Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

Vancouver: Coast, mountain and warm rain make for a confusing climate

Predicting the weather in Vancouver can be a meteorologist's nightmare. The variations between the coast and the mountainous terrains, the influence of sea breezes, and the "Pineapple Express" (a phenomenon that brings warm rain in the winter and which produced the distinct lack of snow during this year's Winter Olympics) all add to the challenge.

Winter sports: Rockies road to skiing perfection

Spectacular scenery, excellent resorts and slopes for all abilities make Canada a perfect family destination, says Patrick Thorne

Acid-attack woman Bethany Storro 'did it herself'

A US woman who gained sympathy worldwide after she claimed a random attacker threw acid in her face has admitted carrying out the attack herself.

Applications open for London Olympic volunteers

Olympic organisers are looking for 70,000 volunteers for the 2012 London Games.

'Barefoot bandit' trail leads FBI to plane crash in the Bahamas

Federal agents have been itching for months to get their hands on a certain Colton Harris-Moore, a 19-year-old fugitive from the law whose home was coastal Washington State near Seattle. That he may have pitched up – or rather crash-landed – in a tourist isle in the Bahamas was not what anyone expected.

London 2012 organisers criticised for Visa ticket deal

London 2012 organisers have been criticised by consumer group Which? over their deal with the card firm Visa which prevents British sports fans using other cards to buy tickets.

Nicola Dandridge: ‘We have to be very lean, flexible and fit as we’re moving into pretty rocky times’

In an exclusive interview, the new chief executive of Universities UK tells Lucy Hodges why universities need to sell themselves better

Canadian fighter jets escort plane after bomb threat

Canadian fighter jets escorted a Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong to a safe landing in Vancouver International Airport following a bomb threat.

Vancouver Olympics death report released

Gravitational force overpowered out-of-control Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and left him unable to avoid the crash that claimed his life hours before the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics, the International Luge Federation concluded in a report Monday.

Medvedev's Olympics threat

The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has marked the raising of the Olympic flag over Sochi, the venue for the 2014 Winter Games, by threatening criminal proceedings against his country's sporting administrators.

Delivering emergency aid to disasters all over the world

Husband-and-wife team Huw and Carolyn Thomas are preparing for a 10,000-mile tandem bike ride in aid of ShelterBox, a Cornish charity that delivers emergency aid to disasters all over the world

Most tickets for Olympics 'will be affordable'

10,000 people an hour register online on the day public ballot is launched

The online kingmaker: Facebook goes hunting for voters

Liberal Democrat MP turned (neutral) Facebook director Richard Allan believes users are changing the nature of political debate, and parties need to shape up, reports Ian Burrell
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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