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  • Assange urges US to end Wikileaks 'witch hunt'
    120819021009-julian-assange-ecuador-2-horizontal-gallery 2012-08-19 19:16:47 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urged President Barack Obama to end a so-called "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, appearing in public Sunday for the first time since he took refuge two months ago inside Ecuador's Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crimes allegations. The 41-year-old Australian, who has fought for two years against efforts to send him to Sweden for questioning over alleged sexual misconduct against two women, addressed several hundred supporters and reporters as he spoke from the small balcony of Ecuador's mission, watched by dozens of British police. Ecuador's Presi...
  • Appeal to the International Court of Justice in the Hague
    38ed38aa3f029d17180f6a7067000fdf 2012-08-19 13:53:28 UTC
    WikiLeaks Julian Assange to make 1st public appearance in 2 months LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange planned to make his first public appearance Sunday since he took refuge inside Ecuador's Embassy in London two months ago, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations. Kristinn Hrafnsson, a WikiLeaks spokesman, said that Assange planned to speak later to mark the two month anniversary since he took refuge inside the Latin American nation's mission on June 19, but declined to provide details on what the activist intended to say. Assange's appearance will provide his first...
  • British lawmakers criticize ex-Barclays CEO
    Diaalnews 2012-08-18 17:58:57 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond offered a "highly selective" account to a parliamentary hearing on the banking rate-fixing scandal, British lawmakers said Saturday in a highly critical report. In its report regarding manipulation of a key inter-bank interest rate, Parliament's Treasury committee demanded sweeping changes to regulation of the banking industry, calling for authorities to get wider powers to prosecute offenders. Barclays has been fined $453 million by U.S. and British agencies for feeding false data which went into calculations of the London interbank offered rate, known as LIBOR, a market index that influ...
  • In UK threat to Ecuador, experts see mistake
    6e57d8b826748b17180f6a7067008731 2012-08-18 16:46:44 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — It was a warning meant to remind Ecuador that Britain's patience has limits. But as the stalemate over Julian Assange settled, it appeared London's veiled threat that it could storm Ecuador's embassy and drag Assange out has backfired — drawing supporters to the mission where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up and prompting angry denunciations from Ecuador and elsewhere. Experts and ex-diplomats say Britain's Foreign Office, which warned Ecuador of a little known law that would allow it to side-step usual diplomatic protocols, messed up by issuing a threat it couldn't back up. "It was a big mistake," said former British ...
  • Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange
    909a0cd309206217180f6a70670055a7-1 2012-08-17 05:28:58 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he'd tried to get guarantees from the Americans, the British, and the Swedes that Assange would not be extradited to the United States, but that all three had rebuffed him. If Assange were extradited to the U.S. "he would not have a fair trial, could be judged by special or military courts, and it's not implausible that cruel and degrading treatment could be applied, that he could be condemned to life in prison, or the death penalty." LONDON (AP) — He's won asylum in Ecuador, but Julian Assange is no closer to getting there. The decision by the South American nation to iden...
  • Britain warns Ecuador over Assange asylum
    Diaalnews 2012-08-16 01:35:32 UTC
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador accused Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange after the U.K. issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on an asylum bid by the WikiLeaks founder. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Britain had earlier in the day issued "a written threat that it could assault our embassy" if Assange is not handed over. Patino also said he would announce on Thursday morning whether Ecuador would grant the request of the secret-spilling former Australian hacker, who took refuge in Ecuador's embassy on June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden....
  • And now...onto Rio! London puts out Olympic flame
    London 2012-08-13 04:48:42 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — And now, on to Rio! London brought the curtain down on a hugely entertaining Olympics with a sensational rock 'n roll nostalgia tour of a closing ceremony that thrilled the London night with top-of-the-chart classics, supermodels and psychedelic mayhem. After a glorious two weeks of never-to-be-forgotten moments that left Britain exhausted, exhilarated and deeply proud, organizers handed the baton to 2016 host Brazil, which must now take up the Herculean task of matching them. Judging by the swaying samba of Marisa Monte and the sexy baritone of Seu Jorge in Brazil's eight-minute musical and visual postcard for the 2...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Bolt not done, dinged gold medal
    Diaalnews 2012-08-10 11:34:26 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ BOLT'S NOT DONE Usain Bolt says the two golds he's won in London makes him a legend. So what happens if he adds another? One night after becoming the first man to win the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Olympics, Bolt will get started toward a quest for a sixth career gold medal in the preliminary round of the 4x100 on Friday. Bolt won all three events in Beijing, but the Jamaicans could have a tougher time this year. Asafa Powell is injured, meaning Warren Weir will likely ...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Bolt, Blake aim for world record
    Diaalnews 2012-08-09 05:44:50 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ WORLD RECORD? Both jogged across the finish line. Both know they've got more in the tank — maybe even a gold medal. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake both moved onto the finals of the 200 meters with easy runs Wednesday night. They'll go for the gold medal in Thursday's night final, and think the winner has a shot at breaking Bolt's world record of 19.19 seconds. "Anything is possible," Blake said. "It's the 200 meters and we are both full speed. Anything can happen." Bol...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Felix streaks, Bolt coasts
    5e56106b3ee2b416170f6a706700d75c 2012-08-08 22:43:42 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ SILVER AND GOLD Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce doesn't mind a silver to go with her gold. The winner of the 100-meter dash followed it up with a runner-up finish to Allyson Felix of the U.S. in Wednesday night's 200 meters. That didn't diminish the Jamaican's smile — or her status as one of the worlds top sprinters. "I must admit, it was really, really hard to pick yourself up after 100 meters and do three more rounds of 200," she says. "Mentally, as an athlete, it's very di...
