight sets to begin quest for gold and ease Wimbledon final pain

Sunday July 29: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier of Great Britain slip to defeat at badminton

British badminton duo resigned to premature exit

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier saw their London 2012 medal hopes all but end as they slumped to a second badminton defeat at Wembley Arena.

Saturday 28 July: Daniel Purvis of Great Britain performs on the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars on day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena

Great Britain's men make solid start in Olympic gymnastics

Great Britain's men kicked off their Olympic gymnastics programme at the North Greenwich Arena today on the first day of competition.

Archery: Team GB women disappoint in ranking round

Great Britain's chances of a medal in women's archery suffered a blow after a disappointing ranking round at Lord's this afternoon.

Badminton: Scott Evans ready for Lin Dan

Ireland's Scott Evans claims nothing can ruin his big moment as he prepares to face Olympic champion Lin Dan.

53 rescuers freed from mine tunnel

Fifty-three rescuers have been freed after becoming trapped while trying to save five coal miners stuck underground when a tunnel collapsed at a south-west China mine.

Video: Parachutist Felix Baumgartner leaps from 18 miles up to prepare for record 23 mile jump

Skydiver “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner made his second stratospheric leap Wednesday, this time from more than 18 miles (29 kilometers) above the Earth —nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners.

Douglas Alexander: It’s time for the Government to translate talk of a safer world into a Treaty


In the time it takes to read this article, at least one person will have died from armed violence.

Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 9

Your one-stop guide to the Team GB medal hopes in action at the Olympics today...

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

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The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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