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 Estelle Mossely of France: She  has replaced Katie Taylor as light middleweight Olympic champion after a split-decision win over Junhua Yin of China. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Four years on, there is still a tricolour paraded around the boxing arena after gold medal fight of the women’s light middleweight division. But this (...)

Kyrgyzstan president Almazbek Atambayev: up to the beginning of this year, at least 508 people – including 121 women – left his country for Isis-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Sitting on the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains at the edge of a plain that stretches through Kazakhstan all the way to Siberia’s boreal forests t(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , Connecticut, on August 13th. Photograph: Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters

During the first decade of this century, Donald Trump began doing business with an unlikely partner – Bayrock, a New York property developer founded (...)

The  €22 million replica of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque being built by Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs in central Bishkek. Photograph: Stephen Starr

The huge €22 million replica of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque being built by Turkey’s presidency of religious affairs in central Bishkek, 3,700km from the Tu(...)

Dutch UN ambassador Karel van Oosterom with his Italian counterpart Sebastiano Cardi  at  UN  General Assembly  in New York last week. The states  agreed to share  seat on  UN Security Council. Photograh:  Jason Szenes/EPA

In a rare display of political co-operation largely lost in the post-Brexit melee across Europe, Italy and the Netherlands have agreed to share a cov(...)

Kellie Harrington with her silver medal she won at the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

For most of us Kellie Harrington was an unknown before she set sail for the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month, her success there yie(...)

Unanimous winner: Katie Taylor (red) lands a blow on Victoria Torres  in Tuesday’s bout. Photograph: Inpho

Katie Taylor did not realise she had qualified for the Rio Olympics after claiming her third power- and speed-driven win at the Women’s Boxing World C(...)

Christina Desmond takes a selfie of member of   IABA High Performance squad including Ceire Smith, Grainne Walsh, Michaela Walsh, Kelly Harrington and  Katie Taylor. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The name Nouchka Fontijn will mean nothing to most people. She is the Dutch European champion middleweight boxer and ranked at number two in the worl(...)

Katie Taylor fighting with Russia’s Sofya Ochigava during the women’s lightweight final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

In more a case of being intelligent about how to improve over the next four weeks than a crisis of confidence, Katie Taylor has requested that Russia’(...)

In this handout official photograph provided by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photograph Annie Leibovitz via Getty Images

Monarchs do things differently. Should their birthday fall in a chilly month, for example, they are free to declare another, sunnier date. So while Qu(...)

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