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August 11, 2012: Tom Daley celebrates winning the bronze medal in the 10m platform

Diving: Chinese dominance coming to an end says Team GB's Tom Daley

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley has boldly suggested China will no longer be the dominant force of diving by the next Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Asia stocks fall against background of Japan slowdown

Asian stock markets fell today after a slowdown in Japan's growth gave investors another reason to worry about the health of the global economy.

Visitors to UK be made more welcome

The Government is considering wholesale changes to the tourist visa regime to capitalise on the Olympics effect which has sparked interest in visiting Britain.

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Diving: Tom Daley tucks away an Olympic bronze medal

After enduring a difficult build-up to the Games, the Team GB teenager is happy to finish third despite leading going into the final round

Modern Pentathlon: Team GB miss out on medals as Czech David Svoboda wins gold

Czech David Svoboda won gold in the men's modern pentathlon as British duo Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale could only finish 10th and 13th.

Diving: Team GB's Tom Daley qualifies for tonight's men's platform final

Tom Daley believes bronze is the best he can hope for after qualifying for tonight's men's 10-metre platform final.

Adams inspires all female boxers with gold

Nicola Adams is in the history books as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal but the statistics tell only part of the story.

Jonathan Fenby: Why Gu Kailai's trial lifted the veil on Chinese politics

The trial yesterday of Gu Kailai was unique, even if the way the hearing was wrapped up in eight hours shows that proceedings – and one must assume the verdict – were pre-determined. For the wife of a prominent, if now defenestrated, Chinese leader to be put in the dock for causing somebody else's death is unprecedented in the last major state ruled by a Communist Party.

Jade Jones proves she can pack a punch too as GB win taekwondo gold

Nicola Adams was not the only British woman to fight her way to Olympic glory yesterday.

Nicola Adams sends Ren Cancan crashing to the canvas in the -51kg final yesterday

Boxing: Glove story with happy ending as Nicola Adams grabs gold for Team GB

Leeds' finest produces the fight of her life to down Ren and make history

Jade Jones wins Team GB's first ever taekwondo gold

Jade Jones won Britain's first ever taekwondo gold tonight when she beat Hou Yuzhuo of China in the women's under-57kg final at ExCeL.

Leading article: A murder trial that says much about China

The Gu Kailai case exposes the murkier aspects of Chinese politics and society

31 July: Anne Panter (back) of GB in action against Hye Lyoung Han of Korea

Hockey: GB women seek return to form in semi-final against Argentina tonight

GB stalwart Anne Panter says the players are determined to find a return to their best form for a last-four clash tonight as they bid to become the first GB women's side to reach an Olympic final.

Monsoon rains swamp Philippine capital Manila

Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas today, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said.

Annalise Murphy devastated to miss podium spot

Annalise Murphy was left devastated today after narrowly missing out on the chance to win Ireland's first medal of London 2012.

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