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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...

2008-07-07 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...

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2008-06-21 09:00:00

Hundreds of police and paramilitary troops stood watch and hand-picked onlookers cheered as the Olympic torch passed through the Tibetan capital on Saturday, the scene of bloody anti-government riots three months earlier. No disruptions were reported, although the mood overall was far more subdued than at the torch's earlier stops in cities in China proper. The torch next travels to neighboring Qinghai province, also hit this spring by protests in Tibetan-dominated areas, before gradually...

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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2008-04-07 10:35:00

Security officials snuffed out the Olympic torch and carried it through Paris in the safety of a bus at least five times Monday as chaotic protests against China's human rights record turned the relay into a chaotic series of stops and starts. Despite massive security, at least two activists got within almost an arm's length of the flame before they were grabbed by police. A protester threw water at the torch but failed to extinguish it and was taken away. Officers tackled numerous protesters...


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