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Two Saudi women will compete in the London 2012 Games, said the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Sarah Attar (photo, from bbc.co.uk) will compete in the 800m and Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrakhani in the judo competition above 78kg. (more…)

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Tens of thousands of rugby fans gathered in Auckland to attend the opening ceremony (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) of what prime minister John Key described as the biggest event New Zealand has staged. (more…)

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Some of the beneficial effects of the workout might be undone by taking vitamins after exercise, suggests research. (more…)

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The International Gymnastic Federation (FIG), cleared the five Chinese gymnasts who were suspected of being underage at the Beijing Olympics. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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An investigation has been instigated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), into the ages of several Chinese gold-medal-winning gymnasts. In order to confirm that five gymnasts were old enough to compete, China has been asked to hand over extra documents. (more…)

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With victory in the 4x100m medley, swimmer Michael Phelps (photo, from bbc.co.uk) won his eighth Olympic gold medal of the Beijing Games, in order to beat the record established by Mark Spitz in 1972, where he won seven. (more…)

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Two US tourists and a Chinese tour guide have been attacked by a Chinese man, who killed one of the Americans, before killing himself by jumping to his death from the second storey of the Drum Tower (photo), which is a popular tourist spot. (more…)

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Fireworks, music and dancing marked the opening of the Beijing Olympics (photo, from parismatch.com), with some 10,000 performers taking part in the ceremony, that an estimated one billion people watched on TV, before athletes paraded around the national stadium. (more…)

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The foreign press has been called by Hu Jintao (photo), China’s president, to abide by Chinese laws, after a breach of security by a South Korean journalist, who managed to tape rehearsals of the opening ceremony this week.

On Friday, just a week before the opening of the Olympic games, Mr Jintao said that “China’s door will always be open, during and after the Olympics. We welcome foreign journalists and will facilitate them in the future”. (more…)

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While covering the Beijing Olympic Games, journalists will be accomodated in a high-tech facility (photo, from bbc.co.uk), where they will not have completely uncensored access to the internet, said Chinese and Olympic officials, as sites related to spiritual group Falun Gong would be blocked.

But journalists also found that they could not see some news of human rights websites. (more…)

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