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Feb 7, 2014

Russian Winter Games kick off with a glitch and goodwill

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.

In what appeared to be a technical glitch, five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi failed to unfurl into a circle, and the sequence had to be abandoned.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Russian Winter Games kick off with a glitch and goodwill

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.

In what appeared to be a technical glitch, five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi failed to unfurl into a circle, and the sequence had to be abandoned.

Feb 7, 2014

Opening ceremony to take world on tour through Russian history

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicked off at 2014 local time (1614 GMT) on Friday at Sochi’s shining new Fisht Stadium on the shores of the Black Sea, and organizers promised viewers around the world a journey through Russian history.

The state-of-the-art arena, one of several construction projects that have swelled the budget of the Winter Games to a record $50 billion, holds 40,000 people, and the audience will include President Vladimir Putin and more than 40 world leaders.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Opening ceremony to take world on tour through Russian history

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicked off at 2014 local time (1614 GMT) on Friday at Sochi’s shining new Fisht Stadium on the shores of the Black Sea, and organisers promised viewers around the world a journey through Russian history.

The state-of-the-art arena, one of several construction projects that have swelled the budget of the Winter Games to a record $50 billion, holds 40,000 people, and the audience will include President Vladimir Putin and more than 40 world leaders.

Feb 7, 2014

Winter Games to open, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations.

Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where a spectacle before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium will signal the start of the full sporting programme.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Winter Games begin, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations.

Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where a three-hour spectacle before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium will signal the start of the full sporting programme.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Russia seeks to soothe security jitters on eve of Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday its
Sochi Olympics were as safe as any place in the West from
militant attacks after Washington warned airports and some
airlines that toothpaste tubes could be used to smuggle
bomb-making materials onto a Russia-bound plane.

Russian forces are on high alert over threats by Islamist
militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus to attack the
Winter games, which begin on Friday. Twin suicide bombings
killed at least 34 people in December in Volgograd, some 400
miles (700 km) northeast of Sochi.

Feb 6, 2014

Russia seeks to soothe security jitters on eve of Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday its Sochi Winter Olympics were as safe as any place in the West from militant attacks after Washington issued a warning to airports and some airlines that tooth paste tubes could be used to make a bomb on a Russia-bound plane.

Russian forces are on high alert over threats by Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus to attack the games, which begin on Friday. Twin suicide bombings killed at least 34 people in December in Volgograd, some 400 miles northeast of Sochi.

Dec 18, 2013

Bangladesh violence risks spinning out of control as polls near

DHAKA, Dec 18 (Reuters) – When an ally in Bangladesh’s
ruling coalition threatened this month to pull out of upcoming
elections, elite troops broke open the gates of the party
leader’s home, brushed aside his guards and hauled him away.

“It was horrible to see sir being dragged into a car in
front of our very eyes, and yet we could do nothing,” said an
official of Hossain Mohammad Ershad’s party. The official, who
declined to be named for fear of arrest, was at the home of the
one-time military ruler at the time of the raid.

Dec 9, 2013

Congress stumbles as opponent Modi marches on

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The ruling Congress party has a very big problem, and his name is Narendra Modi.

With no more than five months to go before nearly 800 million people choose their next leader, the prime ministerial candidate for the main opposition party has seized the initiative through rabble-rousing speeches at huge rallies across the country.

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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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