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Bolt prepared to run four events in London

Jamaican track star Usain Bolt could win four track golds at the Olympics after admitting he may run the 4×400 metres relay. The 25-year-old comes into the London Games as the defending champion in the 100 and 200m as well as the 4x100m relay. But he hasn’t ruled out the…

Hungarian Nazi’s original trial documents found

Original documents from the 1948 Nazi war crimes trial in absentia of Laszlo Csatary, now under house arrest in Hungary, have been found in Slovakia, a historian there was quoted as saying on Friday. “The National Memory Institute (UPN) archives in Bratislava possess a legal dossier from the death sentence…

Philippine massacre witnesses live in fear

Hired assassins are stalking witnesses to a Philippine massacre in which a political warlord allegedly led the slaughter of 57 people, victims’ relatives and a rights group said almost two years into a complex trial. Three witnesses and three relatives of others who planned to testify have been killed in…

Chevron ordered to pay $19 billion in environment damages

Chevron has been ordered to pay more than $19 billion in environmental damages, $1 billion more than originally decided, after an Ecuadoran court adjusted the amount on appeal, a source said. “Due to an involuntary calculation error, the reparations now amount to $19,021,552,000,” said a court source in the northeastern…

Syria rebels brace for ‘mother of all battles’

Syrian rebel forces were bracing Friday for the “mother of all” battles in Aleppo, as Washington warned the army could be preparing to carry out a massacre in the country’s second city. Waves of troop reinforcements have been pouring into the northern city — Syria’s commercial capital — and a…

Legally blind archer sets first world record

Legally blind South Korean archer Im Dong-Hyun set the first world record of the London Olympics on Friday in the men’s preliminary round held at the Lord’s cricket ground. Im scored 699 points from 72 arrows to beat his own record of 696 set in May this year. The 26-year-old…

World’s eyes on London ahead of opening ceremony

London began the final countdown Friday to the opening ceremony that will officially kick off its Olympic Games, with some 120 world leaders arriving in the British capital for the spectacle. Organisers expect more than a billion people worldwide to watch the event on television, while tens of thousands will…

Japan rejoices at ‘Miracle in Glasgow’

Japan was euphoric Friday after their Blue Samurai scored a stunning 1-0 victory over champions Spain in one of the greatest upsets in Olympic football history. Newspapers hailed Thursday’s win as the “Miracle in Glasgow”, reviving memories of their famous “Miracle in Miami” victory over Brazil at the 1996 Atlanta…

Twitter explains new mystery outage

A freak double failure in its data centers took Twitter down for around an hour on Thursday, leaving millions without updates from friends, celebrities and news providers a day ahead of the Olympics. “We are sorry,” said Mazen Rawashdeh, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, in a message on the company’s…

U.S. ‘extreme drought’ zones triple in size

The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. The US Drought Monitor reported a nearly threefold increase in areas of extreme drought over the past week in the nine Midwestern…

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