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

Six Russians die in snowmobile crash in Italy

Six Russians were killed and two others were injured when their snowmobile slammed into a fence and flipped over into a ditch during a night run down an Italian ski slope.

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1901 The year that Queen Victoria died – signalling the end of her eponymous era. This Christmas, however, the festive spirit of the Victorian period lives on at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, which has been transformed by the after-dark arts experience, Enchanted Parks. Visitors can see illuminated installations such as "Glimpses of Victoriana", costumed characters and trees that respond when given a hug. Evenings 5-9 December. Tickets £6. Newcastlegateshead.com

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Niseko has a mountain aesthetic all of its own, says Leslie Woit

A world-famous winter warmer

Patrick Thorne heads for a notoriously glitzy Swiss resort – and falls in love with the place

A view of Sochi Park

Russian organisers of next Winter Olympics in Sochi reveal plans to take Olympic Torch into space

Sochi 2014 organising committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko has confirmed ambitious plans to take the Olympic torch into space for the first time.

Michelle Obama to attend Olympic Games ceremony

Michelle Obama will be travelling to London to attend the Olympic Games' opening ceremony, the White House announced.

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Outside Edge: Liar, liar, pants on fire in the snow

Uh-oh. If it's about underwear, David Beckham must be involved.

Winter wonder: Taking to the slopes in Espace Killy

Slopes with savoir faire: Val d'Isère still retains its centuries-old character

Polo, the ski-shop manager at Les Barmes de l'Ours, Val d'Isère's swankiest hotel, is the kind of fellow one finds only in winter-sports resorts and Bond movies: charming, cooler than cool, with an impressive air of worldliness for a man whose horizons are all jagged and snow capped.

Munich beaten by Korean city to host 2018 Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics yesterday with a crushing victory in the vote by the International Olympic Committee over Munich and Annecy.

Ice Hockey fans riot in Vancouver after Stanley Cup loss

Riot police fired tear gas to control a mob that burned cars and looted shops in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins.

Private sector takes lead in Russian winter games

Investment in the $7.8bn construction programme for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will come mostly from the private sector, says the games' chief organiser.

Aggreko signs Japanese power deal

A British firm today said it had signed a deal with the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan to supply emergency power.

Business Diary: Walsh's wings clipped by office

Life isn't always glamorous for the chief executives of our biggest companies.

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