Beijing, Aug 8 (DPA) Chinese organizers hope that 'the grandfathers of the skies' will be smiling on them as they wish for a dry opening ceremony here to set the tone for what they hope will be spectacular Olympic Games.
Friday, August 08, 2008 11:15:51 AM
Beijing, Aug 8 (DPA) US President George W. Bush pressed Friday China to improve its human rights record, as he began a four-day visit during which he is scheduled to hold talks with the Chinese president and attend the Olympic opening ceremony.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:49:24 AM
Beijing, Aug 8 (IANS) Lessons learnt during the preparations for the Beijing Olympics that opens later Friday can help promote more green initiatives for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, says United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) executive director Achim Steiner.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:24:32 AM
Beijing, Aug 8 (Xinhua) The Chinese badminton team has found a good way of feeling at home - literally. All its members are carrying their own pillows while staying at the Olympic Village here.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:24:08 AM
Beijing, Aug 8 (DPA) A little-known Islamic group has issued a new terrorist threat against the Beijing Olympics, US intelligence analysts said Friday.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:16:56 AM
For those not so fortunate to be among the 90,000 present at the Bird's Nest National Olympic Stadium Friday night, authorities have set up what are called Olympic Live Sites with giant TV screens at key places in the city so that ordinary people can watch the 210-minute opening ceremony.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:09:16 AM
Planting millions of trees between Gobi desert and Beijing, temporarily closing down dozens of polluting industries from in and around the capital, starting a new traffic system by having even and odd numbered cars on the streets on alternate days and shutting down polluting petrol stations has certainly improved the much-maligned air of Beijing.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:08:51 AM
As the Chinese are all keyed up for the opening ceremony and the success of the Games, there are the inevitable newspaper commentaries that are taking a dig at the West for all the 'negative stories' and the 'moral judgement' that preceded it.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:08:19 AM
About 80 heads of state and government have descended on Beijing for the greatest show on earth. They include US President George W. Bush, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:07:52 AM
Beijing, Aug 8 (IANS) 'Welcome, World', screamed the banner headline of China Daily, the only English language daily from Beijing, on the morning of the opening of the 29th Olympic Games - the day all of China has been awaiting for seven years since the world's biggest sporting event was awarded to it.
Friday, August 08, 2008 10:07:20 AM
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