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Venezuelan authorities have urged President Hugo Chavez's supporters to join a major rally on Thursday, when he is due to be sworn in for a fourth term

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...athering here in Caracas on January 10. All of Venezuela is going to come to Caracas and be in front of the Miraflores [Presidential’ Palace. The people will be on the streets," Diosdado Cabello said. Earlier, the Venezuelan Catholic Church said it would be a morally unacceptable violation of the constitution to allow Hugo Chavez to remain in power after missing his inauguration. The head of the V...

Lindsey Vonn, the ski Olympic gold medalist and her husband have decided to divorce after four years of marriage

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Lindsey Vonn, the ski Olympic gold medalist and her husband have decided to divorce after four years of marriage. Lindsey Vonn, 27, confirmed on Sunday night that she and Thomas Vonn have started divorce proceedings. Her husband also serves as her chief adviser. “This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter...

Jerri Peterson was shocked to discover that her Olympic tattoo had been spelt incorrectly

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...h Derby on 30 June after being nominated by the hotel chain she worked for. When she arrived back in the US, she decided to spend $10 on a tattoo to mark the occasion. It was only hours later she spotted it featured the mis-spelling “Oylmpic”. Jerri Peterson was shocked to discover that her Olympic tattoo had been spelt incorrectly Jerri Peterson was one of 70 international employees...

Members of Egypt's Olympic team have been given fake Nike gear, Yomna Khallaf, a synchronized swimmer, has alleged

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...id her workout bags had a big Nike logo in the front but the zippers had an Adidas branding on them. The Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC) secretary general, Motaz Sonbol, said they were shocked to find that the gear was not “directly from Nike”. Nike said it was “concerned” athletes may have received products that do not meet the company’s quality standards. Members...

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson was left dangling on a zip wire for several minutes when it stopped working at an Olympic live screen event

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...ayor Boris Johnson was left dangling on a zip wire for several minutes when it stopped working at an Olympic live screen event. Boris Johnson was trying out a 45 m (150 ft) high zip wire at Victoria Park, where the Games are being shown on big screens. The wire then lost momentum, leaving him suspended “like an odd Christmas decoration” above a crowd of people. As onlookers snapped pho...

The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July

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...espectful propaganda”. The advert – broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night – is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July Produced by the Argentine presidency, it is titled Olympic Games 2012: Homage to th...

Manteo Mitchell revealed he broke his leg half way round the track but still managed to finish the men's 4x400 meter Olympic relay final

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...ad.” Manteo Mitchell revealed he broke his leg half way round the track but still managed to finish the men's 4x400 meter Olympic relay final Manteo Mitchell’s decision to go through the pain barrier allowed his U.S. team mates to sprint to a joint finish with the Bahamas in identical times of 2 minutes 58.87 seconds, the fastest ever run in the first round of the relay at the Olympic G...

Ashley Gill-Webb has been charged with a public order offence after a bottle was thrown at the start of the men's Olympic 100 metres final on Sunday night

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...d Sebastian Coe said it was “poetic justice” that the man happened to be sitting next to the Dutch judo star. He said: “I’m not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player.” He added: “Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable. It’s not just unacceptable at an Olympic Games but at any sport...

Oscar Pistorius has strongly rejected a charge that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp

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...champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Oscar Pistorius dominated in his category at successive Paralympic Games, but in 2008 he won a legal battle over his blades – which critics said gave him an unfair advantage – with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the right to compete in able-bodied competitions. He reached the 40 0m semi-finals in the London 2012 Olymp...

A shocking video allegedly shows Court-at-Law judge William Adams from Aransas County, Texas, viciously beating his disabled 16-year-old daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, after catching her playing computer games

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...ary is said to have suffered from ataxic cerebral palsy from birth and has a passion for technology. The girl is believed to have illegally downloaded the video game as well as music. Hillary writes that she’d decided to post the footage – which she’d been “holding onto until the right time” – after receiving “a barrage of harassment” in a phone call...

Parts of Chelyabinsk meteorite will be embedded in special commemorative medals that will be given to the 10 gold medalists at the Sochi Olympics

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Parts of Chelyabinsk meteorite will be embedded in special commemorative medals that will be given to the 10 gold medalists at the Sochi Olympics on February 15. The winter sports stars will get their extra medals exactly one year after a huge chunk of space rock crashed into a lake in the Urals, central Russia. The 5ft-long rock was later hauled up from icy Lake Chebarkul. Nearly 40 more of the...

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has called for foreign countries to boycott February's Sochi Winter Olympics

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...for foreign countries to boycott February’s Sochi Winter Olympics Both Pussy Riot members said their anti-government stance had not softened, and both promised to form a human-rights group to fight for prison reform. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was freed from a prison hospital in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, immediately called for a boycott of the Sochi Games. “What is happening t...