  • Bank scandals tarnish London's reputation
    9c8a4b1c23089216170f6a7067000e9a 2012-08-07 22:27:26 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — It's been a tense summer in the City of London as one bank after another has faced allegations of massive misbehavior. Bankers in the British capital, which has for centuries been a center for global business, fear its reputation has been tarnished indelibly and that a heavy-handed regulatory crackdown is looming. First came U.K. bank Barclays. Its chief executive, Bob Diamond, was forced to step down last month after U.S. and British authorities fined the bank $453 million for manipulating a key market interest rate. Other banks are being investigated for their part in the scandal. Then there was HSBC, another big L...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Bolt and MANU, Hoy, Hammer
    Diaalnews 2012-08-07 21:50:14 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ USAIN AND MANU? Well, he's not bad with his feet. Everyone wants to know what the world's fastest man is going to do after the London Olympics. How about playing a little soccer for Manchester United? Usain Bolt, who won a gold medal in the 100 meters Sunday, said afterward that he would like to play for one of the Premier League's heavyweights. "People think I am joking, but if (United coach) Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'OK, let's do this, come and have a tr...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Gabby Douglas back on balance beam
    96f17cb70af38216170f6a706700000c 2012-08-07 05:33:11 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ GABBY'S GRAND FINALE Gabby Douglas is back for her grand finale. The American two-time gold medalist has a chance for one more title before she leaves the London Games, competing Tuesday on the balance beam. Even Douglas wouldn't have expected to make the final in the event a month ago, considering she had been so shaky in training. A fall off the beam on the second day of the U.S. championships in June cost her the national title. But lately Douglas has the highest s...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Lebron, Team USA face Argentina
    5612545ef1046915170f6a7067008009 2012-08-06 05:32:02 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ AMERICANS REGROUP Lithuania gave the Americans a scare in their last game. Now LeBron James and Co. face a team even more talented. Team USA plays Argentina on Monday, looking to reassert themselves after nipping Lithuania 99-94 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony says the game woke them up and they're ready to get back to dominating. "It was a little bit tighter than what we expected," Anthony says. "Lithuania was focused, and it kind of caught us on our heels. We won't get ca...
  • Britain awakes to an unfamiliar sensation: winning
    2b9e2984d7ee5415170f6a706700eadc 2012-08-05 18:09:59 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Britain awoke, afraid it might all have been a dream. It wasn't: Six gold medals, including three in track and field within the space of an hour Saturday night, had given the country its best day at an Olympic Games since 1908. A country accustomed to sporting disappointment could scarcely contain its disbelief. "Don't choke on your cornflakes," said a BBC morning TV presenter, before telling viewers that Britain, population 63 million, lay third in the medal table, behind the United States (population 310 million) and China (population 1.3 billion). British Sunday newspapers tried to outdo one another in front-pa...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Electric 100-meter dash coming up
    Addc65f8d8755615170f6a706700c02d 2012-08-05 07:07:05 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ LET'S RUN TWO TODAY The fastest men in the world on one of the fastest tracks around. Should make for an electric night in the 100-meter dash. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and the rest of a blazing will run in the semifinals, with the fastest advancing to the finals on Sunday night. Bolt was just OK in the preliminaries on Saturday, starting poorly on his way to a 10.09. That's good for sixth fastest, but the world record holder says he feels great heading into the big day. A...
  • Phelps collects 18th gold medal in final race
    Diaalnews 2012-08-04 21:51:50 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — The finale was a formality, more a coronation than a contest. Michael Phelps headed into the retirement the only way imaginable — with another gold medal. Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, the one seen in his Olympic debut as a 15-year-old in Sydney a dozen years ago, Phelps won the 18th gold of a mind-boggling career in the 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday. When it was done, Phelps hugged his teammates — Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian — before heading off the deck for the final time in his suit. He waved to the crowd and smiled, clearly at peace with his decision to call it a car...
