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Queen did Olympic sketch ‘in one take’

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pulled off her acting role in the Olympics opening ceremony “in one take”, a BBC official said Saturday. The 86-year-old monarch was shown in a pre-filmed sequence in which actor Daniel Craig, playing fictional British super-spy James Bond, arrived at Buckingham Palace in a taxi to…

Conservative MP calls Olympics ceremony ‘multi-cultural crap’

Nicholas Watt, The Guardian David Cameron will face pressure to remove the Tory whip from the Conservative MP Aidan Burley after he tweeted that the Olympics opening ceremony was “multi-cultural crap”. Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide last year after he took part in a Nazi-themed stag party…

Syrian rebels unfurl huge flag under Eiffel Tower

PARIS — Two Syrian opposition activists unfurled an enormous rebel flag at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Friday and were briefly detained by police. As a handful of supporters from the France Syria Democracy group rallied below, the two activists climbed scaffolding set up for maintenance…

Spanish unemployment hits 25 percent in June

Spain’s jobless rate neared 25 percent in June, officials said Friday, darkening the recession outlook despite relief on financial markets at a vow of support by the European Central Bank. The unemployment rate rose in the second quarter to 24.63 percent and a huge 53 percent among the young, despite…

Zimbabwe will suffer longer and more frequent power outages in next decade

Energy-starved Zimbabwe will suffer longer and more frequent power shortages for the next 10 years, a senior official said Friday. The country’s power utility will extend blackouts until it can boost capacity, Patson Mbiriri, secretary for energy and power development, told an annual congress of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries.…

Michelle Obama to Olympians: ‘I’m still so inspired by you’

First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday she is fulfilling a childhood dream by leading the US delegation to the London Olympics. “These Games especially affected our little house on the south side of Chicago,” she told US athletes at their training base in east London ahead of Friday evening’s much…

Olympic legend Carl Lewis on Mitt Romney: ‘Some Americans shouldn’t leave the country’

Mitt Romney has been rebuked by the US Olympic legend Carl Lewis after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee questioned whether London was fully prepared for the Olympic Games. As Romney was mocked on US television and by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people,…

Indian rail is world’s largest ‘open toilet’

A top Indian minister has proposed projects worth $130 million project to rid India of the scourge of open defecation and clean up a rail system he described as the world’s “largest open toilet”, reports said on Friday. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told a meeting in New Delhi on…

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…

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