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Jul 24, 2012

More troops deployed at Games, weather big worry

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain deployed 1,200 more soldiers to secure the Olympics on Tuesday, as embarrassed organisers scrambled to fill a shortfall left by a private firm hired to guard the Games just three days before the opening ceremony.

Police stressed, however, that they were content with security arrangements for the greatest show on earth, which kicks off in Cardiff in Wales on Wednesday with a soccer match between the women’s teams of Britain and New Zealand.

Jul 24, 2012

More troops deployed at Olympic Games, weather big worry

LONDON (Reuters) – The government deployed 1,200 more soldiers to secure the Olympics on Tuesday, as embarrassed organisers scrambled to fill a shortfall left by a private firm hired to guard the Games just three days before the opening ceremony.

Police stressed, however, that they were content with security arrangements for the greatest show on earth, which kicks off in Cardiff in Wales on Wednesday with a football match between the women’s teams of Britain and New Zealand.

Jul 24, 2012

Olympics-More troops deployed at Games, weather big worry

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Britain deployed 1,200 more
soldiers to secure the Olympics on Tuesday, as embarrassed
organisers scrambled to fill a shortfall left by a private firm
hired to guard the Games just three days before the opening
ceremony.

Police stressed, however, that they were content with
security arrangements for the greatest show on earth, which
kicks off in Cardiff in Wales on Wednesday with a soccer match
between the women’s teams of Britain and New Zealand.

Jul 23, 2012

Wiggins win raises UK Olympic hopes, Syrians arrive

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain basked in the glory of Bradley Wiggins’ historic triumph in cycling’s Tour de France on Monday and looked ahead with relish to more sporting success at the Olympics, boosting the nation’s hopes after a troubled buildup to the 2012 Games.

Olympic officials announced that Syria’s athletes had arrived to take part in the London Games, ending uncertainty over whether the nation under increasing international pressure for a bloody civil conflict would be officially represented.

Jul 23, 2012

Wiggins win raises British hopes as Games near

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain basked in the glory of Bradley Wiggins’ historic triumph in cycling’s Tour de France on Monday and looked ahead with relish to more sporting success at the Olympics, boosting the nation’s hopes after a troubled buildup to the 2012 Games.

But in a reminder of logistical challenges facing London as it prepared to stage the greatest show on earth, commuters using the ageing metro system reported major delays and transport union RMT called for fresh, albeit limited, industrial action.

Jul 23, 2012

Olympics-Wiggins win raises British hopes as Games near

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Britain basked in the glory of
Bradley Wiggins’ historic triumph in cycling’s Tour de France on
Monday and looked ahead with relish to more sporting success at
the Olympics, boosting the nation’s hopes after a troubled
buildup to the 2012 Games.

But in a reminder of logistical challenges facing London as
it prepared to stage the greatest show on earth, commuters using
the ageing metro system reported major delays and transport
union RMT called for fresh, albeit limited, industrial action.

Jul 20, 2012

Olympics-Games boss upbeat as torch heads to London

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Olympic chief Jacques Rogge flew
into London on Friday a week ahead of the opening ceremony and
predicted a “great Games”, giving a boost to organisers who have
been on the defensive over a security fiasco, travel disruptions
and even persistent rain.

The biggest single problem in the runup to the July 27-Aug.
12 Games has been the shortage of guards to secure venues, after
the company G4S failed to meet its staffing targets and
thousands of extra soldiers were brought in to fill the gaps.

Jul 20, 2012

Torch heads to London as countdown enters final week

LONDON (Reuters) – The Olympic torch arrives in London on Friday a week before the Games begin, and organizers hope the media’s focus will shift from security fiascos, travel disruptions, strike threats and poor weather to the thrill of the sporting contest.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organizing committee (LOCOG) and a gold medal winner, said people were “overwhelmingly positive” about the buildup to the greatest show on earth, while London Mayor Boris Johnson told critics to “put a sock in it, fast”.

Jul 20, 2012

Olympics-Torch heads to London as countdown enters final week

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – The Olympic torch arrives in
London on Friday a week before the Games begin, and organisers
hope the media’s focus will shift from security fiascos, travel
disruptions, strike threats and poor weather to the thrill of
the sporting contest.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organising
committee (LOCOG) and a gold medal winner, said people were
“overwhelmingly positive” about the buildup to the greatest show
on earth, while London Mayor Boris Johnson told critics to “put
a sock in it, fast”.

Jul 19, 2012

Strike threats loom over Games, Nadal pulls out

LONDON (Reuters) – Strikes by train drivers and passport officials threaten major disruptions to the London Olympics, prompting the government to warn unions on Thursday that they risked public anger if the industrial action went ahead.

In a blow on the sporting front, the Games lost one of their biggest draws when reigning tennis champion Rafa Nadal pulled out after failing to recover from injury in what he called “one of the saddest moments of my career.”

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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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