  • Phelps ends career with gold in medley relay
    203a78aebe343c15170f6a7067005d46 2012-08-04 21:30:34 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps ended his career with another gold as the United States won the medley relay at the London Olympics on Saturday. Phelps leaves the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall. At these games he won four golds and two silvers. In the final swimming event of the eight-day meet, the Americans clocked 3 minutes, 29.35 seconds. Matt Grevers led off in the backstroke leg, Brendan Hansen swam the breaststroke, Phelps did his usual butterfly leg and Nathan Adrian was the anchor in freestyle. The Americans trailed when Phelps dove in, but he pushed them in front. Japan touched in 3:31.26 to take th...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Freaked out, swans, Usain Colt
    3b4a7d79d5a94915170f6a706700db98 2012-08-04 18:06:09 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ GET ME OUT OF HERE! Sprinter Timi Garstang admits to being a tad overwhelmed at the Olympic stadium on Saturday. "There were more people there than in my entire country," said the sprinter from the Marshall Islands, in the northern Pacific Ocean (population about 68,000.) "I was obviously very nervous. That's a lot of people." He clocked the slowest time of Saturday's heats, finishing the 100 meters in 12.81 seconds — that's 3.23 seconds off Usain Bolt's world record....
  • EYES ON LONDON: Fast track, Phelps, Blade Runner
    D40acdadbe6c3d15170f6a70670081a4 2012-08-04 07:11:29 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ BLAZING SPEEDS Is it the track? Seven female sprinters, led by world champion Carmelita Jeter's time of 10.83 seconds, ran the first round of the 100 in 11 seconds or better Friday. That was two more than did it over the entire meet in Beijing four years ago, and this time, there are still the semifinals and the gold-medal race to go. Of course, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will also be looking to rev things up Saturday afternoon in the men's 100 heats. Called Mondot...
  • Douglas shatters glass ceiling with historic win
    Diaalnews 2012-08-03 06:22:44 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Gabby Douglas believed two years ago, when she convinced her mother to let her move halfway across the country. Martha Karolyi became a convert over the winter, when the bubbly teenager with the electric smile developed the tenacity required to be a champion. Under the brightest lights, on the biggest stage, that belief shattered a glass ceiling. Even if the first African-American to win an Olympic all-around title didn't quite realize it. "I kind of forgot about that," Douglas said with a laugh. Don't worry, Gabby, the world is going to have fun reminding you. Douglas soared her way into history Thursday ni...
  • EYES ON LONDON: Gabby's gold, Phelps claims 20th
    Diaalnews 2012-08-03 06:00:52 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ IT ALL PAID OFF Two years after Gabby Douglas left her home and family, moving halfway across the country at 14 in search of better coaching, she's claimed the biggest prize in gymnastics. The 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, Virginia, beat Viktoria Komova on Thursday to become the third straight American to win the Olympic all-around title, and first African-American. She took the lead after the first event and never relinquished it, locking up the gold with a floor exerci...
  • Olympic houses turn London into global party
    Diaalnews 2012-08-02 08:58:11 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Russia wants to knock your socks off. Denmark is stylish and sophisticated. Ireland is up for a party — on a budget. There are more than 200 countries at the Olympics, and they have two ways to stand out. One is on the medal podium — the other is by partying. Dotted across London, national hospitality houses offer a base for a country's athletes, officials and occasional celebrities. Some are open to the public, showing a festive side to tourists from around the world. Others are strictly invitation only, like the American pavilion at the Royal College of Art. Here's an eclectic, unscientific guided tour: RUSSIA: ...
  • BRAND PATROL
    Af508c618b6e0f15170f6a7067004330 2012-08-02 08:37:29 UTC
    A sampling of the more bizarre examples of strict enforcement of branding restrictions against non-Olympic sponsors: Pimms, that quintessentially English liqueur, cannot be listed on any menus during the games, even at Wimbledon, where tennis is taking place and where Pimms is as traditional as strawberries and cream. The gin-based drink, which is not an Olympic sponsor, is instead being referred to as "No. 1 Cup." And the Goodyear Blimp, ubiquitous at sporting events around the globe, has been stripped of any corporate reference, prompting more than a few double-takes from sky-gazing fans. Some journalists have been surprised to ...
  • Armstrong wins 2nd straight time trial gold
    42ead68d89220515170f6a706700d5e7 2012-08-02 20:29:05 UTC
    HAMPTON COURT, England (AP) — Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her second straight gold medal in the Olympic cycling time trial Wednesday, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds Armstrong covered the 18-mile course south of London in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds. Arndt finished in 37:50.29 for the silver, while Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia posted a time of 37:57.35 to add a bronze to the one she captured in Sunday's road race. The 38-year-old Armstrong briefly retired after her triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to start a family, but she hopped back on her bike after delivering a son, Lucas, in 2010. On W...