Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, facing corruption charges, fled to England this week. His absence may hurt the pro-Thaksin ruling party but also ease political strife.
Athletes supported by generous endorsements are able to swim well past their college years.
Scalpers are technically subject to jail. But the black market for Olympics tickets is flourishing – sometimes right outside the venue.
Shawn johnson and Nastia Liukin lead the US women’s team against China’s Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Beijing time).
Athletes are pushing their bodies to new limits, setting times never before recorded, and wringing from a few frantic airborne seconds a new twist or turn that previous generations thought fantastical.
Saturday's attack on American tourists, and continued unrest in Xinjiang, have tested the trouble-free Olympics Chinese officials sought.
Thousands of couples got married and gave birth on 8/8/08 because the number symbolizes prosperity. The Beijing Games, which open Friday, were also timed to the "lucky" date.