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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
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
Romney, in London, criticizes Olympic prep
Romney, in London, criticizes Olympic prep

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made some undiplomatic criticism of London's preparations for the Olympic Games on Wednesday, expressing concern about Britain's readiness to host the event.

Romney, in London, criticizes Olympic prep
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
Muhammad Ali. Photo courtesy of tout-sur-la-boxe.net
Stars out in London to honour great Ali

Stars of sport and screen gathered in London on Wednesday to honour legendary heavyweight boxer and Olympic champion Muhammad Ali as the countdown to the 2012 Games neared its finale.

Stars out in London to honour great Ali
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: London drafts in more soldiers for Games
Olympics: London drafts in more soldiers for Games

Britain has drafted in another 1,200 troops to plug a security gap at the London Olympics left by the failure of a private security firm to provide enough guards.

Olympics: London drafts in more soldiers for Games
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
Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva. Photo courtesy of Yaroslava Shvedova's Twitter
Olympics: Shvedova and Voskoboeva arrived in the Olympic village

A super day! We have moved to the Olympic village today, so many emotions: Shvedova.

Olympics: Shvedova and Voskoboeva arrived in the Olympic village
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
Olympics village in London. Photo courtesy of senior coach of Kazakhstan canoe slalom team Yekaterina Lukicheva
Olympics: Kazakhstan sportsmen freezing in London

The team is complaining about lack of warm clothes in their gear.

Olympics: Kazakhstan sportsmen freezing in London
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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'
Rafail Vergoyazov. Photo courtesy of zimbio.com
Canoe of Kazakhstan Olympic sportsman found

The luggage of Kazakhstan canoe slalom team was found the same day.

Canoe of Kazakhstan Olympic sportsman found
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
Olympians met with the University's president.
Olympics: Kazakhstan students will take part in London-2012

Students of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University will take part in five tournaments at the London Olympics.

Olympics: Kazakhstan students will take part in London-2012
Olympics: One more sportsman joined Kazakhstan national Olympics team
Olympics: One more sportsman joined Kazakhstan national Olympics team

116 instead of 115 Kazakhstan sportsmen will take part in the London Olympics. Race walk master Vitaliy Anichkin won the last license for the Kazakhstan team.

Olympics: One more sportsman joined Kazakhstan national Olympics team
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