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"Liu Xiang: voted best actor of the year"

He was supposed to be a national hero, the biggest star of the Olympics. Liu Xiang, gold-winning hurdler in Athens, dreamed of a second Olympic triumph in his own country. But the dream was shattered as the Chinese sprinter failed to take part in the race against his great rival, Cuba's Dayron Robles. Read more.

Hiccups at the opening ceremony

A bluescreen appears on the roof of the stadium.

Everyone agreed that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games last Friday was a great success. Web users, however, couldn't resist amusing themselves by pointing out minor faults... and white lies on the organisers' part. Read more...

Beijing Olympics: "a very exclusive party"

After fighting off lengthy and widespread opposition in the run up to the event, the Beijing Olympics took to the starting line on Wednesday night. An Observers in Tianjin, where one such event is being held, described the atmosphere in the city. Read more...

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The Olympics opening ceremony for all to see online

The organisers of the Beijing Olympics are furious after a South Korean TV channel broadcast excerpts of a rehearsal of the Games' opening ceremony. The video then found its way onto the Internet and became a huge hit, worsening the situation. Read more...

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Did China's state news agency forge a photo?

A Chinese blogger has exposed the official news agency Xinhua for what appears to be a forged image. He noticed that two of the people present in the photo look remarkably similar. Read more...

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Did John Woo steal shots from Jack Snyder’s "300"?

Hong Kong director John Woo has created the most expensive film in the history of Chinese cinematography. So why couldn't "Red Cliff" afford its own poster? Chinese web users say that the central image used in the picture is actually a shot stolen from the 1997 film "300". Read more...

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China's 50-cent-a-piece propagandists

For the Chinese authorities, anything goes when it comes to controlling Web 2.0 - and that includes bribing the public into posting propaganda for 50 cents, says Hong Kong blogger Oiwan Lam. Read more...

The campaign that went too far?

A campaign about the Beijing Olympics produced for Amnesty International France was considered so aggressive by its creators that they decided to call off its release. Too late to stop it from getting to Chinese webusers though... Read more.

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Beijing Olympics: spies embedded in tickets

The Chinese Olympics committee has confirmed that if you buy a ticket for the opening or closing ceremony of the games, your pass will be fitted with a barcode-like microchip that contains your personal details. A little too Orwellian for comfort? Read more...

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He didn’t bother with Athens, but Bush will go to the games in Beijing

During a visit to Japan on Sunday, George Bush announced that he plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, deeming a boycott of the event "an affront to the Chinese people". One of our Observers for the US reminds us that in contrast, Bush didn't bother going to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Read more...

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