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Britain Doubles 2012 Olympics Security Budget

Posted December 5th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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British Olympic officials have almost doubled the budget for providing security at next year’s 2012 Summer Games in London. In an announcement Monday, officials said they would be spending an additional $424 million in order to increase the security staff from around 10,000 to the 23,700. The security staff is tasked with protecting more than […]

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British Defense Secretary: Missiles May Protect London Olympics

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says Britain may deploy ground-to-air missiles to provide security for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Hammond told Parliament Monday that authorities will take all necessary measures to ensure the games are safe and secure. He said this includes deploying missiles if the military believes they are needed. Previous Olympic […]

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US Concerned About Security Plans for London 2012 Olympics

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is said to be preparing to send up to 1,000 security agents to the 2012 London Olympics. The plan, reported by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, comes amid U.S. concerns about security for the Games. The Guardian says Washington’s concerns were sparked by the British police response to London’s August riots and the restriction […]

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Record Support for Olympic Truce Resolution

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain says a United Nations resolution calling for a global truce for the 2012 London Summer games has the largest number of co-sponsors in U.N. history. All 193 U.N. members have signed on to the resolution. British Foreign Office undersecretary Harry Bellingham calls it an astonishing level of agreement which shows that long-term peace and […]

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Egypt to Host African Olympic Football Qualifying

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Confederation of African Football has selected Egypt to host the continent’s qualifying tournament for next year’s London Olympics. The November 26-December 10 event will include Algeria, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and host Egypt, after they survived a three-round, home-and-away elimination process. The decision to award Egypt the tournament was made […]

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US Olympic Medalist Commits Suicide

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Winter Olympics medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police in Salt Lake City, Utah, said the 29-year-old Peterson called Monday night to tell them where he was and that he was going to commit suicide. He was found dead shortly thereafter in a mountainous area of Utah called Lambs […]

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NBC Wins Olympic Broadcast Rights Through 2020

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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NBC will remain the U.S. television broadcast network for the Olympics through the 2020 Games. NBC has broadcast every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Games since 2002. The network won the bid for the four Olympics after next year’s London Games for a total of about $4.4 billion. The United States pays more […]

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