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Policemen walk at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi 18 January, 2014. UK officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Olympics.

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Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

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Winter Olympics 2014: Team GB announce squad of 56 athletes who will attempt to make it most successful ever games

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Even their own coach says he would only wear them at ‘a bad-taste party’

Winter Olympics 2014: Twin toilets at Sochi Games venue sparks Twitter storm

Photo showing a twin toilet in the Sochi Biathlon Centre has been met with jokes and disbelief across Twitter

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Kleintje Pils say the performance will be a 'signal'

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