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Double gold for USA as Team GB wins first snow medal

The USA have won gold in both the men and women's snowboard slopestyle. Team GB's Jenny Jones came third, winning the bronze.

Sport stars congratulate Jenny Jones on Sochi win

Sport stars Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Robbie Savage and have hailed snowboarder Jenny Jones' bronze medal win at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Andy Murray's hopes for Jenny Jones in Sochi Games

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has said he hopes that "everyone else fails" before Team GB's Jenny Jones won a bronze medal in the snowboarding heat at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Gay rights campaigners protest ahead of Sochi games

Gay rights campaigners have staged protests around the world against Russia's new anti-gay propaganda laws with less than forty eight hours to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In Sochi itself, gay people who live there claim they are forced to live secret lives to avoid persecution, as ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

Tatchell: IOC 'gone along' with Russian anti-gay move

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are complicit in one of Russia's anti-gay measures because they are have "gone along" with the banning of an LGBT "social meeting space", according to a leading gay rights campaigner.

Peter Tatchell told Daybreak the IOC had "allowed the ban to stand" while claiming they were anti-discrimination.

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IOC President attacks politicians over Sochi boycott

The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has accused world leaders of using the Winter Olympics in Sochi as a political platform "on the backs of the athletes" and snubbing the Games without even being invited.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Credit: Christian Charisius/DPA

In a hard-hitting speech, Bach called out politicians for using the Olympics to make an "ostentatious gesture" serving their own agendas.

His comments appeared to be directed at US President Barack Obama and European politicians who have taken stands against Russia's law banning gay "propaganda" among minors.

The Olympics should not be "used as a stage for political dissent or for trying to score points in internal or external political contests," Bach said.

"Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes," he said at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Global 'day of action' against Russia's gay rights record

Russia's "anti-gay" laws will be in the spotlight today with human rights groups holding a global day of action before the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Sochi Winter Olympics' opening ceremony is on Friday. Credit: Reuters

Protests against the country's gay rights record will be held in London, Sochi, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro, just a day before events get underway and only 48 hours ahead of the opening ceremony.

There will be a rally outside Downing Street today by group All Out, who will be calling on Olympic sponsors to speak out against homophobia in Russia.

Rio sewage protesters take toilets for beach sit-in

A protester eats his lunch on a toilet on the beach. Credit: APTN

Activists sat on toilets along Rio de Janeiro's famed Ipanema beach to protest against the lack of basic sanitation in the Brazilian city.

The protest organisers, Meu Rio (My Rio), said the toilets represented the thousands of litres of untreated sewage that ends up into the sea waters of Rio everyday.

Another protester on the toilet. Credit: APTN

Activists carved out silhouettes of bacteria and other micro-organisms, carried to the beach in sewage, on the sand.

These beaches are set to host several of Rio's events at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Rio's state government has pledged that the city's waterways will be clean in time for the 2016 Olympics.

The city's Olympic committee has promised that pollution will also be reduced.

A protester's sign reads: 'Bacteria are going to invade you beach' Credit: APTN
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