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Aug 3, 2012

Putin weighs into punk trial after judo gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Fresh from cheering a Russian judo star to a gold medal at the Olympic Games, President Vladimir Putin urged leniency on Thursday for members of a female punk band on trial for protesting against him at the altar of a Moscow cathedral.

Putin told Interfax news agency that there was “nothing good” about the protest by the band Pussy Riot, which outraged many Russian Orthodox believers on the eve of Putin’s latest presidential election win.

Aug 2, 2012

Black belt Putin to tackle Cameron on Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Black belt Russian President Vladimir Putin will lock horns with British leader David Cameron over Syria and human rights during a day of judo diplomacy at the Olympics on Thursday at a time when relations between their two nations are strained.

Cameron will push the former KGB spy, to take a tougher line on Syria, Russia’s firmest foothold in the Middle East, and stop blocking Western-backed resolutions aimed at stepping up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Black belt Putin to tackle Cameron on Syria

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Black belt Russian President
Vladimir Putin will lock horns with British leader David Cameron
over Syria and human rights during a day of judo diplomacy at
the Olympics on Thursday at a time when relations between their
two nations are strained.

Cameron will push the former KGB spy, to take a tougher line
on Syria, Russia’s firmest foothold in the Middle East, and stop
blocking Western-backed resolutions aimed at stepping up
pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 1, 2012

Latynina happy to hand Phelps Olympian crown

LONDON (Reuters) – Gymnastic great Larisa Latynina, once a jewel in the crown of Soviet sport, is happy that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps has emerged as the athlete talented enough to take her title of greatest Olympian medal-winner.

Ukrainian-born Latynina captivated the world throughout the toughest years of the Cold War with the beauty and perfection of her floor routines, clinching 18 medals, nine of them gold, between 1956 and 1964.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Latynina happy to hand Phelps Olympian crown

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Gymnastic great Larisa Latynina,
once a jewel in the crown of Soviet sport, is happy that U.S.
swimmer Michael Phelps has emerged as the athlete talented
enough to take her title of greatest Olympian medal-winner.

Ukrainian-born Latynina captivated the world throughout the
toughest years of the Cold War with the beauty and perfection of
her floor routines, clinching 18 medals, nine of them gold,
between 1956 and 1964.

Aug 1, 2012

Preview: Black belt Putin to trade diplomatic blows with Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Fired up by his martial spirit, judo black belt Vladimir Putin is likely to be at his combative best when he meets British Prime Minister David Cameron for a tussle over Syria on the sidelines of an Olympic judo match in London on Thursday.

On his first trip to London in nine years, Russia’s most powerful man will watch a session of his favourite sport and test his mettle with Cameron over Syria, the biggest irritant in Russia’s relations with the West, in a day of judo diplomacy.

Aug 1, 2012

Black belt Putin to trade diplomatic blows with Cameron

LONDON (Reuters) – Fired up by his martial spirit, judo black belt Vladimir Putin is likely to be at his combative best when he meets British Prime Minister David Cameron for a tussle over Syria on the sidelines of an Olympic judo match in London on Thursday.

On his first trip to London in nine years, Russia’s most powerful man will watch a session of his favorite sport and test his mettle with Cameron over Syria, the biggest irritant in Russia’s relations with the West, in a day of judo diplomacy.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics sees London mayor’s popularity bloom

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s maverick mayor Boris Johnson is riding high in opinion polls, his popularity apparently bolstered by the Olympic Games, making him – at least in some quarters – the favored candidate to replace Prime Minister David Cameron one day.

A poll conducted for the Independent newspaper published on Monday showed Johnson has emerged as Conservative activists’ first choice to replace Cameron, with 32 percent wanting him to take the top job in British politics when Cameron steps aside.

Jul 26, 2012

Riot-hit East End weighs “two different worlds”

LONDON (Reuters) – “Everyone here hates the Olympics,” says the graffiti spray-painted on the wall of a derelict peanut factory just outside London’s glitzy new Olympic stadium.

Tucked away in one of London’s roughest neighborhoods, the crumbling factory is long out of use, having been taken over by a motley crew of artists, musicians and circus performers united by their disdain for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jul 26, 2012

London’s East End divided on eve of Games

LONDON (Reuters) – “Everyone here hates the Olympics,” says the graffiti spray-painted on the wall of a derelict peanut factory just outside London’s glitzy new Olympic stadium.

Tucked away in one of London’s roughest neighbourhoods, the crumbling factory is long out of use, having been taken over by a motley crew of artists, musicians and circus performers united by their disdain for the 2012 Olympic Games.