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7 of the most memorable Olympic protests in history (and one that could be)

As the Winter Olympics continue in Sochi, Russia’s laws against “homosexual propaganda” have made the host the target of indefatigable protests, be it in the designated protests zone, in other countries or on the web. They may be some of the most colourful demonstrations we’ve seen so far — but they’re far from the only ones. Here are some of the most memorable times when politics has taken over the podium. 

"James Bond" stuntman dies in wingsuit accident

Olympics stuntman Mark Sutton died in Switzerland in a wing-diving incident on Wednesday, after he leapt from a helicopter and fell over 10,000 feet to the ground.

Chatter: Olympic hero turns murder suspect

South Africa's own "Blade Runner" is arrested for alleged murder, the euro zone gets serious with recession, two of the world's top airlines pair up, and we bring you Valentines from around the world.
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South Africa's own "Blade Runner" is arrested for alleged murder, the euro zone gets serious with recession, two of the world's top airlines pair up, and we bring you Valentines from around the world.

Russian Olympic volleyball coach dies of unexplained causes in Croatia

In a disturbing footnote to the just-ended London Olympic Games, Reuters reports that 43-year-old Sergei Ovchinnikov, Russia's women's volleyball coach, has died.

NBC Fail? Network's coverage of London Olympics garners widespread social media scorn

#NBCfail hashtag becomes popular as Twitter users critique the network's coverage.
NBC has something of a public image problem these Olympic Games. From the huge time delay between the Opening Ceremony actually happening and Americans actually getting to see it, to not-exactly-informed-commentary from NBC's presenters, to the draconian Twitter suspension of a vocal critic of NBC's coverage — well, it's been a tough week.

Radical Muslim group calls off Opening Ceremony protest at Olympics, warns campaign is not over

A radical Muslim group called off a plan to protest the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic games, reported Reuters this evening, claiming that police had told them to hold off.
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North Korea's coach Gun Sin Ui (C) waits for his team's delayed group G women's match against Colombia to start in the football competition in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25, 2012. (GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)
North Korea has been given the right to broadcast the Olympic games by the Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union and Korea Broadcasting System, reported AFP today.

Beijing's Olympic stadiums are wasting away

We may have to add China to the list of Olympic hosts that got a raw deal.

Taiwanese flag pulled from Olympic display in Central London due to Chinese complaint

Republic of China flag will be replaced with Chinese Taipei flag at Olympic display by request of China, drawing Taiwanese ire
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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou gestures during a mass rally held in Taipei on November 21, 2010. (PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Taiwanese flag has been pulled from an Olympic games display in Central London due to Chinese complain, reported the Evening Standard - the latest diplomatic snafu for a Games that has yet to officially begin.

Branded clothes come under scrutiny in London Olympics flap

Organizing committee statement indicates only large groups wearing "visibly branded" clothing to be barred entry
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A giant set of Olympic rings are displayed from Tower Bridge on June 27, 2012 in London, England. The rings weigh over three tonnes and measure over 25 metres wide by 11.5 metres tall; they will be illuminated in a light-show every evening during the Games. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
In the latest in a series of advertising kerfuffles at the London Olympics, Olympic Delivery Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe admitted yesterday on BBC Radio 4's Today program that spectators wearing branded clothes wouldn't be allowed entry - a statement the organizing committee clarified in the face of public dismay.
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