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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...

2006-04-11 07:12:38

TOKYO (Reuters) - China will rely on its own security forces to defend the country's borders and airspace at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a senior official said on Tuesday. Athens organizers were given support by NATO surveillance planes in 2004 at the first Summer Games since the September 2001 attacks against the United States. Yu Zaiqing, vice-president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, said China would not seek outside assistance. "With Greece there was a lot of coastline so it was...

2006-03-08 22:49:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is still hoping the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will pass through Taiwan, despite current political tensions. Taiwan is considered a rebel province by China and hopes of including it on the relay looked likely to fall victim to a row which erupted last week when the island's President Chen Shui-bian scrapped a National Reunification Council. However, China's head of the state general administration of sport told a panel discussion at the...

2006-02-09 11:03:37

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of street protesters, denouncing the Winter Games, forced Olympic torch bearers to change route through the host city on Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremony. Games organizers diverted the flame from the protest site after the demonstrators gathered on the planned route and police warned of possible harm to torch bearers or spectators. "We've succeeded today in making our voices heard," a protest organizer called Marco shouted...

2005-11-27 08:45:58

By Karolos Grohmann OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) - Organisers were forced to use a back-up flame in the torch-lighting ceremony for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics on an overcast Sunday. Greek sun god Apollo did not hear the prayers of high priestess Theodora Siarkou, an actress, who had to light the torch from a replica ancient pot which contained the flame from Saturday's dress rehearsal, instead of using the concave steel mirror to focus the sun's rays. The ceremony in the temple of...

2005-11-27 06:29:58

OLYMPIA, Greece (Reuters) - Organisers were forced to use a back-up flame in the torch-lighting ceremony for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics on an overcast Sunday. Greek sun god Apollo did not hear the prayers of high priestess Theodora Siarkou, who had to light the torch from a replica ancient cauldron which contained the flame from Saturday's dress rehearsal, instead of using the concave steel mirror to focus the sun's rays. The ceremony in the temple of Hera, a few metres away from...


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