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Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open

Medals are up for grabs in cycling and swimming on Saturday after a spectacular opening ceremony to the London Olympics was watched by more than one billion TV viewers.

Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony
America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony

A billion people across the globe turned on their TVs to watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics live Friday, but very few of them were in US.

America misses out on live London Olympic ceremony
Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Tony Blair in London
Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Tony Blair in London

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with former Prime-Minister of Great Britain Tony Blair.

Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Tony Blair in London
Olympics: Chinese doctor reveals state-sponsored doping
Olympics: Chinese doctor reveals state-sponsored doping

Chinese Olympians were subjected to a state-sponsored doping regime in the 1980s and 1990s, a retired chief medical supervisor revealed to Australian media on Friday.

Olympics: Chinese doctor reveals state-sponsored doping
Photo courtesy of @gdnlondon2012
Olympics: North Korea flag blunder mars day one

London's Olympics got off to an embarrassing start Wednesday when North Korea's women footballers refused to play after a mix-up over their national flag, in one of a series of blunders.

Olympics: North Korea flag blunder mars day one
Olympics: London boasts most expensive medals
Olympics: London boasts most expensive medals

The eight tons of gold, silver and copper unearthed from mines in Mongolia and Utah and now under guard at the Tower of London is the largest ever haul used to make Olympic medals.

Olympics: London boasts most expensive medals
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Olympics kick off but flag error sparks protest

Britain's women footballers kicked off the 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony, but controversy erupted later over a mistake with the North Korean flag.

Olympics kick off but flag error sparks protest
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan’s President arrives in London on a working visit

He is expected to have a number of bilateral talks and attend the London Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Kazakhstan’s President arrives in London on a working visit
Olympics: World leaders, VIPS flock to London for ceremony
Olympics: World leaders, VIPS flock to London for ceremony

Thousands of VIPs including some 120 national leaders will jet into London for Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, with guests ranging from Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama to the king of Swaziland.

Olympics: World leaders, VIPS flock to London for ceremony
Olympics: London 2012 in numbers
Olympics: London 2012 in numbers

From the 10,490 athletes heading to London, to the flock of 70 sheep taking part in the opening ceremony on July 27, AFP takes a look at the 2012 Olympic Games in numbers.

Olympics: London 2012 in numbers
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Olympics: London prostitutes 'cleaned from the streets'

The London Olympics are not big business for everyone -- sex workers say they are being cleared from the streets around the stadium to make the area more presentable for the Games.

Olympics: London prostitutes 'cleaned from the streets'
Olympics: London cracks down on unofficial souvenirs
Olympics: London cracks down on unofficial souvenirs

The London Olympics pop up on teapots, bunting and a one-eyed mascot -- but strict branding laws are in place to ensure that official products are the only ones in the race.

Olympics: London cracks down on unofficial souvenirs
Turkish Airlines lost Kazakhstan Olympic team's canoe
Turkish Airlines lost Kazakhstan Olympic team's canoe

Turkish Airlines have lost a part of Kazakhstan canoe slalom sportsmen's luggage on the way to London.

Turkish Airlines lost Kazakhstan Olympic team's canoe
London view. Photo courtesy of news.nur.kz
Kazakh community lives peacefully and luxuriously in London

Journalists of Mir TV-channel found out how Kazakhstan businessmen and artists live in Great Britain.

Kazakh community lives peacefully and luxuriously in London
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Kazakhstan athletes will not fast during Olympics

Kazakhstan athletes will observe the sawm (keep a fast) straight after London Olympic Games.

Kazakhstan athletes will not fast during Olympics
Olympics: 21,000 journalists swarm into London
Olympics: 21,000 journalists swarm into London

With less than two weeks to go before the Olympic Games, hordes of competitors are pouring into London from across the globe and limbering up -- but they're not athletes.

Olympics: 21,000 journalists swarm into London
Designer says future US uniforms to be made in USA
Designer says future US uniforms to be made in USA

It's too late for London, but US Olympians in 2014 will be clad in Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms made in the United States.

Designer says future US uniforms to be made in USA
US lawmaker wants China-made Olympic outfits burned
US lawmaker wants China-made Olympic outfits burned

The US-China Olympic rivalry heated up in an unfashionable way Thursday when a top US lawmaker suggested burning the US team's outfits for the London opening ceremony because they were made in China.

US lawmaker wants China-made Olympic outfits burned
Kalmukhanbet Kassymov greets the sportsmen. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Olympic team officially seen off to London

Dinamo Physical Training and Sports Society has arranged an official farewell to the sportsmen going to London Olympics.

Kazakhstan Olympic team officially seen off to London
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Kazakhstan paralympians to get $50 thousand for gold

Seven paralympians will represent Kazakhstan at London Olympics.

Kazakhstan paralympians to get $50 thousand for gold