Sony has announced the launch dates for its PlayStation 4 console

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...the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne. “That will certainly come eventually, but some might argue the most crucial time is now. “Sony’s press conference once again demonstrated the company has an enviably deep and meaningful relationship with the indie developer community… but Sony executives will no doubt be feeling uneasy as the list of major Xbox One exclusive games continu...

Kate Middleton joined Princes William and Harry for a wizard day out at the Harry Potter film studios

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Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry had a wizard Harry Potter experience today as they attended the inauguration of the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, UK. The highlights of their visit include a trip to the Great Hall, a special effects demonstration on Diagon Alley and even a wand lesson in The Gryffindor Common Room. Kate Middleton, who is due to give birth in July,...

Barack Obama, who was sworn in for his second term at a spectacular ceremony in front of the nation today, was looking decidedly well rested as he approached the podium, with not a wrinkle in sight

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President Barack Obama, who was sworn in for his second term at a spectacular ceremony in front of the nation today, was looking decidedly well rested as he approached the podium, with not a wrinkle in sight. Barack Obama’s smooth skin was so clear and glowing that it appeared as though a sweep or two of bronzer had been applied, with CNN commentators remarking he “looks five years younger”. Whil...

IOC has asked South Korea to bar Park Jong-woo from the bronze medal ceremony after he held up a political message after the team beat Japan

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...player was photographed brandishing a sign allegedly asserting South Korea’s sovereignty over the islands. The committee urged the South Korean Olympic committee to take “swift action on this issue” and said the player should not be present at the medal ceremony, which took place on Saturday. A Korean Football Association official later named him as Park Jong-woo, 23 – who...

The Badminton World Federation has charged eight female Olympic badminton players with not using one's best efforts to win a match

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has charged eight female Olympic badminton players with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”. Four pairs of players – two from South Korea, one from China and one from Indonesia – could be disciplined. Spectators booed the two badminton matches played at Wembley Arena on Tuesday, in which the four accused pairs of players...

Two helicopters have crashed near Berlin's Olympic Stadium, leaving at least two people dead and several others injured

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...rs were conducting a football violence training exercise when the crash happened. An eyewitness told the NTV channel: “Three helicopters were in the air. It was a real snowstorm. Suddenly we heard a bang and someone shouted <<everybody down>>. Then there was blood everywhere. Nearby, there was a huge pool of blood.” Two helicopters have crashed near Berlin’s Olympic...

Swimmer Leisel Jones's physique was today targeted in the Melbourne Herald Sun, which suggested she may be out of shape as she prepares for her fourth Olympics

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Nick Green, the Australian Olympic team chief, has slammed a newspaper as “disgraceful” for describing triple-gold medallist Leisel Jones as overweight just two days before the start of London 2012. Swimmer Leisel Jones’s physique was today targeted in the Melbourne Herald Sun, which suggested she may be out of shape as she prepares for her fourth Olympics. The paper questioned whether Leis...

Thousands of people awaits the spectacular opening of the London Games, as a fly-past by the Red Arrows marked the start of the pre-show

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...#8220;nervousness” for all the volunteers. Thousands of people awaits the spectacular opening of the London Games, as a fly-past by the Red Arrows marked the start of the pre-show The Oscar-winning film director said the ceremony “might surprise people… it’s spectacular, but also inclusive – it has a warmth”. The chairman of London 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe, sai...

Rob Ford hurt his groin running into a hydrant

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was out in the street celebrating Canada men’s hockey win over Sweden at Sochi Winter Games when he ran into a fire hydrant and appeared to injure his groin. Rob Ford hurt his groin running into a hydrant...

Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus Airlines plane as it landed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport after a flight from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov

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An Ukrainian passenger, who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, is now in custody in Turkey. Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus Airlines plane as it landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport after a flight from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Security officials are searching the...

Gabe Newell, Valve Software's boss, has said that OS Windows 8 will be a "catastrophe" for PC game makers

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...221; for PC game makers. Speaking at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Gabe Newell said the next version of Windows could mean big changes to the PC market. Many took his comment as a criticism of the changed user interface in Windows 8 as well as its built-in Windows Store. The Windows Store could dent the success of Valve’s own online market, Steam, through which players buy g...

Rovio is launching Amazing Alex, its first new franchise since 2009

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Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds video games, is launching Amazing Alex, its first new franchise since 2009. Amazing Alex’s performance will be closely watched after the firm’s earlier series racked up more than one billion downloads. Players must arrange objects on screen to create a chain reaction in which each piece of the puzzle has an effect on another until the goal is achieved...

Zynga has announced the purchase of UK game-maker NaturalMotion for $527 million

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Zynga has announced the purchase of UK game-maker NaturalMotion for $527 million. Oxford-based NaturalMotion has had a string of mobile game hits, such as CSR Racing and Clumsy Ninja. Its purchase gives Zynga an entry into the lucrative mobile games market. As news of the deal emerged, Zynga also reported a loss of $25 million for the fourth quarter. It said it would trim its workforce by 15% ...