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2008-08-03 09:00:02

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "2nd Ld-Writethru: Olympic Torch Relay Ends First Leg in Quake-Hit Sichuan Province"] GUANG'AN, Sichuan Province, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) - The Olympic torch relay wound up on Sunday morning in Guang'an City, the first leg in the earthquake-hit Sichuan province in Southwest China. At 9:10 a.m. local time, the final torchbearer Wang Jianjun, also party chief of Guang'an, ran into the city's...

2008-07-20 00:00:26

By Dick Mason, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Jul. 19--Fog often shrouds China's Yangtze River, and air pollution frequently clouds many of its cities. Still, Tom and Barb Dimond of Cove had no trouble finding clarity and wonderment during a recent tour of China. The Dimonds received a clear look at the manic intensity of China's government as it prepares to host the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. They also received intriguing glimpses of glorious remnants of the nation's storied...

2008-07-14 09:00:00

A Chinese oil expert and Beijing Olympic torchbear in Daqing here on Saturday called up of the passing on of Olympic spirits in daily work. "The Olympic spirit will always inspire us to march forward," said Wang Qimin, 70-year-old who relayed the Beijing Olympic sacred flame in Daqing city, the second leg of the torch relay in China's northernmost Heilongjiang province. As an important base of petroleum and petrochemistry of the country, Daqing has produced more than 2 billion tons of crude...

2008-07-07 06:00:19

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) HOHHOT, July 7 (Xinhua) - The Olympic flame arrived in the northern Chinese tourist resort of Hohhot late Monday afternoon. Inner Mongolia, the 71th leg of the 2008 Olympic torch relay in China, is the last ethnic autonomous region to host the Olympic flame. The torch will tour Hohhot on Tuesday. Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0839 7 Jul 08. (c) 2008 BBC...

2008-06-22 09:00:12

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Olympic Torch Relay Starts in China's "Salt Lake City""] GOLMUD, Qinghai, June 22 (Xinhua) - The Olympic torch relay kicked off its Qinghai leg Sunday morning in Golmud, China's "salt lake city". Thousands of residents from the city and neighbouring counties gathered on the Salt Lake Square watching the starting ceremony of torch relay. The ceremony began at 9 a.m. with a one-minute...

2008-06-20 15:00:09

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) LHASA, June 20 (Xinhua) - Tibet will reopen to foreign tourists soon, Palma Trily, executive vice chairman of Tibet, told a press conference here on Friday. The official, however, said the move would not occur immediately after Saturday's Olympic torch relay. He did not give specific date. Travel agencies in Tibet stopped to received tourists after the riot for safety concerns. The tourism market...

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2008-06-18 03:00:00

Kashgar, China, June 18 Kyodo - The Olympic torch relay passed through the mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang for a second day Wednesday, amid massive security. Only spectators with permits were allowed to watch the event and people living along the route were told not to go out and to close their windows and curtains. Security officials were deployed about every 5 metres as the torch was run through the streets. At least one man who tried to watch the relay without a permit was arrested by...

2008-06-17 06:00:03

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS URUMQI, China - The Olympic torch started its relay route Tuesday through China's restive western region of Xinjiang amid cheering crowds and heavy security. Torchbearers high-fived each other as they passed the flame on the streets of the capital Urumqi, guarded by a phalanx of security agents who jogged along on either side. Carefully controlled crowds waving the national flag and shouting "Go China!" stood behind metal barriers and were closely watched by police...

2008-06-16 03:00:22

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIJING - Organizers of the Olympic torch relay said Monday the flame's arrival in Tibet would be postponed, but declined to give an exact date for the torch's journey through the region, which has been shrouded in secrecy. The torch was originally supposed to travel through Tibet on June 18 or 19 before heading to China's largely Muslim region of Xinjiang and Qinghai province. Instead, it will travel through Xinjiang this week and then head to Tibet, said Li Lizhi...

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2008-04-09 18:52:07

The Olympic flame is a deeply rooted tradition dating back thousands of years. Even though it is based in Greek sporting heritage, it is the new technology which keeps the fire burning. The flame has been known to withstand elements such as rain and wind, but apparently, it can withstand just about anything. It can even hold up to protesters. A torch was extinguished thrice in Paris in order to keep it from pro-Tibet protesters. Despite the dousing of the torch, the Olympic flame continued...


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