Sport Alexander Zubkov’s four-man bobsleigh team celebrate gold for Russia

Mission accomplished for Putin as host nation finishes top of medals list

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality

World Athletics Championships 2013: Yelena Isinbayeva sends Russia from the dark side of the moon to the dark ages

Pole vault champion's anti-homosexual quotes have put the country into the spotlight further that she will have thought

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality
World champion Yelena Isinbayeva has defended her country’s anti-gay law

‘We are normal Russians’: Pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, defends anti-gay laws

Athlete criticises shows of support of gay rights at World Championships

Nick Symmonds won a silver in the 800m
Vitaly Milonov was speaking after Mr Fry called for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of homophobic prejudice in Russia

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov brands Stephen Fry ‘sick’ during anti-gay rant

Vitaly Milonov also likened homosexuality to bestiality on BBC Radio 5 live

Clare Balding during the torch relay for London 2012. She is being urged to boycott next year's Russian Winter Games

Clare Balding urged to join campaign to strip Russia of Winter Olympics in row over homophobic laws

TV sports presenter will anchor up to 100 hours of programming from Sochi next February

US senator calls Russian president Vladimir Putin a 'schoolyard bully' for refusing to hand over NSA leaker Edward Snowden

A US senator has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of behaving like a "schoolyard bully" over his decision to ignore extradition requests from the US government over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Olympic Rings are displayed outside Adler airport, near Sochi

Gay Olympians competing at Sochi Winter Games face risk of prosecution under Russia’s crackdown

Minister confirms that athletes and fans who ‘flaunt’ their sexuality will be prosecuted

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov

Chechen militant, Doku Umarov, targets Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russia’s most wanted terrorist has vowed to cause havoc at next year’s Winter Olympics in a chilling video message posted online.

Feet first: Gillian Cooke competes in the long jump for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Gillian Cooke aiming to be ultimate all-rounder

The bobsledding long-jumper has a unique record in her sights in 2014

Elise Christie is the best in the world at her signature event, the 1,000 metres

Elise Christie: Speed Skating queen has world at her feet

At 5ft 3in, she too frail to be a speed skater. Yet she’s the one to beat in World Championships  – and she likes it that way

Skating: Elise lands world crown for Britain

Elise Christie became Great Britain's first short-track speed skating World Cup champion at 1,000m in Sochi, Russia today.

Speed skating: Christie takes Euro gold No 2

Great Britain short-track speed skater Elise Christie has won her second title at the European Championships in Malmo.

Fast track: You don’t have to be World-Cup class to benefit

Winter update: World Cup at Schladming will prove a boon to tourists

One of the biggest events in world skiing will take place in Austria from 4-17 February, when the Alpine Ski World Championships roll in to the resort of Schladming (schladming2013.com). The event attracts around 650 athletes from 70 nations, with the main downhill ski events rated second only to the Winter Olympics.

Rescuers on Mount Cermis, where the accident occurred

Six killed as snowmobile plunges off piste in Italy

Six Russian tourists were killed and two others were injured when their snowmobile crashed through a fence and plunged about 100 metres during a night-time run down an Italian ski slope.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?