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As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

There is no love lost between Valérie Trierweiler, François Hollande’s partner, left, and Ségolène Royal, the President’s ex, right

French First Lady Valérie Trierweiler turns against President's ex Ségolène Royal

France's First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler, provoked a political and conjugal storm yesterday by publicly supporting a rebel candidate against Ségolène Royal, President François Hollande's former partner.

Ilias Kasidiaris of the Golden Dawn party strikes Liana Kanelli, a female MP for the Greek Communists

Golden Dawn party's Ilias Kasidiaris sues Greek TV channel

The spokesman of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party, who caused uproar last week by hitting one politician and throwing a glass of water over another during a live TV news programme, is suing the two candidates and the channel that hosted the show.

Burmese army moves in after seven die in religious clashes

Burma's President declared a state of emergency yesterday in a western state where tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence.

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Trending: The world bids farewell to Mr Trololo, star vocaliser and viral video virtuoso

Sad news for time-wasters everywhere, after Eduard Khil, aka Mr Trololo, and the star of one of the internet's most enduring viral videos, died aged 77.

Mubarak has health crisis after sentence

Egypt's state media say Hosni Mubarak has suffered a "health crisis" while on his way to a Cairo prison hospital after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Couple land windfall from mobile apps firm Mobile IQ

Shaun and Elaine Barriball, the husband and wife team who run Mobile IQ, landed a major windfall yesterday as they sold their mobile app firm to the giant publishing software company Quark.

DVD/Blu-ray: Grandma's House: Series 2 (15)

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Suicide car bomb kills two policeman and injures 16 in Turkey

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BBC Worldwide and National Film and Television School announce game design scholarships

BBC Worldwide to contribute funding towards four scholarships.

Rise of Netflix means Competition Commission reprieve for BSkyB

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Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

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