Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze competes in the men’ weightlifting super-heavyweight division at the Tokyo International Forum. Photograph:  Chris Graythen/AFP via Getty Images

In the newspaper business we tend to measure heights in quantities of double-decker buses, and area in multiples of tennis courts and football pitches(...)

Vitaly Shishov posing for a photo in Kiev.  The Belarusian activist was found dead in a park in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Handout/Facebook page of Vitaly Shishov/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian pro-democracy groups have blamed the country’s autocratic regime for the death of an opposition activist who was found hanged, as one of th(...)

New Zealand’s   Laurel Hubbard  waves after a failed lift in the women’s +87kg weight-lifting competition in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

History was made on a Tokyo evening of superhuman strength and simmering tension as Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter from New Zealand, becam(...)

A screen grab taken from a video showing Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya talking on social media. Photograph: ESN/AFP via Getty Images

Belarusian Olympian Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is expected to seek refuge in Poland after refusing to return to her homeland because of fears for her sa(...)

USA’s Raven Saunders gesturing on the podium after winning the  Olympic silver medal in the women’s shot put  in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The Irish women’s hockey team took the knee just before the final game in their Pool A match against Britain last week. The British team also made the(...)

Raven Saunders   of the US raised her arms and crossed them in the shape of an “X” on the podium after receiving her silver medal in the shot put. She said later the gesture was  “for oppressed people”. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Images

In the morning, Raven Saunders of the United States captured the silver medal in the shot put. At night, Saunders delivered the first political demon(...)

Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she was taken to the airport against her wishes to board a flight back home after she publicly complained about national coaches. Photograph: Reuters Twitter

A Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her wishes on Sunday to board a flight back home after she complained about national c(...)

Malaysian police look on as a steamroller crushes bitcoin-mining machines in the city of Miri. Photograph: Dennis Wong/AFP

Image of the week: Crushed crypto Cryptocurrencies are a “tulip bulb” with “no inherent worth”, according to Luke Ellis, boss of hedge fund manager M(...)

Paul O’Donovan of Team Ireland at Tokyo 2020: ‘There is a lot more testing being done between the rounds, which is good to see for sure.’ Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images|

Missed tests and spoiled samples: just how clean are the pandemic Games? They warned us in the Tokyo playbook well in advance that everyone would be (...)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka lights the Olympics Flame during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Japan. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

In May of last year the newspaper USA Today ran a story headlined “Fact Check: Opening ceremony of London 2012 didn’t predict pandemic.” It was a yea(...)

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