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Islamist group calls for prayers for earthquake in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting "Russian infidels".

Mild weather disrupts Winter Games, temperatures to rise further

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - A spell of mild winter weather is disrupting events at the Sochi Olympics and Games organisers are concerned about the outlook with temperatures forecast to rise further this week.

Dharmaraj warns veterans against complacency

KUALA LUMPUR: National chief coach K. Dharmaraj has warned the seasoned hockey players not to take their places in the national hockey team for granted.

China and Taiwan hold historic talks

NANJING, China: China and Taiwan on Tuesday held their first government-to-government talks since they split 65 years ago after a brutal civil war - a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals.

Start 'em running from young

A Frenchman who used to be among the top 20 half-marathon runners in the world stresses the need to train children to run.

Japan ruling party candidate elected Tokyo governor, aiding PM Abe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's favoured candidate won Sunday's election for governor of Tokyo, quashing efforts to make the vote a referendum on Abe's pro-nuclear energy policy nearly three years after the Fukushima disaster

Grumbles drowned out as Sochi party gets under way

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - After putting up for years with dust, noise and traffic jams while their drab Russian resort was transformed into a modern sports hub, the people of Sochi can finally judge for themselves whether it was worth it.

Hosts Russia roared on to first gold, Austria's Mayer wins downhill

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Home fans roared Russia to its first gold of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday when figure skating's ultimate showman Yevgeny Plushenko sealed the team title, while in the mountains Austria's Matthias Mayer conquered the perilous Rosa Khutor run to claim the men's downhill.

Lipnitskaya emerges as new ice darling

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia claimed it's first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday but might have won something even bigger after unveiling a budding superstar who could achieve something the politicians have failed.

Ukraine protesters, Russia increase pressure on Yanukovich

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian protesters, now in their third month of action, kept up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich on Sunday with a mass rally where opposition leaders called for an end to his "dictatorial" powers.