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2006-02-09 09:55:00

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of street protesters forced the Olympic torch to bypass part of the host city on Thursday as demonstrators denounced the Winter Olympics on the eve of the opening ceremony. Games organizers said they decided to divert the flame from the area of the protest after the demonstrators gathered on its anticipated route and police warned of possible harm to torch bearers or spectators. It was the fourth time that protesters have forced the torch to divert...

2006-02-08 15:24:56

TURIN (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was diverted away from an Italian town on Wednesday because police feared planned protests could harm torch bearers and spectators, organizers said. It was the third town near the Winter Olympics host city of Turin from which the torch was diverted since Sunday. Police told organizers to skirt the town of Avigliana, which lies between Turin and the French border. The Winter Olympics organizing committee (TOROC) said on Sunday police advised...

2006-02-08 07:51:25

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - The Turin Winter Olympics will mar mountains and waste enough gas with its symbolic flame to supply a small town, but damage will be limited by smart energy planning, a leading environmental group said on Wednesday. WWF, formerly the World Worldlife Fund but now known by its initials, gave the Games a mixed report card in a 38-page document. It slammed a bobsleigh track and two ski jumps that slice down two mountainsides, but praised organizers for...

2006-02-07 10:24:50

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Alberto Tomba, the Italian skier whose flamboyant escapades shot skiing on to the front pages, wants a final dash of Olympic glory by being chosen to light the flame at the Turin Games on Friday. Tomba became the most famous skier in the world in the 1980s and 1990s, both for bombing down hills by day and for throwing wild parties by night. "La Bomba," as he became known, entertained thoughts of bouncing out of retirement eight years ago for the...

2006-02-07 12:14:30

By Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - Anti-capitalist protesters vowed on Tuesday to mount street demonstrations at the Winter Olympics and try to disrupt U.S. First Lady Laura Bush's visit to the host Italian city. The protests will target the February 10-26 Games and their multinational sponsors, a high-speed train planned for a valley near the host city Turin, a proposed Italian anti-drug law and unemployment, organizers said. "Our goal is to give voice to dissent," Turin...

2006-02-05 14:04:21

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Protestors derailed the Olympic torch relay on Sunday amid chaotic scenes in Italy's Susa Valley. Police acted swiftly and decisively after a protestor briefly covered the torch with a flag when it entered the valley -- a focal point for a campaign against a high-speed rail project. "The police told us not to go through Bussoleno and Burgone Susa through public order concerns," organising committee spokesman Stefano Coscia told Reuters. Instead,...

2006-02-05 12:28:45

By Simon Evans SUSA, Italy (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was diverted away from two towns about 50 kms from Turin on Sunday because of feared trouble from protestors opposed to a rail development. Winter Olympics organizing committee (TOROC) spokesman Stefano Coscia told Reuters that the police had advised that the torch should not to be taken through the Susa Valley towns of Bussoleno and Borgone Susa. Earlier on Sunday, a protestor had briefly covered the torch with a flag during...

2006-02-05 11:21:53

By Simon Evans SUSA, Italy (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was diverted away from two towns some 50 kilometers from Turin on Sunday because of feared trouble from protestors. Winter Olympics organizing committee (TOROC) spokesman Stefano Coscia told Reuters that the police had advised that the torch should not to be taken through the Susa Valley towns of Bussoleno and Burgone Susa. Earlier on Sunday, a protestor had briefly covered the torch with a flag when it entered Italy's Susa...

2006-01-25 03:30:00

By Antonella Ciancio and Sophie Hardach TURIN (Reuters) - Snipers, policemen and armed skiers will watch over the Winter Olympics next month, helped by information from intelligence services around the world, Turin's security chief said in an interview. Prefect Goffredo Sottile, who is in charge of public security in Turin province, said he met FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday to discuss the situation two weeks before the Games, which will run from February 10-26. "Of course there will...

2006-01-20 07:08:27

By Simon Evans TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - organizers of next month's Winter Games have urged the leader of Italy's Communist Refoundation party to help calm environmental protests on the route of the Olympic torch. Mario Pescante, Sports Minister and supervisor of the Games, is worried the protests, some of which have halted the torch procession, could continue into the Games which start on Feb 10. "Can you imagine the impression given if we have these protestors at the competition...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
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