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Sep 6, 2012

Redford acts in, directs thriller about ex-radical

VENICE (Reuters) – In “All the President’s Men”, Robert Redford famously played a reporter hunting clues that led to President Richard Nixon’s downfall. In “The Company You Keep”, the Oscar winner is the one who is hunted by a journalist, this time played by Shia LaBeouf.

Unlike the 1976 account of the Watergate scandal, The Company You Keep is a fictional thriller based on a 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, and follows a former leftwing American militant whose past comes back to haunt him.

Aug 3, 2012

And the gold for dramatic gesture goes to ..

LONDON (Reuters) – Losing at the Olympics hurts. But suffering an injustice, real or imagined, is agony.

The 2012 Games have been peppered with debatable refereeing, a technical glitch in fencing, post-race relegation and – this one a first – the controversial expulsion of eight badminton players judged to have broken the spirit, but not the rules, of their sport.

Aug 3, 2012

Olympics-And the gold for dramatic gesture goes to …

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Losing at the Olympics hurts. But
suffering an injustice, real or imagined, is agony.

The 2012 Games have been peppered with debatable refereeing,
a technical glitch in fencing, post-race relegation and – this
one a first – the controversial expulsion of eight badminton
players judged to have broken the spirit, but not the rules, of
their sport.

Aug 3, 2012

Home hope Ennis shines as athletics starts

LONDON (Reuters) – British hope Jessica Ennis, the poster girl of the London Olympics, lit up a packed stadium on Friday where the track and field events got under way but the hosts’ cycling team were under scrutiny after a “planned” crash.

Britain’s men took cycling track team sprint gold on Thursday but German-born rider Philip Hindes fell over on his bike in the qualifiers and later revealed the reason.

Aug 3, 2012

Olympics-Home hope Ennis shines as athletics starts

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – British hope Jessica Ennis, the
poster girl of the London Olympics, lit up a packed stadium on
Friday where the track and field events got under way but the
hosts’ cycling team were under scrutiny after a “planned” crash.

Britain’s men took cycling track team sprint gold on
Thursday but German-born rider Philip Hindes fell over on his
bike in the qualifiers and later revealed the reason.

Aug 1, 2012

Badminton players thrown out, Wiggins wins

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight women badminton players were disqualified from the Olympics on Wednesday for deliberately trying to lose and manipulate the draw, angering fans and fellow athletes who said they undermined the spirit of the Games.

The controversy overshadowed the fifth full day of sporting action, when British cyclist Bradley Wiggins dominated the men’s time trial along packed streets of southwest London to become the country’s most decorated Olympian, just 10 days after his triumph in the Tour de France.

Aug 1, 2012

Badminton players disqualified, hosts win gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight women badminton players were disqualified by the sport’s federation on Wednesday for deliberately trying to lose at the Olympics and manipulate the draw, angering fans and fellow athletes who said they undermined the spirit of the Games.

They were disqualified following a formal disciplinary hearing by the Badminton World Federation, but were not expelled from the Games. It was not clear what that meant for their future participation in London.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Badminton players disqualified, hosts win gold

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Eight women badminton players were
disqualified by the sport’s federation on Wednesday for
deliberately trying to lose at the Olympics and manipulate the
draw, angering fans and fellow athletes who said they undermined
the spirit of the Games.

They were disqualified following a formal disciplinary
hearing by the Badminton World Federation, but were not expelled
from the Games. It was not clear what that meant for their
future participation in London.

Jul 31, 2012

Unease, anger as Chinese swimmer fights doping doubts

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen should be basking in the glow of Olympic glory – aged just 16 she has a world record, a gold medal and a great chance of another to come.

Instead, she has been forced to fend off questions and insinuations of cheating in a doping row that has no solid basis in fact, yet threatens to overshadow the early stages of the Games and a thrilling few days in the pool.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Unease, anger as Chinese swimmer fights doping doubts

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Chinese swimming sensation Ye
Shiwen should be basking in the glow of Olympic glory – aged
just 16 she has a world record, a gold medal and a great chance
of another to come.

Instead, she has been forced to fend off questions and
insinuations of cheating in a doping row that has no solid basis
in fact, yet threatens to overshadow the early stages of the
Games and a thrilling few days in the pool.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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